Games 1 and 2
Saturday, Nov 12 • 9 p.m. (ET) • Sunday, Nov 13 • 2 p.m. (ET)
Michigan Tech (0-0) travels to Lewis (0-0) and UW-Parkside (0-0)
Radio: WKMJ 93.5 (Brian Jennings)
Video Stream: http://www.glvcsn.com/lewis/
Audio Stream: Pasty.net
Live Stats: http://sidearmstats.com/lewisu/mbball/
2015-16 YEAR IN REVIEW
The Michigan Tech men's basketball team is looking to rebound from a 2015-16 season that saw the team post an overall record of 11-15 and 10-12 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contests. The Huskies will tip-off the season on Saturday November 12th at Lewis before facing the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Sunday.
Senior Jordan Chartier will return for the 2016-17 season after missing all of last year due to an injury. As a junior in 2014-15, Chartier averaged 10.1 points per game while dishing out 3.4 assists per contest. Chartier started all 28 games for the Huskies as a junior. Sophomore forward Kyle Monroe had an outstanding freshman season in 2015-16, leading Michigan Tech in scoring (18.7 PPG) and rebounding (6.9 RPG). He was selected as the GLIAC Freshman of the Year following the campaign and was selected as a 2016 GLIAC Preseason All-Conference Team member.Sophomore guard Bryan Heath also had a tremendous season as a freshman a year ago. Heath was the Huskies' second leading point producer, checking in with 13.0 points per game scoring average.
Newcomers for the Huskies this year are freshmen guards Tommy Lucca and Isaac Appleby along with freshman forward Ryan Schuller. Lucca, a native of Genoa, Ill., set 13 school records during his time at Genoa-Kingston High School, including the program's all-time marks for scoring (2,057 points), assists (527) and steals (235). Appleby, who hails from Eau Claire, Wis., led Eau Claire Memorial to the Big Rivers Conference title while averaging 19 points-per-game and was named to the All-Big Rivers Conference First Team. Schuller, a native of Sturgis, Mich., averaged 14 points, seven rebounds per game, and connected on 67% of his 3-pointers as a senior at Sturgis High School last year. He gained All-Wolverine Conference accolades and was named Class A All-State Honorable Mention.
GLIAC PRESEASON POLL
Michigan Tech was picked fourth in the North Division in the 2016 GLIAC Preseason Poll. Saginaw Valley State was selected to the top spot with 49 points and seven first place votes. Ferris State was second in the North Division followed by Lake Superior State at number three.
SCOUTING LEWIS AND UW-PARKSIDE
The Huskies will battle Lewis for the first time since the 2007 campaign. Saturday's contest will be the seventh overall with Lewis holding a 4-2 edge. Lewis turned in a 24-9 season a year ago and made the NCAA Division II tournament. Delaney Blaylock is the top returner on the team after averaging 12.3 points per game a year ago. Tech will meet UW-Parkside for the 15th time in program history on Sunday. The Huskies lead the series 9-5, but lost last year 70-64 in Houghton. UW-Parkside finshed 2015-16 with an overall record of 25-6 and made the NCAA Division II Tournament. Kendale McCullum returns as one of the top scorers from last year, when he averaged 15 ppg.
Kevin Luke, the winningest coach in Michigan Tech basketball history begins his 23rd season leading the Huskies in 2016-17. He has earned a plethora of accolades since his appointment as the program's 11th head coach in May of 1994. Luke has guided the Huskies to five Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles, earned eight NCAA Tournament berths and won his 300th game in a 74-72 victory over Grand Valley State on March 2, 2011.
Tech will open the home schedule next weekend against Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota State Moorehead.