UVU Men’s Basketball Returns To Action Sunday At Colorado State

first_img Brad James November 30, 2019 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball Returns To Action Sunday At Colorado State FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFORT COLLINS, Colo.-Sunday, Utah Valley men’s basketball (4-4) plays on the road for the fifth time in the last six games by visiting Colorado State (5-3) at Moby Arena for a 2:30 pm tip-off.The strength of first-year head coach Mark Madsen’s (4-4, .500) Wolverines squad remains blocked shots.Presently, the Wolverines rank second nationally in blocked shots with 51. They block 6.4 shots per game, ranking them 10th in the nation.Senior forward Emmanuel Olojakpoke ranks seventh nationally with 26 blocked shots and 11th in the country in blocked shots per game (3.25).The Wolverines score 71.5 points per game, tying them for 195th nationally in scoring offense with Texas Christian.Senior guard TJ Washington (17.2 points, 5.5 rebounds per game) is UVU’s leading scorer. Junior guard Isaiah White (14 points, a team-best 10 rebounds per game), redshirt junior guard Brandon Averette (13 points per game) and redshirt junior guard-forward Casdon Jardine (11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds per game) also score in double figures on-average for the Wolverines.Turkish national, redshirt junior Cavit Ege Havsa leads UVU in both assists (26) and steals (8) on the season.The Wolverines give up 67 points per game, ranking them 146th nationally in scoring defense.The Rams are coached by Niko Medved who is 17-23 (.425) in his second season at Colorado State.He is 96-111 (.464) as a collegiate head coach, having previously coached at Furman (2013-17) and Drake (2017-18).The Rams score 71.4 points per game, tying them for 197th nationally in scoring offense with Kansas City.Redshirt senior forward/center Nico Carvacho (a team-best 14 points and 9.6 rebounds per game) leads Colorado State statistically.Freshman guard Isaiah Stevens (12.6 points per game, a team-best 30 assists) and sophomore forward Adam Thistlewood (11 points per game) all score in double figures on average for the Rams.Defensively, Colorado State gives up 71 points per game, tying them for 220th nationally with Vanderbilt, Miami (Fla.) and Coastal Carolina.Freshman guard/forward David Robby (a team-best 5 blocks) and sophomore guard Kendle Moore (a team-best 13 steals) also contribute to the Rams’ success statistically.This is the first meeting in history between these respective programs. Written by Tags: Colorado State Men’s Basketball/UVU Men’s Basketballlast_img

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