St. Ambrose (4-4) at Augustana (5-0)


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Tom Johnston, tjohnston@qconline.com
St. Ambrose (4-4) at Augustana (5-0)

Tonight: Augustana hosts St. Ambrose in nonconference men's basketball action at the Carver Center at 7:30. There is no junior-varsity game. Tuning in: This game can be heard on the web at www.augustana.edu/vikingsvideo. Twitter updates: @TJ_DA.

Starting lineups
SAU: F: Darren Galloway, 6-3, Jr. (12.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg) & TBA. C: TBA. G: Justin Blondell, 6-2, Sr., (14.6, 2.9) & Nick Frazier, 6-2, Soph., (15.9, 4.1).

Augustana: F: Tayvian Johnson, 6-6, Fr. (3.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg) & Ben Ryan, 6-5, Fr. (12.8, 8.4); C: Brandon Kunz, 6-7, Sr. (9.2, 7.8); G: Dan Jurgutis, 6-0, Soph. (12.6, 2.4) & Brandon Thompson, 6-1, Soph. (9.2, 3.2).

The series: This is the 94th – and the last for a while, at least – meeting between the two Quad-City rivals. Augie, which has won four straight and eight of the last 10, leads the all-time series 59-34. Citing the need to get another NCAA Div. III team on its schedule to help in strengthening the potential for an NCAA Div. III National Tournament bid, the Vikings chose not to play the NAIA-affiliated Bees after this year.

Game notes: The Vikings will continue to bring junior standout Kevin Schlitter off the bench. In his four games, the 6-foot-8 junior leads the team in scoring (13.5 ppg) and is third in rebounding (5.0 rpg). ... Augie coach Grey Giovanine is keeping Schlitter in a reserve role for now. "This has been a good group getting us out of the gate,'' said Giovanine of his starters. "It's nice having your best player coming in'' off the bench. ... Both teams will continue being without contributors. SAU had been playing without Thomas Durrett (6-5, Fr., G/F, Lake Forest (Ill.) HS), and Tyler McLane (6-1, Fr., G, East Dubuque, Ill.). Durrett played 16 minutes in the opener before a muscle injury to his rib cage sidelined him. McLane played 12 minutes in the opener before getting hurt. ... Augie is still without senior George Dexter as the Bettendorf product continues to rehab a herniated disk in his back. ... SAU comes in averaging 68.6 points per game and allowing 66.5. Augie is averaging 73.0 points per game and allowing 62.8. On the boards, SAU has a 35.8-33.0 edge on foes, while Augie has a 43.0-28.4 advantage on the glass.

Keys to the game: SAU coach Ray Shovlain says the key for his Bees is to rebound the ball against a team that is +15 on the boards and had 20 offensive caroms in its last victory, a 67-63 triumph over UW-Oshkosh. "They have some very strong, physical players who are very active,'' said Shovlain. "It's going to be difficult for us to rebound the ball. If we do, it could be a game. Otherwise it's pretty much their favor.'' ... Giovanine says the key for his Vikings is to contain SAU's Blondell and Frazier. "They have a terrific backcourt that is really explosive and can score. Trying to keep those guys in check will be a big key. Both are excellent 3-point shooters and we have to make sure they don't get open.''

Next: Augustana is at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Saturday at 7 p.m. SAU hosts the SAU Classic this weekend, facing Emmaus Bible College on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

-- By Tom Johnston, tjohnston@qconline.com
-- By Tom Johnston, tjohnston@qconline.com
















 




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