Tonight: Augustana (6-1) hosts the Knox Prairie Fire (1-5, 1-4 Midwest Conference) 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.|
Knox: F: David Jones, 6-6, Jr. (7.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg) & Lukas Shaw, 6-4, Sr. (11.8, 5.7); G: Eric Miller, 5-11, Jr., (8.7, 2.2), Tyler Olson, 5-10, Sr., (6.0, 2.0) & Mitch Murphy, 6-2, Soph., (18.4, 3.8).
Augustana: F: Tayvian Johnson, 6-6, Fr. (4.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg) & Ben Ryan, 6-5, Fr. (12.6, 8.6); C: Brandon Kunz, 6-7, Sr. (11.1, 7.1); G: Dan Jurgutis, 6-0, Soph. (12.3, 2.3) & Brandon Thompson, 6-1, Soph. (8.2, 2.9).
The series: This will be the 73rd meeting between the two schools in a series that dates back to the 1917-18 school year. Augie, with five straight wins and nine in the last 10 meetings, leads 44-28.
Game notes: While Augie has dominated the series of late and won by some lopsided margins, last year's game was just a 55-53 victory in Galesburg and Augie coach Grey Giovanine hopes that grabs his team's attention. ... A key tonight could be the front-line play and how the Vikings handle Lukas Shaw inside. Adding to that equation is the fact that Augie will be down yet another post player. UTHS grad Nic Hoepfner (1.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg in 10.5 minutes) is out after catching an elbow to the head in Monday's practice. He joins fellow front-liners Kevin Schlitter (knee) and George Dexter (herniated disk) on the bench. ... Knox is coached by former St. Ambrose University assistant Kevin Walden, who is in his first season at his collegiate alma mater. ... Knox is averaging 69.5 points per game and allowing 85.8. Augie is averaging 71.6 points per game and allowing 64.3. On the boards, Knox is being outrebounded 32.8-35.5 and Augie has a 41.6-27.9 advantage on the glass.
Coaches comments: "They have two good, athletic front-line guys. They have a guard who shoots the lights out. And we're coming off a loss (67-59 at No. 7 UW-Stevens Point) for the first time this year. I'm anxious to see how we respond." — Augie coach Grey Giovanine
Next: After tonight, the Vikings face two road games to finish the week. Augie is at Fontbonne (in St. Louis) on Thursday at 7 p.m. and at MacMurray at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
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