Carthage (10-10, 5-4 CCIW) at Augustana (15-5, 5-4 CCIW)


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Posted Online: Feb. 01, 2013, 9:51 pm
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Tom Johnston, tjohnston@qconline.com
Tonight: Augustana (15-5, 5-4 CCIW) hosts Carthage (10-10, 5-4 CCIW) in twinbill league action at Augustana's Carver Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. following the 5 p.m. women's game, which features Augustan (7-13, 2-7 CCIW) against the league-leading Lady Reds (17-3, 9-0).

Tuning in: This game can be heard on the web at www.augustana.edu/vikingsvideo. Twitter updates: @TJ_DA.

Probable starting lineups
Carthage:
F: Marlon Senior, 6-5, Jr. (7.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg) & Cameron Van Wyk, 6-6, Soph. (2.5, 1.9); C: Mitch Thompson, 6-6, Sr. (11.4, 6.1); G: Donte Logan, 5-11, Soph. (87, 2.9) & Reese Herth, 6-2, Soph. (11.5, 2.6).

Augustana: F: Ben Ryan, 6-5, Fr. (11.7 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game) & George Dexter, 6-7, Sr. (3.0, 2.0); C: Brandon Kunz, 6-7, Sr. (12.1, 6.8); G: Dan Jurgutis, 6-0, Soph. (10.6, 2.6) & Jawan Straughter, 6-0, Fr. (2.1, 1.6).

The series: With a 68-56 victory over the Red Men last month, the Vikings upped their series lead to 108-54. Augie has won three straight vs. Carthage.

On the line: This is a big game as these two teams are tied for fourth in the league with the jockeying continuing for a top four finish and a berth in the CCIW Tournament on Feb. 22-23. Plenty can happen in these last five games, too, as Illinois Wesleyan (9-0), North Central (6-3) and Wheaton (6-3) are ahead of these two. "The winner of this one will have a great upper hand in terms of having the chance to be in the post-season and play in the conference tournament,'' said Augie coach Grey Giovanine, whose Vikings have two games left amongst the leaders -- at Wheaton and with NCC.

Game notes: Augie is trying to bounce back from a tough 71-65 home loss to IWU in a game Augie led by 16 with nine minutes left. "The biggest theme has been let's learn, move on and get ready for the next one,'' said Giovanine. ... That next one comes against a Carthage team has been tough to read this season, having home victories over NCC and Wheaton, but struggling to a 2-6 road record. "They were hard to figure out early, now they are just good,'' said Giovanine. The Red Men had a three-game win streak snapped on Wednesday in a 60-52 setback at North Central. Carthage's long, wiry front-line has accounted for a league-best 4.5 blocked shots per game. Augie has struggled against that type of player this season. ... Augie averages 73.2 points per game and allows 61.8, while out-rebounding foes 38.5-27.3. ... Carthage averages 67.5 points per game and allows 67.9. The Red Men have been out-rebounded 36.4-34.5

Coach's comments: "They've thrown a lot of different defenses at teams during the course of the year – zone pressing, match-up, man-to-man. They've got very quick guards, so we have to take care of the ball against their defense.'' -- Augie coach Grey Giovanine

Next: Augie is at Wheaton on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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
















 



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