BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University men's basketball team is set to hit the road for the first time this season as they travel to take on No. 11 Augustana College and Wayne State College Dec. 12-13. The Beavers battle the Vikings at 8 p.m. Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D. before making the trip to Wayne Neb. for a 6 p.m. match up with the Wildcats Saturday.
- The Beavers are 6-8 all-time against Augustana, however BSU has won the last two meetings. BSU defeated Augustana Jan. 10, 2014, 97-79 and 69-67, Jan. 11, 2013.
- Wayne State holds a 27-19 all-time series edge over Bemidji State entering the weekend. The Beavers are 3-2 though in the last five meetings. Last season the teams met twice, once in regular season and the other in the first round of the NSIC Tournament. BSU won the regular season match up 69-46 but fell in the playoffs to the Wildcats 88-76.
BSU Fast Break
- The Beavers (5-2, 1-2 NSIC) went on a two-game skid last weekend as it hosted St. Cloud State Friday and Minnesota Duluth Saturday. BSU fell to the Huskies 88-65 and then dropped a close game to the Bulldogs, 79-66.
- The Beavers were led in scoring by DJ Anderson and Dillon Floyd against SCSU. Anderson scored a career-high 15 points including seven from the free throw line while Floyd dropped in 13 points going 5-of-6 from the field.
- Ben Best led BSU with career-highs 16 points and nine rebounds in the loss to UMD. Best shot 6-of-10 from the field and sank two three’s on the night.
- Dillon Floyd came off the bench to score a season-high 12 points against the Bulldogs.
- BSU is shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from the arch on the season. The team is taking advantage of the charity stripe though as they have a 71.3 percent rating compared to the opponents 67.4 percent.
- Currently pacing the team in scoring is Brock Lutes with 17.7 points per game. Lutes is shooting 51.8 percent from the field and a team-best 46.7 percent from the three point line.
- Lutes ranks third in scoring among the league leaders.
- Pat Fischer is currently leading the league in assist/turnover ratio with a 6.0 rating.
- The Beavers are averaging 31.7 rebounds per game with Shane White leading the force with 42 rebounds (6.0 RPG).
- BSU is ranked second among the league’s best in field goal percentage (50.5%), third in steals (8.7 SPG), third in turnover margin (+2.57), fourth in blocked shots (3.3 BPG) and fifth in rebounding defense (30.0 RPG).
- Augustana owns an 8-1 overall record and a 2-1 NSIC mark as it enters its match up against the Beavers. The Vikings split their NSIC action last weekend as they fell Friday night to Minnesota State, 81-67 and defeated Concordia-St. Paul Saturday, 65-59.
- The Vikings are currently ranked 11th in the NABC Coaches poll (Dec. 2)
- Pacing the Vikings and ranking first in the league for scoring is Daniel Jansen with 19.8 points per game. Jansen is shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from three range.
- Jansen has also been to the charity stripe 67 times to record 55 made free throws.
- Casey Schilling is pulling down 8.6 rebounds per game for the Vikings to lead the squad and the NSIC. Schilling has posted 77 total rebounds, including 51 defensive boards.
- Augustana leads the league in multiple categories, including scoring (88.6 PPG), assists (18.1 APG), scoring margin (+22.4) and rebounding defense (25.9 RPG).
Scouting Wayne State
- The Wildcats come into the weekend 2-6 overall and 0-3 in the NSIC. WSC is on a four game slide with its most recent losses coming at Concordia-St. Paul, 72-59 and at Minnesota State, 82-62.
- Patrick Kurth is leading the squad in scoring as he is shooting 67.2 percent (45-67) from the field and is 85.0 percent (17-20) from the free throw line to average 13.5 points per game.
- Kurth also leads the Wildcats’ rebounding effort as he averages 5.6 rebounds per game, including 32 defensive boards.
- Tyler Nagy and Jordan Holdsworth follow Kurth in scoring with 8.8 and 8.6 points per game, respectively.
- WSC enters the weekend shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 32 percent from the arch. The Wildcats lead their opponents in assists with 14.5 per game.