COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican men's basketball team continues its homestand this week, welcoming Findlay University and Hillsdale College to Alumni Hall for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contests. The two games mark the start of the GLIAC South Division play.
Ohio Dominican Head Coach Dan Evans: Coach Evans is in his first season as a head coach and his first year at Ohio Dominican. Prior to coming to ODU Evans was an assistant coach at GLIAC conference member, Hillsdale College. This will be the first time Coach Evans will be facing his former school.
Findlay Series: This will be the 20th game between the Panthers and the Oilers. Findlay holds the all-time record of 16-3 against the Panthers. Last season ODU dropped both games by the scores of 97-58, and 78-63.
Hillsdale Series: The Chargers are 6-0 all-time against the Panthers. Hillsdale won both games last year by the scores of 86-59, and 75-64.
News, Notes, and Storylines
- The Panthers have now lost all four games in 2014.
- This past week, the Panthers lost a couple of close home games to Lake Superior State and Northwood.
- ODU now has a 1-6 record this season against teams from the state of Michigan.
- Three sophomores lead the Panthers in scoring this year. Mark Minch (West Chester, Ohio), 17.8 ppg, Chad Nelson (Columbus, Ohio), 13.0 ppg, and Trent Weaver (Columbus, Ohio), 12.2 ppg. Weaver is also leading the team in rebounds with 9.8 rpg which leads the conference.
- A win over the Oilers would snap a seven game losing streak for ODU.
Scouting the Oilers
- Findlay enters the game with a 9-3 record overall and a 5-3 record in the GLIAC after two wins last week over Saginaw Valley State in overtime and Wayne State.
- The Oilers have a record of 1-1 against Division 1 opponents this year with an 80-76 win over Wright State.
- Findlay has won five of their last seven games.
- Findlay is second in the GLIAC in scoring with 86.8 points per game.
- Four players are scoring in double figures for the Oilers including 2013 Preseason GLIAC Player of the Year Greg Kahlig, scoring 22.1 ppg. Other players include Dylan Kaufman, 12.8 ppg, Jake Heagan, 12.2 ppg, and Alphonso Baity 10.8 ppg.
Scouting the Chargers
- Hillsdale enters this weekend with a record of 9-3 and 5-3 in the GLIAC, with a 73-57 win over Saginaw Valley last Saturday.
- After their win against SVSU, the Chargers have won 7 straight games.
- Hillsdale is led by Senior Forward Tim Dezelski who is the second leading scorer in the GLIAC at 25.3 ppg and is second in the GLIAC in rebounds with 9.6 rpg. Kyle Cooper is also scoring in double figures for the Chargers with 13.1 ppg.
- The Chargers will have a home game against Tiffin University Thursday, January 16, before traveling to Columbus on Saturday January, 18.
Preview by Sports Information Intern Tyler Jester
Contact: Sarah Twiggs