contains information from an official KIAC press release
PIPPA PASSES, Ky. — There’s a lot on the line for this week’s installment of the KIAC Men’s Basketball Game of the Week when Indiana University East visits Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. in Pippa Passes, Ky.
Indiana East (18-11, 12-3 KIAC) is leading the KIAC Colonial Division and can clinch several things in its favor with a win, not the least of which is an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II national tournament.
Alice Lloyd (15-10, 10-4 KIAC) is leading the KIAC Capital Division, and it is not only trying to move closer to its respective division title,it is also trying to chase down IU East for the best conference record in the regular season and the automatic national bid that comes with it.
It all gets underway on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at the Grady Nutt Athletic Center in Pippa Passes, Ky. Live coverage will be provided by WYMT-TV servicing several counties in Eastern Kentucky and live online with a video stream at WYMT.com/livestream.
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The following is a game preview courtesy of IU East sports information:
LAST TIME OUT
IU East is coming off of an 83-70 home win against Brescia University on Feb. 13.
IU East is 10-6 all-time against Alice Lloyd. The Red Wolves won both meetings last season – a 77-76 home win during the regular season and a 100-67 home victory in the KIAC tournament quarterfinals.
Alice Lloyd’s last game was a 78-77 win over Wilberforce on Saturday. That was the third win in a row for the Eagles, who won two conference games in a row before that.
IU EAST STORYLINES
* With a win at Alice Lloyd, the IU East Red Wolves would clinch the top league record in the KIAC, the outright KIAC Colonial Division title, home court advantage for all three rounds of the KIAC tournament, and a berth in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. A loss would not eliminate any of those possibilities for IU East, but the Red Wolves would need help from other teams during the final weekend of the regular season.
* IU East has already clinched a share of the KIAC Colonial Division title and has earned the right to play at home in the first two rounds of the KIAC tournament.
* The Red Wolves are 8-0 when they shoot .480 or better from the field and 8-0 if they score 80 points or more.
* IU East is 7-6 on the road this season.
* Sophomore guard Lucas Huffman (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central High School) leads IU East with 16.1 points per game.
* Senior guard Parker Salinas (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo High School) matched his career high with 25 points against Brescia on Feb. 13. Salinas has been IU East’s top scorer in the Red Wolves’ last four games.
RED WOLVES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
IU East is 18th in the nation with 4.1 blocks per game.
Sophomore guard Jacoby Claypool (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop High School) is 35th in the nation with 1.8 steals per game.
Senior guard Vasha Davis (Hammond, Ind./Morton High School) is 36th in the nation with an .813 free throw percentage.
EAGLES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Alice Lloyd ranks among the NAIA DII national statistics leaders in several defensive categories. The Eagles are first in the country in blocks per game with 6.4 bpg and second in total blocks with 159. They are also 25th in field-goal defense at .418 and 29th in 3-point field-goal defense at .330.
ALICE LLOYD STORYLINES
Alice Lloyd has won four of its last five games to move atop the KIAC Colonial Division. The Eagles went out of conference this past weekend for a 78-77 win against Wilberforce University on Feb. 13.
Alice Lloyd needs wins in both of its two remaining games – against IU East and Feb. 20 against Ohio Christian University – to claim the outright KIAC Capital Division title, home court advantage for all three rounds of the KIAC tournament, and a berth in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship.
Tyler Rogers, a 6-7 senior wing, leads the Eagles with 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. Rogers leads the nation in blocked shots. Cody Stumbo (12.3 ppg) leads the team with 30 made 3-pointers, and forward Shane Hall comes in at 10.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg.
Rogers anchors one of the stingiest defenses in the league. Alice Lloyd leads the nation with 6.5 team blocks per game and is 22nd in the nation in defensive field goal percentage allowed (.417).
FOLLOW THE GAME
Alice Lloyd College’s Grady Nutt Arena is located on the Alice Lloyd campus at 100 Purpose Road in Pippa Passes, Ky.
The game will be broadcast live by WYMT-CBS and at www.wymt.com/livestream. An audio broadcast will be available at iueredwolves.com.