2011 Maui Invitational Regional GamesOctober 25, 2011 · Hosted by Middle Tennessee
Arena: Murphy Center
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Tickets: $10 per day
Middle Tennessee is proud to host the inaugural Regional Games of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, the first expansion of the tournament since 1986.
Nov. 19 - Towson vs. Belmont
Nov. 19 - UNC Greensboro vs. Middle Tennessee
Nov. 20 - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser
Nov. 20 - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
Scouting the Blue Raiders (3-0)
Middle Tennessee is off to its best start since the 2001-02 season after knocking off UCLA in dominating fashion on Tuesday. The Blue Raiders earned an 86-66 victory over the Bruins, led by LaRon Dendy's double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Dendy leads the team with an average of 15.3 points and nine rebounds per game, while junior guard Marcos Knight isn't far behind at 15.0 ppg. MT set a school record in the contest, hitting 71.4 percent from the field and recording a 10-of-11 performance from 3-point range. The 90.9 percent long range percentage is not only a school record, but also a Sun Belt record.
Scouting the Spartans (1-2)
Coming off a 7-24 finish last year, the Spartans picked up their first win of the 2011-12 season on Thursday night with a 71-58 victory over UNC Pembroke. Prior to that, UNCG dropped back-to-back road contests to Tennessee and Georgetown. Trevis Simpson has led the way for the Spartans with 14.3 points per game, including a 22-point performance in Thursday’s victory.
Scouting the Bruins (0-2)
The Belmont Bruins are the reigning Atlantic Sun Conference regular season and tournament champions. Belmont went 30-5 last season, advancing to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Bruins received 21 votes in the Nov. 14 Associated Press Top 25 poll and are currently No. 3 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll. Although Belmont is off to an 0-2 start, the Bruins have faced tough competition in No. 6 Duke and No. 10 Memphis. Five Bruins are averaging double-figure scoring, led by J.J. Mann with 15.0 points per game. Ian Clark (14.5 ppg) Kerron Johnson (14.0 ppg), Drew Hanlen (10.5 ppg) and Mick Hedgepeth (10.5 ppg) are also averaging double-digits.
Scouting the Tigers (0-2)
The Towson men’s basketball team is one of the youngest squads in the nation. Under first-year head coach Pat Skerry, the Tigers are the only Division I team to return just one letterwinner off their 2010-11 roster. Additionally, Towson is one of just three teams (Texas, Boston College) to return no starters and the Tigers bring back just 5.3 percent of last year’s scoring. The young Tigers began the season at No. 13 Kansas and at No. 17 Michigan, dropping both contests. Senior Robert Nwankwo has been a bright spot for Towson, posting double-doubles against both the Jayhawks (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Wolverines (16 points, 10 rebounds).
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