By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Top-seeded Capital University Men's Basketball took full advantage of the No. 1 seed in the first round of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament and will hope to do so again in the tournament semifinals. This time, the Crusaders will host No. 5 Baldwin Wallace University in The Capital Center on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
Capital defeated Muskingum University 79-60 on Tuesday night in the tournament's first round, Capital's 20th win of the season. This is Capital's first 20-win campaign since 2008-09.
The Yellow Jackets are 18-8 overall this season and went 11-7 in OAC play during the regular season. Baldwin Wallace upset No. 4 Wilmington College 74-71 on Tuesday night. That was BW's third consecutive win, fourth in its last five and seventh in its past nine.
Since losing to Capital 85-68 on Dec. 15, Baldwin Wallace has gone 14-4 and ripped off a six-game winning streak right after the loss. However, one of those four losses came against the Crusaders, an 81-76 defeat on Feb. 9.
The Crusaders are a perfect 14-0 at home this season while BW is 9-5 on the road. The Yellow Jackets have experience pulling off the upset though as evidenced by their win on Tuesday.
Capital is the best defensive team in the OAC with an opponent's scoring average of 69.7 points per game while BW ranks third and allows only 71.5 points per contest. Capital has a +7.0 rebounding margin this season, the best in the conference, while BW's +1.2 margin ranks sixth.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Dynamic guard Jay Battle leads BW and is third in the OAC in points per game this season with 17.9. The senior scored a team-high 19 points on Tuesday against Wilmington and grabbed six rebounds. In BW's two previous games against the Crusaders, Battle scored 19 and 31 points and was 9-for-20 from downtown over the two contests. Michael Quiring, Luke Schaefer and Tyler Colombo all scored in double-figures on Tuesday. Quiring is second on the team with a 10.5 points per game average.
Just behind Battle on the OAC's leaderboard is Capital senior guard Austin Schreck (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights). Schreck averages 17.0 points per game and is coming off games of 27 and 23 points. Senior forward Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) narrowly missed another double-double on Tuesday with 22 points and nine boards. Will Hannah (Milford, Ohio/Milford) scored 16 points with five rebounds and four assists against Muskingum.
Non-OAC student: $3.00
Senior (62+ years): $6.00
OAC student: Free
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