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PREVIEW: Tars Ready for Visit from Buccaneers

PREVIEW: Tars Ready for Visit from Buccaneers

Complete Game Notes (.pdf)

Match-up:
Rollins (8-5, 2-3 SSC) vs. Barry (9-3, 4-1 SSC)

When:
Saturday, January 5, 2018 | 4 p.m.

Where:
Winter Park, Florida | Warden Arena

Coverage:
WATCH: Tars Sports Network – RollinsSportsLive.com
LISTEN: WPRK 91.5 FM – TuneIn (mobile)
LIVESTATS: TarsStats.com 

Set-up: Back at home after a tough loss to the nation's fifth-ranked team on Wednesday, Rollins welcomes Barry to Warden Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Tars are part of a very crowded middle of the Sunshine State Conference standings heading into the match-up with the third-place Buccaneers. Much like Rollins last opponent Nova Southeastern, Barry brings an up-tempo style of offense, sitting second in the league with 82.1 points a game. The Tars were able to hold NSU to 19 points under its season average and will look for a similar defensive effort against the Bucs. Rollins is 4-3 at home this season with all three losses coming in home conference games.

Tracking the Tars: Rollins defense was up to the task Wednesday, facing the nation's top scoring team, but the offense sputtered in the second half as the Tars dropped a 92-65 decision to Nova Southeastern. Eric Castaneda led the way with 13 points while Connor Mckim added 11 points. A total of 11 different players scored for the Tars. Jakobi Bonner leads a trio of Tars scoring in double figures this season. The junior is putting gup 15.2 points a game, shooting 56 percent from the field, to go along with 4.2 rebounds a game. Mckim is getting 13.8 points a game and 2.6 assists a game. Redshirt freshman Hutton Yenor is scoring 10.4 points a night. Rollins is sixth in the SSC in offense at 78.2 points a game and ranks fifth in scoring defense, allowing 73.8 points a night. The Tars are the third-best shooting team in the league, hitting 43 percent from the field.

Tracking the Buccaneers: Barry comes to Winter Park after back to back wins, beating Florida Tech and Embry-Riddle since the holiday break. In Daytona Beach on Wednesday, the Bucs beat ERAU in a shootout, 98-81. Evan Walshe led the way with 20 points while Isaiah Hobbs netted 17. Both Milon Sheffield and Daniel Mortensen scored 16. Barry shot 59 percent from the field and hit 10-of-19 from long range. Mortensen leads the season box score for the Buds with 14.3 points and 5.4 rebounds a game. Tylan Britts averages 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds a game with Walshe netting 10 a game. Barry is second in the conference at 82.1 points a game and hits 40 percent from beyond the arc. The Bucs defense allows an SSC fourth-best 73.4 points a game.

Notes:

  • Rollins is 48-25 all-time against Barry. The Bucs won two of three match-ups a year ago, winning 103-91 in Miami Shores and Rollins winning 94-82 in Winter Park. They met in the SSC Tournament Semifinals with the Bucs ending the Tars season, 77-63.
  • Rollins is 27-8 all-time at home against Barry.  
  • Rollins is sixth in the nation in steals per game (10.8) and fourth in total steals (141).
  • Rollins ranks ninth nationally with 19.7 turnovers forced a game.
  • Connor Mckim (RC) is 27th nationally with 27 total steals.
  • Jakobi Bonner (RC) ranks 25th in the nation with 83 free throw attempts.
  • Barry leads the SSC in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents just 40 percent shooting.
  • Barry is eighth in the nation in assists per game (19.3) and ninth in total assists (231).
  • Barry is 13th nationally with 29.8 defensive rebounds a game.
  • Daniel Mortensen (BU) leads the conference and is 18th nationally in three-point shooting (49 percent).
  • David Moya is 13th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.2).  
  • Rollins head coach Tom Klusman is 701-412 in his 38th year leading the program. He has the fourth most wins among active NCAA Division II coaches; Butch Estes is in his sixth season at Barry with a record of 125-41 in Miami Shores, including two Elite Eight appearances. In 23-seasons at four-year colleges, Estes is 395-284.

Next up: Rollins next plays back-to-back games on Florida's West Coast, visiting Tampa on Wednesday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m. and three days later going to Eckerd for 4 p.m. game on Saturday, January 12. Fans can listen to the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.