Men's hoops preview: Bobcat men chase school history vs. Middlebury

Bates (12-2, 2-0 NESCAC) vs. Middlebury (11-4, 1-1)

Tipoff: Friday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m. at Alumni Gym

Webcast: BatesCast.com

Outlook: The Bates College men’s basketball team hasn’t lost a game since Nov. 30, when many of us still had turkey scraps left for sandwiches. The Bobcats’ nine wins in a row ties the team record for a win streak with the 2000-01 team, which snapped the previous record of seven with wins over Wentworth and New England College.

These Bobcats’ calling card is on defense:  they’ve only allowed 70 points once all season. In fact, they rank 10th in Division III in scoring defense (60.1), 14th in field goal percentage defense (.385) and fourth in rebound margin (11.1).

Team Leaders:

Scoring -- Middlebury: Ben Rudin (11.2 ppg), Evan Thompson (9.8), Andrew Harris (9.7), Mike Walsh (9.4), Sam Daly (8.7); Bates: Rob Stockwell (16.7), Zak Ray (11.9), Bryan Wholey (11.6), Sean Cahill (7.1), Matt Chudomel (6.3).

Rebounding -- Middlebury: Evan Thompson (7.3 rpg), Mike Walsh (7.1), Wil Hyatt (4.1); Bates: Rob Stockwell (10.4), Zak Ray (5.1), Bryan Wholey (4.7).

Assists -- Middlebury: Ben Rudin (4.2 apg), Evan Thompson (1.9), Sam Daly (1.1); Bates: Zak Ray (5.4), Sean Cahill (2.3), Rob Stockwell (1.9).

Field Goal Percentage -- Middlebury: Matt Westman (1.000), Mike Walsh (.639), Ben Ehrlich (.500), Ben Rudin (.500); Bates: Sam Taylor (.622), Thomas Kothe (.571), Matt Chudomel (.520).

3-Point Percentage -- Middlebury: Chris Dowd (.471), Ben Rudin (417), Wil Hyatt (.395); Bates: Scott Place (.480), Pat Halloran (.476), Bryan Wholey (.369).

Free Throw Percentage -- Middlebury: Chris Dowd (.842), Wil Hyatt (.800), Albert Handy (.760); Bates: Scott Place (1.000), Anthony Begon (1.000), Bryan Wholey (.862).

Bates (12-2, 2-0 NESCAC) vs. Williams (13-3, 2-0)

Tipoff: Saturday, Jan. 21, 3 p.m. at Alumni Gym

Webcast: BatesCast.com

Outlook: After only one weekend of conference play, just two teams stood unbeaten in the NESCAC: Bates and Williams, both at 2-0. That means the Ephs entered the weekend already halfway to their NESCAC win total of last season, an uncharacteristically off (16-9) year that included a 4-5 league record and the first time they failed to reach 20 wins in 13 years.

Their resurgence is due in part to basketball’s version of the fast lane, the three-point shot. Williams is ninth in Division III in threes per game (10.7), led by Chris Rose, one of the league’s top inside-out players at 18.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 3.94 3-pointers made per game.

Team Leaders:

Scoring -- Williams: Chris Rose (18.9 ppg), Andrew Newton (13.7), Chris Shalvoy (11.9), Brian Nelson (8.8), Casey Gibbons (6.7); Bates: Rob Stockwell (16.7), Zak Ray (11.9), Bryan Wholey (11.6), Sean Cahill (7.1), Matt Chudomel (6.3).

Rebounding -- Williams: Chris Rose (8.0 rpg), Andrew Newton (7.0), Will Kuntz (5.7); Bates: Rob Stockwell (10.4), Zak Ray (5.1), Bryan Wholey (4.7).

Assists -- Williams: Chris Shalvoy (5.9 apg), Brian Nelson (2.8), Casey Gibbons (2.4);  Bates: Zak Ray (5.4), Sean Cahill (2.3), Rob Stockwell (1.9).

Field Goal Percentage -- Williams: Michael Kearny (.571), Will Kuntz (.537), Andrew Newton (.497); Bates: Sam Taylor (.622), Thomas Kothe (.571), Matt Chudomel (.520).

3-Point Percentage -- Williams: Grant Meyer (1.000), Richard Martin (.500), Chris Rose (.460); Bates: Scott Place (.480), Pat Halloran (.476), Bryan Wholey (.369).

Free Throw Percentage -- Williams: Casey Gibbons (1.000), Kevin Snyder (1.000), Bill Jannen (1.000); Bates: Scott Place (1.000), Anthony Begon (1.000), Bryan Wholey (.862).