PREVIEW: Men's Basketball at Texas Lutheran (1/26) | Southwestern University (1/27)

Crusaders start big road trip with two games at Texas Lutheran and Southwestern.
Crusaders start big road trip with two games at Texas Lutheran and Southwestern.

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OPENING TIP

The University of Dallas men's basketball team starts the second half of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) play this Friday and Saturday with a couple familiar opponents. The season-long, five-game road swing opens at Texas Lutheran University with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. UD travels over to Southwestern University the next day, and will play a 4 p.m. matchup.

Dallas (9-8, 3-4 SCAC) faced both teams less than a week ago, and are looking to bounce back after dropping both contests at the Maher Center. Each team shot well from the field – including combining for 23 made three-pointers. The Crusaders made a comeback on Sunday with Southwestern, putting up a 53-point 2nd half, but fell 95-88 at the end.

The Crusaders start the weekend sixth in a tight conference race, but have dropped three straight to league foes. They are 1-1 in conference away games. The win was the team's narrow victory at first-place Schreiner University, who only have one loss in SCAC play.


THREE THINGS TO KNOW

- Spencer Levi (St. Louis, Mo.) checks in fourth in NCAA Division III with a 71.7 field goal percentage. The freshman also holds top-10 spots in the country for blocks-per-game (2.82 – Tied 5th), total blocks (48 – Tied 7th), and rebounds-per-game (11.2 – 10th). His 11 double-doubles are tied for ninth in the nation.

- Darrius Colvin (Waco, Texas) follows Levi's team-leading 18.8 points-per-game (ppg) with a 16.2-clip. He is also second on the squad with 84 boards and 13 blocks.

- The Crusaders are averaging 71.1 points in conference games this season. They lead the conference in assists with 294 (17.3).


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

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EARLIER SEASON MATCHUPS

- The Crusaders were down 27-26 at halftime with Texas Lutheran University in their game at the Maher Center last Friday. Strong shooting performances by the guests led to a 41-26 second half advantage. Levi posted 14 points and 10 rebounds. Full Recap

- Dallas made a comeback attempt after trailing double-digits most of Sunday's 95-88 decision with Southwestern University. Nine 3-pointers in the 1st half sparked a big lead. The Crusaders scored a season-high 10 three-point field goals, and Colvin finished two points shy of a career-high with 27.


BY THE NUMBERS

- UD Season Stats

- Texas Lutheran Season Stats

- Southwestern Season Stats

- Dallas fell on the road at both places in 2016-17. In Georgetown, the Crusaders trailed 37-36 at half, but allowed a big second half in a 90-81 final. UD fell 74-61 at TLU.

- Only three players on the current roster: Emmanuel Calton (Keller, Texas), Colvin, and Logan Fruhwirth (Waynesville, Ohio) appeared in both those contests.  


UP NEXT

Dallas takes a break from its six-game conference stretch with a local road matchup at Arlington Baptist on Monday, January 29th. First tip is scheduled at 7 p.m. The next month starts with another conference road swing at Centenary College (Feb. 2nd) and Austin College (Feb. 3rd).