- The 2012 portion of the schedule began last Saturday in
winning fashion for the Men's Basketball team, as it prepared for,
with a 78-75 conference road victory at Dominican university.
CUWFalcons.com provides some news and notes on the season thus far
and what to look for in the upcoming contests.
THE NETS ARE ON FIRE
We have all heard the old adage "when he steps in the gym he is within range." Well, when referring to several men's basketball player, people aren't lying. The assassin in the collection sharpshooters head coach Shawn Cassidy has assembled is senior Luke Doedens (Cedarburg, Wis.), who has drilled at least three triples in six games this season. On two instances he was well on his way to setting the school record for long balls in a game - nine by Josh Klug vs. Hamline University (1994) - before the game got out of hand. As a team the Falcons rank 23rd in 3-point makes per game (8.7) and 34th in 3-point percentage (39.4) nationally, as of Jan. 8, which surprisingly doesn't lead the Northern Athletics Conference.
REBOUNDING PROVING TO BE ESSENTIAL
The Falcons are known for their offensive power, but it has been their rebounding that has been the difference in several key victories this season. On Dec. 11, when the initial national rankings were released, the men's basketball team was 88th in the country with a 4.6 rebounding differential. They have since risen to 69th in the country with a 4.9 rebounding advantage. While a 0.3 improvement may not seem like much, nearly five rebounds a game could eventually lead to 10 points. During the first six games of the Northern Athletics Conference schedule the Falcons have grabbed nearly 12 more rebounds than their opponents.
FREE THROW SHOOTING JUST GOOD ENOUGH
The men's basketball team hasn't had to rely on free throws to win most of its games this season, but when it has they have fallen more times than not. The go-to men with the game on the line for Cassidy are seniors Mitchell Schneider (New Holstein, Wis.) and Nick Doedens (Germantown, Wis.) who are a combined 27-of-35 (77.1 percent). The Falcons are 4-2 in games decided by 10 points or less, and as the pressure builds to win another NAC regular season title and reach their goal of a tournament championship, they will have to improve upon their 64.9 percent from the charity stripe.
VALUE OF BENCH PLAY IS IMPORTANT
If there is one word to describe the men's basketball roster it is depth. The Falcons have nine players averaging double-figure minutes and they have at times played an 11-man rotation without blinking. An area for concern at times can be the drop off in intensity as the reserves enter a ballgame, but that isn't a worry for Cassidy and his staff. Through the first 12 games this season the bench has provided, on average, nearly 31 points per game. The scoring hasn't just come from the 'sixth man' either, as six players have combined to score in double-figures at least once.
BOUNCING BACK NICELY
Losing is never fun, but responding with a victory makes everything feel right again. Just three times this season the men's basketball team has been defeated and each time they have answered with a victory. In the past five years - all under Cassidy's watch - the Falcons are 24-14 after dropping a game. This season they are 3-0 after a loss, with all three wins coming by an average of 19.3 points per game.
SPECIAL GUESTS ON SATURDAY
This past September the men's basketball team participated in the 13th Annual Mel's Pig Roast/Run in Cedarburg, Wis. The 5K run/walk is an event to help raise money for Ozaukee County Special Olympics and other local charities. The event raised approximately $50,000, the most in the history of the event. This Saturday the men's basketball team will have the Mel's Pig Roast staff and Special Olympic athletes from the area be honorary guests of the program.
April 14, 2013 Dinner of Champions recognizes athletic greatness
March 29, 2012 Doedens wins D3Hoops.com Buzzer Beater of the Year
March 13, 2012 Doedens named to NABC, D3Hoops.com All-Midwest Teams
March 9, 2012 Season Review: Men’s Basketball
February 28, 2012 Doedens named NAC Player of the Year
February 28, 2012 Doedens leads four Men’s Basketball All-NAC honorees
February 23, 2012 Lakeland steals NAC Tournament semifinal contest over Men’s Basketball
February 22, 2012 Men’s Basketball hosts Lakeland in a NAC Tournament semifinal
February 21, 2012 Second half spurt energizes Men's Basketball in NAC Tournament victory
February 20, 2012 Men’s Basketball hosts Marian in NAC Tournament Quarterfinals Tuesday
February 18, 2012 Men’s Basketball claims No. 1 seed in NAC Tournament
February 17, 2012 Luke Doedens featured on Fox 6 Milwaukee
February 17, 2012 Men’s Basketball hosts Benedictine on Saturday, No. 1 seed at stake
February 13, 2012 NAC North crown at stake for Men's Basketball Tuesday
February 11, 2012 Doedens reaches career milestone, Men’s Basketball wins on the road
February 11, 2012 Doedens’ 1,000 points has been about growth
February 8, 2012 CIT DVDs now available
February 8, 2012 Men’s Basketball wins double overtime thriller
February 7, 2012 Men’s Basketball begins stretch run for NAC North title Wednesday
February 2, 2012 Maranatha Baptist Bible continues Men’s Basketball homestand
February 2, 2012 Balanced attack leads Men’s Basketball to victory
January 31, 2012 Men’s Basketball grinds out overtime victory
January 30, 2012 CIT Recap: video, photos, thanks
January 30, 2012 Men’s Basketball returns home for pair of NAC games
January 28, 2012 Men’s Basketball falls in CIT Championship game
January 27, 2012 Jackson’s 3-pointer sends Men’s Basketball to CIT Championship
January 25, 2012 Men’s Basketball hosts Wisconsin Lutheran on Wednesday
January 25, 2012 Men’s Basketball routs Wisconsin Lutheran, stays undefeated at home
January 20, 2012 Men’s Basketball concludes difficult three-game road swing Saturday
January 19, 2012 Edgewood’s hot shooting downs Men’s Basketball
January 18, 2012 First place at stake Thursday night for Men’s Basketball
January 14, 2012 Doedens cousins provide first half spark in Men’s Basketball victory
January 13, 2012 Men’s Basketball hosts MSOE on Saturday
January 10, 2012 Men’s Basketball Notebook: Hitting from everywhere
January 4, 2012 Men’s Basketball travels to Dominican Saturday
December 29, 2011 Men’s Basketball holds on for non-conference win over UW-Oshkosh
December 28, 2011 Men’s Basketball plays UW-Oshkosh on Thursday
December 17, 2011 Carroll's first half run defeats Men’s Basketball
December 15, 2011 Season update: Men’s Basketball
December 10, 2011 Schneider joins 1,000 point club, Men’s Basketball cruises over Aurora
December 10, 2011 Schneider becomes 13th member of 1,000 point club
December 9, 2011 Falcon men host Aurora on Saturday at 4:15
December 7, 2011 Men’s Basketball earns NAC victory behind balanced scoring attack
December 6, 2011 Men’s Basketball travels to Marian Wednesday
December 3, 2011 Double-digit leads vanish; late FT misses cost Men's Basketball
December 2, 2011 Men's Basketball travels to Benedictine Saturday
December 1, 2011 Men’s Basketball hosts Silver Lake tonight at 7 p.m.
December 1, 2011 Men’s Basketball cruises to non-conference win over Silver Lake
November 29, 2011 Men’s Basketball begins three-game week at Wisconsin Lutheran
November 29, 2011 Schneider scores 25, hot shooting leads Men’s Basketball to victory
November 26, 2011 Men’s Basketball drains record 17 3-pointers in victory
November 25, 2011 Men’s Basketball gets set to host Concordia Chicago
November 21, 2011 Doedens earns NAC weekly honor, CUW Player of the Week
November 19, 2011 Men’s Basketball falls after 21-point first half lead
November 18, 2011 Hot shooting propels Men’s Basketball to victory over UW-Platteville
November 17, 2011 Men’s Basketball travels to Gabe Miller Tip-Off Classic
November 14, 2011 Men’s Basketball opens season at UW-La Crosse on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
November 3, 2011 Falcon Frenzy showcases basketball programs
November 1, 2011 Falcon Frenzy to highlight basketball programs Wednesday
October 27, 2011 Men’s Basketball selected to win NAC North Division
September 20, 2011 Men’s Basketball to Participate in 13th Annual Mel’s Run