The East Central University men’s basketball team is set to face Arkansas Tech, Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Tucker Center in Russellville, Ark.
ECU’s radio home for Tigers basketball in 2012-13 is Ada’s KXFC, 105.5, FM ‘The X-Factor’. Kenny Morrison returns to broadcast the games for his 17th season. Morrison, a 1987 ECU graduate, spent two seasons doing color prior to taking over the play-by-play duties during the 1997-98 season.
Fans who can’t be at the game can find links to live stats, live video (if available) and the KXFC radio broadcast on ECUTigers.com. Go to the men’s basketball schedule page.
Scouting Arkansas Tech
The Wonder Boys are 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the Great American Conference. ATU was scheduled to face Southeastern Oklahoma State Dec. 5, but the game was postponed due to winter weather conditions in the area. The Wonders Boys have now been idle since Nov. 30 when they defeated Midwestern State, 58-57.
ATU has a +14.3 scoring and +9.9 rebounding margin for the season and a .516 to .388 advantage in shooting percentage. They have the large advantage, but have taken and made 40 fewer shots than their opponents this season.
The Wonder Boys have a balanced scoring attack, with just two players averaging over 10 points per game. Darrick Little leads the team with 13 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Marshawn Arnold is the only other player with more than 10 points per game, with 11 points and 4.4 boards per outing.
Against the Wonder Boys
Last year the Tigers went 0-2 against ATU, falling by an average of 15 points per game.
Senior Colby Carr leads the ECU returners with 8.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while senior Henry Pwono added eight points and seven boards.
Tyler Friedel and Bobby Hatchett are the top returners for the Wonder Boys. Friedel tallied 8.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game, while Hatchett added 7.5 points and 2.5 boards per game.
The Wonder Boys currently hold a 12-7 advantage in the all-time series after winning the last four games. The series dates back to the 1957-58 season.
Mitchell Up for Good Works Team
Senior Miles Mitchell was recently named a nominee for the 2014 Allstate Good Works Team. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.
Mitchell is one of 43 nominees for the DII, DIII and NAIA section and the only member of the group from the Great American Conference. The team will be announced in February and will consist of five student-athletes from the group of 43.
The Tigers new look and focus has resulted in a more even box score, with at most one player not scoring or earning a rebound in each outing so far this season. At least half of the 10 players in each game have also dished out an assist.
Making a Difference Off the Court
On the court is not the only place that you can find a member of ECU men’s basketball team this season. Since head coach Ja Havens has taken over the program the Tigers have renewed their commitment to community service. ECU has been a part of several community service projects since the start of the school year, with an emphasis on youth events. The Tigers have been to several elementary and middle schools in the area to read with the students and to get to know their younger fans.
A coaching change did not stop senior Colby Carr from continuing his consistent performances on the court. Carr has recorded at least one point and one rebound in all 33 games since he joined the Tigers in 2012-13. The New Orleans, La., native is also not afraid to share the ball, dishing out an assists in the last 22 games for ECU.
Starting Out on the Right Path
For the first time since joining the GAC, the Tigers picked up a win in their first conference game of the season when they defeated Ouachita Baptist 81-54.
Tigers Picked to Finish 10th
The Tigers were picked to finish 10th in the Great American Conference in the 2013-14 GAC Preseason Poll as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
ECU received 28 points in the poll and were above Southern Arkansas, with 22 points.
The Tigers will finish their four-game road trip after having a week off for finals. ECU will face Rogers State, Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m.