MBB Preview: Basketball Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Tournament At Mohegan Sun Arena

MBB Preview: Basketball Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Tournament At Mohegan Sun Arena

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Sacred Heart Pioneers (0-2) vs. Saint Peter's Peacocks (0-2)

Saturday, Nov. 18 - 7:30 PM

Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, Conn.


Setting the Scene... Sacred Heart takes on Saint Peter's Saturday night in the Springfield bracket of the 2017 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena. 

Last Time Out.. SHU fell to 0-2 on the season with a 73-53 loss at Boston College Tuesday night. Joseph Lopez led the Pioneers with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Mario Matasovic added 14 points and six rebounds. The Pioneers led 31-30 at halftime Tuesday, but shot just 23.3% from the field in the second half.

Scouting The Tournament Field... SHU has faced one of its potential opponents this weekend. The Pioneers are 0-4 all-time against Maine, but have not faced the Black Bears since 2001. 

Glass Cleaners... For the second straight game, SHU outrebounded its opponent Tuesday night with a 51-38 margin at Boston College. SHU outrebounded Holy Cross by 20, 44-24, in the season opener. Through two games, SHU as a rebound margin of +16.5, 18th-best in the nation through the early part of the season. The Pioneers highest rebound margin all of last season was 17. 

Lopez Double-Doubles Up, Again... Joseph Lopez posted a second consecutive double-double Tuesday night at Boston College. The senior forward had 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds after having 15 points and 13 rebounds in the season opener against Holy Cross. Lopez is seventh in the nation in rebounding at 13.5 points per game. He is one of 39 players in the country to already have multiple double-doubles this season.

Matasovic Making Shots... Redshirt-Senior forward Mario Matasovic is primed to be a key contributor for the Pioneers this season. Matasovic was 6-for-9 from the field Tuesday night at Boston College for 14 points and added six rebounds. Through two games this season, Matasovic is shooting 61.1% from the field. 

Anosike's Blocking Shots... Freshman forward E.J. Anosike blocked two shots and pulled down five rebounds in 19 minutes at Boston College Tuesday night. In his first two collegiate games, Anosike is averaging eight points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.

Scouting Saint Peter's... Picked eighth in the MAAC preseason poll, the Peacocks are 0-2 after dropping a 75-66 game to #20 Northwestern at Allstate Arena on Monday night. Nick Griffin led Saint Peter's with 19 points, as Samuel Idowu and Cameron Jones added 14 points each. The Peacocks have averaged 53 points per game to start the season, shooting 37.8% from the field. Griffin leads Saint Peter's in scoring with 13 points per game. Jones has averaged 11.5 points per game off the bench. 

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