SEATTLE – (Mar. 1) Seattle U men’s basketball closes out the 2017-18 regular-season on Saturday, Mar. 3, traveling to face Utah Valley at the UCCU Center in Orem, Utah. The Redhawks enter the Western Athletic Conference finale with a 19-11 overall record and 8-5 league mark, good for a tie for third in the standings. The Wolverines enter with a 20-9 overall record and 9-4 WAC mark, good for second place. The game, which tips off at 7 p.m. Mountain, 6 p.m. Pacific, will stream live on the WAC Digital Network. Fans can also tune in to KTTH 770 AM in Seattle or online at mynorthwest.com as Dave Grosby returns for his ninth season on air for the Redhawks.
FOLLOW THE REDHAWKS
- Saturday, Mar. 3 at 6:00 p.m. PT
- UCCU Center, Orem, UT
- Game Notes
- Live Stats
- Listen on KTTH 770 AM
- Watch on WAC Digital Network
ABOUT THE GAME
- Seattle U (19-11, 8-5 WAC) vs. Utah Valley (20-9, 9-4 WAC)
- All-time series - Seattle U leads, 9-7
- Last meeting - Seattle U 55, Utah Valley (Feb. 3, 2018 at KeyArena)
WHAT’S AT STAKE
While the top seed (New Mexico State) and bottom seed (Chicago State) are already locked in, seeds 2-7 for the WAC Tournament are still up for grabs as the league’s eight teams head into their final regular-season game. Depending on a variety of scenarios, the Redhawks can finish second (if Seattle U beats Utah Valley and CSU Bakersfield beats Grand Canyon), third (if Seattle U beats Utah Valley and Grand Canyon beats CSU Bakersfield) or fourth (if Seattle U loses to Utah Valley).
NEWS AND NOTES
- Seattle U enters its final regular-season game having dropped two straight on the road, most recently a 64-57 setback at CSU Bakersfield. It marks just the second time this season that the Redhawks have dropped back-to-back games.
- The Redhawks remain in the hunt for their 20th win of the season at Utah Valley on Saturday. The last Division I 20-win season for the program was 1963-64 when the then Chieftains went 22-6.
- Aaron Menzies has 30 blocks in his last nine outings and ranks second in the WAC, averaging 2.1 per game for the season. His 64 blocks is an all-time Seattle U record, surpassing the previous record of 57, set by David White in 2006-07.
- As a team, the Redhawks have 106 blocks, the most for a single season in the program’s modern-day Division I history.
- Other modern-day DI team records set so far this season include 3-pters made (276) and FT% (74.7).
- In games played through Feb. 22, Seattle U is ranked in the top 50 nationally in five team statistical categories. The Redhawks are 26th in FG% defense (40.7), 36th in rebounds (1,147), 47th in 3-pters (276), 44th in defensive rebounds per game (27.40), 49th in the nation in FT% (75.4).
- Matej Kavas is 10th in the nation in 3-pt FG% (46.2). Aaron Menzies is 20th in o-boards (3.37 per game), 30th in blocks (64), 35th in double-doubles (12)and 32nd in blocks per game (2.13).
- The Redhawks lead the Western Athletic Conference in free-throw percentage (74.7) and 3-pt FGs made (276) 9.2 per game). They also rank second in scoring (76.5), and 3-pt FG% (37.2), and third in FG% (45.1) and FG% defense (40.7).
- Matej Kavas ranks third in the WAC in scoring (15.7 ppg), first in 3-pt FG% (46.2) and first in 3-pt FGs made (78, 2.7 per game). Aaron Menzies ranks second in blocks (64, 2.1 per game), rebounds per game (8.9) third in FG% (61.9). Jordan Hill is first in minutes per game (33.2), fourth in 3-pt FGs (67, 2.3 per game) and fifth in scoring (13.4) and Richaud Gittens is fifth in steals (37, 1.3 per game).
GET YOUR WAC TOURNAMENT TICKETS!
Be a part of this historic season by joining the Redhawks in Vegas for the 2018 WAC Championship Tournament on March 7-11 at the Orleans Arena. The men's and women's tournament winners will advance to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. All-session ticket packages are on sale now. The tournament begins Wednesday, March 7 with the women's first round of play, followed by a full day of men's action on Thursday, March 8. The championship games will be contested on Saturday, March 11. Click here to secure your all-session passes, which consist of entry into 16 games over four days, in or near Section 105 - the official Seattle U section at The Orleans Arena.