The Buena Vista men's basketball team looks to extend its current overall win streak to four games on Saturday when it hosts Coe College in an Iowa Conference showdown inside of Siebens Fieldhouse.
Who: Coe (2-4, 0-1 IIAC) @ Buena Vista (4-1, 1-0 IIAC)
When: Saturday, December 2 * 4:00pm
Where: Siebens Fieldhouse * Storm Lake, Iowa
Radio: 97.5FM KBVU
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Inside the Series: Today is the 46th all-time meeting between the two teams with BVU holding a convincing 33-12 lead in the series. Both teams overcame 20-point deficits to win on last second shots on each other's home court a season ago. The Beavers have won nine of the last 11 games in the series.
Last Time Out: The Beavers won their third straight game overall on Wednesday night when they edged Simpson College, 91-90, in their Iowa Conference opener. Adam Juhl hit a three-point bucket with 12.4 seconds left for the eventual game-winner. Billy Sparks made a career-high six shots from downtown to finish with a career-high 22 points. David Jeffries added 20 points, six rebounds and four assists.
The Storm dropped their second straight game overall when they fell at Grand View University on Sunday, 78-69. Sam Amsbaugh scored 29 points and grabbed 13 boards to lead Simpson while Conor Riordan chipped in with 21 points, four assists and three steals.
Sharp Shooters: The Beavers are third in the IIAC in field goal percentage (50.3 percent). A total of five players are currently shooting better than 50 percent from the field with six players better than 40 percent from downtown. Billy Sparks played in his first career Iowa Conference game on Wednesday and made a career-high six three-point buckets and is 14-of-24 from downtown this season.
Home Cookin': Buena Vista has had a great deal of success inside of Siebens Fieldhouse under head coach Brian Van Haaften against conference foes. In those 21 years, BVU has gone 179-31.
Swimming in Depth: BVU plays a consistent 10-man rotation with all 10 players averaging better than 12.0 minutes per game. Nine of those 10 players are also averaging better than 5.4ppg with five of them hauling in over 3.5 rebounds per contest.
Starting Fast: Over the last two games, Buena Vista has chalked up 132 first half points and has led going into the break in four out of the first five games.
Crazy Comebacks: In the two meetings between the two teams last season, each team came out victorious on each other's home court. In both instances, the winning team overcame a 20-point second-half deficit and would each hit a game-winning three-point basket as time expired.
About BVU: BVU is among the hottest shooting teams in the league, ranking third in field goal percentage (50.3 percent), first in three-point percentage (45.8 percent) and third in free-throw percentage (78.1 percent). The team's 89.8ppg is second and it's also third in rebounding at 40.8 per contest. Jeffries, last year's IIAC Defensive Player of the Year, is fourth in scoring (20.0ppg) and second in field goal percentage (59.4 percent). Sparks, meanwhile, is tops in the league in three-point percentage at 58 percent and third in free-throw percentage (92.9 percent). Thomas Wisecup's 4.8 assists per outing ranks him third.
The Beavers went 10-6 in IIAC play a season ago and return just two starters (Jeffries and Wisecup). Canyon Hopkins, Matt Goodman and Brady Dicks have all given the team a nice inside presence so far this season, combing for 28 points and 19 rebounds against the Storm. Hopkins is averaging 10.2ppg overall with all three averaging right around 5.0rpg.
About Coe: For the year, Coe is scoring just over 75.0ppg and is leading the IIAC in field goal percentage at 51.2 percent. The Kohawks also shoot the long range shot well, drilling 42 percent of their attempts. Hook is leading the team in scoring thus far at 12.0ppg with TJ Kaufmann ranking in the top-10 of the league in three-point shooting at 42.9 percent. Defensively, the Kohawks are ninth in the league in rebounding at 31.3 per game.
Coe is coming off a 10-15 campaign in 2016-17 which included a 6-10 mark in conference play. The Kohawks were picked to finish eighth in this year's coaches poll and do not return any All-IIAC performers, but do have three starters back.
Looking Ahead: Buena Vista will step out of Iowa Conference play next Saturday when it hosts UW-La Crosse inside Siebens Fieldhouse. It'll then play a pair of games in the state of Illinois before traveling out to California for two games over the holiday break. The Kohawks travel to Luther for an IIAC contest Wednesday night before hosting North Park on December 9.