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Men's Basketball Hits the Road to Face Hofstra
Updated: Thursday 01/21/2014 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Winners in nine of their last 12 games, the William and Mary men's basketball team hits the road, traveling to Hofstra on Wednesday night. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. from the Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, N.Y. The game starts a stretch of four games in eight days for the Tribe and is also part of a sequence with five of the next seven games on the road.

Tribe fans can listen in over the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley on the call. The flagship stations of the Tribe Radio Network are The Tide 92.3 FM and 107.9 Bach FM. The audio stream can also be heard over TribeAthletics.com.The live video stream will be available for free via Pride Productions. 

  Game Day Information  -  Game 17 at Hofstra
When:      Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 7 PM
 Where:     Hempstead, N.Y.  |  Maps/Directions  |  Visiting Hofstra
Venue:     Mack Sports Complex  |  Seating Chart
Multimedia:     Live Stats  |  Live Video  |  Listen Online
Tickets:     Hofstra Ticket Information  |  Buy Online
Game Notes:  
 William and Mary  |  Hofstra
Season Stats:  
 William and Mary  |  Hofstra CAA
Highlights:  
 Tribe vs. James Madison   |   Tribe at Delaware
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 CAA Hoops Scoop  |  CAAHoops.com

News and Notes
- Hofstra leads the all-time series with the Tribe, 14-7, but W&M has won two of the last three meetings. Last season, the teams split their contests by identical 72-59 scores with each winning of their home floor.

- The Tribe ranks as one of the top offensive teams in the country according to KenPom.com, as of Jan. 20. W&M is 12th nationally in effective field goal percentage, 27th in 3-point percentage, 41st in 2-point field goal percentage and 50th in adjust offensive efficiency.

- W&M has outrebounded each of its last four opponents and in CAA games only, ranks second in the league in rebounding margin (+6.0).

- Over the last five games, W&M is averaging 10.6 3-pointers per contest and shooting 45.7 percent (53-of-116) from distance. The Tribe leads the CAA and ranks 14th nationally in 3-pointer made per game (8.8).

- Senior Tim Rusthoven became the 36th player to score 1,000 career points in W&M history with his 13-point effort at Delaware. He is just the 17th player in program history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds over his career. W&M is one of four teams nationally with three 1,000-point scorers on its roster.

- Senior guard Brandon Britt is averaging 13 points, three rebounds and 2.7 assists per game over the last three games. In his career against Hofstra, Britt is averaging 15 points per game.

- Junior guard Marcus Thornton became the 18th player in W&M history to score more than 1,200 career points at Delaware.

- The Tribe leads the CAA in field goal percentage (47.0), 3-point percentage (38.7), assists (13.9), steals (6.2) and 3-pointers made (8.8).

Scouting Hofstra
Hofstra enters the game with the Tribe at 6-12 overall and 2-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association in its first season under head coach Joe Mihalich, who moved to the head of the Pride after picking up 265 career wins in 15 years at Niagara. After dropping its league opener at Delaware, 86-79, the Pride picked up CAA wins over College of Charleston, 75-71, at home and on the road at UNCW, 69-64, on Jan. 15. Most recently, Hofstra played its final non-conference game of the season, suffering a 73-49 loss at SMU on Sunday night. The game was originally scheduled for Dec. 7, but was postponed due to a winter storm.

Hofstra is one of the top rebounding teams in the CAA, and specifically on the offensive end. The Pride is third in the CAA in rebounding margin, averaging 3.4 more than its opponents per game. HU is second in the league at 12.9 offensive rebounds per game, but they are even better in percentage of offensive rebound, collecting 37.1 percent of their missed shots. That number leads the CAA and ranks 34th nationally. Offensively, Hofstra ranks 25th nationally at getting to the free throw line. The Pride is third in the CAA at 6.7 3-pointers per game, while ranking fifth in field goal percentage (42.5) and 3-point percentage (33.2). On the other side, Hofstra allows its opponents to average 73.7 points per game, and shooting percentage of 45.1 from the field and 36.4 from 3-point range.

In total, seven different Hofstra players average better than six points per game. Zeke Upshaw leads the Pride and the CAA in scoring at 19.1 points per game. He has been even better in CAA play, averaging 22.7 points per game, while shooting 57.7 percent from 3-point range. Dion Nesmith is second on the team at 12.4 points per game, which ranks 15th in the league. He is also fourth in the league in assists per game (3.8) and sixth in 3-point percentage (39.7). Stephen Nwaukoni and Moussa Kone lead the Pride in rebounding at 8.5 and 6.0 per game, respectively, which rank fourth and 12th in the CAA.

Hofstra leads the all-time series with the Tribe at 14-7, including a 7-2 advantage in Hempstead, N.Y. W&M has won two of the last three meetings between the two teams, but the squads split the series last season with each team winning by matching 72-59 scores on their home courts.

Offensive Effectiveness
The Tribe ranks as one of the top offenses in the country in 2013-14. According to KenPom.com, as of Jan. 20, W&M ranks 12th nationally in effective field goal percentage (55.2), while coming in 27th in 3-point percentage and 41st in 2-point field goal percentage (52.6). Effective field goal percentage is the same as field goal percentage but gives teams more credit for 3-pointers made. The Web site also rates the Tribe as the 50th-best in adjusted offensive efficiency (111.7) in the country. W&M also leads the CAA in field goal percentage (47.0), assists (13.9), steals (6.2), 3-point percentage (38.7) and 3-pointers made per game (8.8), while coming in second in scoring (74.0) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2). According to the NCAA statistics, as of Jan. 19, the Green and Gold is 14th in nationally in 3-pointers made per game.

Improved Defense
As the 2013-14 has progressed, the Tribe continues to improve on the defensive end of the floor and the numbers bare it out, especially in Colonial Athletic Association play. In its most recent victory over James Madison, W&M limited the Dukes to just 56 points, the best defensive effort for the Green and Gold this season. In league play only, the Tribe ranks third in the CAA in scoring defense, allowing foes to score just 68.3 points per game. W&M is second in 3-point defense, holding its league counterparts to just 25.8 percent from long range. League opponents are also shooting just 44 percent from the floor against the Tribe in conference play.

Rebounding Effort
While the Tribe is not known for its ability on the glass, the Green and Gold have been crashing the boards at a higher rate of last. After only outrebounding the competition four times in the opening 12 games of the season, the Tribe controlled the glass, outrebounding its opponent in each of the last four games. W&M is 7-1 this season when outrebounding the competition. In CAA play only, the Tribe ranks second in the league in rebounding margin, holding a six-board advantage on the glass. The Tribe is the top team in CAA in rebounding defense, limiting opponents to just 33 rebounds per game overall and 30.3 in CAA games only. 

3 x 1,000
With senior forward Tim Rusthoven joining teammates Marcus Thornton and Brandon Britt as a 1,000-point scorer in his Tribe career, W&M possess its first trio of 1,000-point scorers on the same roster for just the second time in school history and the first in 36 years. The Green and Gold also joined a group of four teams nationally with three 1,000-point scorers on its current roster. VCU, Saint Louis and USC Upstate have three 1,000-point scorers as well. Rusthoven tallied his 1,000th career point, leading the Tribe with 13 at Delaware on Jan. 15. Thornton reached the milestone against High Point earlier this season, and Britt became the 34th player in program history to accomplish the feat when he reached the mark last season in the CAA Quarterfinals vs. JMU. The last time W&M had a trio of 1,000-point scorers on the same roster was during the 1976-77 campaign. During that season, John Lowenhaupt, Ron Satterthwaite and Matt Courage each had already scored over 1,000 points for their careers.

Teams Nationally with Three 1,000-Point Scorers
VCU (Atlantic 10)
Juvonte Reddic (1,227), Treveon Graham (1,069) and Rob Brandenberg (1,061)

USC Upstate (Atlantic Sun)
Torrey Craig (1,876), Ty Greene (1,100) and Ricardo Glenn (1,013)

William & Mary (CAA)
Marcus Thornton (1,221), Brandon Britt (1,071) and Tim Rusthoven (1,025)

Saint Louis (Atlantic 10)
Dwayne Evans (1,319), Mike McCall, Jr. (1,038) and Jordair Jett (1,001)

Britt Returning to Form
Recently, senior guard Brandon Britt has started to round into form after missing the first nine games of the season. Over the last three games, the Chesapeake, Va., native is averaging 13 points, three rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, while shooting 65 percent (13-of-20) from the field and 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from 3-point range. He enjoyed his best game of the year to date against Drexel on Jan. 8, scoring 15 points off the bench, while hitting on 4-of-6 from the floor, including a perfect 2-of-2 from 3-point range, and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He added a team-best four assists compared to zero turnovers and pulled down a pair of rebounds. He followed that up with  12 points on 5-of-8 from the field, including a 2-of-3 effort from 3-point range, to go with three rebounds and three assists at Delaware, before hitting for 12 points on 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-pointer range vs. JMU. On the year, Britt is averaging 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game since returning to the lineup. In CAA games only, he leads the league in 3-point percentage (77.8), while ranking second in field goal percentage (65.0), seventh in 3-pointers made (2.3), 10th in assists per game (2.7) and 15th in scoring (13.0).










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