Boston University (0-3) vs. Cleveland State (4-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 25th, 2:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Thomas M. Ryan Center (7,657) -- Kingston, Rhode Island. Television: None. Home Record: Boston 0-1, Cleveland St. 2-0. Away Record: Boston 0-2, Cleveland St. 2-0. Neutral Record: Boston 0-0, Cleveland St. 0-0. Conference Record: Boston 0-0, Cleveland St. 0-0. Series Record: Boston leads, 2-1.
GAME NOTES: The Boston University Terriers and Cleveland State Vikings resume play in the Legends Classic Subregional rounds, squaring off in Kingston, at the Ryan Center.
Joe Jones' first season with Boston hasn't started well, with the Terriers still in search of their first win of the season. Boston opened the season with an overtime loss to Northeastern (82-74). That was followed with a pair of opening round action of the Legends Classic to Texas (82-46) and Cornell (71-66).
Gary Waters' Vikings haven't lost yet this season. The team moved to 4-0 with Tuesday's 57-53 victory at Kent State. The Vikings have a marquee victory on the season already, upsetting then seventh-ranked Vanderbilt in Nashville earlier in the month as part of this event.
Boston leads the all-time series, 2-1.
Darryl Partin erupted for a game-high 29 points, but the performance was wasted, as Boston dropped a five-point decision to Cornell. Partin was 8-of-17 from the floor and a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. Patrick Hazel and D.J. Irving chipped in with 10 points apiece and Dom Morris just missed a double-double with nine points and 14 rebounds in the setback. Partin has been outstanding thus far, averaging 22.7 ppg. Irving is the only other Terrier averaging double digits with 12.3 ppg. The Terriers lack scoring depth after that. The team is averaging just 62.0 ppg, while allowing a generous 78.3 ppg.
Strong defensive play has long been the norm at Cleveland State and this season is no different. CSU has already forced 94 turnovers in the first four games, while averaging 12.5 steals per outing. The Vikings are enjoying a +8.3 turnover margin and are holding foes to a mere 58.0 ppg. Offensively, the team looks to D'Aundary Brown to lead the way, He has done just that, shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and putting up 16.3 ppg. Trevon Harmon and Jeremy Montgomery provide scoring depth with 11.3 and 10.3 ppg, respectively. In the win over Kent State, CSU led in the game the whole way. Montgomery led the way with 13 points, while Brown finished with 11. The Vikings forced the Golden Flashes into 22 turnovers and turned those miscues into 24 points.
Until the Terriers find support for Partin, they are going to continue to lose. The Vikings should be able to dominate with their tenacious defensive approach.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Cleveland State 71, Boston 57
11/25 10:33:54 ET