Tech men to wrap up season at Parkside
HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team will close out their regular season this weekend on the road as they will face the Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers.
“It is hard to believe that the (GLIAC) tournament is next weekend,” said Huskies head coach Kevin Luke. “It seems like it was just yesterday that it was preseason.”
The Huskies (10-6) are coming off a big 75-62 win over Grand Valley State last weekend. In that contest, the Huskies began the game with a 22-2 run and shot 50 percent from the field.
“Hopefully we can keep that momentum from the weekend going because we are going to need it against a very good Parkside.” said Luke. “They are a very balanced team. They’ve got some big guys that can shoot the three and can put it off the glass inside.”
The Rangers enter the weekend at 9-7. They are averaging 70.1 points per game and shooting 45 percent from the field. From three-point range they are shooting at a 37-percent clip. They are led by Troy Craft who is averaging 15.3 points per game. Solomon Oreagbu follows with 13.1
On the other end of the court, the Huskies are averaging 66.4 points per game and shooting 46 percent from the field. They are shooting 38 percent from the three-point line. Owen White leads the scoring with 21.3 points per game. Eric Carl follows with 12.1.
White was named this week’s GLIAC North Player of the Week in part for his 30-point performance on Saturday against Grand Valley State.
“We are going to need not only Owen but Trent (Bell) and Dawson (Bilski) to come through for us,” said Luke. “We will need to execute our systems on both end of the court.”
As this year’s season wraps up, Tech sits atop the GLIAC North and are third in the conference overall. With this year’s modified tournament, all the teams make the tournament with the top four teams getting a bye in the opening round. With that in mind, Luke noted that there are a number possibilities this weekend that could determine their post-season status.
“It’s crazy who could get the top four seeds,” he said. “The schedule will be tough this weekend for everyone as teams are so close. We are all playing, and we all have a chance to win the tournament. Certainly that is a good thing. We have to be good, and we need to perform as it’s tournament time.”
Tip off is set for 3 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday at UW-Parkside.