|Posted by Brian Dickmann on November 18, 2016 at 5:25 PM|
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Coming off a disastrous 76-58 loss at the University of the Pacific in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the Green Bay Phoenix will look to rebound with three games in three days as part of the Bill Frack Tournament at Bowling Green University this weekend.
Green Bay will literally look to rebound as the Tigers battered the Phoenix on the boards Tuesday morning, 60-37, with neither team shooting particularly well due to the 1:00 AM (CT) tip-off.
This weekend's tournament at Bowling Green is named in honor of Bill Frack, one of the Bowling Green’s biggest supporters, who donated over $20 million to the program before passing away in 2014. The inaugural event features four mid-major teams playing a round robin – Green Bay, Bowling Green, Murray State, and UMKC.
The Phoenix (1-1) start tournament play Saturday night at 6:00 against one of the premier mid-major programs in the country, Murray State. The Racers are off to a 1-1 start as well, posting a victory over Missouri Valley Conference foe Illinois State before losing to last season’s NCAA Tournament cinderella Middle Tennessee State.
The Racers return three starters from a team that went 17-14 overall last season, tying for first in the Ohio Valley Conference’s West Division. Several players average at least 15.5 points per game, led by Jonathan Stark (21.0), Damarcus Croaker (17.5), and Bryce Jones (15.5).
Murray State was a unanimous pick to win the OVC West Division again this season in the league’s preseason poll and was second overall in the poll behind only Belmont, who the Phoenix will face in Green Bay on December 17th.
Green Bay’s second game in the tournament comes Saturday evening against the hometown Falcons. Bowling Green is led by second year head coach Michael Huger who played his college ball at Bowling Green. They went 16-18 overall last season and, as a #12 seed, made the program’s first appearance in the MAC Tournament semifinals since 2009 where they lost to #1 seed Akron.
The Falcons, who were picked to finish 5th in the MAC’s East Division in the league’s preseason poll, are led by quartet of double figure scorers: Wes Alcegaire, (15.5 points per game so far this season), as well as Ismail Ali, Zack Denny, and Rasheed Worrell, all which are averaging 11.0 points per game.
Tip-time for Green Bay v Bowling Green on Sunday is 5:00 PM and will be streamed on ESPN3.
The Phoenix final game of the tournament will be a Monday matinee at the Stroh Center when they take on the University of Missouri-Kansas City at 3:00 PM. The Kangaroos enter the tournament with a 1-1 record with a solid 68-62 victory over Drake and a tough 89-82 loss at Creighton so far this season.
UMKC returns their top three scorers from their 12-19 team a season ago: LaVell Boyd (6’0”), Martez Harrison (5’11”), and Dashawn King (6’3”). Through two games this season, Harrison (19.5 points per game) and Boyd (13.0) lead the team in scoring again so far this season. The Kangaroos – who were picked to finish 6th in the 8-team Western Athletic Conference preseason poll – have eight newcomers this season: five freshmen, a junior college transfer, and two Division I transfers.
Following the tournament, Green Bay will take on Central Michigan on Saturday, November 26th at the Resch Center before embarking on their second four game road trip of the young season with road games at Kansas State (11/30), Toledo (12/3), Central Michigan (12/6), and Wisconsin (12/14).
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