2018-19 CWRU Men’s Basketball Season Preview


Nov 07, 2018

After seeing the team’s overall record climb by four wins from the previous season in 2017-18, the Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team will be looking to take another large step forward entering the 2018-19 season.The Spartans finished last season with a 12-13 ledger, including a program-best five game conference winning streak.  In addition, CWRU’s six conference wins matched the program record for the most in a single 14-game University Athletic Association season, as the squad finished fifth in the league standings, its highest finish since the 2014-15 season.  Case Western Reserve’s high-paced offense averaged 75.0 points per game and ranked second in the conference with 9.5 made three pointers per contest.”We have a lot of players who played a lot of minutes over the last two years, even though we don’t have a senior,” said Head Coach Todd McGuinness, now in his third year at the team’s helm.  “We have a team that has played in the same system, has a little more accountability, and knows what to do.  We also have the young players who can fill in where needed.”This year’s team will be bringing back nine players from last year’s squad, including All-UAA Honorable Mention and rising sophomore guard Ignas Masiulionis.  In addition to the veterans, a talented and large freshman class, consisting of 10 newcomers, will add depth and a new dimension to the group.”Our season is going to be determined on rebounding and defense.  The offense is going to be there, and we have enough options that can shoot the ball,” said McGuinness.  “We need to stop the opponent, get rebounds when it matters, and set the pace of our games.  That is what this season will come down to.”Frontcourt The most important departure from last year’s squad will be T.J. Duckett, a two-time All-UAA First Team selection, who will …

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