Truman State men's basketball gets ready for Lindenwood
Three games in four days is what awaits the Truman State University men's basketball team on week two of the 2017-18 season. Fresh off a 2-0 start with wins over Trevecca Nazarene (84-73) and Cedarville (75-65), the Bulldogs will now get set for Lindenwood, Upper Iowa and top-ranked Northwest Missouri State.
The Purple and White split their matchups with the Lions and Peacocks last season as Lindenwood won at its place, 94-83, and Truman beat Upper Iowa inside Pershing Arena, 87-76. As for Northwest Missouri State, it will be Truman's first meeting with the defending National Champions of the Chris Foster era. In the 97+ years of Truman basketball, the Bulldogs have faced no team more than Northwest Missouri State with 195 all-time meetings.
As for the team's top three scorers after two games, one you'd probably expect to be on top and the other two may come as a surprise. Jake Velky is the ringleader in scoring with 22.5 points per game while Zach Fischer is right behind him with 20 per contest. Then comes Taurin Hughes with 11.5 points per game. Velky was the team's leading scorer last year, but Fischer and Hughes both made their first career starts this past week.
Lindenwood competed in the MIAA/NSIC Classic to begin the season on Nov. 10-11 in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. against the likes of Bemidji State (74-63) and Minnesota Duluth (69-61). In those two games, Chandler Diekvoss was the leader for the Lions with 20.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while Brad Newman also averaged double-figures with an even 10 per contest. Drew Moore and T.J. Crockett were right outside of double-digits with 9.5 and 9.0 points per game, respectively.
Lindenwood is in year No. 3 under head coach, Lance Randall, who has a record of 39-26 (.600 winning percentage) during his tenure in St. Charles. In his first season, Randall led the Lions to their first MIAA Tournament in program history before helping them to their most wins in the NCAA era in year two. In 2016-17, Randall had to replace nearly 85 percent of his offense from the previous year and still led Lindenwood to its first 20-win season since moving to the NCAA Division II level.
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