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Dordt-Indiana Wesleyan Preview
March 7, 2013
GAMETIME… Dordt College will face Indiana Wesleyan on Friday, March 8 at 10:15 AM in the second round of the NAIA Men’s Division II National Basketball Tournament hosted by the College of the Ozarks near Branson, Missouri at Point Lookout. The game will be broadcast on KDCR 88.5 FM and there will be an audio webstream available at www.dordt.edu.athletics. Results and updates will be available at https://twitter.com/dcathletics and at www.dordt.edu/athletics when complete.
NAIA COVERAGE… Video Webstream information (pay per view)
SCOUTING REPORT… Indiana Wesleyan is 26-6 entering the second round and boast a 14-4 record out of the Crossroads League. The four losses in conference play for the Wildcats are to Saint Francis (89-73), Spring Arbor (71-68 and 58-48) and Grace (80-77). Wesleyan also lost to Cornerstone early in the season and dropped a conference tournament quarterfinal round game to Huntington. Wesleyan was 15-1 on January 2 and have gone 11-5 since. Wesleyan is the no. 7 seed in the tournament.
Greg Tonagel’s team has outscored teams 72.1-64.6 this season and hold opponents to 43.2 percent shooting while making 47.3 percent of their field goal attempts. The Wildcats have converted 174-454 three-point shots and have outrebounded teams 43.7-31.8.
Jordan Weidner tops the team with 17.5 points per game and he has handed out a team high 150 assists with 37 steals. Weidner has converted 54-137 three-point shots for 39.4 percent success. Patrick Hopkins adds 17.1 points per game and takes down a team high 10.5 rebounds per game. Hopkins is making 53.4 percent of his tries. George Jones and Aaron Martin score 7.9 and 7.8 points per game respectively. Aaron Martin and DJ Bettinger score 6.2 and 5.6 points per game respectively and they have 47 and 37 three-pointers respectively.
DEFENDER NOTES… Dordt College is 27-6 this season and finished the year with a 15-5 GPAC mark and second place in the final conference standings. Dordt went on to win the post-season tournament championship and is currently on a eight game winning streak. Dordt has won 11 of 12 games and has played ten games this season against teams in the NAIA National Tournament field with three of its losses coming to entrants Dakota State, Northwestern and Midland. The Defenders are the no. 10 seed in the tournament.
Dordt is averaging 80.7 points per game on offense and limit teams to 68.8 points per game defensively. The Defenders have converted 50.8 percent of their field goals while teams are making 42.7 percent against them. Dordt holds a 38.9-30.1 rebounding advantage and have turned the ball over 458 times in 32 games while forcing 396 turnovers. The Defenders are 225-595 from the three point line for 37.8 percent success and they have made 68.9 percent of their free throws this season (529-768).
Trevor Wolterstorff is scoring at a 14.6 points per game clip to go with a team high rebounding average of 6.7. Wolterstorff has 55 assists and has converted 57.3 percent of his field goals. Cliff Warner is good for 14.6 points per game with a season total 121 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game. Warner has made 116-260 three-pointers for 44.6 percent success. Jordan Vogel is at 13.1 points per game with 5.2 rebounds and he converts 65.5 percent of his field goals. Chris Sievers is at 10.4 points per game and he is making 56.1 percent of his field goals. Austin Katje chips in with 9.9 points per game and has made 50 three-point baskets. Kyle Lindbergh has lifted his scoring average to 7.4 points per game and he hauls down 6.2 rebounds. Lindbergh has handed out 80 assists and has 40steals. Shawn Keizer adds 4.5 points and 3.8 rebounds and is 28-69 on shots from behind the arc.
NEXT...The winner of this game will advance to the quarterfinal round of the tournament on Saturday at 3:00 against the Bellevue-Cardinal Stritch winner.
LAST TIME… Indiana Wesleyan beat Lourdes 62-60 in the first round of the tournament and needed overtime to slide by the Ohio team. Hopkins topped Wesleyan with 19 points and 13 rebounds while George Jones came off the bench to score 14. Jordan Weidner and Aaron Martin each had 11 points in the win as Wesleyan was outrebounded 32-26. The Wildcats made 22-44 shots from the field and 12-20 free throws and forced 11 turnovers. Weidner dished off a game high six assists.
Dordt trailed 10-6 early in its game with Northwest but used a nine point run to go up 15-10 and never trailed again in winning 79-59. Cliff Warner topped Dordt’s shooting effort with 20 points including three, three-point shots to lift his career mark to 228. Trevor Wolterstorff had 15 points and five rebounds while Chris Sievers came off the bench to score 13. Austin Katje added 12 and Kyle Linbergh scored six with a game high 10 rebounds.
SERIES….This is the first meeting between these two teams.
HISTORY…This is the fifth straight berth in the tournament for Indiana Wesleyan. The Wildcats were bounced from the tournament last year in the first round by Warner Pacific. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 the Crossroads League member was a quarterfinalist.
Dordt won its first two games at the 2012 National Tournament after building leads and holding on. The Defenders were up on Cal-Maritime in the opener 32-22 at halftime and went on to win 63-54 while converting 26-51 shots and holding a 43-20 rebounding advantage. Turnovers were a factor as Dordt had 21. Trevor Wolterstorff had 19 points and ten rebounds with Cliff Warner adding 15 points with six rebounds and three assists. Jordan Vogel tossed in 12 points with seven rebounds.
The second round game had Dordt enjoying a 39-22 halftime lead before Warner Pacific staged a comeback that came up short 77-70. Dordt held a 32-22 rebounding advantage and got 26 points and six rebounds from Warner while Austin Katje added 17 and Jordan Vogel 14.
One day later the Defender season ended in the quarterfinals against McPherson 82-78. The Defenders got 24 points from Cliff Warner with three assists and a steal. Wolterstorff and Chris Sievers each had 13 points in the loss. Dordt was outrebounded 37-30 and didn’t help themselves at the free throw line where they were 13-22.
The Defenders also advanced to the Division II National Tournament in 2006 when they were bounced in the first round by Lindenwood. Dordt’s previous trip to the national tournament was in 1988 when they advanced to the quarterfinals in the one class field.
THE FIELD (Upsets Galore To Start)…Day one of the tournament was not good for the better seeds as we bid farewell to five seeded teams with three of them falling out of the top quarter of the field. The biggest upset came when the host school, College of the Ozarks, beat no. 3 seed Northwest. York and Midland both earned their first wins ever in the national field in a pair of upsets that sent the no. 8 and no. 9 seeds home.
Thursday saw the order restored as three of the top four seeds won games in Dordt’s quarterfinal bracket with the lone upset coming in mild form as Bellevue beat Rochester. Later in the day St. Thomas dropped Mount Mercy from the seeded ranks; Grace blew out Tennesee Wesleyan 93-69 and Cal Maritime handed Northwestern a 76-54 loss as the all four games in that quarterfinal bracket went to the unseeded team. Dakota State made a it a clean sweep for the underdog in that bracket when they beat no. 5 Warner Pacific in the final game of the first round.
In all the underdog won 10 of the 16 games in the first two days of the tournament.
Briar Cliff 13-7/24-9
Dakota Wesleyan 11-9/20-11
Mount Marty 10-10/16-14
Dordt College 10-10/16-15
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-19/3-22
Briar Cliff 10-10/19-12
Dakota Wesleyan 9-11/14-17
Nebraska Wesleyan 8-12/13-12
Mount Marty 4-16/8-21