GAME NOTES: Midland and Northwestern slated as next opponents for the Bulldogs

By on Feb. 8, 2016 in Men's Basketball

SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia men’s basketball team will host two contest inside Walz Arena this week. On Wednesday night, the Bulldogs will face the Midland Warriors before welcoming the Northwestern Red Raiders on Saturday.

Midland (13-11, 10-6 GPAC) at Concordia (16-10, 8-9 GPAC)
Red Out Game – Heart Health Awareness 
Wednesday, Feb. 10 | 8 p.m.
Site: Walz Arena | Seward, Neb.
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network 
Live Stats: Dakstats 
Radio: 104.9 Max Country

Northwestern (13-12, 7-9 GPAC) at Concordia (16-10, 8-9 GPAC)
Saturday, Feb. 13 | 4 p.m.
Site: Walz Arena | Seward, Neb.
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network 
Live Stats: Dakstats 
Radio: 104.9 Max Country

Last time out
The Concordia’s men team dropped a 96-83 contest to Nebraska Wesleyan last Wednesday despite a big double-double from Chandler Folkerts (27 points, 14 rebounds). The Bulldogs bounced back and claimed an 83-79 victory over Morningside on Saturday afternoon.

“I thought we had a really balanced attack offensively tonight. Jamie did a great job of making driving kicks. When we were scoring and going on runs it was because our offense was making the extra pass and making the easy plays. Offensively, I thought overall we moved it well and did some good things as a team.”
-Head coach Ben Limback

National notes
The Bulldogs rank in over 15 statistical categories in the NAIA Division II, including fifth in field goal percentage (.500), sixth in total blocks (118), ninth in blocks per game (4.54) and 10th in free throw percentage (.746).
Below is a list of individual rankings in the nation.

Chandler Folkerts – field goal percentage, second (.666); total rebounds, 16th (219); total scoring, 18th (510); points per game, 25th (19.62); total blocks, 29th (35); defensive rebounds per game, 30th (6.15); total rebounds per game, 34th (8.42); blocks per game, 41st (1.35)

Jamie Pearson – free throw percentage, 28th (.828); total scoring 43rd (451); points per game, 49th (18.04)

Robby Thomas – total blocks, fifth (59); blocks per game, 12th (2.27)

Eli Ziegler – total 3-point field goals made, 43rd (63)

GPAC grade
Concordia currently sits in a two way tie for sixth place in the GPAC. In the conference the Bulldogs lead in field goal percentage defense (.428), blocks per game (4.54) and total blocks (118), rank second in scoring margin (6.81), field goal percentage (.500), total rebound defense per game (34.12) and defensive rebounds per game (29.12), are tied for second in free throw percentage (.746) and rank third in scoring defense per game (78.08) and total steals (180).
Below is a list of individual rankings in the GPAC.

Chandler Folkerts – points per game, fourth (19.62); total scoring, third (510); field goal percentage, first (.666); total rebounds per game, third (8.42); total rebounds, first (219); offensive rebounds per game, sixth (2.27); defensive rebounds per game, third (6.15); blocks per game, third (1.35); total blocks, third (35); double-doubles, first (11); single-game high rebounding, tied for ninth (15)

Jamie Pearson – points per game, seventh (18.04); total scoring, seventh (451); field goal percentage, 10th (.488); free throw percentage, third (.828); assists per game, seventh (3.72); total assists, seventh (93); single-game high scoring, tied for sixth (37) and tied for ninth twice (36)

Robby Thomas – total rebounds per game, 10th (6.50); total rebounds, 10th (169); defensive rebounds per game, sixth (5.42); blocks per game, first (2.27); total blocks, first (59)

Eli Ziegler – 3-point field goals made per game, tied for sixth (2.42); 3-point field goals made, tied for fifth (63)

Seeing double
So far this season, Concordia has had two Bulldogs record at least one double-double game, including 11 total for Chandler Folkerts.
C. Folkerts – 26 points, 13 rebounds vs Bellevue on Nov. 6
R. Thomas – 12 points, 11 rebounds vs Bellevue on Nov. 6
C. Folkerts – 11 points, 10 rebounds at Hastings on Nov. 18
R. Thomas – 13 points, 10 rebounds at Doane on No. 24
C. Folkerts – 33 points, 13 rebounds at Dordt on Dec. 18
C. Folkerts – 21 points, 15 rebounds vs Briar Cliff on Jan. 2
C. Folkerts – 24 points, 10 rebounds at Midland on Jan. 6
C. Folkerts – 34 points, 14 rebounds at Northwestern on Jan. 9
C. Folkerts – 14 points, 11 rebounds at York on Jan. 13
C. Folkerts – 23 points, 11 rebounds vs Dakota Wesleyan on Jan. 16
C. Folkerts – 27 points, 11 rebounds vs Hastings on Jan. 20
C. Folkerts – 21 points, 11 rebounds vs Concordia-Ann Arbor on Jan. 29
C. Folkerts – 27 points, 14 rebounds vs Nebraska Wesleyan on Feb. 3

Scouting the Midland University Warriors
The Warriors of Midland University are currently 13-11 overall and 10-6 in the GPAC. In the last matchup of the Warriors and Bulldogs, Midland narrowly came out on top in a 78-75 victory. This past weekend, the Warriors defeated Dordt College, 92-79. Midland averages 79.4 points and 34.9 rebounds per contest. The squad shoots .497 from the field and .406 from 3-point range. Jesse Jones leads the Warriors in scoring, averaging 17.9 points a game. There are two other athletes on the team that average double digit scoring. The Warriors are led by head coach Oliver Drake who is in his first season at Midland. Drake is assisted by Josh Pickens, Thaddeus Perry, Wyatt Spalding and Trey O’Brien.

Scouting the Northwestern College Red Raiders
The Red Raiders of Northwestern College hold a 13-12, 7-9 GPAC mark. The Northwestern men’s basketball team will face Mount Marty on Wednesday before traveling to Seward on Saturday. Most recently, the Red Raiders faced Hastings and were handed a 90-88 loss. As a team, Northwestern averages 88.5 points and 40.2 rebounds per game. The Red Raiders shoot .505 from the field and .357 from behind the arc. Colton Kooima leads the team in scoring, averaging 19.0 points a contest. Two other Red Raiders also average double digit scoring. The Red Raiders are led by head coach Kris Korver who is in his 15th year at Northwestern. Korver is assisted by Rick Clark, Brandt Carlson and Tony Krogman.

Up next for the Bulldogs
The Concordia men’s basketball team will play in its last regular season game next Saturday. The Bulldogs will travel to Sioux City, Iowa to take on sixth-ranked Briar Cliff. The game is set to begin at 4 p.m.