Busy opening week tips off Wednesday

It’s a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference – Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin match-up, as Manchester University visits Elmhurst College in the season opener for both teams Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Game details: Tip-off time is 7:30 p.m. Central Standard Time/8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at R.A. Faganel Hall on Elmhurst’s campus … Live audio, statistics, and video are accessible via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: Coach Gerad Good’s squad was picked for a sixth-place on the 2017-18 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference preseason polls, released the week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5. The Black and Gold, harboring back-to-back double-digit win campaigns and league postseason tournament berths, earned 43 poll points. Junior guard Adrian Johnson(Indianapolis, Ind.) and senior forward Kenny Doss, Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) took spots on the Players to Watch section … “The one thing I’ve been pleased with (in the preseason) is the day-to-day effort,” Good noted during winter sports media day Nov. 9. “It hasn’t always been clean, but everyone is competing. The staff has also enjoyed everyone being on the same page in moving towards the goals have been set. With a new team, you sometimes don’t know what you’ll get, but the chemistry is getting better and better. There are so many different new pieces and to see how far we’ve come is great to see.” … Doss and Johnson proved their conference Player to Watch statuses in an exhibition contest at NCAA Division II University of Southern Indiana late last month. Doss tallied 12 points and dished out three assists, both team bests, while Johnson finished with 10. Sophomore forward/guard Derek Ginn (Lafayette, Ind.) made the most of his chance off the bench, scoring 11 points, grabbing three rebounds and contributing an assist in 13 minutes, while junior guard/forward David Stinson (Aurora, Ill.) added nine points, three rebounds, and one assist … “We want our identity to be playing 40 minutes of hard and tough basketball,” Good said. “We try and have our guys play a certain way … winning 50-50 balls, diving on the floor and so on. We’re going to do everything it takes to win, and while there’s time getting that culture in place, we preach it every day. (Manchester University basketball) is all about playing hard and fast but also under control.”

Busy Stretch Continues – The Black and Gold make a quick trip to Anderson University for a meeting with Kalamazoo College of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Friday, Nov. 17, before beginning their home schedule Saturday, Nov. 18, versus Adrian College of the MIAA.

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