UBC @ UNBC: Men's Basketball Preview

Men's Basketball
January 12, 2022

UNBC Men’s Basketball Preview
Sunday, January 16th vs UBC Thunderbirds at 3 PM

UNBC Timberwolves - Record (2-6)
5th in West Division Standings
69.3 Points Scored Per Game
81.0 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Tyrell Laing (16.9 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Fareed Shittu (6.6 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Vova Pluzhnikov (4.0 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Chris Ross (1.5 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Rohtash Mattu (1.3 Per Game)

Player To Watch: Tyrell Laing, G
16.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.1 SPG

UBC Thunderbirds - Record (10-0)
1st in West Division Standings
88.1 Points Scored Per Game
72.1 Points Allowed Per Game
Scoring Leader: Grant Audu (17.8 Per Game)
Rebounding Leader: Sukhman Sandhu (7.5 Per Game)
Assists Leader: Kyle Foreman (3.8 Per Game)
Steals Leader: Kyle Foreman (2.8 Per Game)
Blocks Leader: Sukhman Sandhu (0.8 Per Game)

Player To Watch: Sukhman Sandhu, F
16.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 0.8 BPG

Quotes:
UNBC’s Tyrell Laing

On the matchup with the Thunderbirds…
“They’re pretty physical defensively, especially on me. A lot of ball denials and physical play. Offensively, they’re pretty high-powered. They run a high ball screen, they like to get into the lane, and kick out for threes. We are expecting another game similar to the last ones. We need to be ready defensively.”

On preparing for an undefeated opponent…
“They’re a top-ten team in the country. You want to try to prove yourself. You want to play well to show yourself you can compete and hang with the top dogs. You prepare and lock in the same ways, but you understand that that team is a very quality opponent.”

On the schedule and lineup changes due to COVID restrictions…
“Guys are in and out of the lineup, obviously. In practice, you aren’t playing a whole bunch of five-on-five. Sometimes, you don’t have ten bodies to run sets against. Then, in the game, you may have to throw out different lineups and try different things to get creative and try to pull a win out.”

Milestone Watch

-Tyrell Laing needs 26 points to reach 1000 for his Canada West career
-Vova Pluzhnikov needs 61 points to reach 1000 for his Canada West career
-Chris Ross needs four points to reach 200 for his Canada West career
-Spencer Ledoux needs 36 points to reach 200 for his Canada West career
-Tyrell Laing needs nine rebounds for 200 for his Canada West career
-Tyrell Laing needs one free throw to reach 200 for his Canada West career
-Vova Pluzhnikov needs 22 rebounds to reach 200 for his Canada West career
-Fareed Shittu needs two blocks to reach 40 for his Canada West career
-Fareed Shittu needs five blocks to pass Austin Chandler for UNBC’s CW record (42)
-Vova Pluzhnikov needs two starts to pass Vaggelis Loukas for UNBC’s CW record (63)