Two teams that have put a lot of points on the scoreboard this season will pay a visit to Billy Key Court this weekend to take on NCAA Division II's second-highest scoring squad when Missouri S&T returns to Great Lakes Valley Conference play - this time for good.
Missouri S&T comes into toay's game at 5-4 overall and is 0-1 in GLVC play, losing early last month at nationally-ranked Drury. Their two weekend foes from the GLVC's East Division will be opening their conference schedules today.
The Miners, who are second in the nation with an average of 98.6 points per game, will face 16th-ranked Indianapolis today in a 7:30 p.m. contest at S&T and Saint Joseph's Sunday afternoon in a 3 p.m. contest in its first home weekend of conference play. Indianapolis comes into today's game as Division II's seventh-highest scoring team with an average of 92.8 points a game, while Saint Joseph's is 16th nationally in the scoring department at 91.1 points a game.
All three teams will be in action Friday for the first time since the close of the NCAA's mandated break for its Division II institutions - Saint Joseph's will play at third-ranked Drury Friday before its game at S&T Sunday. The Miners will be taking the floor for the first time since winning a 114-112 double overtime decision at Lindenwood on Dec. 16.
In that game, 6-1 senior guard Mudiaga Eruteya scored a career-high 39 points and enters Friday's game as the GLVC's fifth-ranked scorer with an average of 19.9 points per game. Eruteya has scored 22 or more points four times in the Miners' last six games, all of which have seen him score in double figures, and also leads the Miners in rebounding with 8.6 a game, assists with 46 and steals with 24.
Bryce Foster, a 6-4 senior guard, continues to lead the Miners in the scoring department with the league's second-best mark of 22.9 points per contest and is also averaging eight rebounds per contest. The Miners are also shooting 36 percent from three-point range, led by 5-10 senior guard Nusrath Khan and 6-1 freshman guard Danylo Zuikov, who have identical numbers of 46.3 percent from beyond the arc with a team-high 25 three-pointers apiece.
Indianapolis comes into Friday's matchup as one of 15 remaining undefeated teams in NCAA Division II - five of whom reside in the GLVC - and will be playing for the first time since Dec. 18 when it completed a sweep of its two games in Puerto Rico. The 8-0 Greyhounds have plenty of offensive firepower of their own with five players averaging in double figures.
Reece Cheatham leads the way with an average of 17.3 points per game, while Joe Lawson is scoring 17.1 points a game and shooting 63.9 percent from the field. UIndy is third in Division II in field goal percentage as it is making 54.5 percent of its shots from the floor and has shot better than 50 percent in six of its eight games this season.
Page 2 of 2 - Saint Joseph's will take a 3-7 record into its game Friday at Drury, but has also lit up the scoreboard on numerous occasions in the first two months of the season. The Pumas have the conference's highest point output in a game this season with 128 in a double overtime win over Central State and their leading scorer, Cameron Vines, has the GLVC's top two scoring games this year.
Vines, a transfer from Florida Southern, has games with 43 and 40 points this season and is averaging a league-high 23.6 points per game heading into the start of the Pumas' GLVC slate. Jon Smith is also among the league's scoring leaders, ranking seventh with his average of 18.3 points per game.