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Men's Basketball Faces Otterbein on the Road Wednesday

Photo by John Swartzel
Photo by John Swartzel





WILMINGTON, Ohio - The Wilmington College men's basketball team travels to Otterbein University for a 7 p.m. Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) contest at the Rike Center on Wednesday.

The Teams: Wilmington and Otterbein. The Fightin' Quakers are 7-5 overall and 3-3 in the OAC after defeating John Carroll University (JCU) 99-84 in the best offensive performance of the season to date on Saturday. The Cardinals stand at 4-9 on the year and 1-5 in conference play after dropping a 91-74 decision at Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday.

The Coaches: K.C. Hunt is in his 12th season as head coach of Wilmington's men's basketball program. Hunt, who has coached two All-Americans and seven of the school's 1,000-point scorers, led the Quakers to OAC Tournament titles in 2010 and 2014. He garnered Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year honors for guiding Wilmington to OAC Tournament title and a win in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2010. Brian Oilar, formerly an assistant at DePauw University, is in his fourth season as Otterbein's head coach.

The Players: Both DaeShawn Jackson and Kevin Lewis lead Wilmington in scoring at 16.4 and 16.0 points per game respectively. Will Patrick, who scored a season-high 17 points in the Quakers' win over JCU on Saturday, also scores in double figures for the Quakers. Lewis, the OAC leader in steals, averages 2.8 steals and 6.0 rebounds per game, both team highs for Wilmington. Payton Smith and Jackson both dish out over two assists per contest. Otterbein also has a trio of Cardinals – Jay Joseph, Maurice Beavers and Justin Carter – that score in double figures including Joseph who leads the team in scoring (15.5 points per game) and rebounding (6.8 boards per contest).

Tale of the Tape: Points per game - Wilmington 77.1, Otterbein 72.8; opponents points per game - Wilmington 77.1, Otterbein 81.4; field goal percentage - Wilmington 40.7, Otterbein 43.2; three-point percentage - Wilmington 34.4, Otterbein 33.4; free throw percentage - Wilmington 69.3, Otterbein 67.9; rebounds per game - Wilmington 36.0, Otterbein 33.3; assist-to-turnover ratio - Wilmington 0.90, Otterbein 0.90.

Recent History: Wilmington is 24-13 against Otterbein since joining the OAC prior to the 2000-01 season. The Quakers have won the last 13 games in the matchup. More information on the series history can be viewed at the link above.

Social Media: Wilmington athletics is represented on Facebook (Wilmington College Athletics), Twitter (@DubCQuakers) and Instagram (@DubCQuakers). Follow all the happenings of Wilmington College on social media by using the hashtag "#WeAreDubC".

Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the game will be available - visit the links above.

Up Next: Wilmington hosts Baldwin Wallace for a 3 p.m. game on Saturday.