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BEAR HEADLINES – The No. 12-ranked Washington U. men's basketball team (15-3, 4-3 UAA) opens a four-game road trip with a pair of games at Carnegie Mellon University on Friday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. (ET) and Case Western Reserve University Sunday at Noon (ET).
BURT EARNS UAA HONOR – Senior forward Nick Burt earned the first UAA Athlete of the Week honor of his career after recording back-to-back career highs in two games last week. He averaged 22.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as WUSTL posted a 1-1 record at home. Burt had 20 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a 79-59 win over Carnegie Mellon Friday, and followed that with his fifth career double-double with a career-high 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in an 89-78 loss to Case Sunday. He shot 70.8 percent (17-of-24) from the field and hit 11-of-15 from the free-throw line.
BREGMAN OUT FOR SEASON – Sophomore guard Michael Bregman suffered a season-ending injury Jan. 25 in the 79-68 win at Brandeis. Bregman had eight points on 4-of-5 shooting in his first career start Jan. 25. He averaged 5.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in 16 games off the bench.
FATOKI DISHING THE ROCK – Senior guard David Fatoki leads the University Athletic Association and is fourth in NCAA Division III averaging 7.5 assists per game. Fatoki has dished out nine or more assists in nine of 18 games played, and is two assists from cracking the Washington U. single-season top-10 leaderboard:
SCOUTING CARNEGIE – The Tartans (10-8, 1-6 UAA) have lost five-straight contests, and are in eighth place in the UAA standings. CMU, who has a 6-3 record at home, leads the UAA in field-goal percentage defense (.394) and blocked shots (5.6).
Sophomore Jack Serbin (17.1 ppg) and senior Seth Cordts (16.5 ppg) and are the lone double-figure scorers for CMU. Cordts and Serbin have combined to lead the team in scoring in all 18 contests, and are 46.5 percent of the Tartans' offense.
SCOUTING CASE – The Spartans (14-4, 5-2 UAA) sit in a tie with Chicago for first place in the UAA standings, and are just outside the top-25 at No. 27. Case is 8-0 at home this season, and leads the conference in three-point field-goal percentage (.425.)
Senior forward Dane McLoughlin (15.6 ppg) and senior guard Julien Person (11.3 ppg) score in double figures for Case, which averages 78.5 points per contest. Freshman twins Eric and David Black come of the bench to average 9.2 and 8.4 points per contest.
THE COACHES – Tony Wingen is in his 25th season as head coach at Carnegie Mellon, with an overall record of 277-341 (.448). The winningest coach in school history, Wingen was head coach at the University of the South for two years prior to CMU.
Sean McDonnell is in his 12th season as head coach at Case, sporting a 134-235 (.363) overall record. Prior to taking the reins at Case, McDonnell served as the head coach at Hiram College for three years.
SERIES NOTES – Washington U. leads the all-time series with Carnegie Mellon 45-8, and the Bears have won 13 of the last 14 meetings.
Washington U. leads the all-time series with Case Western Reserve, 41-4, and the Spartans snapped a 19-game losing streak with an 89-78 win Feb. 1 in St. Louis.