Basketball Teams Making Their Points

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Muhlenberg basketball teams have been very offensive this season.

Both Mule teams are averaging more

The 80-80 Club
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than 80 points per game. Through games of Sunday, December 11, the men (7-2) were 25th in Division III in scoring at 83.1 points per game, while the women (8-0) were fifth at 81.9 points per game.

That makes Muhlenberg the only school in Division III – and one of only five in all three divisions – to have both of its teams scoring in the 80s on average (see box at left)). The Mules are in pretty good company: the only two Division I programs who can make that claim are storied basketball schools North Carolina and Kentucky.

The Mule men, who have not averaged 75 points per game Kevin Hargrove in a season since 1993-94, have topped the 90-point mark three times after hitting 90 only once in the last three years. The women lead the Centennial Conference in scoring average by more than 11 points; they have topped the 80-point mark four teams, the rest of the CC teams a combined three times.

Both Mule teams have hit triple digits in a game this year (men vs. SUNY Cobleskill, women vs. Bryn Mawr).

In addition to scoring offense, both Muhlenberg teams show up in several other categories in the first NCAA statistical rankings of the season. The men are ninth in three-point field-goal percentage defense, 32nd in field-goal percentage defense, 34th in scoring margin and 37th in rebound margin.

Individually, senior Spencer Liddic leads Division III with seven double-doubles and is second in rebounding (14.1 per game), just a shade off the lead. Sophomore Kevin Hargrove (right) is 40th in blocked shots.

The women are tied for the Division III lead in the most important category: won-lost percentage. Off to an 8-0 start for the third time in six years, they are one of 20 remaining undefeated teams in Division III.

The women’s team also is fourth in turnover margin, 10th in scoring margin, 11th in three-point field-goal percentage, 26th in three-pointers per game and 34th in steals per game.

Senior Alexandra Chili is 31st in three-point percentage and 40th in three-pointers per game.