It figures to be a hot time at Hutton Arena for the next week., And we aren't just talking about the temperature inside the arena. The Hamline men's basketball team hits the floor running with three home games and a road tilt in the first eight days of the conference campaign. It starts Wednesday, November 28 when Noah Aguirre (pictured) and teammates take one of the team that kept them from the postseason last year -- St. John's.
Last year, the Pipers went 11-9 in league play, which landed them in a three-way tie for fifth with the Johnnies and Bethel. Only two of those teams could advance to the playoffs. By virtue of two close losses to the Johnnies, the Pipers drew the short straw and missed out.
They'll get a chance to start on the right foot Wednesday night against St. John's. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Hamline leads the league in offense, averaging 87.0 points per game in their 2-1 start that has included a pair of overtime games. In addition to the gaudy team numbers, HU soph Dior Ford is tied for fourth in scoring with a 20.3 ppg mark and Ryan Welsh leads all three-pointers and is second overall in the early going. G Victor Easter is third in steals with nine and fifth in assists with a dozen.
They'll take against a SJU team that has only scored 100 points total in their first two games. But some of that can be attributed to quality opposition (St. Cloud State, Wisconsin-Stevens Point). But they also lead the league in offensive rebounds and blocks per game.
After facing SJU, the Pipers turn around and will battle league favorite St. Thomas Saturday, December 1 at 3:00 pm. in the second game of a women's-men's twinbill. St. Mary's is here Monday, December 3 for a 7:30 p.m. affair and the bliztkrieg start ends a week from tomorrow with a road game at Augsburg.
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