No. 21 Washburn Ichabods Set To Face Gorillas On Saturday Night

By: WU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: WU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

The No. 21-ranked Washburn Ichabods continue their three-game home stand as they will take on Pittsburg State on Saturday night at 7 p.m. on Schendel Court at Lee Arena. The Ichabods will have six of their final nine games at home to end the regular season. Washburn (13-4, 6-3 MIAA) is coming off a 62-57 win over Missouri Southern while the Gorillas (13-5, 6-4 MIAA) topped Missouri Western on the road 57-56 on Wednesday.

Opening Tip
Game Notes: Washburn | Pittsburg State
Date: Feb. 2, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Topeka, Kan.
Arena: Schendel Court at Lee Arena (3,970)
Radio: AM 580 WIBW
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Series: Washburn leads 96-75
'Bod Quick notes
• The Ichabods have won the last two meetings with Pittsburg State including a 67-63 win on March 4, 2012 in the MIAA Tournament championship game in Kansas City.
• Will McNeill is fourth on the NCAA Division II active steals chart with 219. Alex Falk of West Liberty leads all active players with 242.
• Will McNeill is fifth in active player free throws made with 435 in Division II.
• Will McNeill's 219 career steals is 14th in NCAA Division II history.
• The Ichabods are fourth in the NCAA in assist to turnover ratio at 1.54 and they are fifth in NCAA Division II with 10.5 turnovers per game.
• Will McNeill is 10th in the NCAA in steals at 3.2 per game.
• The 15 steals against Missouri Southern last time out tied a season high.
• The eight blocks against the Lions were a season high.
• Bobby Chipman's five blocks were the most by an Ichabod since Paul Byers had five against Ottawa on Nov. 22, 2005 and Frank Phifer had seven against Missouri Southern on Feb. 1, 2007.
• The seven steals by Will McNeill against Missouri Southern was the most by an Ichabod since he had seven against Peru State earlier this season. The school record is nine set by Larry Farmer in 1996.

Ichabods on radio
Washburn games will be broadcast on AM 580 WIBW with Mark Elliott and Jake Lebahn. The game will also be streamed live on the website by following the listen live links on the men's basketball schedule page.

The coaches
Washburn Ichabod head basketball coach Bob Chipman
• is in his 34th season at the helm of the Ichabods.
• a 1973 graduate of Kansas State earning both his undergraduate and master's degree in Manhattan.
• is 734-300 overall.
• has 493 wins since the Ichabods joined the MIAA, the most of any conference school since the 1989-90 season.
• has led the Ichabods to 12 MIAA regular season titles and a MIAA-coaching tops of five postseason tournament championships.
• has led the Ichabods to 12 NCAA National Tournament appearances.
• in home games, he is 423-78 going 370-67 in Lee Arena.
• is second in all-time coaching victories in active NCAA Division II coaches.
• his 734 coaching wins is 22nd in all-time NCAA coaches at all levels.
• led the Ichabods to the 1987 NAIA National Championship and a 2001 NCAA National game, which was later vacated by Kentucky Wesleyan.
• Chipman played for legendary coach Jack Hartman earning two letters.
• Chipman is 49-17 against Pittsburg State.
Pittsburg State Gorillas head coach Kevin Muff . . .
• Pittsburg State's Kevin Muff is in his third season leading the Gorillas.
• Muff (Kansas State, '86) became the Gorillas' 14th all-time head coach on Apr. 5, 2010, after spending 12 seasons at Cloud County Community College, where he helped the Thunderbirds to an average of 21 wins in each of the last five seasons.
• Muff has a 43-32 (.568) record at Pittsburg State.

Last time out for the Ichabods • #21 Washburn 62, Missouri Southern 57 • 1/31/13
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The No. 21 Washburn Ichabods built an 11-0 lead out of the gates holding Missouri Southern Lions scoreless for the first 7:25 of the game holding on for a 62-57 win in Schendel Court at Lee Arena.
The Ichabods (13-4, 6-3 MIAA) jumped out to an 11-0 while leading from start to finish. The Lions (9-9, 4-6 MIAA) would rally and trim the Ichabod lead to two at 22-20 with 1:20 to play in the first half after a 10-2 run over the next 5:04 of the game. Washburn pushed the lead back to four before the half, but a three-pointer prior to the half sent the Lions into the locker room down two at 22-20.
Coming out of the break, the Ichabods used a 12-4 run over a 2:43 period to push the lead to 10 at 37-27 after a pair of Bobby Chipman free throws. Washburn would go cold from the field and the Lions would do the opposite as Jordan Talbert started a Lion run 14-6 to cut the Washburn lead to two prior to a Kyle Wiggins lay up would break the run. A jumper by the Lions followed by a Wiggins' 3-pointer pushed Washburn out to a five-point lead at 48-43 with 6:45 left and a lay up by Martin Mitchell stretched the lead to seven.
The Lions did not go away as the cut the Ichabod lead back to 52-50 with 3:10 remaining. Will McNeill was fouled and hit a pair of free throws pushing the lead back to four and a Wiggins lay up and 3-pointer on the next two Ichabod possessions put the Ichabods up eight at 59-51 with 31 seconds remaining and the Lions would hit two 3-pointers in the final 20 seconds to kept it close, but McNeill finished out the game with two free throws with five seconds remaining to wrap up the win.
Wiggins finished with a game-high and career-high 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting from the field. Martin Mitchell scored 11 points and McNeill finished with 10 points, a career-high-tying seven assists and a career-high-tying seven steals as he reached double figure scoring for the 50th straight game. Chipman led the Ichabods with nine rebounds adding seven points and a career-high five blocks.
Marquis Addison led the Lions with 14 points.
Washburn finished 23 of 56 from the field for the game hitting 13 of 25 shots in the second half. The Lions were 17 of 48 for the game. From the free throw line the Ichabods finished 12 of 15 compared to the Lions going 18 of 24. The Lions also held a 37 to 28 advantage on the glass turning 17 offensive rebounds into 20 second chance points. Washburn forced 24 turnovers in the game leading to 25 Ichabod points.

Series history with Pittsburg State
• Saturday's meeting will be the 172nd between these two schools in a series that dates back to the first meeting on Feb. 19, 1920.
• The two games on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20 of 1920 were both played in Topeka inside an empty Thomas Gymnasium because of a flu outbreak in Topeka.
• Washburn leads the all-time series 96-75.
• The Ichabods have won the last nine of the last 10 meetings.
• The Ichabods are 27-2 in Lee Arena against PSU and 27-13 against the Gorillas in MIAA play. The home team is 27-7 in the last 34 regular season meetings, dating back to 1996-97.
• The series goes back to 1919-20 and it has been played at least once a year since 1941-42.
• Since the 1956-57 season, the Ichabods are 24-30 in Pittsburg while going 8-11 in Pittsburg since becoming a member of the MIAA.

About Pittsburg State
• The Gorillas are 13-5 this season and 6-4 in MIAA play.
• The Gorillas won last time out 57-56 over Missouri Western.
• Kaleb Porter leads the team with 13.8 ppg. He has hit 38 of 102 3-pointers this season. JaVon McGee is averaging 12.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg.
• Courtney Ingram is also scoring in double figures at 11.3 ppg.
• Pitt State is +6.8 in rebounding this season.
• As a team the Gorillas are averaging 75.4 ppg while allowing 70.5.
• Pitt State is 3-3 in road games this season.

Last Time out for Pittsburg State
(Jan. 30, 2013) ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Pittsburg State rallied from a second-half deficit to build a 57-54 lead with 1:25 to play then held off Missouri Western for a 57-56 victory Wednesday (Jan. 30) at the MWSU Fieldhouse.
The Gorillas (13-5, 7-4 MIAA) missed three free throws in the game's final 25 seconds, but Pitt State stiffened on defense down the stretch to hold off the Griffons (8-11, 4-7 MIAA).
Dzenan Mrkaljevic's desperation 3-point heave came up short at the buzzer to allow the Gorillas to escape with the road win.
Rico Pierrevilus led the Gorillas with 14 points and 11 rebounds in a game back-and-fourth battle that featured eight ties and 11 lead changes.
Kaleb Porter added 13 points for Pitt State, while Marky Nolen (12) and Courtney Ingram (11) also scored in double figures for the Gorillas.
Pitt State limited Western to 32.1 percent shooting (17 of 53) in the contest. Cedric Clinkscales led all scorers with 15 points to pace the Griffons.

Bod bits
• Will McNeill was named a preseason All-American by the Basketball Times. He is the first Ichabod to receive preseason All-American honors since Travis Robbins prior to the 2004-05 season.
• Will McNeill has been named the MIAA Player of the Week twice on Nov. 26 and on Dec. 3.
• The Ichabods are +11.3 in scoring margin this season.
• The three freshman on the Ichabod roster (Khai Hutchinson, Evan Robinson and Colton Anderson) are all redshirting this season.
• Bryce Simons has missed the entire season with a knee injury.
• Alex North suffered a knee injury against Central Oklahoma and missed the last seven games.
• Will McNeill is 11 assists shy of becoming the sixth Ichabod to reach at least 1,000 points and 200 assists joining Tom Meier (2,082/242), Greg Wilson (1,323/295), Mike Dickerson (1,130/214), Todd Alexander (1,099/215) and Shannon Kruger (1,014/341). He enters the Pittsburg State game with 1,472 points and 189 assists.

Bod tweets . . . 140-character or less notes on the Ichabods
• Will McNeill passed Ron Berkholtz (1,342 from 1965-69 in 101 games) for seventh on the all-time scoring chart. McNeill currently sits has scored 1,472 points in 107 games #Buckets
• Next on the chart is Dan Buie (1,484 - 1995-97) in sixth on the all-time chart #SelectCompany
• Will McNeill's 489 field goals is eighth all-time at Washburn #Scorer
• Bobby Chipman's 206 3-point attempts is 21st in school history #FromWayDowntown
• Bobby Chipman's 79 career blocks is tied for fourth all-time at Washburn and can move into the top three with three more #RejectionCity
• Bobby Chipman's 488 rebounds is 18th all-time at Washburn #boards
• Will McNeill's 435 free throw made is fourth at Washburn #GetToTheLine
• Will McNeill's 552 free throw attempts is sixth at Washburn #LineTime
• Will McNeill's .788 free throw percentage is eighth all-time at WU #Automatic
• Will McNeill moved into 25th on the Washburn all-time rebounding chart with 438 #HeIsAGuard
• Will McNeill's 189 assists is 21st all-time at Washburn. #PassingTheRock
• Martin Mitchell's career assist average of 3.6 per game is tied for ninth all-time at Washburn #Dimes
• Martin Mitchell's 62 3-pointers is tied for 25th on the all-time Washburn chart.
• Joseph Smith's 34 career blocks is 16th all-time at Washburn. #NoNos
• Will McNeill's 219 career steals is first at Washburn #NoBodyInFrontOfHim
• The MIAA record for career steals is 383 by Eddin Santiago #FastHands
• In scoring 10 points against Pittsburg State, Will McNeill kept his double-figure scoring streak alive at 50 games with all 33 games in the 2011-12 season and the first 17 of this season. #DoNotTalkAboutTheStreak

Ichabod Basketball HIstory
• Washburn is 1,444-973-2 all-time in 2,419 games played
• The 2012-13 season is Washburn's 107th of basketball.
• Washburn is the ninth-winningest program in NCAA Division II history.
• The Ichabods are 493-216 since joining the NCAA Division II ranks, which is the most wins by any program in the MIAA since the 1989-90 season.
• Washburn has won ten MIAA regular season championships and 21 conference championships in school history.
• The Ichabods previously won the MIAA regular season championship in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2012.

Ichabods in the national rankings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Washburn Ichabods jumped from No. 24 to No. 21 in the latest NABC top 25 rankings which were released Tuesday. The Ichabods picked up two road wins at Lincoln and at Lindenwood last week. Washburn now returns home for four straight and six of its next seven in Lee Arena. The Ichabods have been in the top 25 a total of 96 times since joining the NCAA ranks and they have been voted in the top 10 a total of 51 times since the 1989-90 season.

Home sweet home
• The Ichabods are 370-67 (.848) all-time in Lee Arena.
• The 2012-13 season marks the 28th season of play in Lee Arena.
• The Ichabods recorded a school-best 28-game winning streak from Nov. 19, 1993 to Feb. 8, 1995 in Lee Arena.

Up Next
The Ichabods will continue their home stand playing host to Missouri Western at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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