The No. 24-ranked Washburn Ichabods will wrap up their second three-game road trip of the MIAA season as they travel to St. Charles, Mo., to face the Lindenwood Lions for the first time in school history. Washburn (11-4, 4-3 MIAA) is coming off a 76-53 win over Lincoln snapping a two-game losing streak while the Lions (12-4, 5-3 MIAA) won their third straight for the eighth time in the last nine games topping Fort Hays State 69-58 at home. The Ichabods will home for four straight beginning with Missouri Southern on Jan. 31 following the game with Lindenwood.
'Bod Quick notes
• The Ichabods are wrapping a stretch of six of seven games on the road to open MIAA play.
• The Ichabods and the Lions have never met.
• The Lions are in their first season as a member of the MIAA.
• Will McNeill has recorded back-to-back highs in assists after recording six at Northeastern followed by seven at Lincoln last time out. The Lincoln game also marked his 71st time scoring in double figures at Washburn.
• After Bobby Chipman's 7 for 7 performance at Lincoln, it was the best shooting game by an Ichabod since Karlton Mims was 9 for 9 against Missouri Southern on Jan. 24, 2004.
• The seven field goals by Chipman were a career-high against Lincoln.
• Christian Ulsaker tied a career high with four assists against Lincoln.
• Kyle Wiggins also had a career-high six assists against the Blue Tigers.
• The 27 assists against Lincoln were tied for the 13th-best mark in a single game for the Ichabods and were also a season-high.
• The Ichabods have shot better than 53 percent in three of their last four games including a season-best .583 against Lincoln.
• The three free throws made and five attempts against the Blue Tigers were both season-lows for the Ichabods.
• The 13-point deficit against Lincoln was the largest the Ichabods had overcome for a win this season topping the eight point deficit at Fort Hays State.
Ichabods on radio
Washburn games will be broadcast on KTPK 106.9 FM with Mark Elliott and Jake Lebahn. The game will also be streamed live on the wusports.com website by following the listen live links on the men's basketball schedule page.
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 732-300 overall.
• has 491 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 422-78 going 369-67 in Lee Arena.
• is second in all-time coaching victories in active NCAA Division II coaches.
• his 732 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 has never faced Lindenwood.
Lindenwood Lions head coach Brad Soderberg . . .
• is entering his fourth season at the helm of the Lindenwood basketball program, and his 17th as a collegiate head coach.
• has recorded a 303-170 career record while going 92-23 at Lindenwood.
• In 2010-11, he led the Lions to one of the best seasons in school history. The team set a school record for wins with 29 and had a winning streak of 16, which is the longest in school history.
• Since Soderberg has come to Lindenwood the Lions have a record of 48-6 at Hyland Arena.
• Soderberg's ?rst NCAA Division I job was in 2000 when he took over for Dick Bennett at the University of Wisconsin.
• In 2002, he was named the Saint Louis University head coach and compiled 80 wins in six season. His 80 wins were the sixth most in school history.
• He has spent a total of six seasons as a Division I head coach and was also an assistant coach for seven seasons.
• Soderberg played his collegiate basketball at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where he was a two year letterwinner.
Last time out for the Ichabods • #24 Washburn 76, Lincoln 53 • 1/25/13
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The No. 24-ranked Washburn Ichabods used a 19-0 run midway through the second half and turned an early deficit into a 76-53 win over the Lincoln Blue Tigers. Washburn snapped a two-game losing streak in the win over the Blue Tigers and won its 23-straight game over Lincoln.
Washburn (11-4, 4-3 MIAA) was up seven at 49-42 with 11:59 left in the game before back-to-back dunks byJoseph Smith jump started the big run ending with a free throw by Will McNeill with 5:48 to play putting the game out of reach. The Ichabods held the Blue Tigers (3-16, 2-7 MIAA) to 7 of 27 shooting in second half while the Ichabods heated up to 61 percent hitting 20 of 33 shots in the frame.
In the first half, the Ichabods and the Blue Tigers were knotted at 32 after the Blue Tigers came out on fire hitting 7 of their first 9 3-pointers building a 13-point lead in the first half at 19-6.
McNeill led the Ichabods with 17 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the field adding a career-high seven assists coming off six assists in the Ichabods' last game at Northeastern State. He led four Ichabods in double figure scoring followed by Bobby Chipman and his fourth double double of his Washburn career with 14 points and 11 rebounds going a perfect 7 of 7 from the field while adding two blocks. Martin Mitchell had 12 points and Smith finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Cedric Ridle led the Blue Tigers with 21 points and five rebounds.
Washburn shot 57 percent from the field in the game hitting 25 of 44 attempts from the field while dominating on the glass 43 to 20. Washburn had 12 offensive rebounds leading to 10 second chance points. Washburn's bench also outscored the Blue Tiger reserves 18 to 5. Lincoln was 19 of 54 from the field in the game finishing 10 of 30 from the field from 3-point range after starting 7 of 9 from deep.
Series history with Lindenwood
• This is the first meeting between the two schools.
• Lindenwood is 8-2 at home and has won eight of its last nine games including three straight overall after wins at Missouri Western and at home over Lincoln and Fort Hays State last time out.
• The Lions are 4-2 in MIAA home games this season.
• The Lions are averaging 79.8 ppg while allowing 66.2 ppg.
• Alex Bazzell leads the team with 17.3 ppg and 6.4 apg while hitting 133 of 156 free throw attempts.
• Cody Sorenson is averaging 11.1 ppg with 6.3 rpg and Richie Thompson is averaging 10.5 ppg with a team-high 8.3 rpg.
• This season Lindenwood is averaging 49 percent shooting from the field hitting 427 of 869 shots including 39 percent from 3-point range hitting 120 of 311 attempts.
Last time out for Lindenwood
(Jan. 24, 2013) -- ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The Lindenwood men's basketball team won its third conference game in a row on Thursday night after beating the Fort Hays State Tigers 69-58 in St. Charles.
Lindenwood started the game on a 16-4 run to lead by 12 after the first 10 minutes. Fort Hays was able to cut the lead to four with 7:29 to play but the Lions offense continued to score extending the lead to 15 at the half.
The second half started with Lindenwood scoring the first two points followed by the Tigers rattling off 10 straight points to get within seven. That would be as close as the visitors could get for the rest of the game. Over the final five minutes, Lindenwood scored all of its points from free throw line going 9-for-10.
Alex Bazzell scored 23 points which was his third straight 20-point game. He also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out seven assists. Cody Sorenson chipped in with 15 points and Richie Thompson led the team in rebounds with 10.
The Lions shot 41 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind the three point line. Lindenwood won the rebounding battle 38-32 and caused 12 Tigers turnovers.
• 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 +12.3 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 five games.
• With his 10 rebounds against Fort Hays State, Will McNeill became the first Ichabod to record at least 1,000 points (1,449); 400 rebounds (427), 200 steals (210) and 150 assists (177) in a career.
• Will McNeill is 23 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 Lindenwood game with 1,449 points and 177 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 1,449 points in 105 games #Buckets
• Next on the chart is Dan Buie (1,484 - 1995-97) in sixth on the all-time chart #SelectCompany
• Will McNeill's 483 field goals is eighth all-time at Washburn #Scorer
• Bobby Chipman's 205 3-point attempts is 21st in school history #FromWayDowntown
• Bobby Chipman's 72 career blocks is fifth all-time at Washburn and can move into the top four with eight more #RejectionCity
• Bobby Chipman's 471 rebounds is 21st all-time at Washburn #boards
• Will McNeill's 425 free throw made is fourth at Washburn #GetToTheLine
• Will McNeill's 542 free throw attempts is sixth at Washburn #LineTime
• Will McNeill's .784 free throw percentage is eighth all-time at WU #Automatic
• Martin Mitchell's career assist average of 3.7 per game is tied for seventh all-time at Washburn #Dimes
• Joseph Smith's 31 career blocks is 20th all-time at Washburn. #NoNos
• Will McNeill's 210 career steals is first at Washburn #NoBodyInFrontOfHim
• The MIAA record for career steals is 383 by Eddin Santiago #FastHands
• In scoring 17 points against Lincoln, Will McNeill kept his double-figure scoring streak alive at 48 games with all 33 games in the 2011-12 season and the first 15 of this season. #DoNotTalkAboutTheStreak
Ichabod Basketball HIstory
• Washburn is 1,442-973-2 all-time in 2,417 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 491-216 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
• The Washburn Ichabods dropped from 10th to 24th in the latest NABC Top 25 coaches poll which was released on Jan. 22.
• The Ichabods have been in the top 25 a total of 95 times since joining the NCAA ranks.
• The Ichabods have been in the top 10 in the national rankings 51 times.
Home sweet home
• The Ichabods are 369-67 (.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
Washburn will then finish the regular season with seven of its final 10 regular season games at home starting on Jan. 31 with Missouri Southern.