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Wittenberg-Allegheny preview


Who: Wittenberg (13-7, 6-5 NCAC) at Allegheny (9-11, 3-8 NCAC)

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Meadville, Pa.

Probable Wittenberg starters

Height, Class, Position, PPG

Cole Bond, 6-6, Jr., F, 2.3

Steven Newell, 6-0, Jr., G, 7.3

Zack Leahy, 6-0, Jr., G, 11.9

Sam Collins, 6-4, So., W, 10.7

Scott Masin, 6-5, Jr., P, 14.9

Probable Allegheny starters

Height, Class, Position, PPG

Kyle Murphy, 6-1, Sr., G, 2.1

Chris Milon, 6-6, So., F, 8.6

Josh Valentic, 6-3, So., G, 10.4

Devone McLeod, 6-0, Sr., G, 16.6

Ryan Stanko, 6-4, Jr., G, 14.3

About Wittenberg: The Tigers are trying to sweep Allegheny for the third straight season. They have won 18 of the last 21 games in the series. … Wittenberg ranks ninth in the league in assists (11.4 per game), and Allegheny is first (15.5). … Bond, who started the first six games of the season, returned to the starting lineup in Wednesday’s 63-51 loss at Ohio Wesleyan. He had three points in 20 minutes. Alex Fultz, who had been starting, played nine minutes and scored three points.

About Allegheny: Four different players have hit more than 20 3-pointers. Clark Tritto ranks second in the North Coast Athletic Conference in 3-point percentage (43). Stanko is sixth in 3-pointers made (41). … The Gators rank last in the conference in rebounding margin (minus 5.4). Wittenberg is second (plus 7.1). … Valentic is a transfer from Division II Wheeling Jesuit University. He didn’t play in the last game against Wittenberg, but he has started the last 10 games.

Women’s game: The Tigers play at Allegheny at 3 p.m. They played Friday night at Hiram. Going into Friday’s game, they were 9-10 overall and 5-5 in the conference with four losses in their last six games. Before Friday’s game, the Tigers were in fifth in the NCAC, a game back of Allegheny (11-8, 6-4). Wittenberg beat Allegheny 75-54 on Jan. 5.

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