GAME NOTES: Spring Hill @ Samford (11.11.21)
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Bulldogs (1-0, 0-0 SoCon) of Samford University welcome in the Badgers (0-1) of Spring Hill College on Thursday, Nov. 11 to the Pete Hanna Center. Tipoff is set for 7 PM and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+ with Blake Gardner and Boyd Kaiser on the call.
Samford is coming off an impressive 99-78 victory over Maryville College on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at the Pete Hanna Center. Six Bulldogs scored in double figures led by Ques Glover with 19. Wesley Cardet, Jr., added 18 points while Cooper Kaifes (17), Jermaine Marshall (11), Jacob Tryon (11) and Jaden Campbell (10) rounded out the double digit scorers for Samford. Felix Uadaile led Maryville with 24.
The Badgers dropped their season-opener 102-41 at South Alabama on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Jaden Gray led Spring Hill with eight points in the loss.
The Bulldogs and Badgers are meeting for the 31st time in series history with the series tied at 15-15. The two teams have not met since Samford defeated SHC 90-64 on Dec. 17, 2011 at the Pete Hanna Center. The series dates back to a pair of Spring Hill victories during the 1921-22 season.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS:
- Florida transfer Ques Glover (6-0, 180, So.) made a major statement in his debut for the Bulldogs, scoring a team-high 19 points while handing out three assists versus Maryville. The sophomore from Knoxville, Tenn., appeared in 51 games for the Gators, averaging 3.6 points per game. Glover scored a career-high 10 versus No. 6 Tennessee, during his two seasons in Gainesville with the Gators. Prior to UF, the lightning-quick guard starred at Knoxville, Tenn., powerhouse Bearden High School, where he was named the Knoxville News Sentinel’s Player of the Year in 2018, averaging 21 points per game while leading BHS to its first TSSAA Class AAA state championship.
- Loyola-Chicago transfer Cooper Kaifes (6-4, 205, So.) connected on 5-of-10 attempts from 3-point range to finish with 17 points versus Maryville.
- Pace of play is the name of the game for the Bulldogs, as Samford ranked No. 1 in the nation a year ago in Possessions Per Game with 91. #BuckyBall had 75 possessions versus Maryville on Tuesday.
- Bucky McMillan enters his second season as head coach of Samford Men’s Basketball. The Bulldogs went 7-13 during the COVID-19 plagued 2020-21 season, his first at Samford. Prior to taking over the program, McMillan, a former USA Today National HS Coach of the Year, won 332 games and five AHSAA Class 7A championships during his 12 seasons as head coach at Mountain Brook High School.
- One of the nation’s most sought after recruits, Wesley Cardet, Jr. (6-5, 185, Fr.) wasted little time introducing himself to the Southern Conference, scoring 18 points and grabbing four rebounds versus the Scots. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native, was the No. 60 ranked player in the nation and No. 13 at his position by Rivals at West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla., for coach Kenny Gillion. The four-star combo guard, who averaged 18.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game during his time at West Oaks, is one of the highest-rated student-athletes to ever sign with Samford Men’s Basketball. He received more than 17 scholarship offers from power five or mid-major programs before signing with coach McMillan and the Bulldogs.
- Hueytown native and Akron transfer Jermaine Marshall (6-6, 225, So.) scored 11 points and grabbed five boards in his debut for the Bulldogs. The 6-6 forward played previously at NJCAA power Florida Southwestern State Junior College where he played in 29 games while averaging 10.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Prior to signing with FSW, Marshall starred at Hueytown High School, averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior, finishing his career with the Golden Gophers scoring more than 1,000 career points.
- Senior center Jacob Tryon (6-11, 220, Sr.) turned in a double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds versus Maryville on Tuesday.
- The Bulldogs will open the season without two key returners from last year’s squad in A.J. Staton-McCray (6-5, 190, Fr.) and Logan Dye (6-9, 240, Jr.). The duo is out indefinitely. Staton-McCray, a Charlotte, N.C., native, averaged 10.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game en route to being named to the All-SoCon Freshman Team. As a junior, Dye, a Haleyville, Ala., native, played in all 19 games, averaging 9.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
FACE THE FOE: SPRING HILL
- Spring Hill finished the 2020-21 campaign 3-7 overall in a pandemic shortened season under head coach Craig Kennedy.
- The Badgers averaged 69.9 points per game last year and return David Daniels, a redshirt junior who averaged a team-leading 15.4 points per game. Beril Kabamba (11.1 ppg) and Sam Davidson (10.4 ppg) also averaged in double figures for Spring Hill.
- David Daniels, a 6-5 junior forward from Homer Glen, Ill., led the Badgers in rebounding as well, averaging 8.2 boards per game.
- Spring Hill finished the 2020-21 season allowing 75.1 points per game, including a season high 101 points in a loss to Albany State.
- The Badgers are opening the 2021-22 season with three-straight games versus NCAA Division I competition, including South Alabama, Samford and New Orleans.
UP NEXT: SAN FRANCISCO
- The Bulldogs will travel to the University of San Francisco on Monday, Nov. 15 to face the Dons in a non-conference match-up at The Sobrato Center. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. Central and the game will be broadcast on the Pac 12 Networks.
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