CINCINNATI – After four-straight conference road matchups, the Eagles host four on Jill Rendel Court to close out the month of January, beginning this weekend (Jan. 27 and 28). The Eagles and Golden Bears of West Virginia Tech face off on Friday at 7 p.m. and play host to the Red Storm on Saturday at 3 p.m.
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ABOUT THE EAGLES
The Eagles (6-15, 3-6) are riding a four-game losing streak as they head into back-to-back league games this weekend. As a team, CCU is averaging over 82 points per game during its conference slate and rank 19th overall for its 12.4 offensive rebounds per game.
Sophomore Blake Walsman has been a consistent anchor for Cincinnati Christian's offensive efforts. Walsman paces the Eagles with his 18.14 ppg on 49-percent shooting form the field, and pulls 8.81 rebounds each game.
Khari Burton has led from the point guard position as he has tallied a team-best 25 steals and has dished out 80 assists on the season. Aside from that, Burton has been significantly more effective in his scoring efforts over the last five games with 77 points.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN BEARS
WVUT sits second in the league with a 16-5 (9-1) record during the 2016-17 campaign. Behind Asbury, West Virginia Tech posts the second-most points with nearly 90 ppg, while also holding opponents to just 73 points.
The leading scorer for the Golden Bears, junior Ryan Atkins, ranks third in the RSC and 19th in the country, as he records 21 ppg. Atkins has eclipsed the 20-point mark 13 times this season on his 49-percent shooting efforts from the field.
Atkins is a threat on the other end of the ball as well as the guard has picked up 31 steals, a team-best as well.
On the boards, Elisha Boone has piled up 143 rebounds to become the team's leading rebounder. On six different occasions Boone has pulled down double-digit rebounding figures.
LOOKING AT RIO GRANDE
Rio's 9-13 (5-5) record is in the middle of the road, conference-wise, as they head to Cincinnati. URG is looking for its fourth-straight league victory as it heads into Eagle Country on Jill Rendel Court.
Though only being active in the last 11 games, guard Will Hill is leading the team with 21.27 ppg and has piled up the third-most points (234) on the team. The Worthington, Ohio native has rallied double-digit performances in every game that he's seen action and shoots 90-percent from the foul line.
Stanley Christian is the leading force under the basket for the Red Storm. The 6'7 forward accounts for 116 total rebounds through 21 games, including 72 defensive boards.
The Eagles have a short turnaround as they look for a rematch against Brescia on Tuesday (Jan. 31). Tip-off is set to follow the women's matchup at 7 p.m.