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This Week In WAC Men's Basketball - Nov. 23

This Week In WAC Men's Basketball - Nov. 23
 

SAM HOUSTON, SEATTLE U BOTH UNDEFEATED

Sam Houston and Seattle U continued their early season momentum into the third full week of the 2022-23 campaign, as both teams remained unbeaten in nonconference action. Sam Houston has strung together five consecutive wins to begin the new season, which included a 52-51 victory at Big 12 opponent Oklahoma on Nov. 7 and a 65-55 win at Pac-12 foe Utah on Nov. 17. Seattle U has fashioned a 4-0 mark out of the gate, scoring 80 or more points in each of those wins. The next big test for the Redhawks will be an in-city matchup with Washington on Nov. 28.
 

TARLETON IMPRESSES AT THE PARADISE JAM

Tarleton turned in a solid team performance at the Paradise Jam on Nov. 18-21 in St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands. The Texans downed Belmont 89-81 in the opening round and defeated Boston College 70-54 to reach the tournament’s championship game. Tarleton fell to Drake 71-64, but all-tournament team selection Freddy Hicks added another signature showing. Hicks scored a career-high 30 points against Drake, adding nine rebounds and two steals in the setback. The reigning WAC Player of the Week averaged 25.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.0 steals on 54.1 shooting during the Paradise Jam.
 

TYSON THE NATION’S SCORING LEADER

Seattle guard Cameron Tyson officially rose to the top spot in NCAA Division I basketball in scoring, averaging 28.3 points over his first three starts of the new season. Tyson tallied 35 points at UC San Diego on Nov. 7 and followed up with 32 points against Portland State on Nov. 13.
Tyson also leads the country with 6.3 3-pointers made per contest and was fifth overall with 19 total made 3-pointers. Tyson has hit 19-of-37 attempts from beyond the arc, a blazing clip of 51.4 percent.
 

BANDAOGO LEADS THE WAC In DOUBLE-DOUBLES

Utah Valley’s Aziz Bandaogo has been one of the most consistent players in the WAC in the early going of the 2022-23 season, making his mark both scoring and rebounding the basketball. As of Nov. 22, Bandaogo led the conference with three double-doubles over his first six starts (12 points, 10 rebounds vs. Western Colorado on Nov. 9; 13 points, 12 rebounds vs. Northern Arizona on Nov. 12; 13 points, 14 rebounds vs. Green Bay on Nov. 20). Bandaogo’s 13.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per contest over six games left him as one of two players in the WAC averaging a double-double thus far this season (NM State’s Deshawndre Washington, 17.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game).
 

THE WAC IN THE NATIONAL STATS RANKINGS

In the latest NCAA DI national statistics rankings that were released on Nov. 21, Sam Houston ranked second nationally with 43.3 bench points per game, scoring defense (46.8), rebounds per game (48.5) and turnover margin per game (9.8), third in field goal percentage defense (.307) and fourth in scoring margin (33.5). SFA was third in turnovers forced (22.75). Southern Utah was third in scoring offense (98.2), fourth in bench points per game (41.4) and fifth in rebounds (46.0) and steals (12.4) per game. Seattle U was fourth in made 3-pointers per game (12.0) and UTRGV was fifth in fastbreak points per contest (23.8). Individually, Seattle’s Cameron Tyson ranked first in both scoring (28.3 points per game) and made 3-pointers (6.33) per game, while ranking fifth in overall 3-pointers made (19). Utah Valley’s Aziz Bandaogo was second in total blocks (18), sixth in blocks per game (3.6) and seventh in total rebounds (10).