Hampton, Radford meet in Big South quarters
Hampton (11-13, 10-9) vs. No. 2 seed Radford (14-11, 12-6)
Big South Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Dedmon Center, Radford, Virginia; Monday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: A spot in the Big South semifinals is up for grabs as Hampton and Radford match up. Radford swept the two-game regular season series. The teams last met on Jan. 5, when the Highlanders shot 49 percent from the field while holding Hampton to just 38.7 percent en route to the 11-point victory.
TEAM LEADERSHIP: The prolific Davion Warren is averaging 21.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and two steals to lead the way for the Pirates. Russell Dean is also a key facilitator, maintaining an average of 11 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. The Highlanders have been led by Fah’Mir Ali, who is averaging 10.3 points.
KEY FACILITATOR: Ali has either made or assisted on 41 percent of all Radford field goals over the last five games. The freshman guard has accounted for 23 field goals and 20 assists in those games.
UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Highlanders are 7-0 when at least four of their players score 10 or more points and 7-11 when any fewer than that achieve double-figures. The Pirates are 9-0 when they hold opponents to 71 points or fewer and 2-13 when opponents exceed 71 points.
ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Highlanders have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Pirates. Radford has 34 assists on 59 field goals (57.6 percent) across its previous three games while Hampton has assists on 34 of 77 field goals (44.2 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Radford has posted an excellent offensive rebound percentage of 34.5 percent this year. That figure is ranked 26th in Division 1. The offensive rebound percentage for Hampton stands at just 22.4 percent (ranked 315th).