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Wolverines Head to Windy City for GWC Contest
Jan. 25, 2013
OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley University heads to the Windy City this week for a Great West Conference contest at Chicago State University. Tip time has been moved up an hour to 2:30 p.m. MT.
The game can be viewed live as part of CollegeInsider.com's Great West Showcase for free via WatchCollegeInsider.com. It can also be heard live on 960 AM the Zone.
The Wolverines (9-11, 1-2 GWC) suffered a two-point loss, 62-60, last Saturday at Texas-Pan American. UVU was without the services of third-leading scorer Alfonzo Hubbard and his 11.6 points per game. Hubbard will also miss this week's contest and is out indefinitely due to injury.
Ben Aird, the team's top scorer at 14.1 per game and the league's leading rebounder with 8.6 per contest, is doubtful and likely to miss the CSU game as well, leaving the Wolverines without two starters. Aird also leads the Great West in field goal percentage (57.6) and blocks (2.0).
UVU will have the services of Holton Hunsaker's 13.3 points per game and league-leading - and the nation's eighth-best -- 91.5 percent free throw shooting. Nick Thompson leads all Great West players with 4.5 assists per game and also scores an even 10.0 per contest.
Chicago State (6-15, 1-1 GWC) enters having won two out of three games and is currently 5-2 at home inside the Jones Convocation Center, the home of the 2013 Great West Tournament. The Cougars, who will join UVU in the WAC next season, have played a schedule that includes road contests at No. 14 Ohio State, No. 24 Notre Dame, UNLV and Valparaiso.
"Chicago State is playing great basketball right now," said UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker. "They utilize their athleticism on all 94 feet of the court with a variety of combination defenses. They also have a great blend of perimeter shooting and the ability to post up and attack the basket."
The game marks the halfway point of the conference schedule for Utah Valley. The Wolverines will play two non-conference games next week, hosting NAIA Peru State on Monday before traveling to future WAC foe CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, Feb. 2. UVU returns to GWC play on Feb. 9 at home against Texas-Pan American.