Emory Men's Basketball To Host Oglethorpe And Piedmont

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GAME FACTS -  The Emory University men's basketball team will play its final two games before final exams and the holiday break when it plays host to Oglethorpe on Wednesday (Dec. 5) and Piedmont College on Saturday.  The Woodruff PE Center will serve as the venue for the 50th battle between the Eagles and Oglethorpe with that contest slated to start at approximately 8:00 p.m., while the ninth-ever contest between Emory and the Lions on Saturday begins at 7:00 p.m.

Live Stats and a video stream will be provided for both games.  To access the Live Stats, go to the following link: http://www.emoryathletics.com/information/LiveStats.   The video stream can be accessed through the following link:  http://www.emoryathletics.com/information/webcasts

THE COACHES - Leading the Emory program is sixth-year Head Coach Jason Zimmerman (Davidson, 1994). Named head coach in April of 2007, Zimmerman came to Emory after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Evansville (2003-04 through 2006-07).  Prior to his stint with the Aces, Zimmerman was an assistant at Davidson College for seven years (1996-97 through 2002-03).  During his tenure with the Eagles' program, he has compiled a school and career record of 76-56.

Last year, Zimmerman directed the Eagles to an overall record of 19-6, the program's third consecutive winning campaign, the first time since 1987-88 through 1989-90 that it had recorded three straight winning seasons.  The 19 victories were the third-highest mark in school annals.

Phil Ponder is in his 10th season as head coach at Oglethorpe.

In his first year as the head man at Piedmont College is Mark Bollinger (Toledo,'93).  Prior to his current post, Bollinger spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Ohio Wesleyan.  While with the Battling Bishops, he helped guide the program to an overall record of 66-40.

2012-13 RECORDS – Emory stands 5-2 following a split of two games last week.  The Eagles hosted and came out on the short end of a 75-72 verdict to Birmingham Southern (Nov. 28) before regrouping to post a 70-48 triumph at Rhodes College on Saturday.  The games against the Stormy Petrels and the Lions will be Emory's third and fourth home games of the season.

Oglethorpe invades the Woodpec with a won-lost ledger of 5-1. OU suffered its first setback of the young season on Saturday when it lost at Covenant College by a 68-59 count. 

Piedmont will be aiming for its initial win of the season, having dropped its first four encounters, when it entertains Warren Wilson College on Thursday.  This past weekend, the Lions lost two games on the road, 92-62 to Lynchburg and 100-62 to Hampden-Sydney College. 

SERIES RECORDS – Oglethorpe holds a slim 25-24 edge in the all-time series that began in 1987.  The Eagles have captured the last two meetings including last year's 60-54 decision at Oglethorpe.  The Eagles have enjoyed a fair amount of success at home vs. the Stormy Petrels, winning 16 of 24 contests.   Four of the last six games between the schools have gone into overtime. 

In a series that has its origins in 1988, Emory stands 6-2 all-time vs. Piedmont.  Behind 17 points by Michael Friedberg and 15 points and 12 rebounds by Jake Davis, the Eagles topped the Lions last year in Demorest, Ga., 95-78.  Emory has won four of the five games played on its home floor.

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW – Senior Alex Greven has a 21-game streak of knocking down at least one three-point field goal, the sixth-longest mark in school history … That Michael Friedberg has blocked shots to his credit in 25 of his last 26 contests with 20 performances of two or more rejections in that stretch … Emory has held three opponents to fewer than 60 points and has won its last seven games when accomplishing that feat  … That in his last four games sophomore Michael Florin has dished out 19 assists with just seven turnovers and that he is No. 3 among UAA players with a 5.1 per-game average in assists … Junior McPherson Moore has been successful on his last 14 free throw attempts and ranks No. 2 in the league in free throw percentage (.941, 16-of-17).

EMORY TAKING CARE OF THE BALL – After leading the UAA in fewest turnovers per game last year, the Eagles have been fairly consistent in taking care of possessions so far this year, averaging 13.4 turnovers compared to the opposition's mark of 17.6.  Emory has turned the ball over less than its opposition in four of the seven games.  Since the 2010-11 season, the Eagles stand 36-10 in contests when they have finished with fewer turnovers than their foes.

FRIEDBERG BECOMES EMORY ALL-TIME LEADER IN BLOCKED SHOTS – Senior Michael Friedberg became Emory's all-time leader in blocked shots in the LaGrange outing (Nov. 24) when his rejection of a shot attempt by LaGrange's Denzel Robinson early in the second half put him atop that list.  Currently, Friedberg has 146 blocked shots to his credit, bettering the previous standard of 138 held by Tim Garrett (1986-90). 

DAVIS POSTS WORKMAN-LIKE NUMBERS – Junior Jake Davis is off to a fine start this season and will head into Wednesday's action with team-leading averages in points (19.4 ppg) and rebounds (7.8 rpg).  In his five appearances, he has ranked as the team's No. 1 scorer on four occasions while pacing the squad in rebounds two times.  He has converted 56.5 percent (39-of-69) of his field goal attempts and shot 50 percent or better from the floor in three games.

NOTES – Emory converted 93.1 percent (27-of-29) of its free throw opportunities in the BSC and Rhodes contests, boosting its season mark to 74.1 percent (103-of-139), good for the No. 3 spot on the UAA ladder … Greven ranks No. 3 in the UAA in scoring with a 16.6 points-per-game average … Michael Friedberg finds himself ranked among the UAA's top 10 performers in scoring (9th, 13.0 ppg), rebounding (6th, 7.1 rpg), steals (t-6th, 1.6 spg) and blocked shots (2nd, 2.4 bpg) … Emory is averaging 39.2 points during the first of play compared to the opposition's mark of 30.8 points … Over the final 20 minutes of play, the Eagles are scoring at a 43.3-point clip vs. 36.0 for their foes …  Emory has outpointed its opposition in 10 of 14 halves of play while being outscored three times …  Emory has scored 50 or more points in two halves … The Eagles stand 4-1 when leading at the break this season, 59-10 during Jason Zimmerman's tenure as head coach …  Over the past three seasons, Emory is 24-3 in its last 27 home games … Dating from the 2010-11 campaign, Emory has captured its last 19 contests where it has outrebounded the opposition … During Zimmerman's tenure, the Eagles have scored 90 or more points on 28 occasions and own a 25-3 slate in those games … Emory converted a season-high nine three-point field goals in the Rhodes contest.

NUMBERS AND NEWS -- Heading into this weekend's action, some Eagles will have the opportunity to move up the ladder in various career statistical career categories.

Alex Greven continues his steady climb up the school's all-time scoring ladder with his combined total of 32 points in the BSC and Rhodes games upping his career total to 940 points, good for the No. 14 spot …Greven pushed ahead of Kyle Geoghegan (1986-90) and Karel Gless (1999-2003) last week and is now eyeing the No. 12 position currently held by Robert Spivey (982 pts., 2000-04) …   In addition, Greven's 109 three-point field goals places him 13th all-time at Emory and he needs 10 triples to jump ahead of Blake Hollander (1994-98) and into the No. 12 spot.

Jake Davis, who returned to the lineup last week after missing the Oglethorpe Thanksgiving Classic games,  owns the No. 17 slot on Emory's all-time scoring list with 904 points … He is three points from taking over the No. 16 position and 19 points shy of moving into 15th … In his five outings this year, Davis has snatched 39 rebounds that has increased his career mark to 375, 18th all-time at Emory and just eight shy of taking over the No. 16 spot …