Coming off an undefeated weekend against Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve, the No. 12 Maroons will face off against New York University and Brandeis this weekend. With an impressive 12–2 record overall and 3–0 in the UAA, Chicago will look to extend its 11-game winning streak in its first conference weekend on its home court.
Following their one-point victory against Wash U the previous Saturday, the South Siders had yet another close game against Carnegie Mellon on Friday, but were able to secure a 70–68 victory. On Sunday, in an offensive showdown, the squad defeated Case 112–100, the Maroons’ highest scoring performance since 1995.
The high-scoring dual also marked an exciting milestone for fourth-year forward Jordan Smith. With 26 points on the day, Smith surpassed 1,000 career points. He arrived in Cleveland with 999 career points and finished with 1,025, after going 9–13 from the field to become the 16th highest scorer in Chicago history.
This weekend is sure to be another competitive one for the Maroons, facing off against two conference foes. With a series of incredibly close games across the conference, the UAA title seems to be entirely up for grabs this season. No. 17 NYU is 12–1 overall and 2–1 in UAA conference play. With wins against Brandeis and Rochester, the team’s only loss was
to Emory, 64–71, last Friday.
Fourth-year forward Evan Kupferberg has been dominant among the Violets, averaging a whopping 19.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. The South Siders will look to control the boards and play strong pressure defense to lock Kupferberg up.
The theme for this Friday’s game against NYU is Hoops at Hogwarts, which means free Harry Potter T-shirts at the door, a Quidditch game at halftime, and prizes for the winners of the best-dressed contest.
Second-year guard Jake Fenlon commented on the team’s enthusiasm for Hoops at Hogwarts, “The team is excited. Hopefully the theme attracts a crowd and makes it fun for us to play in front of a supporting fan base.”
Third-year point guard Tyler Howard echoed his teammate, saying, “the team is very excited for Hoops at Hogwarts; it seems like the perfect theme for UChicago. We are going to focus on improving some of our own things as well as getting ready for a very talented NYU team on Friday.”