Dolphins Prepare For Battle At Texas On Saturday

Dec. 14, 2001

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Game Day Quick Facts...

Radio: ESPN 600, "The Ball" (Chad Hastings, play-by-play)
The Dolphin Pregame Show begins at 7:45 p.m. Eastern
TV: Longhorn Sports Network (Bill Land, play-by-play, Reid Gettys, Color)
Series Record: First Meeting
Up Next: The Dolphins will travel to Wichita State for a game on Monday night before leaving for Puerto Rico on Tuesday for the San Juan Shootout, Dec. 20-22. JU plays Oral Roberts in the opening round on Thursday.

Warner Warming Up ... Junior forward Calvin Warner has begun to warm up after sitting out last season. Warner is averaging 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in the last two games, including a season-high 22-point performance against Savannah State in which he hit 10-of-13 shots and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in just 23 minutes of action. The 6-foot-7 transfer from Eastern Michigan has scored in double figures in five-of-six games and is ninth in the A-Sun in scoring with 14.8 points per game. Warner also leads the team and ranks third in the league with 9.0 boards per game, while averaging 2.5 blocks, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per contest.

Dolphin Defense ... JU sports one of the top defenses in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Dolphins are allowing a conference-low 56.8 points per game, while limiting opponents to just 35 percent shooting from the floor and 23 percent shooting from outside the arc. JU has held five of six opponents to less than 40 percent shooting and less than 70 points for the season, and is allowing just 53.6 points per game in its five victories. The Dolphins also lead the conference in blocks (8.00 bpg) and are outrebounding opponents by 6.7 boards per game. Last time out, JU had 11 blocks, 15 steals and forced Savannah State into 23 turnovers.

Block Party ... Despite the graduation of Kris Hunter, who was fourth in the nation with 4.1 blocks per game last season, the Dolphins are blocking shots at a furious pace. JU leads the Atlantic Sun with 8.0 blocks per game, having rejected 48 shots in the first six games. Last year, the Dolphins had just 30 blocks after six games. Junior center Ryan Lewis has led the Block Party with a conference-best 4.67 rejections per game, including a career-high nine against Savannah State.