JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- Looking to gain momentum heading into conference play, the Jacksonville University men's basketball team will ring in the new year with its final non-conference contest of the season, Tuesday evening. The Dolphins (5-11) will host cross-town foe Trinity Baptist College (5-7) at the Historic Swisher Gym on Jan. 2, before entering ASUN play for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.
Tuesday's game can be heard on mixlr.com/judolphins and 1010 XL, the flagship sports radio station of Northeast Florida with "Voice of the Dolphins" Scott Manze on the call. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN3.
Tickets to the contest are $10 for general admission, and $5 for children, seniors, and groups of 15 or more. Click here to purchase tickets to the game.
LAST TIME OUT
JU finished 2017 on the road, dueling with their third power five opponent of the season. The 'Phins swan north to Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 30, falling to the Wolverines, 76-51. Reigning ASUN Newcomer of the Week JD Notae continued to surge offensively, dropping a game-high 22 points, and nearly missing a double-double with eight assists. The Dolphins forced 14 Michigan turnovers in the affair, and were steadied by Notae's hot shooting from beyond-the-arc, with the freshman netting five of six attempted triples.
"I thought for 30 minutes we competed at a level that we have to figure out how to do for 40 minutes," said Head Coach Tony Jasick. "Unfortunately, the stretch from about the 12 minute mark to the eight minute mark in the second half just did us in."
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT-TRINITY BAPTIST
Broadcasters: Joe Mixie (PXP) & Artis Gilmore (Color)
Audio: mixlr.com/judolphins , 1010 XL
Broadcaster: Scott Manze (PXP)
Series Record: Jacksonville leads, 5-0
Record at Jacksonville: Jacksonville leads, 5-0
Record at Trinity Baptist: N/A
Record at Neutral Site: N/A
Record in OT: N/A
Coach Jasick vs. Trinity Baptist: 3-0
Coach Jones vs. Jacksonville: 0-5
Last Meeting: 11/23/16: Jacksonville won, 97-52
Competing in the National Christian College Athletic Association, the Eagles of Trinity Baptist College will enter the campus of JU looking for their first-ever win in the series. The Dolphins will be the third of four NCAA Division One opponents on TBC's schedule, having already lost to The Citadel and North Florida on the road this year.
At 5-7, the Eagles pride themselves on defense and being able to limit the opposition from the field. Ranked third in the NCCAA in scoring and rebounding defense, and fourth in field goal defense, Trinity Baptist has allowed opponents to score just over 66 points per game. In all five wins this season, they have not allowed a foe to score over 61 points in a contest, with four of the five of their losing opponents scoring under 60 points.
TBC will need to put in some extra stretching time prior to the contest, having not played a game since December 12. The Eagles began the season 3-2 before dropping four straight. After grabbing a pair of wins at the Georgia Northwest Tech Tournament on Dec. 8-9, Trinity Baptist suffered their most lopsided loss of the season thus far, falling 94-39 on the road to NAIA foe Keiser University.
Leading the Eagles out on to the court will be freshman Chandler Rivers, who has steadied the squad with 11.3 points per game. Jacksonville product junior Marcus Dixon leads the team in minutes per game with just under 31, and grabs eight boards a contest. TBC's roster sports 13 freshman, with nearly 60 percent of players on the team hailing from the Sunshine State.
A 2013 NCCAA Championship participant, the team is coached by TBC Athletic Director John D. Jones, who boasts over 19 years of collegiate basketball experience. The most successful of Jones' previous six seasons with the team came in the 2012-13 season, where he led the season to a 24-6 overall record, including a perfect 12-0 mark in region play and the NCCAA South Region Championship.