Upcoming in Gray Wolves Basketball: Lourdes opens its ninth season of intercollegiate basketball this week with three games in a four-day span. The Gray Wolves tip off the year against East-West at home on Wednesday evening before heading to the Bernie Holowicki Classic hosted by Madonna on Friday and Saturday to battle Indiana East and East-West for a second time.
Head Coach Josh Gibson: In his third season on the Lourdes bench Josh Gibson has a 17-41 (.293) record. Overall as a men’s collegiate head coach, Gibson has a 78-99 (.396) record in his seventh season. He is only the second head coach in Lourdes program’s history.
Series Notes: The Gray Wolves and East-West will be meeting for the first time ever in men’s basketball on Wednesday evening before facing off for a second time on Saturday. Lourdes is 1-0 all-time against Indiana East, winning the previous meeting 84-78 on Dec. 18, 2010 as part of the Malone Tournament in Canton, Ohio.
Wrapping Up Last Season: The Gray Wolves posted a 10-19 record overall and a 3-17 mark in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. Lourdes finished in a tie for 10th place in the league, missing out on the WHAC postseason tournament. Clif Snow was named to the WHAC All-Freshman Team.
Scouting East-West: The Phantoms are still looking for their first victory of the season after falling to both Governors State and Calumet over the weekend at the Governors State Classic. Allen Morris leads the way for East-West in scoring, tallying 14.7 points per game while Sherman Carter has added 13.0 points per night.
Scouting Indiana East: The Red Wolves tip off their 2018-2019 season on Tuesday evening against reigning national champion Indiana Wesleyan. Indiana East finished last season with a 34-3 record overall and is ranked second in NAIA Division II in the preseason poll. Bishop Smith is the team’s top returning scorer, averaging 11.1 points per game last season while Aaron Thomas pulled down 8.2 rebounds and added 1.8 blocked shots per night. Jaylen McKey handed out 3.4 assists per contest for the Red Wolves in 2017-2018.
Lourdes Tabbed Ninth in Preseason Poll: The Gray Wolves were selected to finish in ninth place in the WHAC this season in the preseason poll conducted of the league’s head coaches. Lourdes was picked just ahead of Northwestern Ohio and just behind Concordia (Mich.) in the league balloting. Indiana Tech was the favorite to win the WHAC in 2018-2019.
Lourdes in Season Openers: Lourdes is 5-3 all-time in season openers, having defeated Great Lakes Christian at home, 87-50, to open the 2017-2018 campaign. This will mark the third straight season opener at home for the Gray Wolves, who had opened every previous season on the road prior to the opening of the Ebeid Rec Center. Lourdes has won four of its last five season openers overall.
Lourdes in Home Openers: Lourdes is 7-1 all-time in home openers, including 2-0 inside the Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center. The Gray Wolves went 5-1 in their former home, Tam-o-Shanter prior to the 2016-2017 season. The only home opener Lourdes has lost came to top-ranked Cornerstone in 2015.
A Youthful Squad: Lourdes has only three junior or senior returnees on the roster this season. Desmond Frazier is the lone senior while Bryce McComb and Evan Vasquez are the only juniors with experience playing at Lourdes on the squad. The Gray Wolves have six true freshmen and another red-shirt freshman taking the court to begin the year.
Returning Leaders: Sophomores Clif Snow and Kadeim Jones are Lourdes top returnees in numerous statistical categories. Snow averaged 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game during his rookie year. Jones tallied 8.0 points, grabbed 3.0 rebounds, and handed out 2.3 helpers per contest as a freshman.
This and That: Lourdes is 111-133 all-time entering the program’s ninth season ... the Gray Wolves have two NAIA National Championship appearances (2012 and 2013) ... Lourdes is 2-8 all-time in overtime contests ... the Gray Wolves are 8-44 all-time against NAIA Division II top-25 opponents, dropping all four games against ranked foes last season ... the first win ever against a top-25 opponent came versus Indiana East on Dec. 18, 2010.