#24 Randolph enters Top 25, hosts Roanoke Wednesday night
Lynchburg, Va. – Not only did #24 Randolph men’s basketball enter the D3hoops.com Top 25 rankings for the first time in program history yesterday, out of over 400 Division III basketball programs, they are one of six that remain unbeaten this season as heading into Wednesday’s Old Dominion Athletic Conference contest with Roanoke.
When Randolph and Roanoke take the floor of the RAD Center tomorrow night, the top two scorers in the ODAC, Randolph’s Colton Hunt and Roanoke’s Kwasi Amponsah, collide as the WildCats host the struggling Maroons.
Hunt, who leads the conference with 26.5 points per game, and the WildCats remained unbeaten this past Saturday with a nail-biting, 66 – 65, victory over rival Randolph-Macon.
While the ODAC’s leading scorer continued his ways with 23 points and eleven boards, both game highs, the bigger story on the day may have been the play of Chris Battaglia. The senior went 6 – 8 from the field and was a perfect 4 – 4 at the line to finish with 18 points, eight boards and three steals . The other WildCat to finish in double figures was junior Mike Ehilegbu who had a solid game with 13 points, four assists and four rebounds.
Randolph (12 – 0 / 4 – 0) will look to extend its current win streak to thirteen games Wednesday night, and knock off the Maroons for the third consecutive time. Although Roanoke has limped out of the gates to a 0 – 4 start in ODAC play, it is crucial that Randolph does not overlook their opponent in anticipation of their date this Saturday with conference powerhouse, Virginia Wesleyan.
After being eliminated by the WildCats in last year’s conference tournament, you can guarantee the Maroons would love nothing more than to blemish Randolph’s perfect record.
While Roanoke (7 – 6) has not had a whole lot to be positive about, leading scorer Amponsah has, as always, been exciting to watch. Amponsah is the only other player in the conference besides Hunt to average over 20 points game with 21. Like hunt, he also averages 2.5 steals per game, illustrating his ability to get it done on both ends of the floor.
With a win Wednesday, Randolph would solidify a winning campaign and sit two wins behind last year’s total of 15 with 12 more to go in the regular season. But for a team that has made improbable runs to the conference championship the past two seasons, total wins are not the goal. Expect Roanoke to come to play Wednesday night, but don’t expect Randolph to enter the game any less motivated than usual, the WildCats have looked to make a statement every time they step on the floor this season.
Tip-off for tomorrow night’s game is slated for 7 pm.