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College basketball preview: Quincy University men at McKendree

Posted: Jan. 4, 2013 8:17 pm Updated: Jan. 25, 2013 9:15 pm

Quincy University men (6-4, 1-1) at McKendree (6-5, 0-1)

3:15 p.m. Saturday, Statham Center, Lebanon, Ill.

ESPN 1440 AM

Twitter: @btoppmeyer

Scouting the Bearcats: John Steppe missed a 3-pointer with six seconds remaining, and McKendree lost its Great Lakes Valley Conference opener 69-66 at home to Illinois-Springfield on Thursday. Steppe, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, scored 20 points in that game and averages 17.5 points per game. That's second on the team behind 6-1 junior guard Clinton Happe, who's averaging 19 points per game. Steppe leads the team in rebounds at 8.6 per game.

The Bearcats rank 15th in the GLVC in field-goal percentage defense, with opponents making 45.3 percent of their shot attempts. QU is the only GLVC school with a worse mark in field-goal percentage defense.

McKendree coach Harry Statham is the winningest coach in the history of men's college basketball with 1,480 wins.

Protecting the ball: QU committed only 10 turnovers in its 65-50 loss Thursday at Bellarmine, while the Knights had 18 turnovers. For the season, the Hawks are averaging 12.1 turnovers per game, a mark that's tied with Indianapolis for fourth-best in the league.

The series: Quincy leads the all-time series 26-6.

-- Blake Toppmeyer

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