Posted: Nov 12, 2019
Central Connecticut heads west to play Arizona State as part of the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament presented by Citi. The game will tip off on Thursday night at 10:00 p.m. Eastern from Desert Financial Arena. The game will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks. Anne Marie Anderson (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst) will call the action.
Central Connecticut has dropped its first two games, most recently at St. John's on Saturday. Arizona State lost to Colorado, 81-71, on Nov. 8 in a game played in Shanghai, China. The Sun Devils were picked sixth in the preseason poll.
SERIES HISTORY • Arizona State won the only previous meeting, 84-47, on Dec. 29, 2008.
• Central Connecticut opens play in the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament presented by Citi with a trip to Arizona State.
• CCSU will travel to UMass as part of the event on Saturday. Following a home game with New Hampshire (Nov. 19), the Blue Devils will play two neutral site Tip-Off Tournament games at Mohegan Sun Arena on Nov. 23-24.
WITH A CCSU WIN TODAY...
• CCSU would earn its first win of the year (1-2) and its first win on the road (1-1).
• Central would have its first win in the series with Arizona State and first win over a current Pac-12 school (0-6).
Central Newcomers Lead The Way
• With a roster featuring 10 players in their first year with the program, the Blue Devils have relied on their newcomers through their first two games.
• All six players who average 20+ minutes are in their first year at CCSU, led by sophomore Zach Newkirk (28.5 mpg).
• Four of Central's top five scorers are freshmen, with Greg Outlaw averaging a team-leading 12.0 ppg. The 10 newcomers have contributed 75.8% (44.0 ppg) of the Blue Devils' scoring through two games.
CCSU Roster Has a Fresh Look
• Central Connecticut has one of the youngest rosters in the nation in 2019-20 with 11 underclassmen and a total of 10 players in their first year with the program.
• CCSU is one of seven schools nationallly with 7 or more freshmen on the roster. Navy has a high with 11 freshmen on its roster.
• Central has started three-first year players in each of the first two games, including three freshmen against Hartford.
• The Blue Devils also feature two junior college transfers (Ayungma, Newkirk) and a senior transfer (Rowe) who are in their first season of eligibility with the program.
Marshall Among Former NBA Players Coaching
• CCSU head coach Donyell Marshall enjoyed a 15-year career in the NBA playing with eight teams.
• Marshall, who was the 4th overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft, is one of six former Top-10 picks currently coaching.
• Marshall was UConn's first consensus First-Team All-American as a junior in 1994. He is one of seven former consesus First-Team All-Americans now coaching Division I.
• Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley was also drafted No. 7 and earning All-America honors in 1993.
An International Roster
• The Blue Devils' program has student-athletes from four countries (including the United States) in 2019-20.
• CCSU has 12 student-athletes representing nine states and England (Thai Segwai), Cameroon (Stephane Ayungma) and Nigeria (Ola Olamuyiwa).
• Central is among a group of 46 schools with student-athletes representing three or more foreign countries.
Central and the Three-Point Shot
• CCSU has made a three-pointer in 131 straight games dating back to Feb. 5, 2015 at St. Francis Brooklyn.
• Ian Krishnan had a team-high 71 three-pointers and ranked 6th in the NEC with 2.3 per game as a rookie in 2018-19.
• The Blue Devils made a season-high 13 treys in the win at Fairleigh Dickinson, the third game it made 12+ in a contest. In 2017-18, CCSU did not make more than 11 in a game.
• Freshman Ola Olamuyiwa was sworn in as a student body senator on the CCSU SGA Student Senate on Oct. 9.
• Olamuyiwa was also student government president at The Patrick School prior to coming to Central.
• Olamuyiwa and his teammates had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) when he visited the CCSU campus earlier in the fall.
• The SGA Student Senate meets weekly on Wednesdays and is seen as a "voice" for the undergraduate student body.
Blue Devils Welcome Alex Inyatkin
• CCSU teamed with Team IMPACT to bring 12-year-old Alex Inyatkin into the men's basketball program.
• The Blue Devils held a signing ceremony on April 24 in the Athletic Department that included Alex and his family.
• Inyatkin will be with the team for the season and attend games, practices and other team functions.
• Team IMPACT connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes.
84 YEARS OF CCSU BASKETBALL
• This is the 84th season of men's basketball at Central Connecticut. CCSU is 1,112-955 all-time (.538).
• Bill Detrick is the school's all-time winningest coach, having won 468 games in 29 seasons as head coach.
• CCSU's first year of competition was in 1934-35 under coach Harrison J. Kaiser, the athletic building's namesake.
"All In, ball out": year 2
• The NEC's "All In, Ball Out" branding campaign was launched in 2018-19 and captures the essence and attitude of the NEC's basketball-centric nature, and conveys a host of traits common to student-athletes, teams and the NEC.
• A series of hoops theme nights were announced to take place during league play and enhance the fan experience through coordinated marketing efforts within the conference.