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MBB-D3: Shenandoah Hornets (6-14) at Hampden-Sydney Tigers (17-4)

Hampden-Sydney College, ranked No. 18 in this week’s D3hoops.com Top 25, plays host to Shenandoah University in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball action on Saturday afternoon, February 4, at 2 p.m. in S. Douglas Fleet Gymnasium at Kirby Field House. H-SC has won eight-straight and 15 of its last 16 games, and is 17-4 overall, 11-1 in the ODAC, while SU has won three of its last four games, and is 6-14 overall, 3-8 in the ODAC. It’s free admission for all regular season home contests-only two remain this season-and the game will be available to watch on the Tiger Sports Network live video stream at hscathletics.com, pregame airing at 1:30 p.m.

Head Coach Caleb Kimbrough
H-SC is led by the fourth-year head coach who took over the program on April 4, 2019. The former head coach at Huntingdon (AL) College from 2016-19, Kimbrough is the 19th head coach in the 113-year history of the storied Hampden-Sydney program. He is no stranger to the ODAC, having played four years at Guilford and coached six years with the Quakers, and one year at Washington and Lee University. Caleb is 47-32 overall at the College, including 28-20 in ODAC games.

Scouting Hampden-Sydney
H-SC, enjoying its highest national ranking since 2013-14 (11th, week 6), won its most recent game at Virginia Wesleyan, 73-66, on Feb. 1, in Virginia Beach. The Tigers have three players averaging in double-figure scoring among their five starters that are each scoring at least 8.4 points per game, while 11 individuals are playing at least eight-plus minutes per game. H-SC is led by junior forward Davidson Hubbard (Charlotte, NC) with his 14.1 points (55% FG) and 8.1 rebounds, followed by senior guard Ryan Clements (Conyers, GA) (12.1 points, 4.6 rebounds), junior guard and team captain Adam Brazil (Mooresville, NC) (10.4 points, 3.3 assists, 39 3FGs), junior guard DJ Wright (Greensboro, GA) (9.0 points, 28 3FGs) and junior guard/forward Josiah Hardy (Ashburn) (8.4 points, 5.6 rebounds). The Tigers are shooting 46% (606-1322) from the field, including 36% (174-487) on three-point field goals, and 73% (228-312) at the free throw line. H-SC averages 76.9 points, and allows 65.2 points, for a +11.7 scoring margin.

Scouting Shenandoah
The Hornets are coached by first-year head coach Nick Doyle. SU dropped its most recent game at No. 2 Randolph-Macon, 96-41, on Feb. 1. The Hornets are led by junior guard Melik Jordan who is averaging 13.8 points and 4.1 rebounds, senior guard Davion Roberts (11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and freshman guard Joshua Stephen (11.6 points, 3.3 rebounds). SU shoots 38% (432-1126) from the field, including 30% (127-421) on three-pointers, and 69% (248-359) at the line; scoring 62.0 points, and yielding 72.1 points for a -10.2 scoring margin.

Series History
H-SC leads the all-time series, 18-4, including 12-3 in ODAC regular season games. The Tigers have won eight-straight against the Hornets, and nine of the last 10 games in the series, including the most recent 76-54 road win last month on January 7 in Winchester. The two schools first met in the 1989 NCAA South Atlantic Regional in Ewing, New Jersey, an 80-78 win by H-SC.

D3hoops.com/ODAC Honors
Davidson Hubbard was named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week on Jan. 24 for his efforts at Randolph and at Salisbury (MD), averaging 25.0 points and 12.0 rebounds, including career-highs of 30 points and 14 rebounds at Salisbury on Jan. 21. He was named the ODAC Player of the Week on Jan. 30 for his efforts vs. Guilford (NC) and at Roanoke, averaging 13.0 points and 10.5 rebounds. Davidson has nine double-doubles this season, just missing with nine rebounds in two other double-figure scoring games, and has scored in double figures in a team-best 17 of 21 games this season with a team-best five 20-point games (including the one 30-point game).

2022-23 Team Captains
Leading the Tigers are seniors Miles Harris (Virginia Beach) and Chase Turner (Virginia Beach), along with Adam Brazil. Turner is serving in the leadership role for his second season, while Harris and Brazil are first-year captains. Chase is the son of Samuel and Demia Turner and is majoring in government with a minor in leadership in the public interest. Miles is the son of Randy Harris and Corey Bacs and is majoring in economics and business. Adam is the son of Mark and Kristen Brazil and is majoring in English.

Up Next
H-SC is idle during next week’s mid-week contest before playing on the road at ODAC member Ferrum College on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. in Ferrum. The Tigers return home for their final regular season conference home game against the University of Lynchburg on Wednesday night, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Fleet Gym. It will be Senior Night on the 15th in recognition and celebration of senior forward Harrison Taylor (Nashville, TN).

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