NORTH CANTON, Ohio - Following the first NCAA Tournament bid in program history, the Walsh Cavaliers men's basketball team opens the 2019-20 season in the GLVC/G-MAC Challenge at the Gillmor Student Center on the campus of Tiffin University.
Walsh takes on the Maryville Saints on Saturday (Nov. 9) at 5 PM and will close the weekend on Sunday (Nov. 10) at 1:00 PM with the Missouri-St. Louis Tritons.
Walsh enters the 2019-20 season after an historic season ended in the NCAA Midwest Regional last March. Walsh was 24-8 overall last season with a G-MAC Tournament Championship and the program's first NCAA Tournament berth.
Just like last year, Walsh will face GLVC opponents in the GLVC/G-MAC Challenge at Tiffin.
These teams matched up last season in Missouri to open the season. Walsh fell 89-76 to Maryville and dropped a 78-74 decision to Missouri-St. Louis.
Walsh returns all five starters along with the top six scorers from last season. The reigning G-MAC Freshman of the Year, JT Shumate begins his sophomore campaign after a First Team All-Conference nod with 18.7 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game. He also earned D2CCA All-Midwest Region Second Team.
Walsh was selected as the G-MAC Preseason Coaches Poll favorite for the 2019-20 season. The Cavaliers received seven of 12 first place votes, edging Findlay 117-114 in the points column.
Head coach Jeff Young is in his 16th season at the helm of the Cavaliers, securing an overall record of 356-109.
- The Saints dropped the last four games of the season, finishing the season 9-18.
- Maryville lost their four of their top five scorers after last season, only returning Zach Colletta, who averages 10.1 points per game. Those four accounted for 45 points per game.
- After finishing 12th last season, Maryville was slotted 12th of 16 teams in the GLVC Preseason Coaches Poll.
- The Saints averaged 75.1 points per contest, on 47.0% shooting overall.
- The Tritons were sixth in the GLVC last season following a 20-win season, going 20-9 for the season.
- Missouri-St. Louis begins the 2019-20 season without the top four scorers from last season, losing an average of 42 points a game.
- Jason Towery with 7.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game is the top scorer returning. Towery played with Shumate on the USA D2 Basketball tour of Brazil this past summer.
- As a team, Missouri-St. Louis averaged 74.4 points per game on 47.3% shooting from the floor and 36.0% from three.
- The coaches ranked Missouri-St. Louis seventh in the GLVC Preseason Poll.
Walsh hosts Franciscan in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday (Nov. 12) at 12:00 PM for the inaugural Catholic School Day.