The best basketball in town can be seen tonight at Beggs gym on the Viterbo University campus.
At 7 p.m., the Viterbo men’s basketball team hosts UW-La Crosse in an intra-city rivalry that’s been lopsided of late. Watch the game live here.
The Eagles have won nine consecutive games over the
V-Hawks and hold a 15-10 all-time series lead. Last year, they won 61-51.
Tonight’s matchup, however, should be a good one. Both teams have five players averaging over eight points.
The Eagles are 3-1, are coming off a 72-70 loss to Luther, while the V-Hawks are 5-2 and winners of three out of their last four.
La Crosse is led by 6-foot-4, sophomore forward Calahan Skogman’s 14 points per game (53-percent shooting), while 6-5 junior teammate Lucas Collom, from Galesville, Wis., is averaging 12.5 points and five rebounds.
Prairie du Chien, Wis., native Cole Lewis, coming off 26-point effort on 11-for-11 shooting, leads Viterbo with 14.3 points a game. He’s also averaging 6.3 rebounds, two assists and 1.3 steals. Teammate David Shepard is averaging 14 points to go with 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals, as well.
Viterbo’s last two victories have been against two NCAA Division III teams – Saint Mary’s (65-48) and Martin Luther (89-77). The V-Hawks play in the NAIA.
Viterbo has also played two exhibition games against NCAA Division I opponents. They lost 82-39 against UW-Green Bay and lost 93-49 to North Dakota State.
UW-L has played no such scrimmages. The Eagles have defeated Olivet, currently 0-4, Lakeland (3-1) and Indiana Dabney, a team that plays in the USCAA (as opposed to the NCAA or NAIA), and does not have an athletics website with results. Luther is 2-1.
Aside from the two scrimmages, Viterbo’s opponent’s combined records aren’t great, either. Waldorf (3-2) and Cardinal Stritch (6-1), the V-Hawks two losses, are the only teams with winning records. Viterbo beat Silver Lake (2-8) twice, along with Martin Luther (0-3), Saint Mary’s (1-1) and Valley City State (1-5).
North Dakota State is 1-3 and UW-GB is 2-1, including a 69-66 loss to Wisconsin.