Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Eastern Washington Basketball Head Coach Jim Hayford has his squad on the cusp of history

This season has already been remarkably successful for the Eastern Washington Men's Basketball program and with at least 11 more games to play, where does this team stack up in school history?

EWU Men's Basketball Historic Win Over Indiana from EWU Athletics on Vimeo.

The Eagles have already matched the win total from last year, in fact they now have as many wins (15) as any Eagle team totaled in the last ten seasons.  Click through to see what else is within reach for this team.

The most important thing still in reach, is the Big Sky Conference regular season championship.  The eagles are currently 1/2 game back of Sacramento State and tied with Montana.  The Eagles get to host Sacramento State for a rematch and will play Montana twice this season.  That means that EWU still entirely controls their own destiny en route to hosting the Big Sky tournament.  The only other time they've managed that they rode home court advantage all the way to the big dance in the 2003-2004 season.

One more win will guarantee the first winning season since 2006-2007 when the Eagles finished 15-14 overall.  The Eagles next win will bring their total to 16 giving them more wins than any year since 2003-2004 (17-13).

Should the Eagles win three more games for a total of 18, they will tie with the 1989-1990 and 2002-2003 squads for the most wins Eastern has ever had as a member of the Big Sky Conference.

If Coach Hayford can coax 5 more wins out of this team in the remaining 11 games, they will tie for the most wins of any Eagle Hoops team since they joined the NCAA DI.

The Eagles have 6 more home games remaining on their schedule, making no assumption about the potential to host the Big Sky Conference Tournament.  If they win 5 of those 6 games they will tie the all time single season record for home court wins at 15.

The Eagles would need to win 8 of their remaining 11 games, assuming 2 wins in Big Sky Conference Tournament and a first round loss in the NCAA tournament, in order to claim the highest winning percentage for any Eagle team since joining the NCAA DI ranks, currently held by the 1986-1987 squad which finished 20-8 for a .714 winning percentage.  IF the Eagles do that they will finish 25-9 for a winning percentage of .735.

With 11 regular season games left, the Eagles are scoring 82.6 points per game, through 20 games they have scored 1,652 points.  If you assume they score 82.6 for their remaining 11 games they will finish the regular season with 2,560 points, just 50 points shy of the EWU record for single season scoring of 2,610 in 1972.  A berth in the Big Sky Conference Tournament almost assures them of breaking this 4 decade old record.

There are several other team and individual records within reach for these Eagles, but should this team keep winning and reeling in these records they have a chance do something really special in March.

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