Men's Basketball

Pilots kick off Crossroads schedule with marquee matchup at IWU

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Anticipation has continued to build every time the Pilots have dispatched a lesser opponent this year. Players kept saying that they were taking things one game at a time - you know, what they are supposed to say. "(IWU) is in the back of our minds, every game we're trying to prepare for conference," said star shooting guard Zach Miller after a 111-63 win over IUSB. "But at the same time we don't want to look past anybody." But now, no one has to worry about that because the next game is the one everyone has been waiting for - a road contest against preseason no. 2 Indiana Wesleyan at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The Pilots come in at 8-0, but it seems like ages since they beat Purdue-North Central 110-66. The story of the season so far has been Miller. The junior shooting guard has been unstoppable, shooting a blistering 57 percent from three-point land on the season.
Travis Smith goes up for a lay up in last season's matchup against the Wildcats.
Travis Smith goes up for a lay up in last season's matchup against the Wildcats.
But he has not been the only bright spot for the Pilots. Junior point guard Matt Schauss has been playing very efficiently, including a 16 point, 7 assist, 6 rebound performance against IUSB earlier in the season. Freshman guard Caleb Oetjen has also provided a spark off the bench. Indiana Wesleyan comes in at 7-1 fresh off a 99-80 victory over Cincinnati Christian on Nov. 23. Their lone loss came at the hands of IU Southeast 93-81 on Nov. 13. However, it is hard to hold that loss against the Wildcats since IUSE went to the NAIA national semifinals last season and returned everybody from that team. Senior guard Jordan Weidner has been the star player for the Wildcats. He comes into Tuesday's contest averaging 19.5 PPG. Needless to say, the Bethel players are excited for the matchup. "The Crossroads League is one of the best in the nation and we have IWU coming up first, so it's hard not to have that in the back of your mind," said Schauss. "We try to take one game at a time, but I can't not think about beating IWU at IWU." The stage is set and the wait is nearly over. Now all that is left to do is tip off.
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