Written by January 2, 2020 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball Rings In New Year Against Chicago State Tags: Chicago State Men’s Basketball/UVU Men’s Basketball Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Thursday evening, Utah Valley men’s basketball (6-9,) hosts Chicago State (4-11) in what is the WAC season opener for both the Wolverines and the Cougars.First-year head coach Mark Madsen (6-9, .400) continues to seek to find his groove at the helm of the Wolverines’ program.UVU currently scores 70.6 points per game which ranks the Wolverines 213th nationally in scoring offense.Junior guard Isaiah White leads UVU in both scoring and rebounding (16.3 points, 9.1 rebounds per game).Senior guard TJ Washington (13.5 points per game), redshirt junior guard Brandon Averette (12.9 points per game, a team-best 43 assists) and redshirt junior guard/forward Casdon Jardine (10.8 points per game) also score in double figures on-average for the Wolverines.Junior guard Jamison Overton leads UVU with 15 steals.Senior forward Emmanuel Olojakpoke ranks 8th nationally with 42 blocked shots. He is 12th nationally with 2.8 blocked shots per game as well. His heroics rank the Wolverines sixth nationally in blocked shots with 86 and 14th in blocked shots per game at 5.7.UVU surrenders 70.1 points per game. This ties the Wolverines for 207th nationally in scoring defense with Wright State.The Cougars are coached by Lance Irvin who is 7-40 (.149) in his second season at the helm of the Chicago State program.The Cougars score 66 points per game which ranks them 302nd nationally in scoring offense.Junior guard Xavier Johnson leads the Cougars in scoring (17.7 points per game), assists (44) and steals (26).Fellow junior guard Andrew Lewis (12.7 points per game) is the only other Cougar to score in double figures on-average this season.Junior forward, Canadian national Jace Colley, leads Chicago State in rebounds (5.2 per game) and blocked shots (15).The Cougars struggle defensively, surrendering 83.5 points per game. This ranks them 346th out of 350 Division I teams nationwide.The Wolverines have traditionally dominated Chicago State as they lead the all-time series 19-5.