CHICAGO – Three of University of Chicago's winter sports teams return from the holiday break with competitions this week.
UChicago travels up to Evanston for the 54th-annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern University. Featuring some of the top wrestlers in the nation, this year's Midlands field includes 71 nationally-ranked NCAA Division I competitors.
Most recently, the Maroons placed 16th as a team at the Wikes Open on Dec. 22. Junior Nick Ferraro was the top finisher, reaching the consolation semifinals at 174 pounds.
- DATE/TIME: Thursday-Friday, Dec. 29-30 @ 9:30 AM / Noon – UChicago at Midlands Championships (Evanston, Ill.)
- LINKS: Tournament Website
The Maroons (6-3 record) head south to get back into the win column at this weekend's University of Texas-Dallas Classic. UChicago takes on the host Texas-Dallas (7-2) on Friday afternoon, followed by a Saturday afternoon tilt against Hendrix College (4-4).
The Maroons are looking to shake off a two-game losing streak in which they've been held under 60 points both times. In the previous seven games, they averaged 82.6 points. UChicago's top three scorers are all still shooting better than 50 percent from the field and five players are averaging at least 8.0 points per game.
- DATE/TIME: Saturday, Dec. 31 @ Noon – UChicago vs. Hendrix (at Dallas, Texas)
- LINKS: Live Stats / Live Video
UChicago (8-2 record) takes on its second-straight nationally-ranked foe on Saturday when No. 1-ranked Babson College (9-1) comes to the Ratner Athletics Center.
Both offenses rank in the top 35 in the nation in scoring – UChicago averages 86.6 points while Babson puts up 88.8 points per game. The Beavers are led by senior All-American Joey Flannery with 26.3 points per game. The Maroons counter with a balanced offense featuring 9.9 three-pointers made per game and four players with at least 11.0 points per contest.