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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 18, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McGuirk Arena (5,300) -- Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Television: None. Home Record: EMU 8-1, CMU 5-3. Away Record: EMU 2-5, CMU 2-5. Neutral Record: EMU 0-0, CMU 0-0. Conference Record: EMU 2-1, CMU 0-3. Series Record: Central Michigan leads, 95-85.
GAME NOTES: The Eastern Michigan Eagles hope to continue their recent winning ways, as they visit the struggling Central Michigan Chippewas in Mid-American Conference action on Saturday night.
The Eagles easily downed conference foe Western Michigan, 56-37, on Tuesday. Eastern Michigan was led by Darell Combs and Mike Talley, as each player tallied 14 points for the Eagles, who scored 22 of game's first 32 points and cruised to the finish from there.
The team notched a season-high 18 steals, the most since the opening game against Concordia University on Nov. 12, when it snatched the ball 14 times. Also, the 37 points allowed were the fewest permitted since the Green and White held Northern Illinois to 25 points on Jan. 26, 2013.
Karrington Ward leads the Eastern Michigan offense, scoring an average of 13.3 ppg while also grabbing a team-best 6.2 rpg.
The Eagles don't average a great deal of points (only 69.1 per outing), but rely on a strong defensive effort to win games. Eastern Michigan allows only 63.9 ppg and opponent shoot just 37 percent from the field while committing more than 16 turnovers per game.
On the other side, Central Michigan comes in having dropped three straight decisions, and five of six overall after losing to Bowling Green on Wednesday night, 67-57.
The Chippewas shot just 26 percent from the field in the second half against the Falcons, sealing their fate. Chris Fowler scored 19 points of 7-of-16 shooting, and Blake Hibbitts added 14 points for CMU, which has yet to find the win column in conference play.
Central Michigan is led in scoring by Fowler's 17.3 ppg. John Simons is the only other double-figure scorer for the Chippewas, who net 75.4 ppg.
These two teams are very familiar with each other, as the schools have been going at it since 1906. Central Michigan holds a 95-85 series advantage.
The Chippewas are 5-3 at home this season, but have dropped two straight at McGuirk Arena, while Eastern Michigan is only 2-5 on the road. However, the Eagles defense has been stingy, and CMU's comes into this game struggling.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Eastern Michigan 62, Central Michigan 55
01/18 10:29:51 ET
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