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Bowling Green (7-11) at Toledo (6-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Savage Arena (7,300) -- Toledo, Ohio. Television: SportsTime Ohio. Home Record: BGSU 6-2, Toledo 3-2. Away Record: BGSU 0-7, Toledo 2-8. Neutral Record: BGSU 1-2, Toledo 1-0. Conference Record: BGSU 2-3, Toledo 2-3. Series Record: Toledo leads, 83-79.
GAME NOTES: The Bowling Green Falcons try to string back-to-back wins together on Saturday when they pay a visit to Toledo for a Mid-American Conference matchup at Savage Arena.
This is the 163rd all-time meeting between these in-state rivals. Toledo holds the advantage with an 83-79 mark, although the Falcons have won four straight.
Bowling Green snapped a two-game losing streak on Wednesday, as Chauncey Orr scored 18 points to lead the Falcons past the Kent State Golden Flashes, 70-55. Orr was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc for the Falcons, who earned just their second win in the last nine tries. A'uston Calhoun put together a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Jordon Crawford managed 12 points, six assists, and four steals.
Toledo, meanwhile, lost its third straight game on Wednesday, as it was crushed by Akron, 71-56. Rian Pearson had 16 points to go with eight rebounds, while Julius Brown added 11 points and five assists for the Rockets, who have dropped four of their last six.
Toledo is the worst in the MAC defensively with an allowed average of 70.1 ppg. Its inability to limit the opposition was apparent on Wednesday, as the Zips converted 43.5 percent of their shots from beyond the arc and dealt out 15 assists. Toledo was ice cold from the floor, connecting on just 37.7 percent of its shots, including an ugly 2-of-12 showing from 3-point land. The Zips also outrebounded the Rockets by a 43-34 margin leading to a convincing 24-6 advantage in second-chance points.
Leading the way offensively for Toledo is Pearson (18.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg), who is the MAC's leading scorer. Brown is ninth in the league with 13.3 ppg, although he is shooting a rather pedestrian 38.0 percent from the floor. The Rockets are at their best when they are attacking the rim and getting to the foul line, as they lead the conference and rank among the national leaders in free- throw percentage (.770).
After having the last three games decided on the final shot, head coach Louis Orr was more than happy with the 15-point triumph over Kent State. The Falcons are led by a dynamic senior scoring combo of Crawford (16.3 ppg) and Calhoun (15.8). The 5-foot-6 Crawford's lightning quick first step has helped him run the show for BGSU as he deals out 3.9 assists and records 1.8 steals per contest. Calhoun is active on the glass to grab 7.7 rpg, while Richaun Holmes rejects 2.8 shots per tilt. Bowling Green is also one of the better defensive teams in the MAC, limiting their opposition to 62.7 ppg. However, they are 10th in scoring with a mere 61.9 ppg.
While Bowling Green may have enjoyed a laugher its last time out, this one will likely come down to the wire. How the Falcons are able to contain Pearson will be the deciding factor if they walk out of Savage Arena with their first road win of the season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Toledo 72, Bowling Green 68
01/26 10:43:16 ET