Eastern Michigan (11-15) at Green Bay (11-14)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 18th, 2:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Resch Center (9,729) -- Green Bay, Wisconsin. Television: None. Home Record: EMU 7-3, Green Bay 10-2. Away Record: EMU 4-11, Green Bay 1-12. Neutral Record: EMU 0-1, Green Bay 0-0. Conference Record: EMU 6-6, Green Bay 7-8. Series Record: Green Bay leads, 5-4.
GAME NOTES: The Green Bay Phoenix aim for their 11th home win of the season this afternoon as they take a break from Horizon League action to challenge the Eastern Michigan Eagles as part of BracketBusters weekend.
Currently seventh in the league standings with a record of 7-8, the Phoenix have been showing signs of life in recent weeks with a total of four wins in six chances. On Tuesday night, the team took down Youngstown State at home by a score of 71-65.
As for the Eagles, members of the Mid-American Conference, they've had a tough time getting consistent, positive play for extended periods of time. Also in action on Valentine's Day, EMU hit the road to take on Central Michigan and was turned away by the Chippewas in a 55-52 final. The loss was the fourth in five games for the Eagles, yet the group is still an even 6-6 in MAC action and leading the West Division as a result.
Green Bay leads the all-time series with the Eagles by a count of 5-4, thanks to a 73-69 victory in the most recent meeting back in 2005-06.
Jamell Harris was the only starter to score in double figures for the Eagles earlier this week in Mount Pleasant, dropping in 10 points as he and the rest of the starters combined to shoot just 6-of-19 from the floor. If not for Derek Thompson who came off the bench to tally 18 points, converting 4-of-5 beyond the arc, the Eagles would have never even been in contention against Central Michigan. Darrell Lampley, the team's leading scorer on the season with 13.0 ppg, accounted for a mere six points and turned the ball over four times in the loss. Unfortunately, there is no one else on the roster who is scoring in double figures on a consistent basis and that is why the Eagles are one of the weakest offenses in the country with a mere 53.4 ppg. Luckily, the defense has limited the competition to only 59.4 ppg and because of that the Eagles give themselves a chance in a few outings.
Green Bay shot a mere 31.3 percent from the floor in the first half versus YSU, allowing the team to stay within a point at the break. In the second half, the Phoenix exploded with 60.9 percent accuracy, including 5-of-9 behind the three-point line, allowing the hosts to capture the win on Tuesday night. Brennan Cougill registered a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, his five assists being offset by his five turnovers. Also logging a double-double was Keifer Sykes with 17 points and 10 dishes, while Alec Brown posted 14 points and nine rebounds and reserve Steve Baker 11 points in the win. Slowly but surely, Brown is beginning to realize just how devastating he can be in the paint for the Phoenix, registering 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, not to mention just under three blocked shots per contest. Sykes (10.5 ppg) directs the action with 77 assists, but he and Brown both have to forget about being three-point threats with a combined 9-of-42 shooting out on the perimeter.
Even though they have been brutal on the road this season, the Phoenix don't give up so easily at the Resch Center and EMU is about to find that out rather early in the day.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Green Bay 67, Eastern Michigan 59
02/18 10:31:02 ET