Central Michigan (7-9) at Miami-Ohio (6-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 22, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John D. Millett Hall (6,400) -- Oxford, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Central Michigan 5-4, Miami-Ohio 3-2. Away Record: Central Michigan 2-5, Miami-Ohio 3-7. Neutral Record: Central Michigan 0-0, Miami-Ohio 0-0. Conference Record: Central Michigan 0-4, Miami-Ohio 2-2. Series Record: Miami-Ohio leads, 48-18.
GAME NOTES: The Central Michigan Chippewas will try to end a four-game losing streak as they travel to face the Miami-Ohio RedHawks in Mid-American Conference action at Millett Hall.
The four-game losing streak for Central Michigan began with a conference play- opening game against Miami-Ohio. The RedHawks won the first matchup between the programs this season, 77-70. Central Michigan lost 72-59 to Eastern Michigan in its most recent outing.
Miami-Ohio ended a two-game skid with a 64-52 victory over Ball State Saturday. The RedHawks are currently in last place in the East Division of the MAC.
Miami-Ohio has a firm grip on the all-time series between the two schools, 48-18. The RedHawks and Chippewas are meeting for the second time this season after a Miami-Ohio victory earlier this month.
Eastern Michigan went up on Central Michigan 25-21 at the half of the Chippewas' last bout. Eastern Michigan didn't let up in the second half, outscoring the Chippewas, 47-38, in the second frame for the win. I was Central Michigan's fourth consecutive loss in MAC play. Austin Stewart led all Central Michigan scorers with 15 points, while Chris Fowler contributed 13. The Chippewas shot 35.2 percent from the floor in the contest.
Fowler leads the team in scoring this season with a 17.1 ppg average on 57 percent shooting from the field. His 82 assists and 24 steals are also team highs this year. John Simons is second in scoring for Central Michigan at 11.1 ppg. Simons is the only other Chippewa to average double-digit scoring numbers. Simons also leads the squad with a 6.3 rpg mark. Central Michigan averages 74.4 ppg through 16 contests.
Miami-Ohio held a 35-17 halftime lead over Ball State Saturday en route to the victory over the Cardinals. Will Felder led all RedHawks scorers with 19 points in the game on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. Freshman Jaryd Eustace netted a career-high 13 points and Willie Moore contributed 12 points in the victory. Although the RedHawks shot just 16.7 percent from 3-point range in the game, they did connect on 51.9 percent from the field overall.
Felder leads all RedHawks this season in scoring with a 14.9 ppg average on 53.3 percent shooting. He also leads the team with 7.1 rpg and 15 blocked shots on the year. Bill Edwards, who recently came back from a knee injury he suffered last season, has played three games and is averaging 12.3 ppg in his return. Quinten Rollins leads the RedHawks this season with 64 assists.
Neither team has had much success this season, although Miami-Ohio has at least won a few conference games. Central Michigan, having lost to the RedHawks once this season already, will have to beat them on their home court this time.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Miami-Ohio 68, Central Michigan 62
01/22 10:35:18 ET