Fairleigh Dickinson (7-20) at Central Michigan (8-16)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 21st, 2:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Rose Arena (5,200) -- Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Television: None. Home Record: FDU 4-8, CMU 6-5. Away Record: FDU 3-12, CMU 2-10. Neutral Record: FDU 0-0, CMU 0-1. Conference Record: FDU 6-10, CMU 5-7. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights and the Central Michigan Chippewas will collide on the hardwood for the first time ever, when the two schools meet this afternoon in a BracketBuster matchup at the Rose Arena. The Knights head into this contest fresh off an embarrassing, 78-62 setback to Quinnipiac. It was the third loss in the last four games for FDU, which is a terrible 3-12 on the road this season. As for the Chippewas, they are coming off a convincing, 63-44 victory over Northern Illinois. It was just the second win in the last six games for Central Michigan, which has collected six of its eight victories this season at the Rose Arena.
The Knights have been unable to find a groove offensively as the team is netting just 63.7 ppg, while shooting a pedestrian 41.3 percent from the floor. Sean Baptiste has been the main source of production for FDU, as the guard is netting 16.3 ppg, to go along with a team-best 5.9 rpg. Cameron Tyler is only shooting 37.8 percent from the field on the year, but the guard is still netting 13.4 ppg. The Knights' poor offensive play continued in their recent loss to Quinnipiac, as the team shot just 37.7 percent from the floor en route to a 16-point loss. Cameron Tyler led the way with 17 points in the loss, while John Galvin added 13 points and 13 rebounds. As for Baptiste, he chipped in with 11 points.
The Chippewas have done very little offensively, as the team is netting just 62.8 ppg, behind a lackluster 41.3 percent shooting effort. Marcus Van has missed sometime this season, but when on the floor the big man has dominated, posting 12.6 ppg, to go along with a team-high 8.3 rpg. Jordan Bitzer is contributing 12.4 ppg, while Robbie Harman is posting 11.6 ppg, to go along with a team-high 70 assists. The last time CMU was in action the team only scored 63 points, but it was enough to give the Chippewas a solid win over NIU. Central Michigan shot 42.0 percent from the floor and was paced by Antonio Weary's 11 points. Van added 10 points and seven rebounds, while Jacolby Hardiman and Robbie Harman both tallied 10 points apiece as well.
Neither team has played consistent basketball, but with a home crowd behind them, look for the Chippewas to grab a victory over the Knights.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Central Michigan 67, Fairleigh Dickinson 58
02/21 10:22:43 ET