Western Michigan (12-7) at Miami-Ohio (7-11)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 30, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Millett Hall (6,400) -- Oxford, Ohio. Television: None.
Home Record: WMU 6-1, Miami 5-4. Away Record: WMU 4-6, Miami 2-7. Neutral
Record: WMU 2-0, Miami 0-0. Conference Record: WMU 4-2, Miami 2-4. Series
Record: Miami-Ohio leads, 81-39.
GAME NOTES: The Western Michigan Broncos look to make it five in a row as they
visit Millett Hall for Mid-American Conference action with the Miami-Ohio
This marks the 121st meeting in the all-time series between Western Michigan
and Miami. The RedHawks own an 81-39 lead in the series and are 51-6 when
facing the Broncos in Oxford. The RedHawks however, have lost the last two
meetings against Western Michigan, including a 73-68 overtime loss in Oxford
on Jan. 29, 2011.
Western Michigan began a two-game road trip on Saturday with a 76-59 rout of
Central Michigan, which gave the team its first four-game winning streak since
taking six straight games at the end of November. The Broncos are now 12-7
overall, including a 4-2 mark against MAC opponents. However, when it has gone
on the road Western Michigan has managed just four wins in 10 tries. The
Broncos return home to tip-off the February portion of their schedule against
WMU dominated on both ends of the court to blow past the Chippewas. The
Broncos converted 23-of-50 from the floor (46.0 percent) and limited CMU to
14-of-47 shooting (29.8 percent). They also held a sizeable, 42-27 edge in the
rebounding battle and made 22-of-29 at the charity stripe en route to the
decision. Shayne Whittington paced WMU with 20 points while David Brown
provided 13 points off the bench. The center leads WMU with 11.8 points, 8.7
rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per tilt, but he is not the only steady contributor.
Nate Hutcheson (11.3 ppg), Darius Paul (10.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg), Brown (9.3 ppg),
and Brandon Pokley (9.3 ppg) have all made significant contributions to the
team's recent wave of success. The Broncos are sixth in the MAC in scoring
offense (66.5 ppg) and second in scoring defense (62.1).
The RedHawks suffered their third consecutive loss over the weekend as they
fell, 82-62, to Ball State to drop to a dismal 2-4 MAC record. Coach John
Cooper's unit held the lead for the opening half of the contest, but the
Cardinals stormed out of the break to win the final 20 minutes by 15 points.
Miami trailed by as many as 22 in the contest and finished just 6-of-21 from
beyond the arc. Will Felder led the team with 14 points, but Ball State shot
57.7 percent from the floor (30 of 52) for the game, while holding the
RedHawks to 44.2 percent (23 of 52).
Miami is averaging 5.4 points less than its opposition this season. The
RedHawks are one of the most generous teams in the MAC, allowing 70.3 ppg on
47.8 percent shooting from the field. Allen Roberts is an all-conference
caliber guard, leading Miami with 12.6 points per game. Felder (11.6 ppg) and
freshman guard Reggie Johnson (9.0 ppg) are both capable of filling it up on
occasion as well.
Despite the homecourt edge, Miami is going to have trouble containing the
stampeding Broncos. WMU should be able to dominate the interior with Hutcheson
and Whittington, as the RedHawks lack a consistent force on the glass. Roberts
will need to have a spectacular performance to give the hosts a chance.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Western Michigan 71, Miami-Ohio 60
01/30 10:34:51 ET