Central Michigan (7-6) at Toledo (12-2)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 11, 6 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Savage Arena (7,300) -- Toledo, Ohio. Television: Time
Warner Sports. Home Record: Central Michigan 5-3, Toledo 6-0. Away Record:
Central Michigan 2-3, Toledo 4-2. Neutral Record: Central Michigan 0-0, Toledo
2-0. Conference Record: Central Michigan 0-1, Toledo 0-1. Series Record:
Central Michigan leads, 56-33.
GAME NOTES: After jumping out to a 12-0 record to start the season, the Toledo
Rockets have lost two consecutive games and look to get things back on track
as they host the Central Michigan Chippewas in Mid-American Conference play at
Central Michigan went on a four-game winning streak to end the month of
November, but has since lost three of four games and is in danger of falling
to .500 on the season. The Chippewas lost to Miami-Ohio, 77-70, in their
Toledo had a slim chance of beating Kansas two games ago, but the Rockets
ended up falling, 93-83. Whatever effects the loss had on their previously
unbeaten season clearly carried over when Toledo was downed by Western
Michigan, 87-76, on Wednesday.
Central Michigan holds a convincing 56-33 all-time series lead over Toledo,
but the Chippewas went 0-2 against the Rockets last season. CMU hasn't
defeated Toledo since January of 2012.
The Chippewas came up just short against the visiting RedHawks in their MAC
opener. Chris Fowler led all scorers in the game, netting 22 points on 6-of-9
shooting from the floor and 10-of-13 from the free-throw line. Fowler dished
out a game-high seven assists and pulled down four rebounds in the losing
effort. Blake Hibbitts scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds, while John
Simons added 10 and nine rebounds. Central Michigan shot 40.4 percent from the
floor and 31 percent from 3-point range in the loss.
Fowler has been the guiding light for the Chippewas this season, averaging
16.9 ppg and recording a team-high 69 total assists and 19 steals. In 130
shots attempted from the floor, Fowler has hit 60 percent of them. Simons is
the only other player to average scoring numbers in the double digits with
11.8 ppg. He tops the team in rebounding this season at 6.5 rpg. The Chippewas
score 77.2 ppg compared to opponents' 69.5 ppg.
After a not very surprising loss to ranked Kansas two games ago, Toledo
rebounded with a much more shocking loss to Western Michigan in the Rockets'
most recent contest. Justin Drummond led the Rockets in scoring with 18 points
on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor. Rian Pearson netted 13 points and grabbed
a team-high 13 rebounds for the double-double. Julius Brown (12) and J.D.
Weatherspoon (10) each scored in the double-digits. The Rockets couldn't slow
a Western Michigan shooting spree that saw 60.4 percent of its shots fall
Pearson leads a quality group of scorers for the Rockets, averaging 15.9 ppg.
Five Toledo players average scoring figures in the double digits this season
for a unit that nets 85.3 ppg through 14 contests. Weatherspoon is one of
those five, contributing 11 ppg and a team-leading 5.6 rpg. The Rockets are
shooting a stellar 48.5 percent from the floor and bringing down 37.1 rpg.
In what looks to be a tight MAC race early on, it seems Toledo won't stay down
for long with such adept scoring on its roster. At home the Rockets should
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Toledo 83, Central Michigan 75
01/11 10:30:59 ET
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