Eastern Michigan (12-8) at Miami-Ohio (8-10)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 1, 3 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Millett Hall (6,400) -- Oxford, Ohio.
Television: None. Home Record: EMU 9-3, Miami 4-3. Away Record: EMU 3-5, Miami
4-7. Neutral Record: EMU 0-0, Miami 0-0. Conference Record: EMU 4-3, Miami
4-3. Series Record: Miami-Ohio leads, 46-22.
GAME NOTES: A pair of teams sitting in the middle of the Mid-American
Conference pack do battle on Saturday afternoon, as the Eastern Michigan
Eagles pay a visit to the Miami-Ohio RedHawks.
Eastern Michigan beat Bowling Green on Wednesday night, 69-57. That win
stopped a brief two-game losing streak and left the Eagles at 5-5 in their
last 10 outings, and put them four games over .500 overall (12-8) and one game
over in conference (4-3).
Also on Wednesday night, Miami dropped an 83-70 decision to Toledo. Prior to
that loss, the RedHawks had won three straight. Miami is 8-10 on the season,
and 4-3 in MAC play.
Miami leads the all-time series, 46-22, although Eastern Michigan got the best
of the RedHawks the last two times the teams met, including a 58-47 victory in
the second round of the 2013 MAC Tournament.
Behind Glenn Bryant's double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, Eastern
Michigan took down the Bowling Green Falcons at the Convocation Center earlier
this week. For the Eagles, Mike Talley added 12 points, while Daylen Harrison
and Raven Lee each finished with 10. The Eagles took a 39-29 lead, and after
the Falcons got as close as five early in the second half, but the Eagles were
able to pull away, pushing their lead to as many as 19 points as they coasted
to victory. EMU also finished with a 24-4 edge in points off turnovers, as the
team took advantage of 17 miscues by BGSU.
Karrington Ward tops the team in scoring this season with 13.3 ppg on 42.3
percent shooting from the field. Ward's 6.9 rpg is tops on the club, as are
his 30 steals. Bryant scores 11.1 ppg and Mike checks in with 10.4 ppg. Lee
scores 10.0 ppg, while Talley leads the team with 71 assists. As a collective
unit, the Eagles are scoring 68.5 ppg while giving up 63.8 ppg.
Miami was led by Geovonie McKnight, who netted 18 points, in the recent loss
to Toledo. Quinten Rollins added 14 points and Will Sullivan chipped in 11.
Trailing 37-33, the RedHawks allowed the Rockets to connect on 64 percent of
their field goal attempts, as Toledo pulled away for the double-digit triumph.
Will Felder leads the team in scoring this season with 14.7 ppg on 55.3
percent shooting from the floor, and he adds a team-best 6.9 rpg for good
measure. Rollins is the team leader in assists with 73, and he has a team-best
44 steals as well. Miami is averaging 67.2 ppg.
Neither of these teams has been tearing it up this season, but the Eagles have
the edge in scoring and play tighter defense, so expect them to leave Oxford
with a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Eastern Michigan 67, Miami-Ohio 62
02/01 11:52:19 ET
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