MAC Men's Basketball Daily -- Friday, November 16
Akron (1-2, 0-0 MAC) vs. UNC-Asheville (1-2, 0-0 Big South)
Puerto Rico Tip-Off (Bayamon, Puerto Rico)
1 p.m. ET • First Meeting
• Akron continues play at the 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Friday against UNC Asheville. This will be the first meeting between the Zips and the Bulldogs. The Zips are coming off a 69-65 overtime loss to Oklahoma State on Thursday. The loss was the second of the season for UA and the second coming in overtime. Brian Walsh (14/10) and Zeke Marshall (12/10) each recorded a double-double against the Cowboys. It was the first time since March 13, 2010, that two UA players recorded double-doubles in the same game.
Loyola (Ill.) (2-0, 0-0 Horizon) vs. Western Michigan (1-1, 0-0 MAC)
USF Invitational (Tampa, Fla.)
5 p.m. ET • Loyola-Chicago leads series 55-40
• This will be the 96th meeting between the Broncos and the Ramblers, with Loyola-Chicago holding a 55-40 advantage in the all-time rivalry. Shayne Whittington has recorded double-doubles in two straight games, the first time a Bronco has done that since Flenard Whitfield did it against Ohio and Northern Illinois in the 2010-11 season. Steve Hawkins needs three more wins to reach 300 head coaching victories in his career.
Buffalo (1-2, 0-0 MAC) vs. Western Illinois (1-1, 0-0 Summit)
Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (Evansville, Ind.)
6 p.m. ET • Buffalo leads series 6-5
• Fueled by a suffocating defense and balanced scoring, the Buffalo Bulls earned its first win of the season Thursday evening, beating the Evansville Purple Aces, 56-50. The game was the first of three straight at the Ford Center, as part of the NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Javon McCrea led all players with 14 points and eight rebounds. The Bulls recorded a season-high 10 steals and held the Aces to a 34.5 percent field goal percentage in the game and just 3-19 from three.
UNC-Wilmington (1-1, 0-0 CAA) at Ohio (1-0, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • Ohio leads series 3-1
• The Bobcats return to the hardwood after posting a convincing 81-52 victory over Portland last Saturday afternoon at the Convo. The victory was the first in Head Coach Jim Christian’s career at Ohio to give the Bobcats their ninth-consecutive victory in home-openers. D.J. Cooper and Nick Kellogg led the way for the Bobcats as both netted 18 points apiece. Cooper also added five rebounds, six assists, and three steals to his scoring output while Kellogg was a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range.
Wofford (1-1, 0-0 Southern) at Ball State (1-0, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • Wofford leads series 1-0
• Ball State is coming off a season-opening, 78-51 win Sunday over Grambling State, while Wofford evened its record Monday with an 87-54 win over Webber International. Jesse Berry, a preseason All-Mid-American Conference West Division selection, was named MAC West Player of the Week after scoring a game-high 17 points in Sunday’s opener. The junior guard knocked down 4-of-6 shots from beyond the arc.
Olivet (0-0, 0-0 Division III) at Central Michigan (0-1, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • Central Michigan leads series 21-5-1
• Keno Davis will coach in his first official home game after opening the season on the road at Iowa Monday as the Chippewas will look to win its home opener for the second consecutive season. All five starters for the Chippewas were starting their first game for the new-look Chippewas. Senior guard Kyle Randall led the way with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
Eastern Illinois (0-2, 0-0 Ohio Valley) at Eastern Michigan (1-1, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • Eastern Illinois leads series 17-11
• The Eagles and the Panthers have met 28 times prior to Friday’s matchup. The last time EMU and EIU squared off was back on Dec. 28, 2006. Eastern won that game, 63-51, at the Convocation Center EMU’s Derek Thompson, has embraced his role as a man off the bench by scoring 11.5 points per game to start the 2012-13 campaign. He has shot 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from beyond the arc in the first two games of the season.
Chicago State (1-1, 0-0 Great West) at Kent State (1-1, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • First Meeting
• A season long five-game homestand to start the year continues on Friday night as Kent State welcomes Chicago State to the M.A.C. Center. The Golden Flashes will be looking to rebound from an 80-66 loss to Temple in the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon on Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore guard Kris Brewer led the way for Kent State with a career high 19 points on 8-13 from the field.