MAC Men's Basketball Daily Release (11-28-12)
MAC Men's Basketball Daily -- Wednesday, November 28
St. Bonaventure (3-1, 0-0 Atlantic-10) at Ohio (5-0, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • St. Bonaventure leads series 6-3
• Ohio will look to remain perfect Wednesday night as it welcomes defending Atlantic 10 Champion St. Bonaventure to the Convocation Center. The Bobcats, which will take part in their fifth game in 13 days, have not started a year 6-0 since the 1969-70 campaign. In 1969-70, Ohio defeated its opponents by just 5.6 points per game. This year’s version of the Bobcats owns a 24.5 margin of victory average, which ranks eighth in the country. Ohio enters the contest as the only undefeated team remaining in the league..On the year, Ohio has shot 50.9 percent from the field as a team and connected on 40.2 percent of its shots from 3-point range. Ohio has five players averaging 10.0 points-or-more per game. The Bobcats are the only team in the Mid-American Conference that has five players averaging double figures in scoring.
Cleveland State (4-2, 0-0 Horizon) at Ball State (2-2, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • Series tied 2-2
• Ball State returns to Worthen Arena to continue non-conference play Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Cleveland State. The Cardinals are coming off a loss Sunday at No. 1-ranked Indiana, while Cleveland State has been off since a Nov. 20 loss to Robert Morris in the preseason NIT. Majok Majok, the top rebounder in the Mid-American Conference, leads Ball State with averages of 15.3 points and 9.0 boards per game. Jauwan Scaife is scoring 11.3 points per game, while preseason All-MAC West Division selection Jesse Berry adds 11.0 to give the Cardinals three players averaging double figures.
Temple (3-0, 0-0 Atlantic-10) at Buffalo (2-5, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • Temple leads series 4-2
• Buffalo hosts Temple on Wednesday night looking for its second straight win. Buffalo is coming off a 76-57 win over Mansfield on Saturday night. The Bulls were led by Will Regan who tied a season-high with 15 points. Javon McCrea added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Bulls. Regan has averaged 12.7 points over the last four games, including a career-high 15 points in each of the last two games. UB has outrebounded each of its first seven opponents of the season, including a 37- 26 advantage over Mansfield.
Bradley (4-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley) at Central Michigan (3-2, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • Series tied 1-1
• Central Michigan has won three of its last four games, and will look to continue their success Wednesday night as they play host to Bradley at 7 p.m. inside McGuirk Arena. Coming off a 2-1 week - capped off by a Kyle Randall jumper with .5 seconds remaining to defeat Idaho State, 54-52 - at the Utah Thanksgiving Tournament in Salt Lake City, the Chippewas (3-2) return to Mount Pleasant against the Braves (4-1) for the first of a two-home game week. The Chippewas are happy to return home where they have shot 47% from the floor, including the exhibition game, after just 35% shooting in Utah.
Texas A&M CC (1-3, 0-0 Southland) at Toledo (1-4, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • First Meeting
• Toledo (1-4) opens its 2012-13 home campaign on Wednesday, Nov. 28 when it hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-3). UT features two of MAC’s top five scorers with junior G Rian Pearson ranking second at 17.8 ppg and sophomore G Julius Brown in fifth place at 16.8 ppg. Toledo has picked up right where it left off as one of the MAC’s top free-throw shooting squads. The Rockets rank second at 73.2 percent after leading the league last year with a 72.6 mark. UT has four players shooting 75.0 percent or better led by junior F Matt Smith’s 84.6 mark.
Kent State (4-2, 0-0 MAC) at Youngstown State (3-3, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • Kent State leads series 26-16
• Kent State (4-2) continues a two game road swing on Wednesday night by traveling to Youngstown State (3-3) for a Northeast Ohio showdown. The Golden Flashes are looking build upon a 74-60 win at Nebraska on Saturday that marked the program’s first victory at a Big Ten school since 1970 On the year Chris Evans leads Kent State in scoring (17.2 ppg), rebounding (7.2 rpg) assists (2.2 apg), steals (2.4 spg), blocks (1.0 bpg), FG percentage (.597) and FT percentage (.781). Kent State is shooting 49.8 percent from the field in the last four games while averaging 79.5 points.