Six MAC Men's Basketball Teams Take The Floor Tonight

Updated 12/5/2012

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Ohio (6-1, 0-0 MAC) at Memphis (4-2, 0-0 Conference USA)
7 p.m. • First Meeting
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• Ohio will look to get back in the win column Wednesday night as it faces off against the Memphis Tigers for the first time in school history. Ohio returns to the hardwood for the first time since its 84-76 loss this past Saturday at Robert Morris. The Bobcats were the last team in the Mid-American Conference to suffer a defeat.  Senior D.J. Cooper scored 17 of his team-high 19 points in the second half against the Colonials. Senior guard Walter Offutt, sophomore Stevie Taylor and senior forward Ivo Baltic finished the game with 16, 11 and 10 points, respectively. It marked the fourth time this season in which Ohio has had four players finish in double figures. The Bobcats are 3-1 in those contests. Taylor's 11 points were a season-best. Ohio entered the week with four players averaging 10.0 points-or-more per game. The Bobcats were one of only three teams in the league that had four players averaging double figures in scoring entering the week. Ohio head coach Jim Christian enters the game against Memphis just one win shy of collecting his 200th career victory.

Toledo (2-5, 0-0 MAC) at Detroit (2-4, 0-0 Horizon)
7 p.m. • Toledo leads series 30-22

• Toledo continues its series of road games when it makes a short trip up I-75 to meet Horizon League foe Detroit on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The Rockets, who will be playing their seventh of eight games away from Savage Arena on Wednesday, feature the MAC's top scorer with junior G Rian Pearson leading the league at 18.9 ppg. Sophomore G Julius Brown also appears in the Top 10 with his 14.9 scoring mark.Toledo has picked up right where it left off as one of the MAC's top free-throw shooting squads. The Rockets are pacing the conference for a second straight year at 75.2 percent after topping the league last year with a 72.6 mark. UT has five players shooting 73.0 percent or better led by junior F Matt Smith's 85.7 mark. Three of Toledo's five losses have been by six points or less - 84-81 (OT) at Northern Iowa, 78-73 at Cleveland State and 72-66 at Florida Gulf Coast. The combined record of the opponents UT has lost to is 30-11 (.732).

Holy Cross (Ind.) (5-5, 0-0 NAIA) at Ball State (2-4, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. • First Meeting
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• The Cardinals (2-4) are coming off a 67-53 loss Saturday at Butler, while the Saints (5-5) dropped a 77-70 decision Saturday to Calumet College of St. Joseph in their most recent action. Ball State is coming off arguably its most difficult stretch of the season and has dropped four games in a row to fall to 2-4 on the year. The Cardinals lost on the road Saturday, 67-53, to Butler. The other losses during the stretch have come to No. 1 Indiana and to strong programs in Indiana State and Cleveland State. Junior guard Jesse Berry led Ball State with 12 points at Butler. Berry, who scored a career-high 28 points in the previous game against Cleveland State, is averaging a team-best 14.0 points per game. Junior forward Majok Majok is averaging 13.0 points and leading the Mid-American Conference with 9.0 rebounds per game.

Buffalo (2-7, 0-0 MAC) at Milwaukee (2-5, 0-0 Horizon)
8 p.m. • Buffalo leads series 4-0

• Buffalo will play its seventh road game of the year Wednesday evening, taking on the Milwaukee Panthers at 8 pm EST. Buffalo is coming off an 82-79 loss at St. Bonaventure on Saturday night. The Bulls were led by Jarod Oldham who scored a career-high 20 points. Tony Watson added 15 points for the Bulls. Javon McCrea scored 14 points at St. Bonaventure on Saturday to become the 18th player in school history to score 1,000 points. The junior forward became the fourth fastest player to reach 1,000 points in school history. It was his 74th game. Only Jim Horne (51 games), Rasaun Young (68 games) and Mike Martinho (69 games) have scored 1,000 points faster. McCrea is nine rebounds shy of 500 for his career. He would become just the seventh player in school history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds. Sam Pellom, Curtis Blackmore, Yassin Idbihi, Rob Middlebrooks, Jim Horne and Mitchell Watt were the other six Bulls to accomplish the feat.

SIU-Edwardsville (2-3, 0-0 Ohio Valley) at Northern Illinois (1-5, 0-0 MAC)
8 p.m. • Series tied 1-1
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• Freshmen have played 64.7 percent of the minutes this season for NIU, while sophomores have added another 18.1 percent of the minutes. The following are NIU’s percentages returning from last season: minutes (60.7 percent), scoring (62.6), rebounds (63.1), assists (47.0), blocks (71.2) and steals (57.1). keem Springs leads the Huskies in scoring averaging 10.3 points per game. ksel Bolin is the leading rebounder for NIU; Bolin is pulling down 5.2 boards per contest. Northern Illinois has a 52-50 record all-time against current members of the Ohio Valley Conference. The Cougars are 2-3 overall on the season and are coming off a 71-57 victory over Chicago State this past Saturday (Dec. 1). erome James is the leading scorer for SIU Edwardsville averaging 17.3 points per game.

Miami (3-3, 0-0 MAC) at Evansville (4-3, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
8 p.m. • Evansville leads series 8-4

• Miami continues a four-game road stretch when it heads to Evansville for an 8 p.m. (ET) game on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The RedHawks are coming off a heartbreaking one-point loss at IPFW on Saturday, while the Purple Aces also dropped a hard-fought road game at Colorado State, 79-72.Through five games, junior guard Quinten Rollins has committed just eight turnovers and doled out 25 assists. Rollins boasts a 3.13 assist/turnover ratio, which leads the Mid-American Conference and ranks 29th nationally. Rollins has played three games where he has committed no turnovers. In the RedHawks' three wins, Miami has outscored its opponents by a 19.0 ppg margin, surpassed the 70-point mark in each game and compiled a +9.3 turnover margin.