MAC Men's Basketball Daily (12-16-12 Release)
MAC Men's Basketball Daily -- Sunday, December 16
Western Michigan (6-3, 0-0 MAC) at High Point (4-4, 0-0 Big South)
3 p.m. ET • Western Michigan leads series 1-0
• his will be the second all-time meeting between the two teams, with Western Michigan holding a 1-0 advantage in the series. The Broncos defeated the Panthers 54-53 in their only previous meeting, held earlier this season at University Arena. WMU’s Darius Paul has scored in double-digits in eight consecutive games, the first Bronco freshman to do so since Ben Reed scored in double-digits in 13 consecutive games during the 2001-02 season. The Broncos received four votes in this week’s CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll
Northern Illinois (2-6, 0-0 MAC) at DePaul (7-3, 0-0 Big East)
5 p.m. ET • DePaul leads series 24-6
• NIU Freshmen have played 64.7 percent of the minutes this season for NIU; sophomores have added another 18.2 percent of the minutes. The Huskies are currently the third-least experienced team in the country (1.55), behind only Arkansas-Little Rock (1.28) and Texas (1.41). Akeem Springs is coming off a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds. Springs is averaging 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game on the road. Travon Baker is averaging 10.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.0 assists over the last three games. Baker is also shooting 83.3 percent from the charity stripe in the last five.
Central Michigan (4-4, 0-0 MAC) at Pepperdine (6-3, 0-0 WCC)
8 p.m. ET • Central Michigan leads series 1-0
• Central Michigan will look to rebound after last Saturday’s tough loss when it faces Pepperdine Sunday at 8 p.m. The Chippewas will square off against the Waves (6-3) and try to halt their win streak. Pepperdine has won six of their last seven contests and remain undefeated (3-0) at home. The young Chippewas have displayed the ability to win in close games, winning four games this season by an average of 5.5 points per game. Senior guard Kyle Randall leads the Chippewas with 20.0 points per game in the month of December.