Trio Of MAC Men's Hoops Games On Today's Slate

Updated 12/23/2012

MAC Men's Basketball Daily Release (12-23-12)

MAC Men's Basketball Daily -- Sunday, December 23
Cleveland State (7-4, 0-0 Horizon) at Akron (5-4, 0-0 MAC)
2 p.m. ET • Akron leads series 33-32
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• Akron welcomes Cleveland State to Rhodes Arena on the heels of a 76-46 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Dec. 18. Akron has two players scoring in double figures and seven averaging 7.2 points per game or better, including Zeke Marshall (11.6), Brian Walsh (10.1), Alex Abreu (9.6), Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell (9.2), Chauncey Gilliam (9.1), Jake Kretzer (8.4) and Nick Harney (7.2). In games through Dec. 19, the Zips are the only team in the MAC with seven players averaging at least 7.0 ppg. Marshall continues to own the defensive space around the rim, blocking more shots (39) than 204 DI teams and is averaging more swats per game (4.33) than 253 DI squads (games through Dec. 19).
 
IUPUI (4-10, 0-2 Summit) at Ball State (5-5, 0-0 MAC)
2 p.m. ET • Ball State leads series 6-2
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• The Ball State men’s basketball team returns to Worthen Arena to host IUPUI for a 2 p.m. tipoff Sunday. The Cardinals (5-5) are coming off a 66-56 loss Tuesday at Purdue, while IUPUI (4-10) is coming off an 89-69 loss Thursday at Valparaiso. BSU’s Jesse Berry -- a preseason All-Mid-American Conference selection -- leads the Cardinals with 14.1 points per game, while junior forward Majok Majok is averaging a double-double with 12.2 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Majok Majok leads the MAC and ranks in the seventh in the country in rebounding. He has pulled down double-digit boards in each of past five games, including 10 Tuesday at Purdue.
 
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-10, 0-1 SWAC) v. Central Michigan (7-4, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • First Meeting
•  Kyle Randall led all players in scoring and rebounding but a 10-0 deficit in the first 90 seconds was too much for Randall and Central Michigan to overcome in an 89-75 loss to Nebraska in the first round of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational last night. Randall scored 11 of the team’s final 17 points and had 20 of his game-high 27 in the second half. The senior point guard hit all 15 of his free throw attempts and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Central got to the line 33 times, converting 27 (81.8%) and forced Nebraska into 15 turnovers, but the Huskers became the third consecutive opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the floor.