Saturday's MAC Men's Basketball Preview

Updated 12/17/2011
MAC Men's Basketball Daily (12-17-11)

 MAC Men's Basketball Daily - Saturday, December 17

Duquesne (6-4, 0-0 Atlantic-10) at Western Michigan (2-7, 0-0 MAC)
2 p.m. • First Meeting
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•The Broncos are 5-11 all-time against schools currently in the A-10, including a 1-4 record under head coach Steve Hawkins. Of the Broncos’ first 10 games, the Dukes are the sixth team to have competed in a postseason tournament in 2010-11... The Dukes were picked to finish ninth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll, and have a record of 4-3 against MAC schools under coach Ron Everhart, who is in his sixth season at Duquesne

Sothern Illinois (1-5, 0-0 MVC) at Northern Illinois (0-9, 0-0 MAC)
2 p.m. • Southern Illinois leads series 60-21
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•NIU continues its five-game home stand as the Huskies host Southern Illinois at the NIU Convocation Center. In five of their last six games, NIU has held its opponent below it season scoring average, the lone exception being Nebraska Omaha who scored just two points more than its season average. Saturday’s opponent, Southern Illinois, is averaging 55.5 points per game...The Salukis bring a 1-5 record to DeKalb, last time out SIU fell at Western Michigan, 54-43, on Dec. 11. Mamadou Seck is the leading scorer and rebounder for Southern Illinois averaging 15.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest. 

Florida A&M (2-8, 0-1 MEAC) at Akron (4-5, 0-0 MAC)
4 p.m. • First Meeting
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•The Zips continue their five-game home stand today against Florida A&M after playing six of their first eight games of the season on the road. Zeke Marshall set the Rhodes Arena record for blocked shots by an Akron player with seven.  His performance is tied for the 10th-most in the nation for a single game (through Dec. 15)... Florida A&M enters today’s contest with a 2-8 record and are coming off an 83-59 setback at South Florida on Dec. 11.  The Rattlers are 0-7 on the road this season. FAMU is led by a trio of scorers in double figures, including Reggie Lewis (11.6 ppg), Avery Moore (11.2 ppg) and Yannick Crowder (10.5 ppg).

Belmont (7-3, 2-0 Atlantic Sun) at Miami (2-5, 0-0 MAC)
4:30 p.m. • Belmont leads series 1-0
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•Miami continues a three-game homestand Saturday, hosting Belmont. Senior forward Julian Mavunga compiled his 18th career double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds against Wright State last Saturday. Mavunga, who had eight double-doubles last season, finished the 2010-11 campaign compiling seven double-doubles over the RedHawks’ last 12 games and had four in Miami’s first seven games this season... Belmont plays its third game in five days Saturday and enters the contest with a 7-3 mark. Four players are averaging double figures in scoring, led by Kerron Johnson’s 14.4 ppg.

Ohio (8-1, 0-0 MAC) at Wright State (4-7, 1-1 Horizon)
7 p.m. • Ohio leads series 7-2
•Ohio Men’s Basketball is back on the road this weekend with a trip across the state to play Wright State.The Bobcats are off to an 8-1 start to the season, their best beginning to a basketball campaign since the 1954-55 squad. Ohio has three players averaging double figures with D.J. Cooper leading the way at 14.2 points per game...Wright State enters the contest with a record of 4-7 and is coming off a 78-58 loss at home to Cincinnati. The Raiders are led by 6-2 junior Julius Mays who averages 9.7 points and 2.7 assists.

Youngstown State (6-3, 1-1 Horizon) at Toledo (6-3, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. • Toledo leads series 8-2
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•Toledo continues its four-game homestand on Saturday night when it hosts Horizon League foe Youngstown State. Toledo has already surpassed its win totals from each of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 campaigns when it posted identical 4-28 win-loss marks. Sophomore G Rian Pearson is leading UT with 17.6 ppg and 8.1 rpg...The Penguins (6-3) are 3-0 at home and 3-3 on the road this season. YSU ranks fourth nationally in fewest turnovers per game (9.8), eighth in 3PTFG per game (9.8) and 18th in blocks per game (6.1).

Bowling Green (5-4, 0-0 MAC) at Michigan State (8-2, 0-0 Big Ten)
7 p.m. • Michigan State leads series 9-3
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•BGSU looks for its first road win Saturday. The Falcons are 0-3 on the road, but 5-1 at home. Michigan State is 6-0 at home with six sell-outs. BGSU’s Scott Thomas needs just 27 points and six steals to become the first player in program history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 three-pointers and 150 steals in a career...Michigan State has reeled off eight straight wins to climb into the top 25 at No. 21 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Spartans are led by All-American candidate Draymond Green,, who is averaging 16.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game.