Nine MAC Men's Programs Hit The Hardwood Tuesday Night

Updated 12/20/2011
MAC Men's Basketball Daily (12-20-11)

 MAC Men's Basketball Daily - Tuesday, December 20

Evansville (4-5, 0-0 Missouri Valley) at Miami (3-5, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. • Evansville leads series 7-4
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•The RedHawks are coming off a thrilling 66-61 win over Belmont on Saturday where four players scored in double figures. In games played through Dec. 18, Julian Mavunga is one of just three players nationally to average 20 or more points and 10 or more rebounds...Evansville is coming off a close 72-70 loss to Tennessee Tech. Colt Ryan leads Evansville with 19.8 ppg.

Eastern Michigan (4-6, 0-0 MAC) at Radford (3-9, 0-2 Big South)
7 p.m. • Eastern Michigan leads series 1-0

•The Eagles, who haven’t played since a 61-36 loss at Purdue 10 days ago, come in 4-6 under first-year head coach Rob Murphy. The Eagles are led by Darrell Lampley who is averaging a team-best 15.9 ppg...Radford looks to end an eight-game slide. Johnathan Edwards leads the club in scoring (10.4) and rebounding (6.6).

Norfolk State (7-5, 2-0 MEAC) at Toledo (7-3, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. • First Meeting
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•UT 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. With one more victory, the Rockets would top their 7-25 ledger in the 2008-09 season and have their most wins in four years...The Spartans are led by senior C Kyle O’Quinn is averaging a double-double with a team-high 14.0 ppg and 10.1 rpg.

Winthrop (4-7, 1-1 Big South) at Western Michigan (3-7, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. • Western Michigan leads series 1-0

•WMU’s Nate Hutcheson was named the MAC West Player of the Week for his performance against Duquesne. Hutcheson is the fourth different Bronco player to score 20+ points in a game this season, join Mike Douglas (33), Matt Stainbrook (32), and Demetrius Ward (26)...Winthrop will be looking to get back on the winning track after seeing their two-game winning streak snapped by Clemson last Saturday night. Winthrop’s Andre Jones leads the Eagles with 18.7 ppg.

St. Peter’s (2-7, 1-1 MAAC) vs. Kent State (7-1, 0-0 MAC)
7:30 p.m. • Kent State leads series 1-0
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• Kent State is looking to match the best start in school history. The Golden Flashes are returning to action for the first time since a 58-56 win at Western Carolina on Dec. 10.  Justin Greene (11.3 ppg). leads a balanced scoring attack that features five players averaging at least 9.9 points per game... The Peacocks are looking to break a three-game losing streak tonight. Darius Conley leads St. Peter’s with 14 ppg. and 7.5 rpg

Central Michigan (5-6, 0-0 MAC) at Nebraska (7-3, 0-0 Big 12)
8 p.m. • First Meeting

•CMU is playing its ninth road game in the last 10 outings. The Chippewas opened their current three-game road trip with a 59-52 loss at Iowa State on Sunday. CMU had just one double-figure scorer at Iowa State as Trey Zeigler led the Chippewas with 19 points off the bench. It marked the first time this season that the Chippewas had just one double-figure scorer...Nebraska has won three straight games and sits 5-2 at home this season.

Valparaiso (7-4, 1-0 Horizon) at Northern Illinois (0-10, 0-0 MAC)
8 p.m. • Northern Illinois leads series 14-9
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•The Huskies will look for their first win of the season when they host Valparaiso tonight. NIU’s Aksel Bolin ranks 18th in the MAC in rebounding, pulling down 5.6 boards per game, and fifth in offensive rebounding at 2.7 per contest...The Crusaders are coming off an 82-80 loss at home against Oakland. Ryan Broekhoff leads Valparaiso averaging 15.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. 

Ohio (9-1, 0-0 MAC) at Northern Iowa (10-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
8 p.m. • First Meeting

•The 9-1 Bobcats are off to one of the best starts in school history and this mid-major matchup has been garnering national attention. Last time out, D.J. Cooper scored 20 points, one shy of his season-high, and grabbed nine rebounds while Ivo Baltic added a season-high 15 points as Ohio defeated Wright State 82-54 on Saturday night...UNI enters tonight’s contest on an eight-game winning streak, the fourth straight season it has put together at streak of this length. In its eight-game win streak, UNI is shooting 49.4 percent from the field (165-of-334). Senior guard Anthony James is shooting 50.0 percent during the winning streak and is averaging 16.4 ppg. 

Buffalo (6-2, 0-0 MAC) at BYU (8-3, 0-0 West Coast)
9 p.m. • BYU leads series 1-0

•The Bulls are coming off an 80-72 win against Youngstown State on Dec. 10. The Bulls were led by  Javon McCrea who tied career highs with 29 points and 13 rebounds...Brigham Young  is coming off an 86-83 loss to #7 Baylor on Saturday afternoon.  The Cougars are led by Noah Hartsock who is averaging 17.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.