MAC Men's Basketball Daily (1-11-12)
MAC Men's Basketball Daily - Wednesday, January 11
Akron (9-6, 1-0 MAC) at Bowling Green (7-7, 1-0 MAC)
7 p.m. • Series tied 24-24
• BGSU and Akron meet in a battle of two of the three Mid-American Conference East unbeaten teams at 1-0. The Falcons are now 6-1 at home in the Stroh Center, while Akron is 3-4 on the road. Torian Oglesby’s NCAA Division I record for made field goals was snapped at 26 straight against Ohio. However, he is still 35-of-40 on the year from the field for 87.5 percent. Jordon Crawford is averaging 14.5 points over the past six games, scoring in double-figures five times. He reached 10 or more points just once in the first eight games... Akron is looking for its first 2-0 start to league play when opening the conference season with two road games (1993-94, 0-2; 2000-01, 1-1). Over the last seven games, the UA has posted a 6-1 record. The Zips have outscored their opponents by 16.9 ppg (78.9-62.0) and hold a +5.1 advantage on the boards (39.3-34.1). While on the court, Zeke Marshall is blocking 9.92 percent of the shots taken by Akron opponents while on the court. That is the top mark in the MAC and ninth-best in the nation.
Buffalo (8-4, 1-0 MAC) at Ohio (12-3, 0-1 MAC)
7 p.m. • Ohio leads series 22-8
• The Bobcats have three players averaging over 11 points per game with junior guard D.J. Cooper leading the way at 14.1 points per game. The Bobcats are also one of the top teams in the nation when it comes to guarding the perimeter, ranking 19th in the nation. Ohio is also excelling in turning its opponents over. The Bobcats are sixth in the nation in turnover margin and seventh in the nation in steals per contest... Buffalo has won four of the lastsix meetings with Ohio, including two of the last three at the Convocation Center. Buffalo has three players ranked in the top 10 in the MAC in scoring. Javon McCrea (17.5) is third, Mitchell Watt (15.3) is sixth and Zach Filzen (13.8) is ninth.
Central Michigan (6-8, 1-0 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (6-9, 1-0 MAC)
7 p.m. • Central Michigan leads series 93-83
• For the Eagles, the CMU game will mark the end of a grueling nine-game road swing that ended Saturday, Jan. 7, with a 47-40 MAC West Division win at Northern Illinois. Darrell Lampley is the lone Eagle averaging in double figures with 14.4 points per game. The Eagles are averaging just 53.0 points per game. The Eagles are limiting their opponents to an average of 60.9 points a game in 2011-12...The Chippewas are looking for just their third 2-0 MAC start in the last 20 years. Trey Zeigler led Central Michigan with 19 points and four assists as the Chippewas’ best shooting night of the season resulted in an 85-69 win over Toledo last time out. Away from McGuirk Arena, the Chippewas are shooting .409 while averaging just 61.3 points per game.
Miami (4-9, 0-1 MAC) at Kent State (10-4, 0-1 MAC)
7 p.m. • Miami leads series 85-43
• Since the start of the 2003-04 season alone Kent State owns a 63-7 (.900) home record against league competition. Justin Greene became the first player in Kent State history to record 1,000 points, 100 blocks and 100 steals in a career in the game at Buffalo Greene is the only active player in the MAC to accomplish the feat... Miami opened MAC play with a 65-60 defeat at home to Akron last Saturday. The RedHawks have lost four of their last five and are 1-6 away from home this season. Miami’s Julian Mavunga leads the MAC in both scoring (19.7 ppg) and rebounding (10.7 rpg).
Northern Illinois (1-12, 0-1 MAC) at Western Michigan (6-9, 0-1 MAC)
7 p.m. • Western Michigan leads series 48-29
• This will be the 78th meeting between these two teams, with the Broncos holding a 48-29 advantage in the all-time series. Demetrius Ward is averaging 14.0 points per game in his last eight outings, including 15+ points in five of those games, while Matt Stainbrook is averaging team-highs in points (15.6) and rebounds (8.6) per game over the last four games... NIU opened MAC play at home last Saturday against Eastern Michigan, Zach Miller tied career highs with nine points and three rebounds against the Eagles. The Huskies have held 10 of their 13 opponents thus far below their current season scoring average.