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Updated 11/8/2012


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MAC Men's Basketball Daily (11-9-12 Release)

MAC Men's Basketball Daily - Friday, November 9th
Rochester (0-0, 0-0 NAIA) at Eastern Michigan (0-0, 0-0 MAC)
Ice Man Classic Opener (Ypsilanti, Mich.)
Noon ET • Eastern Michigan leads series 4-0
•The EMU men’s hoops squad has a slew of new faces on the court this season for second-year Head Coach Rob Murphy’s Eagles. Returning this season after sitting out due to transfer rules will be redshirt juniors Glenn Bryant, Daylen Harrison, and sophomore Josh Lyle. EMU started the 2012-13 campaign on a winning note, as Head Coach Rob Murphy’s Eagles used a high-powered offense to take down the visiting University of Michigan-Dearborn Wolves, 82-38, Bryant paced the EMU offense with 21 points.
Drexel (0-0, 0-0 Colonial) at Kent State (0-0, 0-0 MAC) 
7 p.m. ET • Drexel leads series 1-0
•The Golden Flashes are returning just one starter form last season’s team that posted a 21-12 overall record and reached the postseason for the 13th time in the last 14 years. Senior Randal Holt represents the lone returning starter from last year. A Honorable Mention All-MAC selection a year ago, he averaged 12.7 points per game and hit 73 three-pointers while connecting on 39% from beyond the arc. The Golden Flashes warmed up for the season with a 77-71 exhibition win over Rochester (Mich.) on Sunday.  Chris Evans led the way in the win with 24 points on 7-11 shooting from the field and the foul line.
Miami (0-0, 0-0 MAC) at No. 6 North Carolina State (0-0, 0-0 ACC) 
7 p.m. ET • First Meeting
•RedHawks try to open the John Cooper era on a strong note but will be challenged by an NC State squad that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 a year ago. Miami returns eight letterwinners and four starters from a season ago. The RedHawk returners have played in a combined 354 games and have made 159 career starts for MU. The RedHawks return 52.8 percent of their scoring and 48.5 percent of their rebounding from a season ago.
Lake Erie College (0-0, 0-0 GLIAC) at Bowling Green (0-0, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • First Meeting
•BGSU opens the second year in the Stroh Center Friday night against NCAA Division II Lake Erie College. The Falcons went 12-4 in the Stroh Center a year ago. BGSU advanced to the posteason in 2011-12 for the second time in a four-year stretch, competing in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The Falcons lost to Oakland in the opening round 86-69. Three starters return from last year’s team -- A’uston Calhoun, Jordon Crawford, and Cam Black. Calhoun (15.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg. in 2011-12) was named to the Preseason All-MAC Team after claiming All-MAC Second Team Honors last season. 
Akron (0-0, 0-0 MAC) at Coastal Carolina (0-0, 0-0 Big South)
7:30 p.m. ET • Akron leads series 1-0
• Akron concluded exhibition play with a pair of victories, defeating Tiffin 111-72 and downing Malone 106-67. Akron enters the 2012-13 season as the defending MAC regular season champions. The Akron offense was one of the best in the MAC last year, with the Zips finishing first in 3-point percentage (.370), second in scoring (72.2), scoring margin (+6.3) and field goal percentage (.462), as well as third in assists (14.0). 
Northern Illinois (0-0, 0-0 MAC) at Nebraska-Omaha (0-0, 0-0 Summit)
8 p.m. ET • Nebraska-Omaha leads series 1-0
• Northern Illinois defeated Aurora, 89-56, in its lone exhibition game of the season (Nov. 3). Six Huskies scored in double figures against the Spartans, led by 12 points from Kevin Gray and Mike Davis. The Huskies return its top-five scoring letterwinners and top-six rebounders from a season ago. With its six-man returning nucleus from a season ago, the Huskies return more than 60 percent of their production for 2011-12 in most statistical categories.
Toledo (0-0, 0-0 MAC) at Loyola-Ill. (0-0, 0-0 Horizon)
8 p.m. ET • Toledo leads series 16-13
•The Rockets welcome back 83.3 percent of their points, 82.0 percent of their rebounds and 89.5 percent of their assists from the 2011-12 campaign. The Rockets, who registered the second-largest turnaround in the nation last year with a +15-win improvement, return all five starters including preseason MAC West Division honorees Julius Brown and Rian Pearson.