Two Tip-Off Marathon Games Highlight Tuesday's Men's Basketball Action

Updated 11/13/2012

MAC Men's Basketball Daily (11-13-12 Release)

MAC Men's Basketball Daily -- Tuesday, November 13
Northern Illinois (0-1, 0-0 MAC) at Valpo (1-0, 0-0 Horizon)
24-Hour ESPN Tip Off Marathon
8 a.m. ET • Northern Illinois leads series 14-10
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• NIU will make its first appearance in the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, playing Valparaiso at 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The Huskies are one of two MAC schools, along with Kent State, that will appear in the marathon. The Huskies fell on the road to Nebraska Omaha, 77-64, in the season opener this past Friday (Nov. 9). Eight players made their first appearance in a college game, including two in the starting lineup: Travon Baker and Akeem Springs. All seven freshmen that played for the Huskies scored, led by 10 points from Daveon Balls. Valparaiso opened the season with an 85-54 home victory over Georgia Southern on Friday night (Nov. 9).
 
Temple (0-0, 0-0 Atlantic 10) at Kent State (1-0, 0-0 MAC)
24-Hour ESPN Tip Off Marathon
12 Noon ET • Temple leads series 2-1
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• Fresh off a thrilling season opening win over Drexel on Friday night Kent State returns to action on Tuesday in front of a national televised ESPN audience as the Golden Flashes play host to Temple. Senior forward Chris Evans adjusted well to his starting roll racking up 21 points and nine rebounds.  Evans was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week for his performance that also included two assists and two blocks. Kent State has won 86 percent of its home games and is 172-28 in the M.A.C. Center over the last 15 years. Tuesday’s game marks the season opener for Temple.  The Owls return eight letterwinners from last year’s Atlantic 10 Regular Season champions.  Senior guard Khalif Wyatt, a preseason first team all-league selection, is the A10’s top returning scorer (17.1 ppg).
 
Bowling Green (1-1, 0-0 MAC) vs. IUPUI (1-1, 0-0 Summit League) 
NIT Season Tip-Off (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
5 p.m. ET • First Meeting
• Bowling Green will face IUPUI in the second game of the NIT Season Tip-Off today at 5 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Falcons are coming off a 79-73 overtime loss to Cleveland State, while IUPUI fell to No. 5 Michigan by a score of 91-54. BGSU’s A’uston Calhoun scored a career-high 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting and added a team-high seven rebounds in 40 minutes of play in the loss.to Cleveland State... Senior John Hart was IUPUI’s lone double-digit scorer with 15 points in the loss to Michigan.
 
Grambling State (0-2, 0-0 SWAC) at Miami (0-1, 0-0 MAC) 
7 p.m. ET • First Meeting
• Miami returns to Millett Hall to host Grambling State in its 2012-13 home opener at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. The RedHawks are coming off a 97-59 loss at No. 6 NC State in their season opener. Junior guard Allen Roberts made his return against NC State after sitting out last season due to injury and paced the RedHawks with a team-high 16 points. He added two assists, two steals and three rebounds in 32 minutes of action. The RedHawks return 52.8 percent of their scoring and 48.5 percent of their rebounding from a season ago...The Tigers are playing their third game in five days and have suffered losses at Cleveland State (92-49) and at Ball State (78-51) over the weekend.
 
Marygrove (0-2, 0-0 NAIA) at Western Michigan (0-1, 0-0 MAC) 
7 p.m. ET • First Meeting
• Tonight will be the 2012-13 home opener for the Broncos; the Broncos are 8-1 in the previous nine home openers under head coach Steve Hawkins. Five freshman Broncos made their collegiate debuts against Cornell. Among those were WMU’s Jared Klein who notched 12 points and a five steals. Western Michigan’s Shayne Whittington recorded his second career double-double in the Broncos’ loss at Cornell, recording 15 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds. Steve Hawkins has 159 career wins, which ranks second among WMU head coaches in program history.