Nine MAC Men's Basketball Games On Today's Slate

Updated 12/8/2012

MAC Men's Basketball Daily Release (12-8-12)

MAC Men's Basketball Daily -- Saturday, December 8

South Dakota (4-5, 1-1 Summit) at Ball State (3-4, 0-0 MAC)
1 p.m. ET • First Meeting
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• The Cardinals (3-4) defeated Holy Cross (Ind.), 76-57, Wednesday night in their most recent action, while South Dakota (4-5) is coming off an 87-63 loss at Iowa. BSU’s Majok Majok is averaging a double-double for the season at 13.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

Samford (2-8, 1-0 Southern) at Bowling Green (4-4, 0-0 MAC)
2 p.m. ET • First Meeting
• Bowling Green held Wright State scoreless over the final 5:47 and the Falcons pulled away from the Raiders late for a 54-41 win Monday night. A’uston Calhoun needs 14 points to become the 40th player in BGSU history with 1,000 in his career.

Oakland (3-6, 0-0 Summit) at Ohio (6-2, 0-0 MAC)
2 p.m. ET • Ohio leads series 3-1
• The Bobcats are averaging 76.0 points per game and have limited their opponents to just 54.7 points per game. Senior D.J. Cooper leads the Bobcats in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per game in Ohio’s six home games.
Purdue (4-4, 0-0 Big Ten) at Eastern Michigan (5-2, 0-0 MAC)
2 p.m. ET • Purdue leads series 3-0
•  EMU junior transfer Glenn Bryant notched the first double-double of his career Monday, Dec. 3, at Syracuse. Bryant poured in 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the 48-84 loss at the Carrier Dome. Eastern Michigan is 9-71 all-time against Big Ten competition in its history.

Central Michigan (4-3, 0-0 MAC) at Charlotte (8-0, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
2 p.m. ET • Charlotte leads series 1-0
•  Three of CMU’s four wins have come by four points or fewer. Senior guard Kyle Randall will look to keep up his strong play, having scored 45 points in his past two games. Chris Fowler ranks among the MAC leaders in assist/turnover ratio, coming in slightly under two assists for every turnover.
Niagara (3-5, 1-1 MAAC) at Buffalo (3-7, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • Niagara leads series 55-29
•  Buffalo is coming off a 72-52 win at Milwaukee on Wednesday night. The Bulls were led by  Javon McCrea who scored a career-high 31 points and added 11 rebounds. McCrea is just the eighth player in school history to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds
Toledo (2-6, 0-0 MAC) at Eastern Illinois (3-7, 0-0 Ohio Valley)
7 p.m. ET • Eastern Illinois leads series 2-0
•  Toledo features the MAC’s top scorer with junior G Rian Pearson leading the league at 18.9 ppg. Sophomore G Julius Brown also appears in the Top 10 with his 15.5 scoring mark. Four of Toledo’s six losses have been by six points or less - 84-81 (OT) at Northern Iowa, 78-73 at Cleveland State, 79-73 at Detroit and 72-66 at Florida Gulf Coast.

Miami (3-4, 0-0 MAC) at Dayton (6-2, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
8 p.m. ET • Dayton leads series 68-61
•  In Miami’s three wins, the RedHawks have surpassed the 70-point plateau, but in their four losses MU has failed to hit the 70-point benchmark. Miami averages 76.0 ppg in wins and 55.5 ppg in losses. Through seven games, junior guard Quinten Rollins has committed just 10 turnovers and doled out 32 assists. Rollins boasts a 3.20 assist/turnover ratio, which leads the MAC.

Western Michigan (6-2, 0-0 MAC) at Illinois State (5-3, 0-0 MVC)
8 p.m. ET • Western Michigan leads series 5-2
• Shayne Whittington is the reigning College Sports Madness MAC Player of the Week, as well as the conference’s MAC West Player of the Week, for his performances against High Point and Oakland. The Broncos rank second in the MAC and 36th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing an average of 59.5 points/game. The Broncos are 4-7 against MVC teams under head coach Steve Hawkins