MAC Men's Basketball Daily Release (12-18-12)
MAC Men's Basketball Daily -- Tuesday, December 18
Michigan State (9-2, 0-0 Big Ten) at Bowling Green (5-4, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • Michigan State leads series 10-3
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• Bowling Green plays Michigan State for the third consecutive season, hosting the Spartans at 7 pm Tuesday. Michigan State will be the first ranked men’s basketball team to ever play in the Stroh Center but the Falcons are 4-1 at home this year and 16-5 all-time in the arena. BGSU also enters the game having won four of its last five contests. In the Falcons’ last two contests, the team has thrived defensively. BGSU beat Wright State 54-41 and followed that up with a 57-42 victory over Samford. Those back-to-back defensive efforts were the first time the program has allowed 42 points or less in successive games since doing so against Loyola and Pepperdine on Dec. 22 and Dec. 27, 1949. A’uston Calhoun needs two points to become the 40th player in BGSU history with 1,000 in his career.
Ball State (5-4, 0-0 MAC) at Purdue (4-6, 0-0 Big Ten)
7 p.m. ET • Purdue leads series 8-2
• The Ball State men’s basketball team visits West Lafayette, Ind., Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tipoff against Purdue in a game that will be streamed on ESPN3. The Cardinals, winners of three straight, are coming off an 80-73 road victory Saturday at South Dakota. Purdue (4-6) dropped an 81-68 decision Saturday to No. 22 Notre Dame. Junior guard Jesse Berry scored 22 points in Saturday’s win over the Coyotes, and freshman guard Marcus Posley added a career-high 20 points to go along with five assists. Berry -- a preseason All-Mid-American Conference selection -- leads the Cardinals with 13.2 points per game, while junior forward Majok Majok is one of 22 players nationally averaging a double-double with 12.9 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Majok, who ranks ninth in the country in rebounding, had his fourth double-double of the season Saturday at South Dakota with 11 points and 13 boards.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-8, 0-0 SWAC) at Akron (4-4, 0-0 MAC)
8 p.m. ET • Akron leads series 3-0
• After playing six of their first eight games on the road, the Zips open a six-game home stand on Tuesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Zeke Marshall continues to own the defensive space around the rim, blocking more shots (29) than 146 DI teams and averaging more swats per game (4.14) than 229 DI squads (games through Dec. 9). Akron has three players scoring in double figures and seven averaging 7.4 points per game or better, including Zeke Marshall (11.4), Alex Abreu (10.5), Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell (10.2), Chauncey Gilliam (9.6), Brian Walsh (9.6), Jake Kretzer (8.9) and Nick Harney (7.4). In games through Dec. 16, the Zips are the only team in the MAC with seven players averaging at least 7.4 ppg.