MAC Men's Basketball Daily Release (12-20-12)
MAC Men's Basketball Daily - Thursday, December 20
Texas State (4-7, 0-0 WAC) at Central Michigan (5-4, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • First Meeting
• The Chippewas are back home after an 80-77 nail-biter on the West Coast at Pepperdine. Central Michigan looks to win their second game in a row when they welcome Texas State to McGuirk Arena for the first time on Thursday, Dec 20, at 7 p.m. The Chippewas (5-4) will take on a Bobcats team (4-7) that has tested Utah, Texas, and Northwestern on the road. Central Michigan’s road win against the Waves was its fourth win decided by four points or less. The Chippewas will need that late-game tenacity to come away with win number six on the year. Senior Kyle Randall has emerged as one of the elite guards in the Mid-American Conference, ranking sixth in points per game (14.9) and fifth in free throw percentage (85.4%). He has scored 20 points or more in three of the last four games and was named MAC West Player of the Week following the win at Pepperdine.
St. Francis (Pa.) (0-9, 0-0 Northeast) at Kent State (5-5, 0-0 MAC)
7 p.m. ET • First Meeting
• Kent State will try to end a three-game losing streak on Thursday night when it returns home to face Saint Francis at the M.A.C. Center. The Golden Flashes have been off for 11 days since losing at Xavier on Dec. 9. Thursday opens a three-game homestand that includes visits from Arkansas State on Saturday and Fairmont State on Dec. 30. The team will have eight days off for Christmas break following Saturday’s game. Seniors Chris Evans (16.0) and Randal Holt (13.4) lead the Golden Flashes in scoring. Evans also leads the Golden Flashes in rebounds (7.3), steals (2.4) and blocked shots (0.8). Junior Melvin Tabb recorded career highs in scoring (20) and rebounding (14) in the Dec. 9 loss at Xavier. That game was also his second start in a row replacing the injured Chris Ortiz.
Eastern Michigan (6-3, 0-0 MAC) at Michigan (11-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
8:30 p.m. ET • Michigan leads series 26-2
Watch Live on the Big Ten Network
• The Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball team will travel west just 5.7 miles to the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. to square off with the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan Wolverines Thursday, Dec. 20. This is the first meeting between the neighbors in over three years. The last time EMU and U-M faced off came back in the 2008-09 campaign. Eastern dropped a road contest, Dec. 13, to the Wolverines, 91-60. Eastern has made a habit of traveling to top-notch teams over the past five seasons. EMU has played a team ranked in the top-25 each of the last seven seasons, including matchups with top-five teams in the last three-consecutive seasons. In 2010-11 the Eagles opened the season with No. 2-ranked Michigan State. In 2011-12 EMU traveled to Syracuse to take on the No. 3/4-ranked Orange. This year the Eagles took on No. 4 Syracuse and now square off with No. 2 Michigan.