MAC Men's Basketball Daily Release (1-5-13)
MAC Men's Basketball Daily - Saturday, January 5
Eastern Michigan (7-6, 0-0 MAC) at UMass (9-3, 0-0 Atlantic-10)
2 p.m. ET • UMass leads series 1-0
• Eastern Michigan will remain on the road after taking on the Kentucky Wildcats. EMU is scheduled to travel to Amherst, Mass. to take on the University of Massachusetts for a 2 p.m. contest. The Eagles posted a 2-4 record during the month of December. The only wins for EMU in that month were against Siena Heights, Dec. 28, and Purdue, 47-44. Eastern looks to pick up the pieces when conference play begins Wednesday, Jan. 9, when Ball State travels to Ypsilanti to open up Mid-American Conference basketball at the Convocation Center with a 7 p.m. tip. EMU shot just 24.2 percent from the field against the defending National Champion Kentucky Wildcats, Jan. 2. It was the first time that EMU had shot below 25.0 percent on the season, and is also the lowest shooting percentage by the Eagles since Rob Murphy took over as the head coach prior to the 2011-12 campaign...UMass is 9-3 on the season and has defeated all three Mid-American Conference opponents it has taken on this season.
Marshall (7-7, 0-0 C-USA) at Ohio (8-5, 0-0 MAC)
2 p.m. ET • Ohio leads series 53-46
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• Ohio will renew its longtime rivalry with Marshall University (7-7) Saturday afternoon inside the Convocation Center. The Bobcats and Thundering Herd will meet on the hardwood for the 100th time Saturday. Ohio holds a 53-46 edge in the all-time series and has won the last two matchups between the programs. Ohio is coming off a 74-63 loss at Oklahoma last Saturday (Dec. 29) in Norman, Okla. Senior guard D.J. Cooper led the Bobcats with 14 points and seven assists, while senior forward Reggie Keely added 13 points and tied a season high with eight rebounds against the Sooners. The `Cats shot 47.2 percent from the floor, but committed a costly 18 turnovers which led to 22 Oklahoma points. Cooper leads the `Cats in points (14.3), assists (7.8) and steals (1.7) per game this season. For his career, the Chicago, Ill., native is just six assists away from 800. At 820, Cooper will move into the top-25 in NCAA Division I history in career assists.