Heading into Saturday’s video games, there are 4 groups nonetheless undefeated in MAC play. Following Saturday’s video games, that quantity will probably be right down to not less than three, as Bowling Inexperienced and Central Michigan–each good to start out convention play–meet for a showdown at McGuirk Enviornment.
The sport is scheduled to start out at 4:30 p.m. ET. Whereas it gained’t be broadcast nationally on tv wherever within the US, you possibly can nonetheless watch the sport stay in your pc, telephone or streaming system through ESPN+, the brand new digital streaming service from ESPN that has unique protection to dozens of faculty basketball video games — and a number of other different sports activities–each week.
You’ll be able to join a free seven-day trial of ESPN+ proper right here, and you may then watch a stay stream of the sport in your pc through ESPN.com, or in your telephone (Android and iPhone suitable), pill, Roku, Amazon Fireplace TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Xbox One or different suitable streaming system through the ESPN app.
For those who can’t watch stay, all video games — together with BGSU vs CMU — which can be streamed on ESPN+ are additionally obtainable to be watched afterwards on-demand through ESPN.com or the ESPN app.
Bowling Inexperienced vs Central Michigan Preview
Bowling Inexperienced was inconsistent throughout pre-conference play, going simply 8-5 with 4 of these losses coming by double-digits. However they gained 4 in a row to shut their non-conference slate, and that confidence appears to have translated to MACtion, because the Falcons beat an excellent Kent State group by 22 on the highway after which adopted that up with a 19-point thumping of Ohio on Tuesday.
“I feel (BGSU) out-rebounds their opponents by over 11 rebounds per recreation,” Central Michigan head coach Keno Davis stated. “That’s the one stat I did see they usually beat Kent (State) and Ohio huge. “We will’t get beat by 11 on the boards or the sport will probably be over earlier than it begins.”
Certainly, the Falcons have confirmed to be the most effective rebounding groups within the nation. They pull down 34.9 p.c of accessible offensive rebounds (31st greatest within the nation), which may spell bother for a Central Michigan squad that ranks 301st in America in defensive rebounding proportion.
These struggles on the glass are one purpose why the Chippewas have an adjusted defensive effectivity (per Ken Pomeroy) that ranks 228th within the nation and ninth within the convention. Finally, their capability to restrict BGSU–and extra particularly, 6-foot-10 Demajeo Wiggins, who averages 3.Three offensive rebounds and 11.9 whole rebounds per recreation–on the glass will probably be an enormous key to this recreation.
In fact, Central Michigan is often in a position to counteract their defensive struggles with an explosive offensive assault. Normally seeking to push the tempo, the Chippewas have 5 gamers who common double-digit scoring and are eighth within the nation at 87.7 factors per contest. They’re led by senior guard Larry Austin Jr., who’s filling up field scores to the tune of 18.2 factors, 5.7 rebounds, 5.Four assists and a couple of.Three steals per contest.
Austin completed with simply 13 factors in 43 minutes towards Akron on Tuesday, however he additionally piled up 11 assists–to only one turnover–and made the game-winner in time beyond regulation.
Now, Central Michigan–who had been picked within the preseason to complete final within the MAC West–are 2-Zero within the convention and 13-2 general.
“The credit score goes to them and the assistant coaches for his or her diligence in recruiting and discovering these gamers,” Davis stated. “It’s totally different this yr with a set of grad transfers and junior faculty transfers. You’ll be able to’t simply throw in 5 or 6 new guys and count on them to work effectively collectively.
“It simply reveals how onerous the person gamers and coaches have labored with placing this group collectively.”