Central Michigan (9-9) vs. Western Michigan (11-7)

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  Western Michigan 33 43 76 -0.5
  Central Michigan 26 33 59 +0.5
Sat, Jan 26 2013, 07:00 PM EST

McGuirk Arena
Mt. Pleasant, MI
Attendance: 3,419
TV: MHTV

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Central Michigan hosts Western Michigan at McGuirk Arena on Saturday. Tip-off is at 7:00 EST and you can catch it on MHTV. The Chippewas are 3-6 against the Broncos over the last four years. The last time they met (3/2/2012) they won 76-70.

Western Michigan and Central Michigan are neck and neck in the MAC, holding down 3rd and 4th place, respectively.

In spite of 12 points from Kyle Randall, the Chippewas came up short 74-61 against Northern Illinois on January 23rd. At 16.5, he paces the team in points per game. In a 63-59 victory over Eastern Michigan on January 23rd, Darius Paul put up 11 points and 9 rebounds for the Broncos. He is averaging 11.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Western Michigan can be found near the top of the conference standings in the following categories: free throw rate at 42.9 and offensive rebounding percentage at 38.0.

StatSmack! Central Michigan is better than Western Michigan
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Central Michigan has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Western Michigan (1 vs 0).
  • More violent crime happens in Kalamazoo so be careful if you visit (when compared to Mount Pleasant -- according to the FBI).
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Central Michigan has come back to win after being down at half against Western Michigan 4 times since 2004.
  • The Central Michigan basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Western Michigan (75% vs 62%).
WMU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- S. Whittington 27 11 8 1 1 2 2
B- Darius Paul 27 11 6 2 0 1 2
C+ Nate Hutcheson 30 11 5 1 1 1 2
C Brandon Pokley 29 9 3 1 0 0 2
C Austin Richie 26 6 2 3 1 0 2
C David Brown 17 9 2 1 1 0 1
C- Connar Tava 16 4 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Jared Klein 16 5 2 1 1 0 2
D+ Nick Stapert 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Taylor Perry 10 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Dan Loney 8 2 2 0 0 0 0
D Tim Brennan 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Charles Harris 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
D A.J. Avery 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D H. Hoerdemann 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
CMU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Kyle Randall 32 17 4 3 1 0 3
C John Simons 26 8 5 1 1 0 1
C Chris Fowler 25 6 3 5 1 0 2
C O. Mbaigoto 19 8 5 1 0 1 1
C Blake Hibbitts 22 8 3 1 0 1 1
D+ D. Richardson Jr. 19 5 3 1 1 0 1
D+ Austin Keel 21 5 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Austin Stewart 11 4 3 1 1 0 1
D S. Krannitz 11 4 2 0 0 0 0
D Zach Saylor 18 5 3 0 1 1 1
D Finis Craddock 13 3 2 0 1 0 1
D Luke Wiest 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
D- Rick Rowse 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

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#2 D. Buckley Sr G/F 6-4 209
#11 Milos Cabarkapa Fr G/F 7-0 233
#35 Nick Carlos Fr G/F 6-7 191
#15 Chris Fowler So G 6-1 189
#32 Blake Hibbitts So F 6-7 224
#30 Austin Keel Jr G 6-3 185
#12 Josh Kozinski Fr G 6-4 180
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#5 Sheldon Lowman So G 6-1 177
#0 Braylon Rayson Fr G 5-9 178
#3 D. Richardson Jr. So G 6-4 200
#41 Zach Saylor F 6-8 235
#4 R. Simmons So G 6-4 182
#34 John Simons So F 6-8 228
#10 Austin Stewart So G 6-6 207