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Monday, 05 March 2012 09:51
Bowling Green opens Mid-American Conference tournament play tonight against Central Michigan in the Stroh Center. Tipoff is at 7.
The Falcons (16-14 overall) finished 9-7 in the MAC, after a tough 68-64 loss to Buffalo on Saturday.
BG is the No. 6 seed for the tournament. Central Michigan (10-20 overall) is the No. 11 seed after going 5-11 in the MAC.
Tonight's winner faces the Miami-Toledo winner on Wednesday in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena. Game time will be at 9:30 p.m. for the second-round matchup.
To advance, BG has to contain Central Michigan's Trey Zeigler and guard the 3-point arc.
Zeigler, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, leads the team in scoring, 16.2 points, and rebounds, 6.6 per game. He is second on the team in assists, blocks and steals.
The Chippewas like to shoot the 3-pointer and are 32.9 percent from the arc on 188 made shots. Derek Jackson, a 6-0 sophomore, is averaging 11.3 ppg and has 59 threes, and Austin McBroom, a 6-0 freshman, is averaging 10.6 ppg and has made 51 threes.
Central Michigan ranks last in the MAC in free-throw shooting and rebounding margin, but is second in turnover margin and fourth in blocked shots.
BG won the only meeting with Central Michigan this season, 71-58 on Jan. 25, as four Falcons scored in double figures and BG shot 51.1 percent from the field.
NOTES: Tickets are $1 for tonight's game ... The Falcons finished the regular season going 7-3 ... Of the top six seeds in the MAC tournament, five played in the East Division ... For the first time this season, BG's Scott Thomas, fouled out of a game and did not have a steal against Buffalo. Thomas came into the Buffalo game, tops in the MAC averaging 2.5 steals a game ... Jordon Crawford has moved into a 10th place tie on BG's single-season list for assists with 147. Crawford is tied with Antonio Daniels (1995-95), who was the overall No. 4 pick in the 1997 NBA draft and Dan Shumaker (1976-77) ... Cam Black's 45 blocked shots are the fourth-most in a single-season in BG history ... BG's RPI of 141 is 104 spots higher than a year ago (the second-largest increase in the MAC behind Eastern Michigan's jump of 112 spots) and the highest for the program since the 2004-05 team ended the year at 103. - CARLE
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