Central Michigan (7-7) at Bowling Green (6-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 15, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Stroh Center (4,700) -- Bowling Green, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Central Michigan 5-3, Virginia Tech 4-4. Away Record: Central Michigan 2-4, Bowling Green 1-4. Neutral Record: Central Michigan 0-0, Bowling Green 1-1. Conference Record: Central Michigan 0-2, Bowling Green 0-2. Series Record: Bowling Green leads, 37-33.
GAME NOTES: The Bowling Green Falcons look to cure a four-game losing streak as they host the Central Michigan Chippewas in Mid-American Conference play at the Stroh Center.
Central Michigan has lost two in a row, both games in MAC action. The Chippewas were easily disposed of by Toledo in their last outing, 86-71. The last time Central Michigan defeated a Division I opponent was back on Dec. 7.
Two of Bowling Green's last four losses have come against MAC opposition, including the most recent contest against Northern Illinois in which the Huskies held the Falcons to an abysmal 36 points. Northern Illinois won, 45-36.
Bowling Green holds a slight series lead over Central Michigan, 37-33. But the Chippewas have won the last two outings versus Bowling Green, and have taken seven of the last 10 meetings.
Central Michigan was never really out of the contest against Toledo, but the Rockets gradually chipped away and made their lead bigger and bigger throughout the game. Six Toledo players recorded double-digit point totals against the Chippewas. Chris Fowler led all scorers in the game for Central Michigan with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting. He added a team-high eight rebounds and notched three assists. Braylon Rayson came off the bench to score 15 points, hitting three of his four 3-point attempts in the game. The Chippewas were 5-of-21 from distance in the contest.
Fowler paces the team with 17.2 ppg and 72 assists on the season. Not only is he the go-to scorer, but he dishes out plenty of opportunities for his teammates. Fowler caps his impressive season stat line with a 60.1 shooting percentage from the floor in 14 games played. John Simons is second on the Chippewas in scoring at 11.7 ppg and a team-best 6.1 rpg. Rayson, who hasn't started a game all season long, is third in team scoring at 10 ppg.
It wasn't exactly a defensive battle that ensued when Bowling Green and Northern Illinois met up in MAC play. It was more of a nightmare shooting performance. The Huskies, who won the game, shot 32.6 percent from the floor, while the Falcons connected on 29.3 percent of their shots. The Falcons went 9-of-21 from the free-throw line (including 1-of-11 in the second half) and hit 23.1 percent from 3-point distance. Richaun Holmes was the only Falcon in double digits at 12 points, grabbing eight rebounds in the process.
Holmes tops the Bowling Green roster in scoring on the season at 14.2 ppg and sports a team-best 7.5 rpg clip. Spencer Parker nets 12.1 ppg for a Falcons team that averages just 62.9 ppg through 15 contests (the 36 points against NIU doesn't help). Either the defense is good, or the Falcons' opponents haven't been adept at scoring, because BGSU is only giving up 63 ppg this season. The team is shooting 43 percent from the field this year.
Something drastic has to change for Bowling Green, and quick. In the team's four-game losing streak, the Falcons have scored a high of 60 points. Central Michigan should be able to take advantage of BGSU's lack of scoring in this matchup.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Central Michigan 65, Bowling Green 58
01/15 10:36:48 ET