Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Scouting Eastern Michigan for tonight's game

Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan, 7 tonight at Rose Arena
Scouting Eastern Michigan
Current record: 9-7, 1-2 MAC
Last season: 8-24, 6-10 MAC; 4th West; lost to CMU in MAC first round
Coach: Charles Ramsey, fifth year (51-88)
Watch out for: EMU’s upperclassman trio of senior guard Carlos Medlock (6-foot), junior forward Brandon Bowdry (6-foot-6) and senior forward Justin Dobbins. Medlock’s additional responsibilities include assists (3.6 per game) and steals (1.7), in which categories he ranks seventh. Bowdry (18.2 per game) and Medlock (15.2) rank third and fourth in scoring, respectively, while Bowdry leads the conference in rebounding (10.6). The 6-foot-8 Dobbins has been limited by a leg injury this season, missing seven games, but returned Jan. 13 and scored 18 points against Toledo.
Last MAC tournament title: 1998
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 1998

Thursday, January 14, 2010

CMU 53, Ball State 38: CMU sets school record for least points allowed to MAC opponent

CMU started its Mid-American conference schedule 2-0 for the first time in 18 years Wednesday with a 53-38 win against Ball State at Rose Arena. This team's defense is what sets it apart from a lot of teams in the MAC and for the second consecutive game, it made the difference. The amount of swarming defense down low stifled the Cardinals' Jarrod Jones, last year's MAC freshman of the year and counterpart Malik Perry, who fouled out late in the game after not scoring and not grabbing a rebound.

CMU next heads to Western Michigan, where it tries to win in Kalamazoo for the second consecutive season for the first time in school history.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

CMU opens home MAC schedule against Ball State tonight

Here's a link to my preview story in today's Central Michigan Life. Game time is 7 p.m. at a Rose Arena that is being renovated and does not have any bleachers on the north side in preparation for the wall being knocked down by the end of the month.