Toledo vs. Western Michigan: Full Game Preview

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Toledo vs. Western Michigan: Full Game Preview
Toledo
(6-7, 2-6 away)
Western Michigan
(8-7, 4-1 home)
Venue: University Arena (MI)
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 16, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Toledo R Pearson 19.8 R Pearson 6.4 J Brown 5.0
Western Michigan N Hutcheson 11.8 S Whittington 8.4 A Richie 3.3

In their last outing, behind 21 points and 7 rebounds from Julius Brown, the Rockets defeated Central Michigan 76-72 on January 12th. In addition to a team-leading 5.0 assists per game, he chips in 13.6 points per game. For the Broncos, Jared Klein finished with 18 points and 5 rebounds in the 61-59 loss to Ohio on January 12th. He contributes 2.3 rebounds per game in addition to his 5.3 points per game. Western Michigan will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: defensive rebounding percentage at 73.1 and free throw rate at 43.1.

Western Michigan StatSmack

  • Rian Pearson is ranked 3rd in the MAC in points and 5th in the MAC in steals.
  • At least you keep showing up. Toledo has an average margin of victory of 11 over Western Michigan in 37 wins since 1980.
  • Toledo beat Western Michigan by 9 points the last time they played (Feb 25, 2012).
  • Toledo is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Toledo is 206 lbs compared to 199 lbs for Western Michigan.
  • Toledo players are more experienced than Western Michigan players (11,395 minutes played vs 7,091 minutes played).
  • Winning is in our blood. Toledo had a better record in close games than Western Michigan last season (7-8 vs 2-8).
  • Julius Brown is ranked 8th in the MAC in assists.
  • The Toledo basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Western Michigan (75% vs 62%).
  • The Toledo steals leader (Rian Pearson) has more steals than the Western Michigan steals leader (Jared Klein).
  • Nathan Boothe is ranked 9th in the MAC in blocks.
  • The Toledo scoring leader (Rian Pearson) has more points than the Western Michigan scoring leader (Nate Hutcheson).
TOL Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Rian Pearson 35 20 6 2 2 0 3
C+ Julius Brown 34 14 3 5 1 0 4
C Nathan Boothe 25 8 6 1 1 2 1
C D. Buckley 33 9 3 2 1 0 2
C Reese Holliday 25 8 5 1 0 0 1
C Matt Smith 25 9 4 0 0 1 1
D B. Schwiebert 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
D Josh Lemons 12 1 1 1 1 0 1
D- James Ewing 5 0 1 0 0 0 0
D- Richard Wonnell 10 0 2 0 0 0 0
F A.J. Mathew 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
F DeLino Dear 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
WMU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Darius Paul 28 11 6 2 0 1 2
B- S. Whittington 27 11 8 1 0 1 2
C+ Nate Hutcheson 31 12 5 1 1 1 3
C Brandon Pokley 30 9 3 1 0 0 2
C Austin Richie 26 6 2 3 0 0 2
D+ Jared Klein 16 5 2 1 1 0 2
D+ Connar Tava 15 4 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Nick Stapert 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Taylor Perry 10 3 2 0 0 0 1
D+ David Brown 16 5 1 0 2 0 1
D Dan Loney 8 2 3 0 0 0 0
D Charles Harris 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Tim Brennan 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D H. Hoerdemann 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D A.J. Avery 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
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