Eastern Michigan vs. Western Michigan: Full Game Preview

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Eastern Michigan vs. Western Michigan: Full Game Preview
Eastern Michigan
(9-9, 0-7 away)
Western Michigan
(10-7, 5-1 home)
Venue: University Arena (MI)
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Eastern Michigan D Thompson 11.7 D Riley 6.2 J Ross 3.3
Western Michigan N Hutcheson 11.2 S Whittington 8.8 A Richie 3.2

Western Michigan hosts Eastern Michigan at University Arena (MI) on Wednesday. It gets started at 7:00 EST. The Broncos are 5-3 against the Eagles over the last four years. They fell 54-53 on 2/29/2012, the last time they met.

Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan share 3rd place in the MAC.

In a 71-34 dismantling of Northern Illinois on January 19th, David Brown put up 13 points for the Broncos. He leads the team in steals per game with 1.0 while also putting up 9.5 points per game. For the Eagles, Derek Thompson put up 16 points in the 65-58 win over Miami (OH) on January 19th. His 11.7 points per game is the highest mark on the team.

There is a single key statistical area where Western Michigan can exploit Eastern Michigan, scoring, where the Broncos have an edge over the Eagles, 66 points per game to 57 points per game.

Eastern Michigan StatSmack

  • Western Michigan can actually jump, with more rebounds (39.2 per game vs 35.2 per game) than Eastern Michigan this season.
  • People just expect us to beat you. Western Michigan has been the favorite 27 out of the last 35 times.
  • Darius Paul is ranked 7th in the MAC in rebounds.
  • The Western Michigan rebounding leader (Shayne Whittington) has more rebounds than the Eastern Michigan rebounding leader (DaShonte Riley).
  • Shayne Whittington is ranked 2nd in the MAC in rebounds and 5th in the MAC in blocks.
  • Western Michigan allows fewer rebounds (30.4 allowed per game vs 38.1 allowed per game) than Eastern Michigan this season.
  • It must sting. Western Michigan has blown out Eastern Michigan by 20 points or more on 6 occasions since 1997.
  • The Western Michigan assist leader (Austin Richie) has more assists than the Eastern Michigan assist leader (Jalen Ross).
  • Western Michigan has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (0.549 to 0.394).
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Western Michigan has come back to win after being down at half against Eastern Michigan 4 times since 1997.
  • We just win. Western Michigan has more wins over the last 5 years than Eastern Michigan (91 vs 69).
Emich Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Glenn Bryant 27 10 5 1 1 1 2
C Derek Thompson 24 12 2 1 1 0 1
C Daylen Harrison 29 9 5 2 1 0 3
C- Jamell Harris 22 5 5 1 1 1 1
C- DaShonte Riley 23 4 6 1 1 2 2
C- Jalen Ross 25 5 2 3 1 0 3
D J.R. Sims 17 4 1 1 1 0 1
D Matt Balkema 12 2 2 0 0 0 0
D Austin Harper 7 2 1 1 0 0 1
D A. Chandler 7 2 1 1 0 0 0
D Ray Lee 14 6 1 2 1 0 3
D- A. Strickland 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Josh Lyle 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
F James Still 14 3 4 0 1 0 1
WMU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B S. Whittington 26 11 9 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 1
C David Brown 17 10 1 1 1 0 1
C Austin Richie 26 6 2 3 0 0 2
C- Connar Tava 16 4 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Jared Klein 17 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 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D H. Hoerdemann 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
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