Northern Illinois vs. Central Michigan: Full Game Preview

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Northern Illinois vs. Central Michigan: Full Game Preview
Northern Illinois
(3-13, 1-8 away)
Central Michigan
(9-8, 6-1 home)
Venue: McGuirk Arena
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Northern Illinois A Nader 12.9 A Nader 4.6 D Balls 1.8
Central Michigan K Randall 16.8 J Simons 5.2 C Fowler 5.1

Central Michigan welcomes Northern Illinois to McGuirk Arena on Wednesday. It gets started at 7:00 EST and you can catch it on WCMU. The Chippewas are 6-2 against the Huskies over the last four years. The last time they met (2/26/2012) they won 74-64.

Central Michigan is currently in 3rd place in the conference and Northern Illinois is in 9th.

In their last game, Kyle Randall put up 16 points and 5 rebounds in the Chippewas 71-57 win over Ball State on January 19th. At 16.8, he paces the team in points per game. For the Huskies, Kevin Gray put up 13 points and 5 rebounds in the 71-34 loss to Western Michigan on January 19th. He is averaging 4.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

Digging into season numbers, Central Michigan has the advantage in two key categories. The Chippewas have an edge in assists, 13 per game to eight per game. Central Michigan also has an advantage in scoring, 67 points per game to 56 points per game.

Northern Illinois StatSmack

  • The Central Michigan rebounding leader (John Simons) has more rebounds than the Northern Illinois rebounding leader (Aksel Bolin).
  • The Central Michigan assist leader (Chris Fowler) has more assists than the Northern Illinois assist leader (Daveon Balls).
  • Central Michigan is a better three-point shooting team (34.2% vs 27.7%) than Northern Illinois this season.
  • Central Michigan is a better free-throw-shooting team (72.2% vs 65.4%) than Northern Illinois this season.
  • Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Central Michigan has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Northern Illinois (1 vs 0).
  • Central Michigan has a more potent offense, scoring more points (67.7 per game vs 56.9 per game) than Northern Illinois this season.
  • Blake Hibbitts is ranked 3rd in the MAC in three-pointers.
  • The Central Michigan three-point leader (Blake Hibbitts) has more three-pointers than the Northern Illinois three-point leader (Akeem Springs).
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Central Michigan has a stronger schedule than Northern Illinois this season (SOS Rank: #69 vs #156).
  • Central Michigan has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (0.401 to 0.271).
NIU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C- Abdel Nader 24 13 5 1 2 0 3
D+ Aksel Bolin 25 7 4 2 1 0 2
D Akeem Springs 21 9 3 1 1 0 2
D Darrell Bowie 18 5 4 0 1 0 2
D Kevin Gray 19 5 4 1 0 0 1
D Travon Baker 22 4 2 2 2 0 2
D Sam Mader 20 5 2 0 1 1 1
D Daveon Balls 20 4 1 2 1 0 2
D- Keith Gray 16 4 3 0 0 0 1
D- Mike Davis 13 3 2 0 0 0 1
F Tony Nixon 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
F A. Christian 12 3 2 0 0 0 1
F J.J. Cravatta 10 2 1 0 1 0 0
F Brandon Hayes 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
CMU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Kyle Randall 32 17 4 3 1 0 3
C John Simons 27 8 5 1 1 0 1
C O. Mbaigoto 18 8 5 1 0 1 1
C Chris Fowler 25 6 3 5 1 0 2
C Blake Hibbitts 21 8 3 1 0 1 1
D+ D. Richardson Jr. 19 5 3 1 1 0 1
D+ Austin Keel 22 5 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Austin Stewart 11 4 3 1 1 0 1
D+ S. Krannitz 11 4 1 0 0 0 0
D Zach Saylor 18 5 3 0 1 1 1
D Finis Craddock 12 3 1 0 1 0 1
D Luke Wiest 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
D- Rick Rowse 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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