Pacific vs. Western Michigan: Full Game Preview
|Pacific||L McCloud 11.6||K Kelley 3.7||L McCloud 4.0|
|Western Michigan||S Whittington 12.7||S Whittington 8.6||A Richie 3.0|
On Saturday, Pacific heads to University Arena (MI) to take on Western Michigan. The game starts at 1 a.m. EST and it can be seen on ESPN3.com. The Tigers have not played the Broncos since the 2007-08 season, when they won 90-76.
In their last matchup on Feb. 20, Tony Gill put up 17 points and 7 rebounds for the Tigers in a loss to UC Irvine, 68-59. He tallies 6.5 points per game and also adds 2.9 rebounds per game. For the Broncos, Shayne Whittington finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds in the 66-58 win over Northern Illinois on Feb. 16. He leads the team in points with 12.7 per game, rebounds with 8.6 per game, and blocks with 1.6 per game. Areas of strength for Western Michigan include: free throw rate at 47.5 percent and offensive rebounding percentage at 37.8 percent.
Western Michigan StatSmack
- Pacific has more wins over the last 5 years than Western Michigan (107 vs. 99).
- Pacific players are more experienced than Western Michigan players (11,225 minutes played vs. 10,005 minutes played).
- The Big West has 4 teams - UC Davis (39.9 percent), Cal State Fullerton (38.7 percent), Pacific (37.6 percent), and Cal Poly (37.0 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the MAC leader, Kent State (36.3 percent).
- Pacific has a better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (60.0 percent to 53.3 percent).
- The Pacific assist leader (Lorenzo McCloud, 104 assists) has more assists than the Western Michigan assist leader (Austin Richie, 76 assists).
- The Big West has 2 teams - UC Irvine (39.2) and Hawaii (38.8) - that secure more rebounds per game than the MAC leader, Akron (38.0).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, free throws made, and three-pointers are in the Big West.
- The Big West has 2 teams - Cal State Fullerton (80.3) and Cal State Northridge (75.5) - that score more per game than the MAC leader, Ohio (74.5).
- Pacific has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Western Michigan (three vs. one).
- Pacific has a stronger schedule than Western Michigan this season (SOS Rank: No. 134 vs. No. 217).
- Pacific is ranked higher than Western Michigan in their conference (No. 2 vs. No. 3).
|C-||R. De Souza||18||5||2||2||1||0||1|