Eastern Illinois vs. Northern Illinois: Full Game Preview

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Eastern Illinois vs. Northern Illinois: Full Game Preview
Eastern Illinois
(8-20, 2-11 away)
Northern Illinois
(5-19, 3-8 home)
Venue: Convocation Center (IL)
4:00PM ET / 1:00PM PT, February 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Eastern Illinois M Woods 10.8 S Blanford 6.4 A Akers 3.9
Northern Illinois A Nader 13.4 A Nader 5.4 D Balls 2.1

Northern Illinois plays host to Eastern Illinois at Convocation Center (IL) on Saturday. The game tips off at 4 p.m. EST. The Huskies are 0-2 against the Panthers over the last four years. They lost 67-55 the last time they played (Nov. 20, 2011).

In spite of 10 points from Aksel Bolin, the Huskies came up short 66-58 against Western Michigan on Feb. 16. He tallies 7.1 points per game and also adds 4 rebounds per game. For the Panthers, Malcolm Herron finished with 7 points and 10 rebounds in the 80-49 loss to Belmont on Feb. 20. He contributes 2.6 rebounds per game in addition to his 5.9 points per game.

Eastern Illinois StatSmack

  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Northern Illinois currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (959 to 946) than Eastern Illinois, per the NCAA.
  • The MAC has 2 teams - Akron (5.8) and Eastern Michigan (5.3) - that produce more blocks per game than the Ohio Valley leader, Austin Peay (5.1).
  • The Northern Illinois steals leader (Travon Baker, 36 steals) has more steals than the Eastern Illinois steals leader (Sherman Blanford, 33 steals).
  • Northern Illinois attacks the glass, with more rebounds (34.0 per game vs. 29.6 per game) than Eastern Illinois this season.
  • Last year the MAC had a better conference RPI than the Ohio Valley (No. 17 vs. No. 21).
  • Northern Illinois players are more experienced than Eastern Illinois players (10,127 minutes played vs. 7,318 minutes played).
  • Northern Illinois has a stronger schedule than Eastern Illinois this season (SOS Rank: No. 204 vs. No. 210).
  • Northern Illinois is better at defending the three (34.3 percent allowed vs. 40.4 percent allowed) than Eastern Illinois this season.
  • Last year the MAC had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the Ohio Valley.
  • Northern Illinois has an average margin of victory of 9 over Eastern Illinois in 11 wins since 1987.
  • Last year the MAC had a better average team RPI than the Ohio Valley (189 vs. 205).
EIU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C S. Blanford 26 11 6 2 1 0 2
C Josh Piper 30 10 4 1 1 1 1
C- Morris Woods 24 11 4 1 1 0 3
D+ Alex Austin 23 9 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Austin Akers 34 5 3 4 1 0 1
D+ Taylor Jones 29 6 2 2 1 0 2
D Malcolm Herron 16 6 3 1 0 0 1
D- Cameron Harvey 10 2 1 1 0 0 0
F Keenan Anderson 9 2 1 0 1 0 1
F Alex Lubsey 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
F R.J. McGhee 7 0 2 1 1 0 1
NIU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C- Abdel Nader 25 13 5 1 1 0 3
D Aksel Bolin 25 7 4 1 1 0 2
D Akeem Springs 20 8 3 1 1 0 2
D Darrell Bowie 20 6 4 0 1 0 2
D Kevin Gray 20 4 4 0 0 0 1
D Daveon Balls 20 4 2 2 1 0 1
D Travon Baker 21 4 2 2 2 0 2
D Keith Gray 17 4 3 0 0 0 1
D- Sam Mader 16 4 2 0 0 1 1
D- Mike Davis 13 3 2 0 0 0 1
F A. Christian 10 3 2 0 0 0 1
F Tony Nixon 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
F J.J. Cravatta 11 3 1 0 0 0 0
F Brandon Hayes 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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