Central Michigan (2-2) vs. No. 5 Notre Dame
Thursday, November 29 - 7 p.m. (McGuirk Arena)
Coming off a home-opening 88-62 win over South Dakota State Friday, Central Michigan will play its third of five straight games versus 2012 NCAA Tournament teams when it welcomes No. 5/5 Notre Dame Thursday night at 7 p.m.
The contest will mark the first time in program history that the Chippewas host a team ranked inside of the top five nationally. CMU and Notre Dame each boast one of the toughest schedules in the country as Notre Dame's strength of schedule is currently ranked No. 8 and Central Michigan's No. 14.
The Chippewas have defeated each of the last two ranked opponents to visit Mount Pleasant, most recently beating No. 12 Purdue last season, 75-62.
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|G||3||Jessica Green||5-10||So.||4-4||15.5||4.8||2.5 SPG|
|G||4||Kylie Welch||5-4||Jr.||2-1||0.0||0.0||0.5 APG|
|G||12||Kerby Tamm||5-11||So.||4-1||5.5||1.3||6 3FG|
|G||33||Brandie Baker||6-0||Sr.||4-4||4.5||6.0||3.5 APG|
|F||44||Taylor Johnson||5-11||Jr.||4-2||11.3||7.0||4 3FGt|
News and Notes
Chippewas to be Tested
Central Michigan has arguably the toughest schedule of any team in the country this week as it is just one of three squads that will take on two ranked opponents when it plays host to No. 5 Notre Dame before traveling to No. 14 Purdue Sunday. Georgia Tech (at #14 Purdue/at #8 Georgia) and No. 23 North Carolina (vs. #15 Ohio State/at #16 Tennessee) will also play two ranked foes this week.
Down the Battle Tested Road
The Chippewas are in the midst of a stretch in which they play five-straight contests against opponents that appeared in the NCAA Tournament last season. As a result, CMU's strength of schedule is currently ranked 14th in the country by realtimerpi.com. The Irish are currently No. 1 in RPI and No. 8 in strength of schedule according to the web site. The first official set of RPI rankings from the NCAA have not yet been released.
CMU vs. Ranked Opponents
The Maroon and Gold are just 2-5 versus opponents ranked in the top 25 in the AP poll under head coach Sue Guevara, but each of the two victories have come when playing at home. CMU defeated No. 23 Louisville in 2009, 84-75, and No. 12 Purdue last season, 75-62.
Date Opponent Result
- 12/30/05 #10 Michigan State (A) L, 50-75
- 11/20/07 #23 Notre Dame (H) L, 41-94
- 12/29/08 #10 Louisville (A) L, 72-95
- 11/13/09 #17 DePaul (A) L, 76-86
- 12/02/09 #23 Louisville (H) W, 84-75
- 12/28/09 #17 Texas (N) L, 83-94
- 11/21/10 #22 Iowa (A) L, 79-90
- 12/11/11 #12 Purdue (H) W, 75-62
CMU in its Last Two Wins vs. Ranked Opponents...
... erased first-half deficits
... held opponents to under 41-percent (Purdue: 40.3; Louisville: 33.3)
... outscored opponents by an average of 21.5 points in the second half
... shot better than 50 percent in the second half
... held the advantage in second chance points
Opponents in the Rankings
Three of Central Michigan's non-conference opponents are currently ranked in the top 25 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. Defending national runner-up Notre Dame (5 AP/5 Coaches) will visit Thursday, while the Chippewas will travel to Purdue (14 AP/13 Coaches) Sunday. Texas, who the Chippewas could see depending on results at the Surf N' Turf Classic in San Diego, also is among the top 25 teams in both polls, coming in at No. 13 and No. 18.
CMU's Only Win over Notre Dame Came...
... on December 21, 1983 in South Bend when Betsy Yonkman and Sylvia Odum each scored 18 points to lead the Chippewas to a 72-69 victory. Trailing by two, 66-64, Odum hit a 12-foot jumper with 1:24 to play, sparking a 6-0 run that allowed CMU to come away with the victory.
Welcome Home, Chippewas!
After playing their first three games of the season on the road, the Chippewas opened McGuirk Arena last Friday with a 88-62 win over 2012 NCAA Tournament qualifier South Dakota State. The win improved the Chippewas record to 17-7 at home since the renovation of McGuirk Arena in 2010.
More on the McGuirk
- CMU has averaged 76.4 points per game over 23 contests since McGuirk Arena was reopened in 2010.
- The Chippewas have scored at least 70 points 17 times inside McGuirk Arena, including three games in which they scored at least 90 points. CMU's 98 points versus Wichita State on Dec. 22, 2010 is a McGuirk Arena record.
- Four players - Bradford, Green, Johnson and Baker - each averaged more than 10 points per game at home in 2011-12 and five players scored in double figures in the home opener last Friday versus South Dakota State.