MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan men's basketball team has won three of its last four games, and will look to continue their success Wednesday night as they play host to Bradley at 7 p.m. inside McGuirk Arena.
Coming off a 2-1 week - capped off by a Kyle Randall jumper with .5 seconds remaining to defeat Idaho State, 54-52 - at the Utah Thanksgiving Tournament in Salt Lake City, the Chippewas (3-2) return to Mount Pleasant against the Braves (4-1) for the first of a two-home game week.
The team's hard-working personality, embodied and instilled by first-year head coach Keno Davis, manifested itself in the Chippewas' most recent win against Idaho State when the undersized squad fought for 18 offensive rebounds while allowing just two to Idaho State. Those offensive rebounds led to 14 points and ultimately gave the Chippewas the win. CMU also outrebounded Wright State, 40-26, in its tournament-opening win.
A track meet might be in store for the two sides, as the up-tempo Chippewas will face a team in Bradley that has scored 76 or more points in four of its five games - all of which have been wins.
• THE MATCHUP
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 • 7 p.m.
Mount Pleasant, Mich. • McGuirk Arena
• THE BROADCAST
Radio: Central Michigan IMG Sports Network - Flagship 95.3 WCFX-FM, Mt. Pleasant
(play-by-play); (color analyst)
• THE OPENING TIP
• CMU returns home for back-to-back nonconference games, then it’s back on the road to North Carolina (Charlotte) and California (Pepperdine) in an eight-day span.
• Through five games, the Chippewas have had four different leading scorers and four different leading rebounders.
• The Chippewas are happy to return home where they have shot 47% from the floor, including the exhibition game, after just 35% shooting in Utah.
• THE SERIES
• The Central Michigan – Bradley series is tied at 1-1. The road team has won each game – at Bradley in 2002-03 and in Mount Pleasant a year later.
• The two coaches have had success in each other’s current conference. Geno Ford played at Ohio (1993-97) and was the 2010 and 2011 MAC Coach of the Year with Kent State. Keno Davis spent five years at Drake and was the MVC Coach of the Year in 2008, his only season as head coach there.
• "This is a team you can be proud of. Although we haven't executed the way we would like to, haven't shot free throws the way we would like to, we certainly do play hard. Very rarely do I look at this team and say they're not giving it 100 percent. Good luck before a game picking the leading scorer or the guy who will make the clutch shots."
(Keno Davis following Saturday's last-second 54-52 win over Idaho State at the Utah Thanksgiving Tournament.)