MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Chippewas are back in Michigan after rebounding strong against Arkansas- Pine Bluff at the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso, Texas. Winners of three of the last four games and off to the best start since 2002-03, Central Michigan heads to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on its toughest test of the season in second-ranked Michigan.
The Chippewas (7-5) are 3-20 all-time against the Wolverines (12-0), a series that dates back to 1944. The last time the two met on the hardwood, the Chippewas left Ann Arbor with the 78-67 victory on Dec 15, 2007. The Chippewas have faced 28 opponents as a Division I program, most recently in 2010 against Purdue. The Wolverines represent the Chippewas' most-played ranked opponent and their highest-ranked opponent (#1 in 1976). Their last win over a ranked team came in December 2003 over No. 23 Notre Dame.
Kyle Randall has continued his strong play this season, scoring a career-high 27 points against Nebraska at UTEP. In the month of December, Randall is averaging 19.5 points per game, and leads the Mid-American Conference, shooting 90 percent from the free throw line.
• THE MATCHUP
Central Michigan at #2 Michigan
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 • 7 p.m. ET
Ann Arbor, Mich. • Crisler Center (Sold Out)
• THE BROADCAST
Radio: Central Michigan IMG Sports Network - Flagship 95.3 WCFX-FM, Mount Pleasant
(play-by-play); (color analyst)
Television: Big Ten Network
• THE OPENING TIP• Keno Davis, Iowa alum and former BTN analyst, leads the Chippewas to their best non-conference record since 2002-03.
• Michigan marks the third Big Ten opponent of the season for the Chippewas, who opened at Iowa and faced Nebraska last week in the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.
• The Chippewas last faced a ranked team in 2010 (Purdue) and their last win over a ranked team was in 2002-03 (Notre Dame).
• THE SERIES• Michigan leads the series 20-3, dating back to 1944. Cental Michigan won the last meeting between the two teams, 78-67, back on Dec 15, 2007.
"I know it sounds like a broken record, the way we say we keep finding ways to win, but tonight on a night when we shoot 33 percent from the field we rebound and we defend...we learned some things from last night and our guys worked hard again to get a win."
- Keno Davis, Dec. 23, 2012 after a 62-45 win over Arkansas- Pine Bluff