Central Michigan (13-9, 7-2 MAC) vs. Buffalo (7-15, 5-4 MAC)
Sunday, February 10 - 2 p.m. | McGuirk Arena (5,300)
Live Audio: www.cmuchippewas.com
Radio: 91.5 wmhw-fm; Justin Hoff (play-by-play), Shawn Boseak (color) and Collin Hinman (host)
Live Stats: cmuchippewas.com | Twitter: @CMUWBBall | Facebook: /CMUWBBall
TV: SportsTime Ohio/ ESPN3.com; Mike Cairns (play-by-play) and Jacki Windon (color)
CMU Hoops Quick Hitters
- The Chippewas have dropped two straight after starting MAC play, 7-0. They currently sit a game behind Toledo and Ball State for first in the MAC.
- Senior Brandie Baker has scored 14 points in each of her last two contests.
- The Chippewas have claimed each of the last two meetings versus Buffalo, including a 90-69 MAC Tournament win in Cleveland in 2011.
- A win versus Buffalo would...
...snap CMU’s current two-game losing streak.
...mark the first 8-2 start in MAC play since ’87-’88.
...extend winning streak over UB to three games.
- CMU leads all teams in conference play in scoring, scoring margin, field goal percentage, rebounding, rebounding margin, blocks and three-point field goals made per game.
- The Chippewas are just 1-4 when playing on television this season with their lone win coming Jan. 10 at Toledo, 73-66.
|Probable Starters (Based on previous game)|
|F||3||Jessica Green||5-10||So.||22-19||11.7||3.0||2.4 SPG|
|G||23||Crystal Bradford||6-2||So.||22-13||14.7||9.5||3.3 APG|
|G||24||Niki DiGuilio||5-8||Jr.||22-12||6.7||1.8||38 3FG|
|F||13||Jessica Schroll||6-0||Sr.||14-11||10.3||4.4||1.7 APG|
|G||33||Brandie Baker||6-0||Sr.||22-22||7.4||5.5||2.6 APG|
Time to Bounce Back
The Chippewas will look to snap a two-game skid Sunday when they play host to Buffalo on SportsTime Ohio and ESPN3.com. CMU has not lost three-straight in 2012-13 and has done so just twice over the last three seasons.
Home Sweet Home
CMU enters Sunday’s contest 8-2 on the season at home and is a perfect 5-0 in home conference games this season. The Chippewas have scored 90-plus in each of their last two home games and have gone over 70 points in eight of the 10 home contests. Sophomore Crystal Bradford has also played particularly well at home, scoring 17 points and knocking down 50 percent of her field goal attempts.
A pair of Chippewas are etching their names in the record book with their blocking prowess. Senior Brandie Baker ranks ninth in program history with 68 career blocks, while sophomore Crystal Bradford’s 41 blocks this season already rank fifth in single-season history. Bradford set the second-best mark last season with 57.
Protect the Paint
CMU and Buffalo enter Sunday as the two most prolific blocking teams in the conference as they are tied for first in MAC with 4.7 blocks per game. The Bulls’ Christa Baccas leads the league with 2.5 blocks per game, while Bradford ranks second at 1.9.
Tracking the MAC Tournament
Central Michigan currently sits as the No. 3 seed in next month’s FirstEnergy MAC Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio and would earn a bye to the quarterfinals.
If the MAC Tournament started today: (First round games at campus sites March 9)
- No. 12 Ohio at No. 5 Miami
- No. 11 Kent State at No. 6 Bowling Green
- No. 10 Northern Illinois at No. 7 Buffalo
- No. 9 Western Michigan at No. 8 Eastern Michigan
- Toledo and Ball State would earn double byes to the semifinals as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, while Central Michigan and Akron would earn byes to the quarterfinal round as the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds.
Run, Run, Run
With one of the nation’s best offenses, Central Michigan has been nearly unstoppable when it reaches the 80-point plateau under head coach Sue Guevara. The Chippewas, who are a perfect 6-0 this season when scoring 80-plus, are 40-7 overall when accomplishing the feat in Guevara’s five-plus seasons.
The Chippewas enter Thursday’s contest featuring the 15th ranked scoring offense in the country at 74.6 points per game. CMU also ranks among the best three-point shooting teams in the country, coming in at No. 14 with .78 three-point field goals made per game.
Chippewas Back in Mid-Major Top 25
CMU reentered the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll Tuesday, coming in at No. 19 with 202 points. CMU has three wins against opponents ranked higher in the poll - No. 13 South Dakota State, No. 5 Toledo and No. 2 Green Bay.
The Chippewas’ defense has taken its play to a new level during MAC play, limiting opponents 60.4 points per contest, nearly seven below their season average. Bowling Green became the first opponent to score more than 70 and shoot better than 50 percent against the Chippewas, resulting in their first loss in MAC play.
Don’t Miss a Beat
Central Michigan has outscored its’ opponent in bench points on the season 749-347 and have been outscored in a game just twice. CMU has held a 250-141 advantage in conference play and saw its bench outscore Kent State’s entire team when it scored 56 points.