MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan men's basketball begins a four-game homestand on Saturday, Nov. 16, when it hosts Pepperdine.
The Chippewas and the Waves are set to tip off in McGuirk Arena at 6:30 p.m.
Central Michigan is looking to bounce back from a 80-70 loss at Bradley on Tuesday night. CMU got strong contributions out of Chris Fowler (20 points & five assists) and John Simons (14 points & 6 rebounds) against the Braves. Simons currently ranks third in the MAC in scoring average with 20.5 points per game.
Pepperdine has started the season 2-0 and is looking for its first 3-0 start to the season since 1998-99. Stacy Davis is the first Wave to score at least 23+ points in each of the first two games of the season since 1987-88. Seven of the 12 Waves that have seen action are in their first season playing for Pepperdine, and they’ve scored 51% of Pepperdine's points.
Today’s game begins a stretch of four-straight home games for CMU, just the second time in the last 22 years that has occurred. The other time was 2010-11 when CMU’s home schedule was delayed by the opening of the CMU Events Center.
• THE MATCHUP
Central Michigan (1-1) vs. Pepperdine (2-0)
Mount Pleasant • McGuirk Arena
8 p.m. (ET)
• THE BROADCAST
Radio: Central Michigan IMG Sports Network (Don Chiodo, play by play)
• THE OPENING TIP
• Central Michigan has done a great job taking care of the basketball in its first two games. CMU is averaging just 7.0 turnovers per game, the best mark in the MAC. The Chippewas also rank second in the conference in turnover margin (+20.5).
• Central Michigan has six home games versus two road games in November while CMU will not play a home contest in the month of December.
• THE SERIES
CMU leads the series, 2-0. The Chippewas have won at Pepperdine the last two seasons. CMU won 67-57 in 2011-12 and recorded a 80-77 victory last season. This is the Waves first trip to Mount Pleasant.
• "The fast break, on the offensive end, is going to be a staple of our success this year." (Keno Davis following CMU's victory over Manchester)