Game Notes: Rival WMU on Tap for Senior Night
Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Will McClure will be honored with fellow seniors Antonio Weary and Jalin Thomas prior to Saturday afternoon's game versus in-state rival Western Michigan.
Central Michigan (10-19, 6-8 MAC ) vs. Western Michigan (18-11, 10-5 MAC)
Saturday, Mar. 5, 2:00 p.m., Mount Pleasant, Mich., McGuirk Arena

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Storylines

Tournament Scenarios
    • If Bowling Green loses, CMU is locked in the No. 8 seed
    • If CMU wins and BG wins, CMU is the No. 8 seed. There would be a three-way tie at 8-8. BG         would own a 2-1 record against CMU and Buffalo; CMU would be 1-1; and UB would be 1-2.
    • If CMU loses and BG wins, CMU is the No. 9 seed. BG moves up to No. 7 and Buffalo would         be No. 8 seed.

A Central Michigan win over Western Michigan would...
...give the Chippewas their eighth win in 11 tries in Mount Pleasant versus the Broncos.
...improve the Chippewas’ record to 6-4 in their last 10 games to close the season.
...mark the third-straight season in which the Chippewas closed the regular season with a win over an in-state rival, having defeated WMU in 2009 and Eastern Michigan in 2010.

PROBABLE STARTERS


  Name Ht. Wt. Yr. GP-GS PPG RPG Other Notes
(1) G 23
  Derek Jackson
6-0
170 Fr. 29-14
7.3
2.0
1.5 SPG
Averaging 15.0 points per game over last two contests
(2) G 0
  Trey Zeigler
6-5 190 Fr. 29-28 16.8
5.3
2.2 APG
Now owns CMU single-season freshman scoring record with 488 points
(3) G
24
  Antonio Weary
6-3 215 Sr. 29-15
2.9
3.0
.344 FG%
Leads team with 55 career starts
(4) F 31   Jalin Thomas
6-4 200 Sr. 26-26
15.9
5.3 56 3PT FG
Ranks 6th in the MAC in scoring average
(5) C
10   William McClure 6-7 240 Sr. 29-24 2.9
5.8 1.2 BPG
Averaging 3.0 blocks per game over last four contests

GAME PREVIEW

All-Time Series
Western Michigan leads the all-time series, 87-50, as the two teams are meeting for the 138th time since 1908.

The Coaches
Head Coach Ernie Zeigler is in his fifth season at the helm of the Central Michigan men’s basketball program, sporting a record of 64-88 overall and 38-42 in Mid-American Conference play. Zeigler has led the Chippewas to back-to-back MAC West Division titles. Zeigler is 4-6 versus WMU. Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins is in his eighth season as head coach and 11th season at WMU. Hawkins boasts a record of 142-110 overall and 83-51 in MAC play. Hawkins holds a 6-4 edge over the Zeigler in head-to-head meetings since Zeigler took over at the beginning of the 2006-07 season.

Central Michigan’s All-Time Freshman Scoring Leader
Freshman guard Trey Zeigler continues to climb the record books of the Central Michigan men’s basketball program. Zeigler has scored 488 points on the season, breaking Dirk Dunbar’s 1972-73 record of 471 for the most points by a freshman in CMU history. Zeigler’s 16.8 points per game currently ranks fifth on the freshman scoring average list and his 30-point effort versus Toledo on Jan. 12 tied the seventh best performance by a freshman.

A Little Redemption
After winning the last two MAC West Division titles, Central Michigan will look to knock off the 2010-11 West Division champion Western Michigan to close the regular season. The Broncos claimed at least a share of the title with an 87-70 win over Ball State in Kalamazoo on Wednesday night.

If The Tournament Started Today...
Central Michigan currently sits as the No. 8 seed and would host the No. 9 seed, Bowling Green. The Chippewas defeated Bowling Green earlier this season in Mount Pleasant, 69-64, behind a combined 52 points from Trey Zeigler , Jalin Thomas and Derek Jackson .

Remembering CMU’s Three Seniors
Saturday marks senior day for three Central Michigan men’s basketball players. Jalin Thomas , Antonio Weary , and William McClure will play their final regular season game in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

William McClure (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Senior forward/center William McClure has been a protector of the paint during his two seasons with the Chippewas. The Indianapolis, Ind., native ranked fifth in the MAC in blocks during his first season at CMU and currently leads the Chippewas with 35 blocks. McClure has recorded multiple-block games 21 times during his career, having started 51 contests in two seasons. The senior started 28 of 30 games during his junior campaign, helping lead the Chippewas to their second-straight MAC West Division title and a No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament.   

Jalin Thomas (Columbus, Ohio)
A transfer from Pensacola Junior College, Thomas is CMU’s second-leading scorer this season with 15.9 points per game. Thomas has scored 20-plus points seven times this season, including a career-high 29, which included a career-high seven three-point field goals in a 64-58 win at Northern Illinois on Feb. 23. The Columbus, Ohio native was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team and later earned Academic All-America Second Team honors.

Antonio Weary (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Senior guard Antonio Weary has started 55 games over his three seasons as a Chippewa. The Los Angeles, Calif., native, known for his high-flying dunks and toughness, scored a career-high 10 points earlier this season versus Eastern Michigan and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds versus Ohio on Feb. 2. Weary played a vital role in the Chippewas earning back-to-back MAC West Division titles and leaves CMU with 37 career wins.


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