Central Michigan (8-17, 3-9 Mid-American)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4-21, 3-9 Southland)
Saturday, February 18 | 7 p.m. | Mount Pleasant, Mich. | McGuirk Arena (5,300)
Radio: WCFX-FM 95.3 & WUPS-FM 98.5 — Don Chiodo and Don Helinski
Live Audio: CMU Sports Zone (free) — cmuchippewas.com
Live Video Webcast: CMU Sports Zone (subscription) — cmuchippewas.com
Central Michigan takes a break from Mid-American Conference action to host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday night. Tipoff in McGuirk Arena is set for 7 p.m.
The matchup was made as a part of the Sears BracketBusters pairings. It is the ninth straight year CMU has participated in the ESPN event.
The Islanders from the Southland Conference enter the game with a 4-21 overall record and 3-9 mark in the Southland Conference. CMU snapped a nine-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 55-52 win over MAC West Division-leading Eastern Michigan.
CMU will honor Chippewa legend Dick Enberg at halftime of the game. Enberg is being immortalized with a sculpture that is on permanent display in the CMU Events Center atrium.
The Central coaching staff also is raising awareness about prostate cancer during the game by wearing bow ties.
More information on the Enberg dedication and the ON THE LINE Statement Week awareness campaign, see the notes below.
||Led CMU with 14 points on Tuesday against EMU
||Needs five steals to tie for eighth on CMU's single-season chart
|| Trey Zeigler
||Next double-figure game will be 50th of career
|(4) F||25|| Olivier Mbaigoto
||Shooting .893 from the line in the last 12 games
|| Andre Coimbra
||Ranks sixth in the MAC in blocked shots
NEWS AND NOTESSeries History
This is the first meeting all-time between the two schools.
• CMU is playing an opponent from the state of Texas for the first time since 1995 when the Chippewas lost to Rice in the championship game of the 1995 Cutlass Classic at Michigan State.
Against the Southland
The Chippewas are 0-1 all-time against teams currently in the Southland Conference. CMU lost to Stephen F. Austin in 1972.
The Chippewas are playing in the ESPN/Sears BracketBusters event for the ninth straight season. CMU is 5-3 all-time in the series. All five wins have come in home matchups while all three losses were when CMU was a road team. Past opponents have included Evansville, Cleveland State, Morehead State, Illinois-Chicago, Missouri State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Tennessee State and Niagara. As part of the BracketBusters agreement, CMU will have to make a return trip to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the next two years.
Eastern Michigan Recap
Central Michigan led from start to finish in a 55-52 win over MAC West Division-leading Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night in McGuirk Arena. Freshman Austin McBroom scored a team-high 14 points and went on a key, personal 6-0 run to extended the lead back up to double digits after the Eagles had trimmed the Chippewa advantage down to four midway through the second half. Central started the game hitting its first five 3-point attempts but CMU went cold after that making just one of the next 13. The Chippewas held a 36-23 advantage on the boards. Trey Zeigler added 11 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. EMU’s Derek Thompson scored a game-high 18 points off the bench and Jamell Harris added 10 points and seven boards.
Coaches Promoting Prostate Cancer Awareness
Ernie Zeigler and other coaches around the country are wearing bow ties this week promoting prostate cancer awareness. During Black History Month in February, ON THE LINE, a national prostate cancer education and awareness campaign, is teaming up with the Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA), the organization that represents and supports African American collegiate basketball and football coaches, to encourage African American men to not only learn the risk factors of prostate cancer, but also how to communicate with loved ones and physicians about their health. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, making prostate cancer more prevalent than breast cancer. African American men are at even greater risk, as one in five will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. African American men are also more likely to develop prostate cancer than other ethnic groups and are more likely to die from the disease.
Enberg Honored Saturday
Famed broadcaster Dick Enberg, a 1957 CMU alumnus and 1993 inductee into the CMU Athletics Hall of Fame, will be honored during a halftime ceremony Saturday. For the past 50 years, the 14-time Emmy Award winning sportscaster has taken viewers along a trip through all major sports in America and Olympics around the world. A 1957 graduate of Central Michigan University, Enberg was inducted into the CMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993 and in 2007 CMU named the athletic academic center in Dick’s honor. He continues to combine two of his passions - academic success among student-athletes and his alma mater - through CMU’s annual Dick Enberg Team Leadership Award and Dick Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Enberg has been immortalized with a sculpture that sits in the CMU Events Center atrium. The bust was made possible by the generous contribution of Todd and Teresa Anson.
Freshman of the Year Candidate
Freshman point guard Austin McBroom is making a bid for MAC Freshman of the Year honors. In MAC play only, the North Hollywood, Calif., native ranks second among freshmen in scoring (11.3) and among all league players in conference action, McBroom ranks second in the league in free throw percentage (.879) and is tied for fourth in 3-pointers made (2.2) and ranks 11th in 3-point percentage (.406). His overall scoring average of 10.5 points per game ranks third among league freshmen.
Winning the Board Battle
The Chippewas outrebounded Eastern Michigan by 13 on Tuesday, 36-23. It was CMU’s largest rebounding margin this season against a Division I opponent.
Everybody who played for CMU on Tuesday against Eastern Michigan grabbed at least one rebound and nine of the 11 who saw action scored.
A Win with Limited FT Attempts
The Chippewas defeated Eastern Michigan despite the fact that they made just three free throws in the game. It’s pretty rare for CMU to win when making less than 10 freebies. Since 2000, the Chippewas are 13-72 (.153) when making nine or fewer free throws.
Sophomore Trey Zeigler is closing in on 1,000 career points. He enters the Texas A&M-CC game with 886 points and is averaging 15.2 points per game. If he maintains his average for the rest of the year, Zeigler would need CMU to win its MAC Tournament first-round game to hit 1,000 points this season in a second-round game in Cleveland.
• Zeigler is looking to become the 28th member of CMU’s 1,000-point club and the first since Jordan Bitzer and Robbie Harman both joined during the 2010 season.
• Zeigler is looking to become the first Chippewa to ever hit the 1,000-point plateau as a sophomore. Ben Kelso scored exactly 1,000 points in his first two seasons, but they were as a sophomore and a junior as he played in an era when freshmen were not eligible. Dan Majerle scored 801 points his freshman and sophomore seasons but he only played in 12 games his freshman year because of injury. He was averaging 18.6 points as a freshman and missed 15 games that year. Junior college transfer Ervin Leavy scored 1,003 points in his first two seasons as a Chippewa, but it was his junior and senior years.
Freshman Double-Figure Scorer
Freshman point guard Austin McBroom is averaging in double figures with 10.5 points per game. He is looking to become just the fourth CMU freshman to average in double figures in the last 15 years. The three to accomplish the feat in that span are Trey Zeigler (16.3 ppg) last year, Giordan Watson (10.3) in 2005 and Mike Manciel (17.5) in 1999.
Freshman Austin McBroom has drained 47 3-pointers this season and he is on track to turn in one of the top 3-point performances by a freshman in CMU history. Ryan Jansen holds the freshman record with 69 treys in 1995 while Sander Scott hit 56 in 1990 en route to MAC All-Freshman Team honors.
In just his second season at CMU, senior JUCO transfer Andre Coimbra has recorded 62 career blocks. He needs 12 more to join CMU’s career top 10 list and tie Dennis Kann’s (1989-92) career total of 74.
Stealing a Record?
Sophomore Derek Jackson has 46 steals on the year while averaging 1.8 per game. He needs five steals to tie for eighth on CMU’s single season chart. The CMU single season record is 63 set by Dave Grauzer in 1979.
Trey Zeigler recorded the sixth double-double of his career with 17 points and 10 rebounds at Bowling Green. It marked just his second double-double against a MAC opponent. He also had one against Eastern Michigan this year. Andre Coimbra is the only other active Chippewa with a double-double in his career. Coimbra notched his lone double dip last season at Eastern Michigan.
.400 is the Magic Mark
The Chippewas held the opposition below .400 shooting from the floor in each of the first six games this season but the last 19 opponents have all shot .400 or better.
• CMU is 30-11 (.732) under Ernie Zeigler when holding the opponent under 40 percent.
The Chippewas have now dropped six straight overtime games and stand 3-8 in extra sessions under head coach Ernie Zeigler. The Chippewas are 2-1 in multiple-overtime games under the current Chippewa mentor.
• Two Chippewas were high school teammates of National Player of the Year honorees. Austin McBroom played his freshman season at Campbell Hall High School with 2008 Gatorade Player of the Year Jrue Holiday (UCLA/Philadelphia 76ers). Austin Keel played his senior season at Winter Park High School with 2011 Naismith Prep Player of the Year Austin Rivers (Duke).
• CMU signed 6-8, 210-pound forward John Simons (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac HS) to a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period. As a junior at Cadillac High School, Simons averaged 23 points and eight rebounds while leading the Vikings to a 20-5 record and a Class B regional championship. He was named second team all-state by the Detroit Free Press.
New MAC Tournament Format
The Mid-American Conference Tournament had some drastic changes made to the format for this season. Most notably is the fact that the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds receive byes to the semifinals while the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds receive byes to the quarterfinals. Also, seeding will be based on conference winning percentage, regardless of division. So this year, the top two seeds could come from the same division. Seeds No. 5 through No. 12 will play first round games on campus sites with those four winners advancing to the second round in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.