Central Michigan (10-20, 5-11 Mid-American)
Bowling Green (16-14, 9-7 Mid-American)
First Energy 2012 MAC Basketball Tournament
Monday, March 5 | 7 p.m. | Bowling Green, Ohio | Stroh Center (4,387)
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: America One Network (subscription) — bgsufalcons.com
No. 11 seed Central Michigan heads to No. 6 seed Bowling Green on Monday night for first-round action in the First Energy 2012 Mid-American Conference Basketball Tournament. Tipoff in the Stroh Center is set for 7 p.m.
CMU fell to the Falcons in the only meeting of the regular season by a 71-58 count in Bowling Green.
The two teams have met just once in MAC Tournament history with CMU posting a quarterfinal victory in Gund Arena on its way to the 2003 MAC Tournament title.
The winner of Monday's game advances to Cleveland to face the winner of the No. 7 Toledo/No. 10 Miami game on Wednesday evening.
||Tallied a career-high seven assists vs. WMU on Friday
||Is tied for fifth on CMU's single-season steals chart with 54
|| Trey Zeigler
||Needs nine points for 1,000th of career
||Walk-on averaging 16.6 minutes over the last seven games
|| Andre Coimbra
||Tallied 12 points in the first meeting wth BGSU
NEWS AND NOTES
Bowling Green leads the all-time series, 37-31. The Falcons won the earlier meeting this season, 71-58, on Jan. 25.
• Ernie Zeigler is 4-2 all-time against Bowling Green.
Trey Zeigler fought off the flu to score a game-high 17 points but the Chippewas fell on the road at Bowling Green, 71-58. Zeigler added 10 boards for his fifth double-double of the season but CMU couldn’t stop a hot-shooting BGSU team. The Falcons hit 51 percent from the floor, including 62 percent in the second half. Andre Coimbra added 12 points in the losing effort. Bowling Green was led by Scott Thomas, A’uston Calhoun and Jordon Crawford who each tallied 14 points. CMU held a 41-29 edge in rebounding but the Chippewas shot just 37 percent from the field, 24 percent from the arc and 53 percent from the line.
• CMU head coach Ernie Zeigler spent one season (2001) as an assistant coach at Bowling Green under Dan Dakich.
• CMU assistant coach Darren Kohne was an administrative assistant at Bowling Green for two seasons (2000, 2001).
• Current BGSU Board of Trustees member Fran Voll was the head women’s basketball coach at CMU for five seasons from 1997-2001.
MAC Tournament History
• CMU has won the MAC Tournament twice — 1987 when Dan Majerle earned MVP honors and 2003 when Chris Kaman led the Chippewas to the championship while taking home the MVP award.
• CMU is 1-0 all-time against Bowling Green in the tournament. The Chippewas defeated the Falcons, 87-70, in the quarterfinals of the 2003 tournament as CMU went on to win all three of its games by a double-digit margin that year.
• Central is 3-5 in the MAC Tournament under head coach Ernie Zeigler. The Chippewas won first-round neutral site games each of Zeigler’s first three seasons. CMU received a first-round bye in 2009 and lost to Western Michigan in the quarterfinals and last year fell on the road in a first-round game at Buffalo.
• CMU has won a first-round MAC Tournament road game on two occasions. In 2000, No. 13 CMU won at No. 4 Akron, 75-73, and in 2002, No. 12 Central Michigan won at No. 6 Ohio, 65-56.
Western Michigan Recap
Trey Zeigler paced Central Michigan with a game-high 22 points as the Chippewas downed Western Michigan, 76-70, to take possession of the Michigan MAC trophy for the second time in three years. CMU finished with a 3-1 record against its in-state league foes. Western jumped out to a 9-0 lead to start the game but the Chippewas clawed their way back into it. The Broncos held a 67-60 lead with less than seven minutes remaining but they would only score two more points the rest of the game on a pair of free throws. Austin McBroom finished with 14 points, six rebounds and a career-high seven assists while Derek Jackson added 14 points and Olivier Mbaigoto 11 rebounds. Four WMU starters hit twin figures with Matt Stainbrook posting a double-double of 12 points and 11 boards and Flenard Whitfield leading the way with 15 points. CMU outrebounded one of the better rebounding teams in the MAC, 40-34, and the Chippewas committed just eight turnovers.
Positive Assist/Turnover Margin
In the win over WMU on Friday, the Chippewas had 14 assists to eight turnovers. It marked just the seventh time this season that the Chippewas had more assists than turnovers and CMU is 4-3 in those games.
Michigan MAC Trophy
The Chippewas captured the Michigan MAC Trophy on Friday night for the second in the last three years. The traveling trophy started in 2006 and CMU won the rights in 2010 and this year. Western Michigan has captured the title five times (2006, ’07, ’08, ’09 and ’11). Eastern Michigan has never held the award. The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame presents the trophy to the annual winner of the head-to-head matchups of the in-state MAC rivals. In the event of a tie, the Michigan MAC Trophy remains with the previous holder until one of the other rivals claims the title outright.
CMU has scored 70 or more points just three times in MAC play this season and CMU is 3-0 in those contests. The Chippewas hit the mark four times in non-conference play and were 2-2 in those contests.
Trey Zeigler’s 33 points at Toledo on Feb. 22 were the most by a Chippewa since Giordan Watson scored 34 in an overtime game against Buffalo on Feb. 2, 2008. The last time a CMU player had more points in regulation was when Watson had 34 against Buffalo in the MAC Tournament in Cleveland on March 7, 2007.
• Zeigler’s 33 points were a MAC single-game high for conference play this year. Bowling Green’s A’uston Calhoun and Toledo’s Rian Pearson shared the previous MAC high while Toledo’s Julius Brown also had 29 for the Rockets in that game against CMU. Calhoun had 29 versus Buffalo while Pearson hit the mark at Akron.
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 third among freshmen in scoring (11.2) and among all league players in conference action, McBroom ranks second in the league in free throw percentage (.860), 11th in 3-pointers made (1.9) and 12th in 3-point percentage (.385). His overall scoring average of 10.6 points per game ranks third among league freshmen.
A Win with Limited FT Attempts
The Chippewas defeated Eastern Michigan on Feb. 14 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 13-74 (.149) when making nine or fewer free throws.
Sophomore Trey Zeigler is closing in on 1,000 career points. He enters the Bowling Green game with 991 points.
• 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 10.6 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 51 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 65 career blocks. He needs nine 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 54 steals on the year while averaging 1.8 per game. He is currently tied for fifth 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 has two, one last season at Eastern Michigan and one this year at Ball State.
.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 then 21 straight opponents shot over the mark until Central held NIU to a .364 clip on Feb. 25.
• CMU is 31-11 (.738) 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.