Central Michigan (11-20, 5-11 Mid-American)
Toledo (17-15, 7-9 Mid-American)
First Energy 2012 MAC Basketball Tournament
Wednesday, March 7 | 9:30 p.m. | Cleveland, Ohio | Quicken Loans Arena (20,500)
Radio: WCFX-FM 95.3 & WUPS-FM 98.5 — Don Chiodo and Don Helinski
Television: SportsTime Ohio — Michael Reghi and Steve Mix
Live Audio: CMU Sports Zone (free) — cmuchippewas.com
Live Video Webcast: CMU Sports Zone (free) — cmuchippewas.com
Win and move on.
Central Michigan did just that on Monday night as the No. 11-seeded Chippewas defeated No. 6 Bowling Green in dramatic fashion, 54-53, as video replay was needed to confirm the final play of the game.
With one second left and no timeouts, BGSU had an inbounds play under its own basket. Torian Oglesby's all-oop layup was off the mark but he tipped it back in at the final horn. The officials wiped off the basket because time had elapsed and they confirmed the call with video replay.
"It's March and it's tournament time," head coach Ernie Zeigler said. "It's about winning and advancing. (Last night) was really good for our young guys to experience going through the tough things you have to go through in this tournament. It's only going to bode well for us in the present and the future as they continue to grow."
The Chippewas now face Toledo on Wednesday night in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff is set for 9:30 p.m.
The two teams split the season series with each winning on the home floor.
"This is the rubber game of the match," Zeigler said. "Both teams won at home and now we have an opportunity to compete on a neutral floor. We just have to be consistent. In both games we felt we played well defensively; but in the second game we just didn't make some key plays down the stretch and they were able to hit some big free throws and take advantage of their opportunities."
The winner of Wednesday's second-round game advances to Thursday's quarterfinal against No. 3 seed Ohio at 9:30 p.m.
||Scored a career-high 20 points in the first-round win over BGSU
||Returns to his home town of Cleveland
|| Trey Zeigler
||Scored a career-high 33 in the last meeting with Toledo
||Averaging 5.0 rebounds over the last four games
|| Andre Coimbra
||Had 10 points in the home win vs. Toledo
NEWS AND NOTES
Toledo leads the all-time series, 53-33. The two teams split the series this season with each winning on the home floor. Central won the first meeting, 85-69, in the MAC opener for both schools. Toledo then snapped CMU’s six-game winning streak in the series with a 72-67 win on Feb. 22.
• CMU head coach Ernie Zeigler is 6-6 all-time against Toledo.
• Prior to CMU’s recent six-game winning streak, the Rockets had won 12 straight dating back to 2004.
• The Chippewas are 0-3 all-time against Toledo in the MAC Tournament with only one of the games being played in Cleveland. Central lost a quarterfinal game to the Rockets in 1989 (75-55) in Savage Hall, a quarterfinal game in Cleveland in 2002 (62-54) and a first-round game in Savage Hall in 2004 (91-88).
• CMU scored a season-high 85 points in the home MAC-opening win over Toledo
• Trey Zeigler’s 33 points at Toledo this year were a MAC individual game high during conference play.
Trey Zeigler’s career-high 33 points weren’t enough to lead Central Michigan to a comeback at Toledo on Wednesday. The host Rockets won, 72-67, as CMU tried erasing an 11-point deficit in the final five and a half minutes of the game. The Chippewas used a 9-0 run to get within a bucket late, but UT made its free throws down the stretch. The game featured 19 lead changes in the first 29 minutes before the Rockets took the lead for good. Derek Jackson added 12 points for CMU while the Rockets were led by freshman Julius Brown’s 29 points. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field with the Rockets hitting 58 percent while CMU made 52 percent.
CMU assistant coach Darren Kohne is a Toledo native and 2000 graduate of UT.
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. Both former MVPs went on to be NBA All-Stars.
• Central is 4-5 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. The Chippewas defeated BGSU on the road in first-round action on Monday.
• CMU has won a first-round MAC Tournament road game on three occasions. Prior to Monday’s win at BGSU, No. 13 CMU won at No. 4 Akron, 75-73, in 2000 and in 2002, No. 12 Central Michigan won at No. 5 Ohio, 65-56.
• The MAC is in its 13th season including every team in postseason play and the format has included first-round campus site games for nine of those years. In those nine seasons, only eight lower-seeded teams have won first-round MAC Tournament games on the road. The Chippewas have three of those eight wins and are the only team to capture more than one road victory.
MAC Tournament First-Round Wins by Road Teams
2000 (13) Central Michigan 75, at (4) Akron 73
(9) Miami 64, at (8) Eastern Michigan 51
2002 (12) Central Michigan 65, at (5) Ohio 56
(11) Akron 90, at (6) Western Michigan 83
2003 (11) Ohio 79, at (6) Akron 77
(9) Bowling Green 90, at (8) Ball State 81
2012 (11) Central Michigan 54, at (6) Bowling Green 53
(12) Northern Illinois 55, at (5) Eastern Michigan 52
Bowling Green First-Round Recap
Central Michigan was able to celebrate twice as an official review confirmed that Bowling Green’s final field goal came after the buzzer, giving the Chippewas a 54-53 win in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Monday night. Derek Jackson’s fourth three-pointer of the night gave the 11th-seeded Chippewas a 51-50 lead with 1:47 to play and they were able to hold off five more surges by the sixth-seeded Falcons. After Jordon Crawford split a pair of free throws with three ticks left, the ball went out of bounds on the miss and BGSU had possession. With no timeouts left and BGSU inbounding under its own basket with one second to go, Torian Oglesby missed an alley-oop attempt that was too high but he followed with a tip-in after the horn. The Chippewas’ celebration was cut short as both teams were called back to their benches while the officials reviewed the play, but the CMU bench erupted again several minutes later when officials called off the final shot. Austin McBroom had a career-high 20 points and six assists while Derek Jackson added 12 points on four 3-pointers. Central made 5-of-6 (.833) 3-point attempts in the second half while Bowling Green went 1-for-11 (.091) from the arc after the intermission. Dee Brown scored 20 points and Crawford added 13 to lead the Falcons.
In each of CMU’s last two games the Chippewas have spotted the opponent a 9-0 lead right after the opening tip but Central came back to win both games. In fact, CMU erased a 10-point deficit against Western Michigan and a nine-deficit on two occasions against Bowling Green. They were the largest deficits overcome in a Chippewa victory this season.
In the last two games the Chippewas are shooting .607 (17-for-28) from 3-point range while turning in their best two marks of the season. CMU made 9-of-16 treys for a .563 clip against Western Michigan and 8-of-12 for a .667 mark against Bowling Green. In the second half of those two games, the Chippewas shot .733 from long-range, going 11-for-15.
Positive Assist/Turnover Margin
The Chippewas have had more assists than turnovers in each of the last two contests. It marks just the seventh and eighth times this season that the Chippewas had more assists than turnovers and CMU is 5-3 in those games.
Michigan MAC Trophy
The Chippewas captured the Michigan MAC Trophy last 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 captured the title five times (2006, ’07, ’08, ’09 and ’11) while 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. CMU’s season high was 85 points against Toledo on Jan. 7.
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.
One of the Top Rookies
Austin McBroom has established himself as one of the top freshmen in the MAC this season. During league play, the point guard ranked third among freshmen in scoring (11.2) and among all league players in conference action he ranked 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 10.9 points per game currently ranks second among MAC 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 14-74 (.159) when making nine or fewer free throws. Central then sank just six freebies in the first-round win over Bowling Green.
Freshman Double-Figure Scorer
Freshman point guard Austin McBroom is averaging in double figures with 10.9 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 53 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.
Sophomore Trey Zeigler is closing in on 1,000 career points. He enters the Toledo game with 994 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.
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 56 steals on the year while averaging 1.8 per game. He is currently tied for fourth on CMU’s single season chart. The CMU single-season record is 63 set by Dave Grauzer in 1979.
Another Top 10 for Jackson?
Sophomore Derek Jackson has drained 14 3-pointers over CMU’s last four games to raise his season total to 63. He needs just one more triple to tie for 10th on CMU’s single-season chart. Jackson ranks fifth in the MAC with 2.0 made treys per game.
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 32-11 (.744) 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.
Two Hit 20
The Temple game marked the second time this season that the Chippewas had two players tally 20 or more points. Both Trey Zeigler and Andre Coimbra had 22 points in the road loss. In the Chippewas’ win over UC Irvine in the Great Alaska Shootout, Olivier Mbaigoto had 23 points and Zeigler 21.
CMU scored a season-high 85 points in the win over Toledo. It marked the second time this season the Chippewas went for 80 or more. During the Ernie Zeigler era, the Chippewas are 13-2 (.867) when scoring 80 or more points.
With three different Austin/Austons on the team and one difficult name to pronounce, the Chippewa coaching staff commonly refers to four players by nicknames. They include:
AB - Auston Barnes AK - Austin Keel A-MAC - Austin McBroom OV - Olivier Mbaigoto
Voss Out for the Year
Colin Voss is out for the year with a hand injury suffered in practice on Thursday, Nov. 10. The sophomore averaged 6.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in the two exhibition games this season.