MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan will faceoff against Youngstown State Saturday evening in the 11th annual ESPN Bracketbuster. The Chippewas are 7-6 against non-conference opponents this season, and 1-0 against Horizon League opponents.
Central Michigan (9-16, 2-10 MAC) leads the all-time series 4-1 against the Penguins (15-12, 7-7 Horizon). The most recent meeting between the two teams was in 2006 at the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic in East Lansing. Youngstown State came away with 74-50 victory over Central Michigan. The Chippewas are 2-0 on the road against the Penguins.
It will be a homecoming for senior guard Kyle Randall, who has scored 20-plus points in six consecutive games. Randall leads all scorers in conference play, averaging 20.3 ppg against MAC opponents and ranks in the top 10 in the conference in five different categories.
• THE MATCHUP
Central Michigan at Youngstown State
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 • 7:05 p.m. ET
Youngstown, Ohio • Beeghly Center (6,300)
• THE BROADCAST
Central Michigan at Youngstown State• Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013
Radio: Central Michigan IMG Sports Network - Flagship 95.3 WCFX-FM, Mount Pleasant
(play-by-play); (color analyst)
• THE OPENING TIP
• The Chippewas take a break from MAC play for an ESPN BracketBuster game in Youngstown, Ohio. ESPN has announced after 11 years of hosting the event that this year will be the last for the series.
• Youngstown native Kyle Randall’s string of six 20-point games has raised his scoring average to league-leading 20.3 points per MAC game and he ranks second in overall scoring to just one person– Toledo’s Rian Pearson who leads the league at 18.2 ppg, less than a half-point in front of Randall.
• THE SERIES
Central Michigan has won four of the five meeting with Youngstown State. The Penguins have never beaten the Chippewas in Mount Pleasant nor Youngstown. Their only victory came in 2006 at the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic in East Lansning.