MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan men's basketball wraps up a busy November with a home game against Jacksonville State on Saturday, Nov. 30.
The Chippewas and the Gamecocks are set to tip off at 7 p.m.
Central Michigan has won three of its last four including a victory at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday, 68-64. Blake Hibbitts led the Chippewas with 15 points including a three-pointer with 13 seconds left to put CMU up 65-64. A steal and two free throws by Austin Keel in the final seconds locked up the win for CMU.
Jacksonville State is playing its sixth game in the last 14 days. The Gamecocks are coming off a 78-66 victory over Fort Valley State on Wednesday. Brian Williams is now averaging 14.4 points per game after scoring 25 points against FVSU.
This is the sixth and final home game for Central Michigan in the month of November. That is the most in program history. Also, CMU’s next home game isn’t until January 3 against Marygrove. The Chippewas next three games are on the road.
This is CMU’s eighth game this month, the most it has ever played in November. The Chippewas also play just three games in December, which is the fewest since 1937-38 when CMU played just two contests.
• THE MATCHUP
Jacksonville State (3-5) at Central Michigan (4-3)
Mount Pleasant, Mich. • McGuirk Arena
• THE BROADCAST
Radio: Central Michigan IMG Sports Network (Don Chiodo, play by play)
• THE OPENING TIP
• Central Michigan leads the Mid-American Conference in free throw percentage with a mark of 79.9 percent (131-164). The Chippewas entered the week ranked sixth nationally in the category. John Simons ranks fifth in the MAC with a mark of .900 (18-20) at the charity stripe while Rayshawn Simmons is seventh (.875, 14-16) and Austin Keel is 10th (.826, 19-23).
• Tuesday’s victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was the first time CMU has scored less then 90 points in a victory this season. CMU has still seen a drastic difference in its offensive output in wins versus losses this season. In Central Michigan’s four wins, it is averaging 87.3 points per game while in the three losses, CMU has scored just 64.7 ppg.
• THE SERIES
This is the first meeting between Central Michigan and Jacksonville State. The Chippewas and Gamecocks actually meet twice this year with CMU making a return trip to Jacksonville State on Tuesday, Dec. 17.