Chippewas Visit Akron for Saturday Matinee

Feb. 9, 2018

 
CENTRAL MICHIGAN at AKRON
15-9, 4-7 MAC 10-13, 3-8 MAC
Saturday, Feb. 10 | 2 p.m.
James A. Rhodes Arena | Akron, Ohio
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 TV: ESPN3
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Game Notes: Central Michigan | Akron
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GAME PREVIEW
• Central Michigan (15-9, 4-7 MAC) will open a two-game road set on Saturday, Feb. 10 when it visits Akron (10-13, 3-8 MAC) for a 2 p.m. game at the Zips’ James A. Rhodes Arena.
• The Chippewas own a 14-32 record in their all-time series with the Zips.
• Central Michigan narrowly dropped its lone meeting with Akron in 2016-17, falling 89-85 at McGuirk Arena despite getting a combined 60 points from Marcus Keene (33) and Braylon Rayson (27).
• CMU’s Saturday afternoon matchup with Akron is the teams’ lone regular season meeting this year.
• ONE TO WATCH: Expect long distance connections on Saturday, as no two Division I teams have made more 3-pointers over the past three-plus years than Akron (1,329) and Central Michigan (1,282)

LAST TIME OUT
• An early deficit against the top team in the Mid-American Conference proved too much to overcome as Central Michigan fell to Buffalo, 88-82, before 1,979 at McGuirk Arena.
Cecil Williams scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead CMU. Shawn Roundtree Jr. added 20 points, and David DiLeo and Kevin McKay added 12 apiece.
• Jeremy Harris scored 22 points and CJ Massinburg added 18 to lead Buffalo.
• Buffalo seized a 12-point lead, 30-18, with eight minutes to play in the first half. The Bulls led 37-29 at halftime.
• The Chippewas cut their deficit to four, 86-82, on a Josh Kozinski 3-pointer with 10 seconds left. Wes Clark made two free throws with 9 seconds remaining to seal it.
• CMU outrebounded the Bulls, 38-33.
• The Chippewas, who entered the game leading the nation in free throw shooting, made 16 of their 17 attempts from the line (94.1 percent).
• Overall, Buffalo shot 50 percent from the field; CMU finished at 43.9 percent.

TRENDING
• Senior guard Josh Kozinski needs eight 3-pointers to become Central Michigan basketball’s (men’s or women’s) career leader. NIki DiGuilio, who played from 2010-14, currently holds the record with 288. Kozinski broke the men’s record vs. NIU on Jan. 30.
• Four different Chippewas have earned MAC West Player of the Week honors this season -- Shawn Roundtree Jr. (11/27), David DiLeo (12/24), Luke Meyer (1/22) and Cecil Williams (2/5). Only MAC frontrunner Buffalo has equaled that number this season.
• Central Michigan is one of three Division I teams that feature starters who all shoot 75% or better from the free throw line, joining Auburn and William & Mary. • Central Michigan is No. 1 in the nation in free throw percentage, shooting .810 from the line. The Chippewas are the only team in the NCAA to shoot above 80%.
• Senior forward Luke Meyer has made 21 of his last 22 free throws. He is shooting .903 from the line this season.
• Sophomore guard/forward Kevin McKay leads the MAC in steals per game in conference contests (2.6 spg) and ranks fourth in offensive rebounds (2.6).

SCOUTING AKRON
• Led by first-year head coach John Groce, Akron enters Saturday’s conference contest mired in a four-game losing streak, including a 99-75 road setback to Ohio in its last outing, on Feb. 6.
• Akron went undefeated at home in the nonconference season and is 3-2 versus MAC opponents in the JAR, claiming wins over Bowling Green (80-78), Northern Illinois (82-67) and Ohio (71-68).
• Akron, which averages 72.5 points per game (No. 10 in the MAC, No. 6 in conference play), features three players who average double figures in scoring -- sophomore forward Daniel Utomi (15.4 ppg), senior guard Malcolm Duvivier (14.3 ppg) and junior guard Jimond Ivey (13.9 ppg).
• Utomi leads the MAC in 3-pointers made with 66 and is second on the team in rebounding, pulling down 5.9 boards per game.
• Duvivier is tied with CMU’s David DiLeo for second in the MAC with 64 made 3-pointers. He ranks second on the team in assists with 75.
• Ivey, who had 6 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals vs. CMU a year ago, leads the team in assists (83) and rebounds (6.0 rpg) and is third in 3-pointers with 47.

UP NEXT FOR THE CHIPPEWAS
Central Michigan will finish out a two-game road swing and begin a string of six-straight contests against MAC West opponents to finish out the regular season on Tuesday, Feb. 13 when it travels to DeKalb, Ill. to face Northern Illinois (10-14, 3-8 MAC) in an 8 p.m. ET game at the Huskies’ Convocation Center.

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