Chippewas Open MAC Tournament Play at Home Versus BGSU

March 4, 2018

First Round
No. 8 Central Michigan vs.
No. 9 Bowling Green
18-13 16-15
Monday, March 5 | 7 p.m.
McGuirk Arena | Mount Pleasant, Mich.
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• Central Michigan (18-13), the No. 8 seed for the 2018 Mid-American Conference Tournament, will meet No. 9 seed Bowling Green (16-15) on Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in a first round matchup in McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant.
• The MAC Tournament contest will be historic, as it marks the first time Central Michigan will serve as host.
• CMU took the lone meeting between the two teams earlier this season, winning in come-from-behind fashion at Bowling Green, 84-75.
• CMU is 6-7 all-time in MAC Tournament first round games and is 2-1 against Bowling Green in MAC Tournament contests.
• CMU's two wins versus Bowling Green represent the second-most against any opponent it has met in MAC Tournament play in program history, tied with Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan.
• The Chippewas defeated Bowling Green in the 2003 quarterfinals (87-70) en route to the MAC Tournament championship and upset the No. 6 Falcons 54-53 as the No. 11 seed in 2012. Bowling Green returned the favor in 2016 when it topped No. 4 seed CMU, 62-59, as the No. 12 seed.
• CMU is serving as the No. 8 seed for the MAC Tournament for the first time in program history.
• Overall, Central Michigan holds a 15-23 record in MAC Tournament games.
• At the 2017 MAC Tournament, No. 11-seeded CMU fell to No. 6 Kent State, 116-106, in overtime in the first round.
• CMU is coming off an 84-71 win over Western Michigan in a game played at Northwood University's Riepma Arena on Saturday, while Bowling Green dropped its fifth straight, a 100-70 setback to MAC regular season champion Buffalo in its last outing.
• Central Michigan is 10-5 at home this season, including a 3-5 mark in MAC play, while Bowling Green owns a 6-8 road record (2-7 vs. the MAC).
• CMU possesses a 37-40 record in the all-time series with the Falcons, including a 5-3 mark under head coach Keno Davis.

Shawn Roundtree Jr. scored 27 points to lead four Chippewas in double figures as CMU downed archrival Western Michigan, 84-71, in the regular-season finale.
• The game was played at Northwood University's Riepma Arena and carried an 11 a.m. tipoff, the result of Friday's on-campus lockdown at CMU.
• The win was the Chippewas' second consecutive. They posted a 75-51 home win on Tuesday over Ball State, and the back-to-back victories send the Chippewas into the league tournament with a shot of momentum.
Cecil Williams also scored 18 points for CMU and David DiLeo added 17. Roundtree and DiLeo led the Chippewas with seven rebounds apiece. Roundtree dished out five assists.
• Thomas Wilder scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Western.
• The Chippewas used a 15-2 run late in the first half in building a 38-27 lead at the break. Meyer hit two 3-pointers during the spurt.
• Western Michigan crept to within nine points with just over a minute to play. Roundtree made all eight of his free throw attempts in the final 2:14 to help hold the Broncos at bay.
• The Chippewas shot 49 percent from the field overall and were 12 for 26 (46.2 percent) from 3-point range. They also made 95.7 percent of their free throw attempts (22 for 23). CMU outrebounded the Broncos, 37-29.
• The Chippewas held Western to five 3-pointers on 19 attempts.

• Head coach Keno Davis can move into sole possession of fourth place on the Central Michigan career wins list with a victory on Monday. He tied Jay Smith at 95 with the win over Western Michigan on March 3.
• The Chippewas have recorded double-digit wins at home for four consecutive years, totaling 49 during that time frame. CMU is 10-5 at home in 2017-18.
• Central Michigan needs five 3-pointers as a team to break the 300-barrier for the fourth consecutive year.
• Sophomore guard Kevin McKay is among the hottest players in the MAC, averaging 17.6 ppg and 8.4 rpg while shooting 53.8% from the field and 85.4% from the line over his last seven games. During that span, he has set single-game career highs in points (33), rebounds (16) and assists (7).
• Senior guard Josh Kozinski needs 10 3-pointers to become the first Central Michigan player in program history to reach the 300 threshold.
• Sophomore forward David DiLeo is ranked No. 5 on the CMU single-season 3-point attempts list (231) and No. 9 on the single-season 3-pointers made list (79).
• Central Michigan is ranked No. 2 in the nation in free throw percentage, shooting .808 from the line.
• Senior forward Luke Meyer has made 27 of his last 28 free throws. He is shooting .919 from the line this season.
Kevin McKay ranks No. 2 in offensive rebounds (3.4 rpg) and No. 3 in the MAC in steals per game (2.1 spg) (conference games only).
• McKay, who leads CMU with 52 steals, has recorded at least one steal in 25 of the 29 games in which he has played this season.

• Led by three-year head coach and Bowling Green alum Michael Huger, the Falcons enters Monday's first round tournament clash in the midst of a five-game losing streak, including a 100-70 setback to MAC regular season champions Buffalo at home in its last outing.
• Two of the losses in that stretch came by two or fewer points -- 81-79 vs. Akron on Feb. 20 and 64-63 at Kent State on Feb. 24.
• Bowling Green, which ranks No. 8 in the conference in scoring (71.2 ppg, MAC games only), features three players who average double figures -- redshirt freshman guard Justin Turner (15.8 ppg), junior forward Demajeo Wiggins (14.1 ppg) and sophomore guard Dylan Frye (11.9 ppg).
• Turner also leads the Falcons in steals (45), free throw shooting (.829) (100 or more attempts) and is second in assists (76).
• Wiggins is the MAC's second-leading rebounder, averaging 10.1 boards per game.
• Frye has a team-best 57 3-pointers and is third with 69 assists.
• Sophomore guard Rodrick Caldwell tops BGSU with 62 assists and averages 8.8 points per game.
• Junior guard Antwon Lillard, who has started 11 games this season, shoots .419 overall and averages 4.4 rebounds per game.

• Should Central Michigan advance past the first round, the Chippewas will meet No. 1 seed Buffalo (23-8, 15-3 MAC) in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8 at noon at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
• In CMU's last tournament quarterfinal appearance, in 2016, the No. 4-seeded Chippewas fell to No. 12 seed Bowling Green, 62-59.
• CMU owns a 3-11 all-time record in MAC Tournament quarterfinal games.
• A win in the quarterfinals would advance Central Michigan to the tournament semifinals on Friday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m.
• CMU owns a 4-2 all-time record in MAC Tournament semifinal games.
• CMU last won a MAC Tournament title in 2003, defeating Kent State, 77-67, in the championship contest.
• Should CMU fall in the first round, it would await its postseason fate, to be determined this weekend.
• In 2016, Central Michigan appeared in the CIT for the first time in program history, falling to UT Martin, 76-73, in the first round in Mount Pleasant.
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