Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green
■ Time: 4 p.m.
■ Records: Eastern Michigan is 14-10, 5-6 Mid-American Conference; Bowling Green is 14-10, 5-6
■ TV: ESPN3
■ Radio: 100.7 FM
■ Series: Bowling Green leads 49-43
■ Notes: Both teams are tied for seventh in the league; BG owns the tiebreaker between the schools thanks to a 75-71 overtime win Jan. 6 in Ypsilanti, Mich. A loss by either team would jeopardize their hold on eighth place — and the final first-round home game in the MAC tournament. … Eastern Michigan is led by forward Elijah Minnie (15.6 points per game), center James Thompson (15.1 points), and guard Paul Jackson (15.0 points). Thompson also leads the MAC in rebounding with 12.0 boards per game. … The Eagles’ zone defense, which coach Rob Murphy learned while he was an assistant at Syracuse, helps EMU lead the MAC in scoring defense (67.9 points allowed per game) and steals (9.0 steals per game). … In the first meeting between the teams Jan. 6, BG senior Matt Fox made a career-high six 3-pointers, and the Anthony Wayne graduate also had a career-best four assists. … Junior Antwon Lillard has averaged 14.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in his four starts this season. … Lillard posted the third double-double of his career Tuesday at Ball State, finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds. … After this, the Falcons still will play two of their next three games at home, starting with a contest Tuesday against Western Michigan.
Toledo at Central Michigan
■ Time: 1 p.m.
■ Records: Toledo is 15-9, 6-6 MAC; Central Michigan is 19-3, 11-0
■ TV: ESPN3
■ Radio: 1230 AM
■ Series: Toledo leads 48-31
■ Notes: Toledo is in fourth place in the West after losing 67-58 at Miami on Wednesday. The Rockets were were 0-for-8 on 3-point attempts, making it the first game they failed to hit a 3 since 2008. … Toledo is 6-7 away from home. … Kaayla McIntyre leads the Rockets in scoring at 15.3 points per game, Mikaela Boyd adds 12.1 points, and Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott averages 11. 8. … Central Michigan is coming off a 74-72 win Wednesday at Ohio. … All five Chippewa starters average at least 10.5 points per game, led by 18.5 points from Tinara Moore and 18.3 points from Presley Hudson. … Moore was the West player of the week last week, and added 18 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocked shots in the win against the Bobcats. ... Central Michigan is the top scoring team in the MAC at 83.5 points per game. … Toledo is the third-best team in the MAC in scoring defense, allowing 68.8 points. … Central Michigan and Toledo split their two matchups last season, with both teams winning at home.
Bowling Green at Northern Illinois
■ Time: 2 p.m.
■ Records: Bowling Green is 10-13, 2-10 MAC; Northern Illinois is 12-11, 4-8
■ TV: ESPN3
■ Radio: 88.1 FM
■ Series: Bowling Green leads 24-14
■ Notes: The Falcons will play a West opponent for the final time this season. … The contest will be a homecoming of sorts for four of the five true freshmen on the roster, since all played in high school in Illinois. Terri Battle is from Chicago, Angela Perry is from Rochester, Ill., Sierra Thompson is a product of Mattoon, Ill., and Kennedy Williams hails from Marshall, Ill. … Northern Illinois, which was picked to finish fifth in the MAC West Division after posting a 21-13 record and 12-6 MAC mark, snapped a seven-game losing streak with wins against Kent State and Akron in its past two games. … Courtney Woods leads the Huskies — and the MAC — in scoring with 21.4 points per game. … The road was an unkind place for the Falcons in January, although they did claim a victory Jan. 13 at Akron. In the other three road games that month, BG lost by an average of almost 34 points per game. … In the past three games, Perry matched her career-high point total with four at Kent State, then set new highs with six against Miami and nine versus Western Michigan on Wednesday. … After this, the Falcons will have a week off before playing Feb. 17 at Ohio.
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