Tuesday, February 23, 2021

MBB Is Back, EMU Preview

 So, a quick preview for EMU tonight...

It has been a tough year for EMU.  They were predicted to be eighth in the MAC, returning 7 letterwinners, their leading scorer and bringing in four transfers.

It has been a tough year.  They are 4-9 with just one D1 win.  Their only win was a 12-point win over Akron, which is kind of the most EMU thing ever.

They were sidelined by COVID from January 26 to February 20 and they are in the middle of a five-game losing streak that has spanned both sides of the long break.  They have played 9 MAC games to date and are looking at playing three between tonight and Saturday.

They are really struggling.  They are last in the MAC in offense and defense.  They are the worst shooting team in the MAC--11th on 2FGs and 12th on 3FGs.  They are also last in defending the FG--10th on defending the 3FG and 12th on defending the 2FG.

Ty Groce was their leading scorer last year and he is again.  He's a legit player.  He is an Ypsi native, 6'8" and scoring 14 PPG on 53% shooting overall and a team high 6 RPG.  Bryce McBride is their second leading scorer.  He's a 6'2" JUCO transfer scoring a rough 12 PPG on 36% overall shooting and 27% from 3FG.  Third-leading scorer is Yeikson Montero, who a 6'5" SR who was a JUCO and is his second year at EMU.  He's scoring 11.4 PPG but shooting 37% overall and 11 of 50 from 3FG!  He also averages 6.1 RPG.  They also have Drew Lowder, a transfer from Holy Cross who is scoring 8 PPG on similar shooting numbers.

Just a quick look at the Eagles.  It would be a real let down to have BG seem to get things back on track and lose this one.

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