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BGSU MBB vs Central Michigan preview: Falcons looking to end two-game skid

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Following back-to-back losses against Louisiana and Eastern Michigan, the Bowling Green men’s basketball team will wrap up their three-game road trip by battling Central Michigan on Tuesday.  

Tip-off between the Falcons and Chippewas in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, is set for 7 p.m.  

Matchup History  

The contest on Tuesday will mark the 88th all-time meeting between the teams, with Bowling Green leading the series 45-42.  

However, Central Michigan has won the past two matchups against the Falcons, with BG’s last win against CMU dating back to Jan. 24, 2023. 

In their last battle, the Chippewas defeated BG in a double overtime thriller at the Stroh Center on Feb. 3, 77-76 

Scouting Central Michigan  

Central Michigan enters the contest in third place in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) standings with a 15-10 overall and 9-3 conference record.  

CMU is 8-2 at home, with their last loss at McGuirk Arena dating back to Jan. 2.  

The Chippewas have won two games in a row and 10 of their past 12 contests.  

Although they are towards the top of the MAC standings, Central Michigan’s offense has been one of the worst in the conference this season.   

On top of scoring just 66.8 points per game, the fewest in the MAC, the Chippewas shoot just 42.9% from the field and 30.1% on three-pointers, the second-worst marks in the conference. 

However, Central Michigan’s defense has been one of the best in the MAC this season.  

Along with holding opponents to just 41.4% shooting from the field, the best mark in the conference, CMU holds opponents to 69.8 points per game and 30.8% shooting from beyond the arc, the second-best marks in the MAC.  

The Chippewas are in the middle of the pack in the MAC in rebounding.  

Central Michigan grabs 25.7 defensive rebounds and 35.6 total rebounds per game, the third and fourth-best marks in the conference, respectively.   

However, opponents outrebound opponents by 1.1 boards per game, ranking eighth in the MAC in rebounding margin.  

Scouting Bowling Green  

Bowling Green enters the contest in fourth place in the MAC, holding a 16-9 overall and 7-5 conference record.   

The Falcons have lost their past two games and five of their last seven contests.  

BG’s offense ranks in the middle of the pack in the MAC this season. 

Although the Falcons score 75.8 points per game, the fourth most in the conference, they shoot just 44.1% from the field and 30.5% on three-pointers, ranking eighth and 10th in the MAC, respectively.  

BGSU’s defense was considered one of the best in the MAC throughout non-conference play. However, it has not been nearly as dominant during conference play.  

The Falcons hold opponents to 44.7% shooting from the field, 72.4 points per game and 35.9% shooting on three-pointers, ranking fifth, sixth and 11th in the MAC, respectively.  

Bowling Green has been one of the best rebounding teams in the MAC this season.  

The Falcons lead the conference with 37.7 rebounds and 26.8 defensive rebounds per game.  

Falcon Four Players to Watch  

Marcus Hill (Bowling Green #0)  

The junior guard scored 19 points last game, ending his streak of at least 20 points scored at nine games, the longest streak in the nation this season.  

In his first season at the Division I level, Hill leads the MAC with 536 points scored. Hill’s 21.4 points per game ranks ninth in the nation.  

In Bowling Green’s last game against CMU, Hill played a season-high 43 minutes and finished with a team-high 22 points and seven assists.  

Rashaun Agee (Bowling Green #12)  

The senior forward has been dominant for the Falcons this season.  

Agee leads the MAC with 88 offensive rebounds and 60% shooting from the field.  

In BG’s last game against the Chippewas, Agee finished with a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing a team-high 14 rebounds.  

Anthony Pritchard (Central Michigan #30)  

The junior guard leads the Chippewas with 13.4 points, 4.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game.  

Pritchard also ranks second in the MAC with 108 assists, third with 40 steals and fourth with a 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio.  

The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native did not play in Central Michigan’s last game against Bowling Green due to injury.  

Paul McMillan IV (Central Michigan #34)  

The sophomore guard averages just 20.6 minutes, 7.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game this season.  

However, in Central Michigan’s last game against Bowling Green, McMillan played a season-high 47 minutes and led the Chippewas with 19 points. 

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