Men’s Basketball Set to Battle Bowling Green on Saturday

KALAMAZOO, Michigan – The Western Michigan men’s basketball team returns to the University Arena on Saturday afternoon for a 2:00 p.m. matinee against Bowling Green. Fans can buy tickets here. The game will also be streamed live on ESPN3 and the Bronco Media Network.

GAME INFO

Match up: West Michigan (4-13, 0-6 MAC) vs Bowling Green (9-9, 2-5 MAC)

Date Time: Saturday January 22 – 2 p.m.

Website: University Arena (Kalamazoo, Michigan)

Tickets: wmubroncos.com/tickets

Radio: Bronco Media Network

Video: ESPN3

Live stats: StatBroadcast

OPENING TIP

  • After Thursday’s trip to CMU has been postponed, WMU returns home Saturday afternoon to take on Bowling Green.
  • Back on Tuesday night, Western Michigan fell victim to a game that ended 11–0 to Akron, who pushed the Zips past the Broncos in the closing seconds, 74-73.
  • B. Artis Wit led WMU to a new career high at 23 points, while Lamar Norman Jr. Added 19 points for the Broncos.
  • Norman’s 19 points extended his double-digit scoring streak to 14 games in a row.
  • As a team, Western Michigan hit 14-of-24 (58.3 percent) from center, one three-pointer shy of its season high.
  • Saturday’s game will be the 124th meeting between WMU and BGSU.
  • Leading 74-49 in the series, the Falcons have won each of their last two trips to Kalamazoo.
  • Western Michigan won the only meeting between the two last season and came away with a 76-70 road win over BGSU.

BRONCO’S BACK IN THE CITY

After its Thursday trip to Mount Pleasant has been postponed, WMU returns to the friendly environment of University Arena on Saturday to take on Bowling Green.

LAST TIME OFF
Western Michigan fell victim to a game that ended 11-0 to Akron on Tuesday and fell 74-73 to the Zips. B. Artis Wit tied his career high with six three-pointers en route to a career-best 23 points. Lamar Norman Jr. knocked down five triples himself and racked up 19 points for the evening. WMU hit a total of 14 triples, one for its season high.

WHITE HOT
B. Artis Wit posted a career high of 23 points on Tuesday, a career high that took down six triples out of eight attempts. White really caught fire after the break and at one point made four three-pointers in a row, on his way to 16 points in the second half.

WMU vs BGSU
Saturday marks the 124th all-time meeting between Western Michigan and Bowling Green. The Falcons have a 74-49 lead in the overall series, including a 31-29 lead in Kalamazoo. BGSU has won each of its last two trips to University Arena. The two teams meet again at the Stroh Center on February 26.

WHEN WE FOR THE LAST PEOPLE
On February 3, 2021, the Broncos came away with a 76-70 win at Bowling Green to make a four game slide against the Falcons. Greg Lee had 16 points and 12 rebounds while B. Artis Wit added 16 points himself. WMU defeated 12 three-pointers in the match, with Josiah Freeman, Adrian Martin and white hit three apiece.

EXPLORE THE FALKS
Bowling Green has had a quick turnaround after losing at home to Akron 91-66 on Thursday night. The Falcons sit on top of the MAC in scoring fouls at 82.9 points per game. So far this season, 13 different BGSU players have scored at least once in double digits, equaling the most in the nation. Daeqwon Plowden’s 16.3 points per game lead Bowling Green and rank seventh in the MAC.

SCORIN’ NORMAN
WMU newcomer Lamar Norman Jr. has entered the scene and is ranked third in the MAC with 19.3 points per game. With his 19 points at Akron on Tuesday, the junior extended his streak of double-digit scoring games to 14 in a row. Norman is the only player in the league to have played multiple 30-point games and has seven 20-point efforts, taking second place in the conference. He currently leads the league and is eleventh in the country with 3.6 three-pointers made per game.

MAKING HIS MARKET
Fellow newcomer Markeese Hastings is also in the top 10 of the conference in several categories. The sophomore in the red shirt is seventh in field goal percentage (0.508), third in rebounding (8.0), fourth in offensive rebound (3.1), and eighth in defensive rebounding (4.9). Hastings is second in the league with four double-digit rebounds, and his 18 rebounds in Toledo on Dec. 29 remains the highest single-game total by a MAC player this season.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT
wire transfers Lamar Norman Jr. (Duquesne) and Markeese Hastings (Butler) were among the most impactful transfers in all of Division I, as the duo represent two of 13 DI transfers that have increased their scoring averages by 8.0 points or more from last season. Norman has increased his scoring average by 14.3 points per game (5.0 to 19.3), while Hastings has increased by 8.3 points (0.5 to 8.8). Norman’s increase of 14.3 PPG is the highest of all DI transfers.

YACHT 1500
Coming into Saturday’s game, Western Michigan senior guard Mack Smith sits at 1,473 career points, 27 shy of 1,500. The Eastern Illinois transfer is currently ranked 84th on the NCAA DI’s list of active scoring leaders.

346 AND COUNTING
WMU has made at least one three-pointer in 346 straight games dating back to 2011.

ON THE HORIZON
WMU heads out for four of its next six games, starting Tuesday in Kent State.

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