BG men face Northern Illinois; women host Akron



Northern Illinois at Bowling Green

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Records: NIU is 6-7, 0-1 MAC; BGSU is 6-8, 0-1


Radio: 1470, 99.1

Series: BGSU leads 30-25

Notes: The Falcons will try to extend a seven-game winning streak against the Huskies. … BG has lost three in a row, while NIU has lost two of its last three. … The Huskies were picked to finish last in the six-team MAC West Division. ... Freshman Dontel Highsmith averaged 10.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game before suffering a season-ending torn ACL on Dec. 31. Sophomore Darrell Bowie leads the active Huskies in scoring (9.8 points) and rebounding (7.3 rebounds). … The Falcons have lost their last two home games for just the second time since the Stroh Center was opened for the 2011-12 season. BG has never lost three straight at the Stroh Center. … Senior Cameron Black is just 13 rebounds shy of grabbing career rebound No. 500. He ranks second on BG’s all-time list with 121 career blocked shots.



Akron at Bowling Green

Time: 2 p.m.

Records: Akron is 7-6, 1-1 MAC; BGSU is 12-2, 2-0


Radio: 88.1

Series: BGSU leads 49-3

Notes: The two teams picked to compete for the top two spots in the MAC East Division will clash for the first time this season. The Zips were picked to repeat as East champs, while the Falcons were picked for second. … Akron ranks 16th in Division I in scoring offense (83.5 points), while BG ranks 11th nationally in scoring defense (55.1). … The Zips are led by seniors Rachel Tecca, who ranks fifth nationally in scoring (24.3), and Hanna Luburgh, who ranks seventh (23.6). … This will be the 400th game for Jennifer Roos at BG, including her 11 seasons as an assistant. The Falcons are 294-105 during that time. She is 36-13 as head coach. … BG has won eight of its last nine, and all those wins have come by at least 12 points. … The Falcons have never lost to Akron in 26 previous game in BG and have won 20 of the previous 21 meetings.