Akron at Bowling Green
■ Time: 7 p.m.
■ Records: Akron is 11-15, 4-10 Mid-American Conference; Bowling Green is 16-11, 7-7 MAC
■ TV: ESPN3
■ Radio: 100.7 FM
■ Series: Akron leads 37-25
Bowling Green State University forward Derek Koch (40) battles Western Michigan forward Brandon Johnson (35) for the ball in the Falcons' win last week. BG hosts Akron at the Stroh Center Tuesday night.
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■ Notes: The Falcons look to extend their four-game home winning streak. … Akron won the first meeting of these two teams, when Virshon Cotton made a 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left in an 80-78 victory Jan. 13 at James A. Rhodes Arena. The Zips have won 17 of the past 18 meetings of the two schools, with BG’s lone win a 66-65 victory at the Stroh Center on Feb. 21 of last season. … Akron has lost six of its past seven games and is 0-7 in MAC road games this season. … Sophomore Daniel Utomi leads the Zips in scoring (15.5 points) and rebounding (5.6 rebounds), while Oregon State transfer Malcolm Duvivier adds 15.0 points per contest. … Akron is tied with Buffalo for the MAC lead in 3s made with 9.8 per game. … Bowling Green needs a win to maintain its spot as the No. 4 seed in the MAC tournament. The Falcons, currently tied with three other schools at 7-7, would earn a bye to the quarterfinals at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena if the tournament began today. … BG’s Justin Turner needs just 26 points to surpass the school’s single-season freshman scoring record of 433 points set by current assistant coach Anthony Stacey in 1995-96. Turner scored 30 points at Akron in January.
Toledo at Eastern Michigan
■ Time: 7 p.m.
■ Records: Toledo is 19-8, 11-3 MAC; Eastern Michigan is 16-11, 7-7 MAC
■ TV: ESPN3
■ Radio: 1370 AM; 92.9 FM
■ Series: Toledo leads 54-48
■ Notes: Toledo is coming off a 99-71 loss Saturday at Ball State, but it is in first place in the West Division by two games over the Cardinals. A victory by the Rockets in one of their final four games would secure a first-round bye in the MAC tournament. … Eastern Michigan is tied for fourth in the MAC West and would be the No. 7 seed if the tournament started today. … Toledo’s Tre’Shaun Fletcher is the only player in the top 10 in the MAC in scoring, rebounds, and assists. He averages 18.6 points (third), 8.6 rebounds (third), and 4.1 assists (sixth) per game. ... Jaelan Sanford is seventh in the conference in scoring at 16.4 points per game…Toledo is second in the MAC at 79.7 points per game. … Toledo is 8-5 on the road this season. … Eastern Michigan has won four of its past five games and is 11-2 at home this season. … The Eagles most recently won 72-67 at Central Michigan. ... James Thompson IV leads the MAC in rebounding at 12.1 per game and field-goal percentage at 67.5 percent. He also scores 15.1 points per game. … Eagles junior Elijah Minnie leads the team in scoring at 15.9 points per game. … Toledo swept the series last season.
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