Toledo women, Bowling Green men start at home; Rockets men at Loyola



Lake Erie College at Bowling Green

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Lake Erie 10-16 (last season); BGSU 16-16 (last season)

Radio: 1470, 99.1

Series: First meeting

Notes: The Falcons open the 2012-13 season with a home game against Lake Erie, a Division II team located in the Cleveland suburb of Painesville, Ohio. … Last season the Storm posted a 10-16 record, including a 5-14 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. … Four starters are back for Lake Erie, which was picked to finish sixth in the GLIAC’s South Division this season. The leader is junior forward Rich Austin, who averaged 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. … The Falcons are 5-0 against non-Division I programs under coach Louis Orr, including a 3-0 mark against GLIAC opposition. … Last season BG posted a 12-4 record at home in its first season at the Stroh Center. … The Falcons welcome back Findlay native Luke Kraus, a senior guard who has not played a regular-season game since January because of a broken bone in his foot.


Toledo at Loyola

Time: 8 p.m.

Records: Loyola 21-13 (last season); Toledo 19-17 (last season)

Radio: 1370

Series: UT leads 16-13

Notes: UT, the preseason pick to capture the MAC West title, opens its third season under coach Tod Kowalczyk. ... The Rockets have lost four in a row to Loyola, including a 57-55 setback last year at Savage Arena. That was the first meeting between the teams since 1985. ... This is a homecoming of sorts for UT’s Delino Dear (Chicago), Julius Brown (Markham, Ill.), and Nathan Boothe (Gurnee, Ill.) ... Loyola returns three starters from last year’s squad that finished 7-23 and 1-17 in the Horizon League. ... Senior forward Ben Averkamp averaged 15.4 ppg and 7.1 rpg and torched UT for a career-high 31 points. He scored 22 points while adding six rebounds, four blocked shots, and three assists in a 61-46 exhibition win Saturday over Ferris State. ... Cully Payne, a transfer from Iowa, will start at point guard. ... UT’s Rian Pearson scored 20 points in this game last season. ... The Ramblers are one of four Horizon League teams on UT’s schedule, joining Detroit, Cleveland State, and Illinois-Chicago. ... UT’s Pearson (16.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and Brown (11.9 pgg, 4.9 apg) were named preseason All West.


Arkansas State at Toledo

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Arkansas State 12-18 (last season); Toledo 24-10 (last season)


Series: ASU leads 2-0

Notes: ASU beat visiting UT 64-56 last November. ... Four ASU starters return from a season in which they finished 12-18 and 6-10 in the Sun Belt Conference. ... The Red Wolves were picked second in the SBC West division preseason poll. ... UT center Yolanda Richardson is expected to play after missing Sunday’s exhibition win over Wayne State with a groin injury. Freshman Kendyl Nunn (concussion) could be back as well. ... ASU forward Jane Morrill was named second-team All SBC last season after leading her team in scoring (16.2 ppg) and rebounding (5.5 rpg). ... ASU won both of its exhibition games, 86-46 over Ouachita Baptist and 61-43 over UA-Monticello. ... UT, which is picked to win the MAC tournament title, beat Wayne State 73-47 in its final tune-up for the regular season. Guards Naama Shafir and Janelle Reed-Lewis led the way with 19 points a piece. ... UT coach Tricia Cullop, in her fifth season at the school, is 10-2 all-time in season openers.