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Yesterday in MACsketball:

#6 Kansas 98, OHIO 41 — Rough stuff from the MAC favorites. I realize they shouldn't have won ... but is a 57-point loss really expected? The Bobcats couldn't hit a single 3-point shot (although they tried 18 times), and 22 turnovers plus 23.7% shooting from the field makes ... actually, I never learned how to add whole numbers and percentages. The lone player with something to write home about was D.J. Cooper who had 16 points but nary an assist. OHIO's next game: Today vs. Santa Clara

#3 Ohio State 66, Miami 45 — Well, this one was a little better, although the Buckeyes kept the RedHawks within a safe range for basically all of the game. And for whatever reason, Julian Mavunga played all 40 minutes, but he was held to a mere 11 points. Orlando Williams won the day with 13 off the bench. Miami's next game: Wednesdsay 12/1 vs. Xavier

Kent State 80, Lehigh 75 — Great game here. It was back and forth for both halves, but the Flashes kept wearing down the Mountain Hawks while on offense as they drew 27 fouls and took 42 free throws, making 31. Justin Greene was the breadwinner, hitting 12-of-14 freebies for a total of 18 points to go with 11 rebounds. Rodriquez Sherman also had 18, but mostly the hard way through precision shooting. This is an impressive 6-1 start for them. Kent State's next game: Thursday 11/2 vs. Louisiana-Monroe

Ball State 73, Southern Utah 54 — Nice resilience by Ball State to go from losing to St. John's in overtime to overpowering an overmatched Summit League team. The Cardinals hit 57% of their shots and created 11 steals, and the 16-point halftime lead made this one a foregone conclusion. Four BSU ballers hit double-digits, led by Jarrod Jones, who had 19, and Randy Davis got the double-double thanks to 11 points and 11 rebounds. Just one more in the Land Of No Sunset. Ball State's next game: Today vs. Alaska-Anchorage

Niagara 65, Bowling Green 61 — Well, it's no 30-point home loss, but a narrow defeat in a neutral site is what you'd call a bounce back, for this team. But stellar offensive rebounding (21!) couldn't atone for weak free throw shooting (12-for-21) as the Purple Eagles finally pulled away just enough at the end. Dee "Not That One" Brown led the way with a couple threes to finish with 12 points, while Cameron Black broke out with 10 points and nine rebounds (seven offensive). Progress is progress. Bowling Green's next game: Today vs. Detroit

Today's Games:
1 p.m. — #19 Illinois at Western Michigan (TV: ESPN3)
1:05 p.m. — Buffalo at Indiana State
6 p.m. — Ball State at Alaska-Anchorage
7 p.m. — Bowling Green at Detroit
7 p.m. — Eastern Michigan at James Madison
7:30 p.m. — Ohio vs. Santa Clara