The Central Michigan Chippewas are 0-3 in MAC play. They host the Toledo Rockets tonight, which are my favorites to win the West right now. Of course, it’s the wild west, so I could have them at the bottom of the league rankings in a week or two, and Central Michigan at the top. Nothing is guaranteed on this side of the MAC. That being said, it’s highly likely there will be a metric ton of points scored in this game.
Marcus Keene comes into the game scoring 29.3 points a game. His partner in crime in the back court, Braylon Rayson, has scored 27 and 29 in his last two outings. As a team, Central Michigan is averaging 88.6 points a game. As impressive as that is, they give up 81.7 points per game, which is dead last in the MAC.
Toledo is scoring 82.3 and giving up 77.8 points. They are led by senior guard Jonathan Williams, who is averaging 20.5 per game. His streak of 8 games in a row over 20 points was snapped on Tuesday in their loss at Western Michigan. He was close, with 19. Marquette transfer Steve Taylor Jr. has been a huge pick up averaging 15 points and 11.7 rebounds on the season. His 11.7 rebounds is good enough to place him 5th in the country. His work on the boards has helped the Rockets out rebound their opponents in all but three games this season.
For the Rockets, Senior guard Jordan Lauf is shooting 67% from the floor on the season. Sophomore Forward Nate Navigato has managed to score in double figures in 5 out of the last 7 outings. Both are averaging 8 points a game.
David DiLeo is the Chippewas third leading scorer, and has been inconsistent recently. He is 10 for 27 from the floor in league play. How many points the third and fourth options score for each team will be crucial in this game. The amount of points could be staggering, and the stars can only do so much.
When: Friday, January 13th. 7pm
Where: McGuirk Arena, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Listen: Via Stream at utrockets.com
Line: Toledo -2.5