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Western Michigan Broncos at Eastern Michigan Eagles: Preview, How to Watch, Listen, Stream

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The conference race heats up for both teams

NCAA Basketball: Eastern Michigan at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The Western Michigan Broncos (6-10, 2-2 MAC) come into the game a surprising 2-2 in MAC play. They played a difficult non conference schedule, and there are a lot of new faces on the team. “Work in progress” was heard around the Kalamazoo campus frequently. Now that work is starting to pay off.

Senior guard Tucker Haymond seems to have found his shot again, dropping 35 in his last outing.

The two freshman starters, Reggie Jones and Brandon Johnson are figuring out their roles. Both are averaging 8 points a game, and capable of scoring 20 on any given night.

Junior Thomas Wilder is the point guard that makes everything go, and is leading the MAC in 3 point field goal percentage. He is hitting a staggering 48.3% from beyond the arc.

Junior center Drake LaMont is rounding into form after suffering an injury in the off season. He is shooting 57% from the floor on the year, and played well in the Broncos 2 MAC wins.

That’s the good news. The bad news is they are heading to Ypsilanti to take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles (11-6, 3-1) tonight.

The Eagles have won 6 straight at home against the Broncos. They run a 2-3 zone, which can throw the Bronco’s new found chemistry right out the window, and the Eagles have some really good players.

The Broncos have let the other team’s big man have good games against them in MAC play, and James Thompson IV is one of the best.

The Eagles are on pace to set their single season steals record, which is bad news when you are starting 2 true freshman.

In their three MAC wins, the Eagles held their opponents to an average of 55 points. If the Broncos are not hitting from outside, they could be in trouble. I think it’s vital for the two freshman to crash the boards. In the one MAC game the Eagles lost, Buffalo killed them on the glass, grabbing 17 offensive boards.

When: Tuesday, January 17th, 7PM

Watch: ESPN3 or by stream on the WatchESPN app

Listen: 89.1 FM WEMU in Ypsilanti, or Z96.5 WZOX in Kalamazoo

Line: Eastern Michigan -8