There are 4 coveted spots in the MAC regular season standings, as the top 4 receive the crucial bye in the conference tournament. Currently the Central Michigan Chippewas sit at 7-2, tied with 2 other teams in second place. They are only a half game behind the 8-2 Ohio Bobcats. Both teams meet tomorrow afternoon in Mount Pleasant. Aside from the MAC implications, the Chippewas are working toward a possible NCAA Tournament at-large invite. If the season ended today I think Central Michigan would be a shoe-in. They have a top 25 RPI ranking and made the Sweet 16 last season. Ohio would be on the bubble, as their 19-2 record only comes with a 35th RPI ranking, but they do have a solid win against 42nd Purdue which could be a deciding factor. A win here would really move the meter for the Bobcats, however.
- When: Saturday, February 9th, 1 P.M.
- Where: McGuirk Arena, Mount Pleasant Michigan
- Watch: ESPN 3
Scouting the Bobcats
Bob Boldon has the Bobcats right where he wants them at 19-2 and in the hunt for a MAC crown. However, he has them here a little sooner than expected. Most of Ohio’s offensive firepower will be returning next season. The Bobcats play solid defense while also moving up and down the floor to score. CeCe Hooks is great at breaking down defenses, letting her teammates find open shots. One weakness is a lack of rebounding on soft shots up close, as evident in the last match-up between these two teams.
Scouting the Chippewas
Central Michigan is an offensive juggernaut that can score on anyone with all the confidence in the world. Their weakness is that they are sometimes a bit streaky and that confidence can stretch toward cockiness.
Players to Watch
Presley Hudson, Guard, Central Michigan: The point guard can light it up in a hurry. When she is hitting, the Chippewas are nearly unbeatable.
Reyna Frost, Forward, Central Michigan: The 6’ Forward is a rebounding machine. She is currently 4th in the nation at 13 per contest. Both players are contenders for MAC Player of the Year.
CeCe Hooks, Guard, Ohio: The sophomore is great at driving to the basket and creating offense. She hits 53% of her shots from the floor
Dominique Doseck, Guard, Ohio: The senior from Athens might be the steadying force the young Bobcats will likely need on the road in such a big contest.
Keys to the Contest
If the Chippewas hit their shots, I don’t see how they can lose this game. They also must maintain intensity, because even though they blew the Bobcats out in Athens, Ohio did show some signs of life.
The Bobcats will need to hit their shots, as this game could be a track meet. More importantly they will need to find an answer to Frost on the boards. She had 17 in the first match-up between these teams and 41 in her last two games combined.
The Bobcats will be better prepared for the Chippewas this go around, but they are on the road and still don’t have an answer for Frost. Look for Central Michigan to control the game and win by 10, with the Bobcats making it interesting at times.