I don't remember anything like this. First, BGSU beat Central Michigan by 25 points. Then they meet again in the tournament and CMU one-ups them with a 33-point thwacking. You don't trade lopsided victories that often.
Bowling Green was simply doused with their own medicine, albeit a slightly different formula. The Falcons usually forced the opposition into tough contested shots, but they rarely created many turnovers. CMU did a little bit of that, but only if they didn't force a turnover beforehand. BGSU had 17 turnovers in the first half and 32 for the game.
|Bowling Green Falcons||24||24||48|
|Central Michigan Chippewas||40||41||81|
The TO rate for Bowling Green was 42 percent. Two of every five possessions ended with the ball in the hands of a Chippewa. Those that made it toward the rim went in 35 percent of the time. They did win the offensive rebounding battle, a moral victory by any measures. And they took two free throws. TWO.
When Central Michigan opened up the lead to 37-10, that was on the heels of a 32-3 run, and that's just silly. But it wasn't just the first half; BGSU found themselves only down 16 at halftime, which is a weird thing to say, and yet totally accurate. They nearly doubled that lead in the final 20 minutes. It was a revenge game for CMU.
They're good enough to beat Toledo in the semifinals; they've done it before. Bowling Green-Toledo is always a great game on the basis of its rivalry, but a Rockets-Chippewas game is going to be more competitive.
Bowling Green finishes the season 22-10; they'll see a postseason tournament for sure, provided they want one.