Preview: Miami vs. Eastern Michigan


Who: No. 11 seed Miami (9-21) vs. No. 7 seed Eastern Michigan (15-17) in MAC tournament

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

Television: SportsTime Ohio

Radio: 1450, 1230, 980, 101.3, 100.3

Probable Miami starters: Will Felder, 6-7, Jr., F, 11.5; Vince Legarza, 6-9, Sr., C, 1.6; Quinten Rollins, 6-0, Jr., G, 5.2; Will Sullivan, 6-3, So., G, 3.7; Jon Harris, 6-8, Jr., F, 8.3

Probable Eastern Michigan starters: Da’Shonte Riley, 7-0, Jr., C, 3.7; Glenn Bryant, 6-8, Jr., F, 10.7; Derek Thompson, 6-3, Sr., G, 11.1; J.R. Sims, 6-3, Jr., G, 5.8; Daylen Harrison, 6-6, Jr., G/F, 8.7

About Miami: The RedHawks lead this series 47-20. They had beaten EMU 16 straight times before dropping a 65-58 decision on Jan. 19 in Ypsilanti. … Miami is 4-3 against the Eagles in MAC tournament play. Their last meeting was a 64-51 MU victory on March 1, 2000, in Ypsilanti. … The RedHawks’ 84.2 free-throw percentage Monday at Bowling Green was Miami’s third-best effort this season. They were 10 of 10 at home against Ball State and 11 of 13 (84.6 percent) at Buffalo. … Legarza is shooting 51.7 percent from the floor against MAC opponents this year.

About Eastern Michigan: The Eagles lost their last two games of the regular season (61-59 to Central Michigan and 78-67 to Toledo) before edging 10th-seeded Northern Illinois 45-44 in the first round of the tournament. … Eastern leads the conference in scoring defense (59.2) and 3-point defense (29.9 percent). EMU has held opponents to 50 points or less 11 times this season. … Jamell Harris, a 6-9 senior forward, leads the Eagles in field-goal percentage (48.6).

Next at the Q: Wednesday’s winner will advance to the third round on Thursday, facing No. 3 Western Michigan at 9 p.m.

Coach John Cooper on Eastern Michigan: “Having to deal with their zone and their size (earlier this season), we had a stretch in that game where we played very well. But we could never just take control of the game late in the second half, and we couldn’t withstand the run that they made. Live-ball turnovers hurt us. Those were momentum plays, and they did a good job with that.”


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