Miami-Eastern Michigan preview

Who: Miami (7-8, 2-1 MAC East) at Eastern Michigan (8-9, 1-2 MAC West)

When: 2 p.m. today

Where: Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, Mich.

Radio: 1450, 1230, 980, 101.3

Probable Miami starters: Will Felder, 6-7, Jr., F, 10.9; Quinten Rollins, 6-0, Jr., G, 5.7; Allen Roberts, 6-3, Jr., G, 13.3; Reggie Johnson, 6-1, Fr., G, 9.3; Will Sullivan, 6-3, So., G, 3.8

Probable Eastern Michigan starters: Da’Shonte Riley, 7-0, Jr., C, 3.6; Jalen Ross, 5-11, Fr., G, 5.3; Glenn Bryant, 6-8, Jr., F, 9.6; Jamell Harris, 6-9, Sr., F, 5.2; Daylen Harrison, 6-6, Jr., G/F, 9.4

About Miami: The RedHawks hold a whopping 47-19 advantage in this series and have won the last 16 meetings. MU’s last loss to Eastern was a 92-77 decision on March 4, 1998. … Johnson has totaled just five points on 2-of-8 shooting the last two games. … Wednesday’s 63-60 win over Bowling Green was MU’s first triumph of the season that came after it was trailing at halftime. Miami was down 34-30 at the break and is now 1-5 in that situation. … A victory today would give the RedHawks a three-game winning streak. It would be the first such streak since running off five consecutive wins in 2010-11.

About Eastern Michigan: The Eagles lead the MAC in scoring defense, allowing 61.3 points per game (Miami is last at 69.7). … EMU has only one player scoring in double figures — 6-3 senior guard Derek Thompson (11.5). … Eastern is 8-2 at home and 0-7 on the road this season. … The Eagles have registered double-digit blocks three times this year. Riley (39), Bryant (24) and Harris (22) are the team leaders. … EMU won its first West Division title last season and was picked to finish second behind Toledo this year.

Coach John Cooper on Eastern Michigan: “They’ve got a balanced team, which always concerns me because there’s more guys that have the capability of popping their head up and going to get 20. So you’ve got to do the job on all of them. Everyone on defense is going to be accountable.”

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