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Longwood Lancers preview

November 23, 2014

In their third and final game of the weekend, EMU will host the Longwood Lancers. Due to short turnaround time (one day) between games, stats in this preview may not reflect the Lancers’ performance yesterday against Youngstown State.

Game details

  • EMU vs Longwood
  • Sunday, November 23, 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, MI
  • No television broadcast; streaming video at Eagle All-Access ($)
  • Radio: EMU broadcast on 89.1 WEMU-FM (online); Longwood broadcast on 92.9 WVHL-FM (online)
  • Live stats: EMU Sidearm Stats

This is the second game of the day, following a noon tipoff for UNC Greensboro vs Youngstown State.
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Eastern Michigan Vs University of North Carolina – Greensboro in Pictures

November 22, 2014
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So it was night two of the EMU Showcase and Eastern Michigan was facing off against the Spartans of UNC-Greensboro. I will admit, it was pretty disconcerting seeing a team called the Spartans in a yellow and blue color scheme. Anyway, the Eagles didn’t look as flat as they did last night. I think they pretty much led the whole game (or pretty close to the whole game). They even got a few dunks in.

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At any rate, enjoy the pictures.

Saturday multi-sport open thread

November 22, 2014

Game day!

In fact: games day! Today is the NCAA national championship for men’s and women’s cross country, the women’s basketball team will play at Texas-Pan American at 1 pm, the football team will play at Ball State at 2 pm (ESPN3, WEMU-FM), and the men’s basketball team will host UNC Greensboro at 7 pm tonight. As a bonus if you go, the ZOOperstars will be providing halftime entertainment tonight.

Feel free to use this as the open thread for any or all of those, plus anything else on you mind.

As always…Go Green!

UNC Greensboro Spartans preview

November 22, 2014

In their second game of the weekend, EMU will host the UNC Greensboro Spartans. I’m fairly certain all the stats reflect yesterday’s games, but it’s possible that I missed something; one-day turnarounds are hard for writers too!

Game details

  • EMU vs UNC Greensboro
  • Saturday, November 22, 7 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, MI
  • No television broadcast; streaming video at Eagle All-Access ($)
  • Radio: No EMU broadcast; UNC Greensboro broadcast on 1320 WCOG-AM (online)
  • Live stats: EMU Sidearm Stats

This is the second game of the day, following a 4:30 PM tipoff for Youngstown State vs Longwood.
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Eastern Michigan Vs Youngstown State in Pictures

November 21, 2014
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An ugly win is still a win. Even though the final score doesn’t reflect it, it took most of the game for the Eagles to power their way to victory. It seemed like Youngstown State stubbornly hung around for too long but I guess that’s why they play the games. Sadly, I didn’t get any cool dunk pictures.

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But enjoy the pictures all the same.

EMU Football/Basketball Weekend Preview

November 21, 2014

It’s a busy, busy sports week for Eastern Michigan, so I am going to expand my usual football game preview and talk a little basketball, too. Keep an eye out for individual hoops game previews from Carter as well.

Basketball (2-0) kicks off the EMU Showcase tonight, with a 7PM tip against Youngstown State. (Quick aside – YSU is called the Penguins. How awesome is that? I can’t help but have a degree of mascot envy. Makes you further lament the generic choice of Eagles. But I digress). The Penguins have already played Kent State and Central Michigan, and will waddle into Ypsi with a 1-2 record, their sole win over Oberlin College, presumably called the Oberlin Earth Biscuits. (Turns out they are called the Yeoman, sort of an Olde English Version of Downton Abbey-style servants. Sometimes truth really is more interesting than fiction. But I digress. Again.)

With KSU and CMU beating YSU, one hopes that EMU won’t be MIA or AWOL. If EMU plays at the top of their game, YSU will be DOA. YSU will put out an APB against K-Ward, but are likely to find themselves SOL.

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Youngstown State Penguins preview

November 21, 2014

EMU kicks off the Division I portion of the EMU Showcase by hosting the Youngstown State Penguins.

Game details

  • EMU vs Youngstown State University
  • Friday, November 21, 7 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, MI
  • No television broadcast; streaming video at Eagle All-Access ($)
  • Radio: No EMU broadcast; Youngstown State broadcast on 570-AM (online)
  • Live stats: EMU Sidearm Stats

This is the second game of the day, following a 4:30 PM tipoff for UNC-Greensboro vs Longwood. EMU will face each of those teams as the weekend progresses, so fans wanting a sneak peak of what’s to come may want to get to the Convo early to catch some of the early game.
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Eagle Totem Roundtable – Week 12

November 21, 2014
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Once again, I took the spot at the Round Table.  These are the questions three.

1.  Since basketball is on our minds, which of the new players do you expect to make the biggest impact?

Jeremy – Good question, but we don’t have a lot of data to work with. I wish Tim Bond were healthy so I could make a more informed judgement, but I’ll say Anali Okoloji. He looked pretty smooth on the court. Athletic, made good choices, showed some scoring ability, had good lateral movement. If he can become the defensive player Rob Murphy needs at the four, he could be a bigger addition than we all anticipated.

Ken – Only having the data of one game, I’d go with Jerome Hunter after the powerful dunk but I realize there is more to basketball than just dunking.  I guess I’ll take a wait and see attitude.

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Media and Game Length

November 20, 2014
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One topic that seems to have crept up here and other places is the impact of television on the experience at the game. I don’t remember the exact quote the now former athletic director of Michigan said that the stadium was competing with the big screen TV and couches at home. After that comment, I got to thinking about my experience on the sidelines at EMU games and then I got to thinking about media timeouts. In a more honest world, they would call them what they are, commercial timeouts. It’s pretty frustrating standing out there waiting for the game to start back up. Occasionally, you have the band or dance team doing something but most of the time it is dead air or piped in music.

In days past, it seemed like you could watch a game in under three hours. And now it seems like games will last at least three hours, if not longer. Since I like to quantify things and boredom is a dangerous thing, I had to look up some data. Fortunately, many box scores will also show the elapsed time of a game. First I started with the elapsed time of an Eastern Michigan game. Then I started to look at the team down Washtenaw. Then I decided to look at the team up US-23 and over on I-96. Then I stepped outside of the region and looked at Mississippi State. I got to thinking about the first team that seemed to get an exclusive contract…the folks with the Touchdown Jesus. And finally for grins, I looked at the team down in Columbus.

The average length of an Eastern Michigan game is 3 hours and 8 minutes. So that clocks out at around the three hours I remember. Michigan is a little longer at 3 hours and 12 minutes. Michigan State is about 3 hours and 23 minutes. Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Ohio State get to almost 3 and a half hours. I’m not sure what conclusions I can draw from those numbers unless I figure that the games with more interest last longer (probably because they would show more commercials). I wish I could find some old box scores because I would love a comparison.

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Media Timeout Guy

So what does all of this mean? I would imagine for many fans it would be nice if they would figure out a way to get the games back around 3 hours especially when you are talking midweek #MACtion games.  I would love to see something similar to soccer games where they are shown without commercials during the actual game but I doubt that would happen.  At least it would be nice to go to a game with fewer media timeouts.

EMU Basketball Report

November 19, 2014

Time for a new feature on Eagle Totem! As part of our comprehensive coverage of EMU Basketball, every Wednesday (well, almost every Wednesday) you can expect a new EMU Basketball Report, where I will break down how the team stands and how the season is developing. EMU’s 89-77 win over Oakland on Monday night certainly qualifies as a good start to the season. EMU has a much softer non-conference schedule than last year, and Oakland always provides a challenge. It was very important for Eastern to get a win against the Grizzlies.

Let’s start with some individual player analysis, especially since we are getting to know some new Eagles this year. And it’s always nice to reconnect with the players who return from last year.

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