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Ohio Bobcats preview

January 27, 2015

There’s a saying that’s often thrown around in sports: You are what your record says you are. Although I don’t think that’s 100% true, there’s no question in my mind that over the past month, EMU has been the worst team in the MAC. Fortunately, tonight they’ll host one of the next-worst teams: the Ohio Bobcats.

Game details

  • Ohio at EMU
  • Tuesday, January 27, 7 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Television: None
  • Online: Eagle All-Access ($)
  • Radio: EMU broadcast on 89.1 WEMU-FM (online); Ohio broadcast on 105.5 (Athens, Ohio) WXTQ-FM (online or via TuneIn)
  • Live stats: via

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Death in the family

January 25, 2015

I was enjoying a day off line when I received the terrible news that two EMU students had died in a car accident early Sunday morning. One was EMU basketball player Shannise Heady, and the other student was Jordan Hopkins.

It is difficult not to be reminded of another day, last year, when we found out Demarius Reed had died. You do not get used to this. Any time young, promising lives are lost, a piece of hope for the future dies as well. We will learn more about Shannise and Jordan over the coming days, and Eagle Totem would like to join the entire EMU family in expressing our sadness over this tragedy.

And a special thank you to Shannise and Jordan for all they gave to the EMU community.

Central Michigan Chippewas preview

January 24, 2015

It’s time for the first game of the Michigan MAC Trophy for basketball tonight, as the Eagles head up to Mount Pleasant to face the Central Michigan Chippewas.

Game details

  • EMU at Central Michigan
  • Saturday, January 24, 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • McGuirk Arena, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
  • Television: None
  • Online: ESPN3
  • Radio: EMU broadcast on 89.1 WEMU-FM (online); Central Michigan broadcast on 95.3 WCFX-FM (online via TuneIn)
  • Live stats: via

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EMU Basketball Report — 1/23/15

January 23, 2015

It’s time to throw the hyperbole out the window and get ready, EMU fans, because the EMU men’s basketball team faces a challenge no less daunting than the original circumnavigation of the globe. Suffering from self-inflicted wounds, the Eagles (12-6, 1-4) head up to Mt. Pleasant to battle the surprise Central Michigan Chippewas (13-3, 3-2) in what can only be labeled a must-win game for Eastern.

What is this basketball team? Are they a good team in a horrid slump? An average team finding its center? Or a mediocre team being exposed as fraudulent?

I can’t say they are a good team. Good teams don’t blow huge leads, good teams don’t lose mental focus and drop two overtime games. They win those games. That’s why they are good teams.

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Cost of Attendance, EMU Athletics, and You

January 22, 2015

After years of dragging their feet, the NCAA finally approved cost of attendance increases for student athletes. It was the Power 5 conferences that finally moved on this, as they seemingly control all aspects of college athletics. The ripple effect will eventually hit us here in Ypsilanti, and how the increased costs will be dealt with is uncertain.

The MAC released a statement claiming “the Mid-American Conference’s Council of Presidents has reaffirmed its support of the NCAA’s autonomous legislation that allows for cost of attendance to be included in a grant-in-aid.” In layman’s terms the notion is this — student-athletes will see a bump in their overall scholarship allotment, money to cover food/books/rent etc. The Power 5 masters have pulled the leash, and the Group of 5 subjects have been forced to follow. The ante for admission at the adult table has been raised.

Not that I disagree with cost of attendance increases, they are long overdue. The sudden embrace of COA is a thinly-veiled attempt to avoid directly paying student-athletes, and deflecting the argument that student-athletes need to be paid because they can’t afford to buy food. With that injustice solved, the NCAA can wipe their hands clean and get back to their original purpose of bathing in giant piles of money.

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Bowling Green Falcons preview

January 21, 2015

Tonight the Eagles will make a quick road trip to face the Bowling Green Falcons.

Game details

  • EMU at Bowling Green
  • Wednesday, January 21, 7 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Stroh Center, Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Television: Buckeye Cable Sports Network
  • Online: ESPN3
  • Radio: EMU broadcast on 89.1 WEMU-FM (online); Bowling Green broadcast on WFRO-FM 99.1 (online)
  • Live stats: via

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EMU Basketball Report — 1/19/15

January 19, 2015

The EMU men’s basketball team had their backs to the wall on Saturday, and managed to avert disaster and (finally) grabbed their first victory in MAC play with a 54-46 win over Northern Illinois. Guard Raven Lee was the star of the game, providing the bulk of the EMU offense with 24 points, punctuated by going 7-8 from the free throw line.

As for the rest of the team, the offensive production was bleak. Mike Talley, Karrington Ward, and Jodan Price combined to shoot 1-13 from the floor, and 0-7 from three point range. Many of these misses, especially from Price, were on open looks. Rob Murphy credited NIU’s defense for containing K-Ward, and EMU fans know that NIU always brings their “A” defense to battle the Eagles, but I am pretty certain that EMU will not be winning either of the next two road games without some kind of complimentary offense performance to go along with Lee.

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Northern Illinois Huskies preview

January 17, 2015

The Eagles will host the Northern Illinois Huskies today, as they continue to try for their first MAC win of the season.

Game details

  • Northern Illinois at EMU
  • Saturday, January 17, 12 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Television: None
  • Online: Eagle All-Access ($)
  • Radio: EMU broadcast on 89.1 WEMU-FM (online)
  • Live stats: via

Today’s game is the first leg of a doubleheader, with the women’s basketball team hosting Bowling Green at 2:30 p.m. or 30 minutes after the end of the men’s game. Also, today is “Mascot Day”; according to EMU, ” Various mascots from around the area will invade the arena for fans to interact on the concourse and the stands.”

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Too soon to say I told you so?

January 16, 2015

Back in December, I cautioned everyone not to get ahead of themselves when the Eastern Michigan men’s basketball team beat a struggling – and still subpar – Michigan squad. I said I’d be paying attention to when the Mid-American Conference schedule started up to see exactly how “good” this Eagles team really was.

Well, we are now three games in and I’m really not impressed. This team does quite well in the first half, but still struggles to overcome on-court adversity – officiating, poor shooting and the like.
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Kent State Golden Flashes 65, EMU 59

January 14, 2015

Once again, the Eagles pissed away a sizeable (16 points) first-half lead with poor shot selection, lackadaisical rebounding, and defense that was…um…well, maybe better to say defense that just wasn’t.

At this point, there’s not much new to say that we haven’t already said over the last week. The Eagles have dug themselves a three-game hole in the MAC race. Last season three games were the difference between the #1 seed and the #5 seed. Forget playing for a tournament bye, they’re now probably just playing to get a first-round home game.

I’m going to have to digest this a bit more before I can say much more. Feel free to use this as an open thread to vent about the game, or whatever.