Eastern Michigan vs. Purdue — Preview and Open Thread
I’m off to the banks of the Wabash River in West Lafayette, ready to see if the Eastern Michigan basketball team can upset the Purdue Boilermakers for the second year in a row. The Boilers are coming off an impressive 88-67 thumping of Boston College. We will see if Purdue can feast on eagle carcasses for a second game in a row.
The impressive win over BC aside, Purdue has had mixed results this year. They are 7-2, with losses coming to Oklahoma State and Washington State. Their wins were against he likes of Indianapolis, Wayne State (the Nebraska one), Central Connecticut and Siena (twice). Of note to EMU, is a 77-76 home win over Northern Kentucky, and a 81-77 home win over Rider. These close games make it appear as if Purdue could be ripe for an upset.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, we must remember that a) Purdue did win those games, and b) Eastern is coming off two losses in which the team did not play a complete game. In order to beat Purdue, Eastern will need a solid effort from the front court, the backcourt, scoring from Raven Lee and Karrington Ward, and dare I say, a little luck. This is college basketball we are talking about. Lady Luck is always a welcome partner when it comes to NCAA Hoops.
Having said all this, make no mistake about it — a win at Purdue would be a significant accomplishment for this team. Rob Murphy wants a signature win. I just want to see this team play at the top of their game. Do that, and let the chips fall as they may.
What to Watch
- First of all where to watch is ESPN 3. When is 2:00. Where to listen is to Chad Bush and Sean Hostetter on 89.1 WEMU. What to drink is your business, but I recommend a shot of whiskey dropped into a pint of beer. Seems appropriate.
- For the Boilers, watch out for the Johnson brothers, senior Terone and sophomore Ronnie. These two average 13 pts a game each. Also, freshman guard Kendall Stephens shoots 45% from behind the arc.
- Da’Shonte Riley will have a nice battle up front against fellow seven footer A.J. Hammons. Riley and Hammons are numbers 3 and 4 in the NCAA in blocked shots. Their battle down low should be a lot of fun to watch.
- Last game, Rob Murphy couldn’t find the right combo in the backcourt. Between Lee, Darell Combs, Mike Talley, and Jalen Ross, two of these guys need to step up and claim the minutes that are out there.
- Follow us on twitter @eagletotemblog as there will be live tweets throughout the game, and you can follow me @PropJeremy as well, ineveitably I forget who I am sometimes and will tweet from both handles. Also, consider this page the open thread. I’ll be checking in throughout the game.