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A quick Q&A with the voice of EMU basketball

March 13, 2015

I caught up after the Eastern Michigan men’s basketball team lost 78-67 to Toledo in the MAC semifinals, with Chad Bush, the voice of EMU men’s and women’s basketball.

The graduate of Wayne State and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s High School has been calling EMU games since 2009.

Q: Who was your favorite broadcaster growing up?

A: Ernie Harwell in a landslide. He wrote the bible of broadcasting for me. Detroit has had some incredibly talented and enjoyable broadcasters. Lucky to have learned by ear from the local talent over the years.

Q: You’ve been calling EMU games for a while, what is your favorite of all the games so far?

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EMU vs. Toledo — What’s Beef

March 12, 2015

Lace up your boots. Tape up your hands. Live from Cleveland, it’s EMU vs. Toledo — ONE NIGHT ONLY! All we need is Don King, a weigh-in, a bunch of tacky suits, and that dude who yells Let’s get ready to Rumble©. Beef ‘bout to go down in Cleveland. Time to settle this EMU/Toledo shit once and for all.

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Toledo Rockets MAC tournament preview

March 12, 2015

Tonight in the men’s MAC tournament quarterfinal round, EMU will face the Toledo Rockets.

Game details

  • #8 EMU vs. #4 Toledo
  • Thursday, March 12, 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Television: Buckeye Cable Sports Network, TimeWarner Cable Sports, ESPN3, Comcast Infinity
  • Online: ESPN3
  • Radio: EMU broadcast on 89.1 WEMU-FM (online); Toledo broadcast on Rocket Radio Network, 1370 WSPD-AM) in Toledo (iHeartRadio, TuneIn)
  • Live stats: via EMUEagles.com

EMU’s game is the first game of the evening session (the men’s games) so that 6:30 tip-off time is solid. As was the case yesterday, this game will be preceded by the second women’s game of the day, which features EMU against Akron.

EMU will be running a free fan bus to Cleveland for today’s games.

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Heading to Cleveland

March 12, 2015
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So with the defeat of Miami on Monday, I decided that I would take Thursday and Friday off on the off chance that Eastern would advance in the MAC Tourney.  Well, I was thinking about heading to Cleveland anyway but now I have a better reason to head over.  if you didn’t gather from some of my posts, I like ships and trains.  It turns out that Cleveland is a pretty awesome place for both of them.

So on the way over, I’m going to catch some ships in layup and hopefully I’ll have some time for trains.  Since I didn’t think of this until the last minute, I’m going to try something different for the game tomorrow.  Hopefully pics will work out.

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MAC Tournament: Round 2

March 11, 2015

The Eastern Michigan men’s basketball team did exactly what I thought it would do when it beat Bowling Green 73-67 Wednesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.

It won a close game.

Offensively, the Eagles (21-12) provided a triple threat.

Ray Lee led all scorers with 27 points. Mike Talley added 21, and Karrington Ward scored 15, to go with 10 rebounds.

Jehvon Clarke and Richaun Holmes paced the Falcons (20-11) with 18 points.

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Eagles vs. Falcons — Ornithological Opera in Cleveland

March 11, 2015

Now that they have survived the heart-pounding excitement of Monday’s opening round MAC Tournament win over the Miami RedHawks, EMU can turn their attention to the Bowling Green Falcons. Tonight’s octofinal matchup promises to be another tightly-contested MAC Tourney battle, an opera of ornithological opposition. Let us take a look at what is at stake for both teams, and specifically for Rob Murphy’s continuing legacy.

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Bowling Green Falcons MAC tournament preview

March 11, 2015

Tonight EMU will face the Bowling Green Falcons in the eighth-finals — or octofinals, if you prefer — of the MAC tournament.

Game details

  • #8 EMU vs. #5 Bowling Green
  • Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Television: Buckeye Cable Sports Network, TimeWarner Cable Sports, ESPN3, Comcast Infinity
  • Online: ESPN3
  • Radio: EMU broadcast on 89.1 WEMU-FM (online); Bowling Green broadcast on WFRO-FM 99.1 (online)
  • Live stats: via EMUEagles.com

EMU’s game is the first game of the evening session (the men’s games) so that 6:30 tip-off time is solid. This game will be preceded by the second women’s game of the day, which features EMU against Toledo.

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EMU/MAC Tourney Preview — Geno Green Podcast

March 10, 2015

Up for some MAC Tourney talk, with a heavy focus on EMU? Geno Green had me on this morning to discuss Eastern’s chances in Cleveland, as well as the MAC Tournament in general.

https://soundcloud.com/genogreen-podcast/the-geno-green-podcast-nick

Catch me at the 20 minute mark, or listen to the whole thing if you want to hear a Big East Tournament preview. Audio starts a little weak but gets stronger after the first question.

Expect more MAC Tourney coverage tomorrow. Enjoy the madness.

MAC Championship Round 1 – In Pictures

March 10, 2015

After the victory on Friday night, I wasn’t sure how the Eagles would react to this game.  For the most part, this was an ugly game and with about 7 minutes to go, it seemed like Miami would be moving to Cleveland and the Eagles would be thinking about next season.  But something changed in the dynamics and the Eagles started to wake up.  They scored 14 of the last 19 points (I think) to send the game into overtime.  Raven Lee was able to get a buzzer beating three pointer to do this and the Convocation Center was rocking.

It was a close overtime but the Eagles managed to prevail by 1 point.  Good luck in Cleveland guys.

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The Thrill of Victory

March 9, 2015
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I have several other pictures to upload, but I wanted to get the picture that pretty much tells the story of the night.
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