Hopefully the third time will be the charm for the Eagles, as they try yet again for their first MAC win of the season, facing the Kent State Golden Flashes.
- EMU at Kent State
- Wednesday, January 14, 7 p.m. Eastern Time
- Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, Kent, Ohio
- Television: None
- Online: Kent State Live Video
- Radio: EMU broadcast on 89.1 WEMU-FM (online); Kent State broadcast on 640 WHLO-AM Kent (online via iHeartRadio)
- Live stats: via KentStateSports.com
Fun fact: Built in 1950, the MAC Center is among the oldest arenas in use for college basketball.
After a somewhat promising non-conference schedule, EMU Basketball has entered into some very treacherous waters concerning their post-season dreams. Talk of EMU finishing in the Top Four of the MAC has been subdued after last week’s twin overtime losses. EMU is 0-2, with three of the next four on the road. By the evening of January 24th, if EMU doesn’t right the ship, we could find the season’s hopes dashed, smothered in its infancy.
What is particularly disturbing about how EMU started MAC play is the losses were due to lack of mental focus and discipline. You just don’t lose by one point in overtime to two teams that have inferior depth and talent by mistake. Granted, Miami and Ball State are still MAC teams, and should not be considered pushovers. I’m not sure about the Miami loss, it is tough to say the EMU team that stormed out to big lead at Oxford overlooked the Red Hawks. The collapse at Miami was a lack of mental focus. The loss at home to Ball State was a group of young men who seemed to believe their own press clippings.
Alrighty y’all, I’m going to try out this live-blogging thing as the Eagles women’s basketball team play at the Akron Zips. Never done it before, not sure whether I’ll manage to keep it up all the way through the game. After the women’s game is over, we’ll keep using this post as an open thread for the men’s game at Miami.
If you’re following along at home, your options are somewhat limited. You can get live video at Zips All-Access ($ I’m assuming). EMU’s radio broadcast will be on Eagle All-Access (this broadcast is free), while the Akron radio broadcast can be heard free on WARF-AM (online) and via TuneIn or iHeartRadio. Live stats are available from GoZips.com.
Game tips off at 2pm. Stay tuned, and Go Green! Read more…
After a less-than-auspicious start to conference play, the Eagles will hope to turn things around today against the Miami RedHawks.
- EMU at Miami
- Saturday, January 10, 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time
- John D. Millett Hall, Oxford, Ohio
- Television: None
- Online: Miami All-Access ($)
- Radio: EMU broadcast on 89.1 WEMU-FM (online); Miami broadcast on Miami Sports Network
- Live stats: via MURedHawks.com
Promotions: This game will be the second of a double-header, with the Miami women hosting Buffalo at 3pm. One ticket covers both games. The K9 Crew Disc Dog Team will perform at both halftimes, and two items donated to Paws 4 A Cause gets you $2 off a ticket. There will also be a “Carnival on the Concourse” between games for children.
Although the dates aren’t yet set, the MAC announced the cross divisional matchups, so we now know exactly who the Eagles will face in 2015. Read more…
Now that the first flush of frustration has worn off a bit, let’s take a closer look at EMU’s 1-point overtime loss to the Ball State Cardinals on Wednesday.
— Eagle Totem (@eagletotemblog) January 8, 2015
Yeah, that’s definitely still how I feel about this one. Read more…
Tonight was the opening night of the MAC Season for the Eagles. One of the important questions was how would they respond after over a week off. The answer came shortly in the first half as they came out pretty flat and Ball State managed to hold a slim lead at the end of the half. The Eagles were able to pour it on in the second half, leading by as much as 9 at one point (maybe more but I don’t remember) but Ball State didn’t give up and sent the game into overtime. On a night when every point mattered, it seemed like Eastern couldn’t buy a basket at times. They ended up losing by 1 point.
If I can take any consolation from tonight’s game, it’s still a long season in the MAC and hopefully one game won’t make a difference. Also, I hope that they take this as a warning that they still need to work to take the MAC. From here on out, they can’t take anyone too lightly.
And so it begins. If the goal is a MAC championship, step one is finishing the regular season in the top four, or preferably the top two. Right now many observers think EMU may be the team to beat in the MAC, although I see several other teams that could make strong arguments for the top spot. However, the Ball State Cardinals are not among them.
- Ball State at EMU
- Wednesday, January 7, 7 p.m. Eastern Time
- Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan
- Television: None
- Online: Eagle All-Access ($)
- Radio: EMU broadcast on 89.1 WEMU-FM (online); Ball State broadcast on 104.1 WLBC-FM in Muncie (online)
- Live stats: EMU Sidearm Stats