One of the benefits of playing against one of the elite programs in the nation is that media coverage is much better than we’re used to as EMU fans. In addition to online streaming — not ESPN3, either — and the WEMU broadcast, tonight’s game against the Michigan State Spartans will be broadcast across the state and televised nationally. Read more…
Tonight the EMU men’s basketball team will make another short road trip, this one to East Lansing, where they’ll face their toughest opponent of the young season — possibly the best team they’ll face all year. The Michigan State Spartans were ranked #13 in the AP and the USA Today polls last week, though it’s an easy bet that they’ll be moving up when the new rankings come out this afternoon.
About Michigan State University
- Location: East Lansing, Michigan
- Founded: 1855
- Enrollment: 50,085
- Nickname: Spartans
- Colors: Green and white
- Head coach: Tom Izzo (21st season and Michigan State and overall)
- Conference: Big Ten
Fun fact: Michigan State associate head coach Dwayne Stephens has never been a head coach, but both of the Spartans assistant coaches have faced EMU as an opposing head coach. Mike Garland coached Cleveland State from 2003 through 2006, while Dane Fife coached IPFW from 2005 through 2011. Read more…
The EMU women’s basketball team tipped off their season last Tuesday by hosting the Hillsdale Chargers. The Eagles won comfortably, as you’d expect against a Division II opponent, but weren’t quite as dominating as you’d hope from the preseason favorite to win the MAC. After a slow start that saw the game tied at the end of the first quarter EMU poured it on in the second quarter, pushing ahead to a 41-26 halftime lead, en route to an eventual 94-77 win. Read more…
This was exactly the sort of dominating win you expect to see when a Division I mid-major conference contender hosts an NAIA team. Other than the farce of EMU calling this a regular season game, there’s not much for fans in Ypsi to complain about.
With Raven Lee still serving his suspension Willie Mangum showed that he’s a force to be reckoned with, almost single-handedly matching the Saints with 29 points on 12 of 15 shooting — much more efficient than his effort at Oakland — plus 7 rebounds. Brandon Nazione was also impressive, earning his second double-double of the young season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Read more…
After a disappointing loss at Oakland, the Eagles return to the Convo to face the Siena Heights Saints. This is going to be an abbreviated preview, because no matter how many times EMU tries to call games against NAIA teams part of the regular season, I’m just not buying it.
- EMU vs Siena Heights
- Friday, November 20, 11 a.m. Eastern Time
- Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, MI
- Television: None
- Online: ESPN3
- EMU radio: None
- Siena Heights radio: None
- Live stats: via EMUEagles.com
- EMU game notes
- No Siena Heights game notes
That’s right, no radio for this one, it’s ESPN3 only.
This is EMU’s second game this season in the middle of a weekday. For the last several years, the Eagles have played one such early-season game — you know, for kids — but that was last week, and I’ve seen no explanation for this one. This game also marks the first of four games against NAIA opponents, all of which EMU is counting as part of the “regular season”. Siena Heights, however, has designated today’s game as an exhibition. Read more…
For about the first nine minutes, EMU was in charge of the game. They forced the Oakland Grizzlies into long, slow half-court sets. The forced the Grizzlies into a turnover per minute. They held Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year Kay Felder scoreless. For a while.
Then Felder scored 7 points in less than a minute, the Grizzlies were right back in the game, and the whistles put them solidly in control for the rest of the game. At halftime, the Eagles had been whistled for 15 fouls, with Oakland making 13 of their 14 first-half free throws. By contrast, the Grizzlies were only called for 7 fouls and EMU made just one free throw — which was the only free throw they took. Read more…
The Eagles will make a short trip this evening to face a familiar non-conference foe. The Oakland Grizzlies play about as different a style of basketball from EMU as possible.
- EMU vs Oakland University
- Wednesday, November 18, 7 p.m. Eastern Time
- Athletics Center O’rena, Auburn Hills, MI
- Television: WMYD TV20
- Online: ESPN3
- EMU radio: WEMU
- Oakland radio: 1130 WDFN-AM
- Live stats: via GoldenGrizzlies.com
- EMU game notes
- Oakland Grizzlies game notes
New this season, Oakland’s home court, the O’rena, features an unusual dark-colored “blacktop” court. I thought it was gimmicky when EMU installed the gray football field, and I think this is gimmicky too.
With so much going on in the world of EMU athletics, one article could not possibly do justice to the variety of topics that need to be addressed. That means it is once again time for another installment of our award winning Random Musings series.
- I must begin with Great Ibe and the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week award. Aside from having one of the most memorable monikers every to grace an EMU athlete, Great Ibe has been a hard-nosed competitor for his entire career. Ibe is a tremendous role model for the younger Eagles on this team. He has a nose for the football, and puts the same effort into the game whether it is the first quarter or the fourth, no matter what the score. Congrats to Great, and many thanks for the blood, sweat, and tears contributed during your time at EMU.
So yesterday’s game was the final game of the season for me. I will not be heading up to Central for the last game of the season. You may ask about the title. More after the jump.
Congratulations to senior linebacker Great Ibe, who was named the Football Bowl Subdivision National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. In yesterday’s loss to UMass, Ibe recorded 21 tackles, nine of them solo, as well as a nine-yard sack to end the first half.
Ibe’s 21 tackles yesterday tied him with Tennessee’s Jalen Reeves-Maybin for the most tackles in a single game this year. For the season, Ibe leads the MAC with 123 tackles, which puts him second nationally, five tackles behind Missouri’s Kentrell Brothers.