College Basketball Nation: Western Michigan Broncos

BracketBusters matchups, TV schedule

February, 4, 2013
The matchups for the final BracketBusters event aired on ESPNU tonight. See below for the television schedule and click here for Andy Katz's analysis and a wide range of insight from the head coaches involved.

Friday, Feb. 22

North Dakota State at Akron, ESPN2, 7 ET

Stephen F. Austin at Long Beach State, ESPNU, 9 ET

Saturday, Feb. 23

Iona at Indiana State, ESPNU, 11 a.m. ET

Eastern Kentucky at Valparaiso, ESPNU, 1 ET

Canisius at Vermont, ESPN3, 1 ET

Pacific at Western Michigan, ESPN3, 2 ET

Montana at Davidson, ESPNU, 3 ET

Northwestern State at Niagara, ESPN3, 3 ET

Detroit at Wichita State, ESPN/2, 4 ET

Creighton at Saint Mary's, ESPN/2, 6 ET

South Dakota State at Murray State, ESPN2, 8 ET

Denver at Northern Iowa, ESPN3, 8 ET

Ohio at Belmont, ESPN2, 10 ET

The matchups for the BracketBusters games not on television can be found here.

Video: Michigan 73, Western Michigan 41

December, 4, 2012
Trey Burke had 20 points and 7 assists as third-ranked Michigan improved to 8-0 with a 73-41 victory over Western Michigan.'s MAC preview

October, 26, 2012
Before we get to the Blue Ribbon team-by-team previews for the Mid-American Conference, here is Eamonn Brennan's quick wind sprint through the league:


For Myron Medcalf's look at the nonconference schedules at Akron and Ohio, click here. For Medcalf's look at Keno Davis resurfacing at Central Michigan, click here. And for Blue Ribbon's in-depth previews of all 12 MAC teams: Insider

Ball State
Bowling Green
Buffalo Insider Free
Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan
Kent State
Miami (OH)
Northern Illinois
Western Michigan

If you missed it: Wednesday's quirky stats

January, 19, 2012
A scan of the college basketball box scores each night guarantees all kinds of fun oddities and standout performances. Here are a few we found from Wednesday:

Creighton 66, Missouri State 65
For the second time in three games, Creighton’s opponent committed three turnovers and still lost. On Friday night, it was Illinois State. Wednesday it was Missouri State.

Eastern Michigan 62, Western Michigan 59 (OT)
Western Michigan’s Mike Douglas played 40 minutes and attempted two shots. The only other player to play 40 or more minutes and attempt two shots or fewer this season is Steve Tchiengang of Vanderbilt.

Villanova 84, Seton Hall 76
JayVaughn Pinkston and Maalik Wayns of Villanova attempted 17 and 16 free throws, respectively. It’s the second time this season two players on the same team have attempted 16 or more free throws (the other being Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre and Marquise Carter, who each attempted 18 against Eastern Washington).

Duquesne 80, Massachusetts 69
UMass became the second team this season to commit at least 29 turnovers and 28 personal fouls in one game. Norfolk State is the other.

Trillion of the night: Davante Drinkard, Southern Illinois -- Played 11 minutes and did not record a single stat in a 75-68 overtime loss to Drake.'s MAC preview

November, 3, 2011
Before we get to the Blue Ribbon team-by-team previews for the Mid-American Conference, here is Eamonn Brennan's quick wind sprint through the league:

Blue Ribbon breakdowns of all 12 teams in the MAC:

Ball State
Bowling Green
Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan
Kent State InsiderFree
Miami (Ohio)
Northern Illinois
Western Michigan

More MAC content:

Bracket reveal: Puerto Rico Tip-Off

August, 3, 2011
Tournament bracket

When and where: Nov. 17-18, 20 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Initial thoughts: Anxious to see Robbie Hummel in action, especially in a back-to-back game scenario like this one. … A slow start damned Alabama to the NIT last season, so lots of folks will be watching to see how the Crimson Tide play here. … The first-round game between Purdue and Iona could get even more intriguing if Gaels point guard MoMo Jones (who is transferring in from Arizona) is granted a hardship waiver. … Nice little walk down memory lane (or not, depending on the outcome) for Colorado coach Tad Boyle. Boyle spent six years as an assistant at Wichita State. … WSU and Alabama met for the NIT championship in March. The two could meet again here. … Will be interesting to see how dramatically things look from the get-go for Maryland, with defensive-minded Mark Turgeon in place of Gary Williams and his fast tempo. ... Temple’s deep backcourt could give opponents fits.

First-round matchup I can’t wait to see: With or without Jones, the Purdue-Iona game promises to be a good one. The Gaels already are on most short lists of mid-majors to watch, thanks to a loaded roster that finished second in the MAAC last year. This would be a nice name-brand win for Iona to grab early. The Boilermakers have some work to do, with the absence of JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore. But count out Hummel and his young supporting cast at your own risk.

Potential matchup I’d like to see: Western Michigan against Alabama. So it lacks the name panache of some other potential finals -- this still could be an interesting game. The Broncos return all five of their starters to a team that won the West Division of the MAC and could be a nice sleeper/Cinderella pick come March. Put that sort of nothing-to-lose mid-major attitude up against an Alabama team that is facing legitimate expectations for the first time in a long time and you could have the makings of an entertaining game.

Key players to watch

JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell, Alabama: Like bread and butter, you can’t say one without the other. The two forwards are the 1-2 punch expected to take the Crimson Tide (together they averaged 30 points and 14 boards last year) to big things this year.

Michael Glover, Iona: If you haven’t heard of Glover yet, you will by the end of the season. Originally targeted for Seton Hall, the forward proved he could play just about anywhere last season, averaging 18 points and 10 boards per game.

Robbie Hummel, Purdue: Everyone in the basketball community will be rooting hard for Hummel, a well-liked and well-respected player who’s had more than his share of hardships. Back after tearing his ACL for the second time -- No. 2 coming on the first day of practice last season -- Hummel now being the Hummel of old will be key for the Boilermakers this season.

Scootie Randall, Temple: Before breaking his foot in February, the guard was on the verge of something special, averaging 15 points per game in conference play. Without Lavoy Allen, the Owls need Randall to be every bit as good this season.

Juwan Howard Jr., Western Michigan: The freshman carried the mantle of his name with aplomb, getting named to the All-MAC rookie team after notching double figures in half of the 30 games he played in.

Predicted winner: Alabama. The Crimson Tide barely missed the NCAA tournament this past spring and then had to swallow the lousy pill of a loss in the NIT title game. So there’s plenty to fuel the Tide’s fire and plenty of fuel in the form of Green and Mitchell. In a field with plenty of talent, there is none to rival what Anthony Grant has at his disposal. Expect the Tide to prove the expectations are warranted by winning a title here.

Who others are picking:

Eamonn Brennan: Wichita State
Andy Katz: Alabama
Diamond Leung: Temple