Broncos Open With Loyola at South Florida MTE
Western Michigan Broncos vs. Loyola-Chicago Ramblers
Friday, November 16 // 5 p.m.
Tampa, Fla. // Sun Dome
Ramblers lead all-time series 55-40
Radio // Bronco Radio Network
Announcers // Sean Fagan
Stations // WKZO - 96.5 FM: (Flagship) Kalamazoo, Portage, Mattawan; WMAX - 96.1 FM: Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon; WVIC - 94.1 FM: Lansing, Jackson, Battle Creek
Broadcast // Pre-game show begins at 4:30 p.m.
• This will be the 96th meeting between the Broncos and the Ramblers, with Loyola owning a 55-40 advantage in the all-time series
• This will be the seventh time the Broncos have faced the Ramblers under head coach Steve Hawkins; the teams split the first six meetings 3-3
• This will be the first time the Ramblers and Broncos have faced one another on a neutral court; each team is 2-1 on the road in the series since the 2003-04 season
• The Broncos are 124-124 all-time against the teams currently in the Horizon League, and are 12-9 against Horizon League teams under head coach Steve Hawkins
• Shayne Whittington has recorded double-doubles in two straight games, the first time a Bronco has done that since Flenard Whitfield did it against Ohio and Northern Illinois in the 2010-11 season
• Charles Harris made his collegiate debut against Marygrove, recording four points and three rebounds
• Jared Klein had a game-high three steals against Marygrove, and has now recorded eight in his first two games
• Darius Paul recorded a career-high 11 points against Marygrove
• The Broncos are now 9-1 in home openers under head coach Steve Hawkins
• Steve Hawkins needs three more wins to reach 300 head coaching victories in his career
HAWKINS VS. THE RAMBLERS
This will be the 96th meeting between the Broncos and the Ramblers, with Loyola-Chicago holding a 55-40 advantage in the all-time rivalry. The teams have met six times since Steve Hawkins took the reins of the Broncos program, with the teams splitting the series 3-3. The Broncos won the first three meetings between the teams in that span, including twice in Chicago and once at University Arena. Conversely, the Ramblers have won the last three meetings, twice in University Arena and once in Chicago.
BRONCOS VS. THE HORIZON LEAGUE
The Western Michigan men's basketball program is 124-124 all-time against current Horizon League teams. Under head coach Steve Hawkins, the Broncos are 12-9 against current Horizon League teams.
DOUBLE THE DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Entering the season, center Shayne Whittington had one career double-double, recorded last year against Miami. Whittington has already double his output from last season, as he has recorded double-doubles in consecutive games to give himself three for his career. Whittington is the first Bronco to record back-to-back double-doubles since Flenard Whitfield did it against Ohio and Northern Illinois in the 2010-11 season.