Broncos To Face #3 Michigan on Tuesday
Western Michigan Broncos (6-1) at #3/3 Michigan Wolverines (7-0)
Tuesday, December 4 // 8:30 p.m.
Ann Arbor, Mich. // Crisler Center
Wolverines lead series 25-13 // Wolverines lead 15-4 in Ann Arbor // Broncos 4-2 in last six meetings
Radio // Bronco Radio Network
Announcers // Robin Hook
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 8 p.m.
Television & Stream // Big Ten Network
Talent // Dave Revsine & Jim Jackson
• This will be the 39th meeting between the two teams, with the Wolverines holding a 25-13 advantage in the all-time series
• The Broncos have won four of the last six meeting with the Wolverines, including a pair of games in Ann Arbor
• This will be the first time the teams have met since the 2002-03 season, and the first time since Steve Hawkins became head coach of the Broncos
• The Broncos won the most recent two meetings with the Wolverines, including a 56-52 win at the Crisler Center on November 30, 2002
• The Broncos are 0-7 against Big Ten teams under head coach Steve Hawkins
• The Broncos received 12 votes in this week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll
• The Broncos' six-game win streak is the longest they've enjoyed since a six-game streak during the 2004-05 season
• Western Michigan's 6-1 start is the best since the 2003-04 season, when the Broncos started the year 12-1
• The Broncos' victory over Oakland was the 100th win at University Arena for head coach Steve Hawkins
• Darius Paul has scored in double-digits in six consecutive games, the first Bronco freshman to do so since Ben Reed scored in double-digits in 13 consecutive games during the 2001-02 season
• Shayne Whittington's six blocks against Oakland were the most in a single game for a Bronco since February 12, 2011 against Ohio
• Whittington is the reigning College Sports Madness MAC Player of the Week
• The Broncos have totaled 11 blocked shots in their past two games
• The Broncos have made more free throws (109) than their opponents have even attempted (106)
• Brandon Pokley has more double-digit scoring nights this season (five) than he did in his previous three seasons combined (two)
BRONCOS vS. THE WOLVERINES
This will be the 39th meeting between the Broncos and the Wolverines, with Michigan holding a 25-13 advantage in the all-time series versus the Broncos. Despite their relatively close proximity, this will be the first time the teams have played since the 2002-03 season. The Broncos have a 4-15 record on the road against the Wolverines, but won their last meeting at the Crisler Center; Robby Collum had 17 points, including a pair of free throws down the stretch, to seal a 56-52 win on November 30, 2002. The Broncos have won four of the last six meetings with the Wolverines, including two wins at the Crisler Center.
HAWKINS VS. THE BIG TEN
Western Michigan is 0-7 against teams currently in the Big Ten under head coach Steve Hawkins, with the most recent meeting coming last season when the Broncos fell to Purdue as part of the 5-Hour ENERGY Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Broncos have faced Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin under Hawkins.
Darius Paul has now scored double-digits in each of his last six contests, a rare feat for a Bronco freshman. That mark surpasses any Bronco freshman's performance over the past 10 seasons, including those of David Kool and Joe Reitz. The last freshman to record the feat in as many games was Ben Reed, who finished with 13 consecutive double-digit scoring games during the 2001-02 season.
DOWN TO THE WIRE
This year's edition of the Broncos has shown the ability to win close games, as evidenced by their last two wins in particular. So far in 2012-13, the Broncos are 3-0 in two-possession ballgames, and are 1-0 in their sole one-possession game this season.
The Broncos' win over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Saturday represented the sixth straight win for the team, and one of the longest win streaks under head coach Steve Hawkins. The streak is the longest since the 2004-05 Broncos won seven straight games from December 22, 2004 to January 19, 2005; that streak came two games after a six-game streak earlier in the season. The longest win streak for a Hawkins-coached team came in the 2002-03 season, when the Broncos won 11 straight to open the season 12-1.