Broncos Look For Seventh Straight, Host Kent State
Western Michigan Broncos (14-7, 6-2 MAC) vs. Kent State Golden Flashes (12-10, 3-5 MAC)
Wednesday, February 6 // 7 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // University Arena
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 6:30 p.m.
• This will be the 113th meeting between the two teams, with the Golden Flashes holding a 59-53 advantage in the series
• The Broncos lead the series in Kalamazoo 35-19
• The Broncos are 3-9 against Kent State under head coach Steve Hawkins, including seven straight losses
• The Broncos received 17 votes in the Feb. 4 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll
• Western Michigan will host Pacific in the 2013 Bracketbuster on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. in a game that will be aired on ESPN 3
• The Broncos have won six straight MAC games for the first time since winning six straight from Dec. 4, 2004 - Jan. 19, 2005
• The Broncos won eight straight conference games if one includes the last two games of the 2003-04 season
• The Broncos are shooting 49.0 percent from the field, while holding their opponents to just 34.5 percent during their six-game win streak
• WMU is 2-2 against the MAC East division this season, with wins against Miami and Buffalo
•David Brown is averaging 10.8 points per game off the bench during the win streak, including a 43.3 shooting percentage from three-point range
•The Broncos are out-scoring their opponents by an average of 16.0 points per game during this win streak
• WMU is averaging 7.7 steals per game during this win streak, up from their season average of 5.3 steals per game
• The Bronco bench is outscoring their counterparts by 16.0 points per game during the six-game win streak
• WMU is 61-16 (.792) in MAC home games under head coach Steve Hawkins
• The Broncos are 103-28 (.786) in home games under head coach Steve Hawkins
BRONCOS VS. THE GOLDEN FLASHES
This will be the 113th meeting between the Broncos and the Golden Flashes, with Kent State holding a 59-53 advantage in the all-time series. The rivalry dates back to the 1951-52 season, with the Broncos winning the first eight meetings; WMU led the rivalry until the early 1980's, at which time Kent State took a more dominant position.
The Broncos are 3-9 against Kent State under head coach Steve Hawkins, and have lost seven straight games in the rivalry; the last Bronco victory came on Feb. 11, 2007 in a game played at University Arena. The Broncos are 2-2 against Kent State in games played at University Arena under Hawkins.
After starting the MAC slate 0-2, the Broncos have won six straight conference games and have moved into third place in the conference with a 6-2 record. The six straight conference victories is the best in-season MAC win streak since the 2004-05 season, when the Broncos opened the conference slate on a six-game tear. As far as overall MAC win streaks, this is the longest since the Broncos won eight straight conference games from March 1, 2004 - Jan. 19, 2005.
Shayne Whittington recorded his fourth 20-point performance of the season with his 23-point, 14-rebound effort against Buffalo on Saturday. That marked the sixth double-double of the season for the big man, the most for a Bronco player since Joe Reitz had six double-doubles in the 2007-08 season. The last player to post more double-doubles in a season was also Reitz, who had 10 double-doubles in the 2006-07 season.
INSIDE THE STREAK
Some notes about the Broncos' six-game win streak:
•The Broncos are shooting 49.0 percent from the field, while holding their opponents to just 34.5 percent;
• Shayne Whittington is averaging 15.2 points per game, and is now the team's overall leading scorer;
•WMU is averaging 7.7 steals per game, up from their season average of 5.3 steals per game;
•David Brown is averaging 10.8 points per game off the bench, including a 43.3 shooting percentage from three-point range;
•The Broncos are out-scoring their opponents by an average of 16.0 points per game
STINGY FROM THE FIELD
The Broncos remain one of the tougher defensive teams in the Mid-American Conference at the halfway point of the season, holding their MAC rivals to dismal shooting percentages and rebounding rates. Looking at solely conference games, the Broncos are second in the league scoring defense (57.8 ppg), first in field goal percentage defense (.361), and third in rebounding margin (+4.4).
BRONCOS DRAW PACIFIC IN BRACKETBUSTER
The Western Michigan men's basketball team will host Pacific of the Big West Conference in the 2013 Bracketbuster game. The game, which will be featured on ESPN3, will be played on Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. at University Arena. The Broncos are one of three Mid-American Conference teams to appear on television in this year's event, joining Akron (home against North Dakota State) and Ohio (away at Belmont).