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Courtesy: WMU

Broncos Take on Wyoming In Second Round of CBI

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 03/24/2013
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Western Michigan Broncos (21-12, 10-6 MAC) vs. Wyoming Cowboys (20-13, 4-12 MWC)
Monday, March 25 // 9 p.m. EST
Laramie, Wyo. // Arena-Auditorium


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 8:30 p.m.

Television • AXS TV
Talent • Kenny Rice & Bobby Cremmins

AXS TV can be found at the following channels in the Kalamazoo area:

AT&T U-verse: Channel 1106
Charter: Channel 770
DirecTV: Channel 340
Dish: Channel 362




• This will be the first-ever meeting between the Broncos and the Cowboys
• The Broncos made their CBI debut against the Bison, and have now played in all four postseason tournaments under head coach Steve Hawkins (NCAA - 2004, NIT - 2005, CIT - 2011, CBI - 2013)
• The Broncos are now 3-3 in postseason games under head coach Steve Hawkins, including a 54-40 win at Marquette in the 2005 NIT, a 74-66 win over Tennessee Tech in the 2011 CIT, and their CBI win over North Dakota State this year
• The Broncos’ win over North Dakota State was their first overtime victory since Jan. 29, 2011, when they beat Miami 73-68; they had lost their last four overtime games in that span
• WMU is now 2-1 all-time in postseason games that go to overtime (3/13/76 - W vs. Virginia Tech, 3/21/05 - L vs. Texas Christian, 3/20/13 - W vs. North Dakota State)
Brandon Pokley is averaging 12.0 points per game and shooting 60.0 percent from the field since the end of the regular season, including a 6 of 12 (.500) mark from three-point range; he has four straight double-digit scoring games
• Whittington led the MAC with 11 double-doubles in 2012-13; the last Broncos with 11 double-doubles in a season was Anthony Kann, who recorded 11 during the 2002-03 season
• The last Bronco to record more than 11 double-doubles in a season was Booker James, who posted what is believed to be a program-record 16 double-doubles during the 1986-87 season
Connar Tava notched 10 points and six rebounds in the Broncos’ CBI win over North Dakota State
• Brown is averaging 11.3 points per game in his last three games
Nate Hutcheson ranks as the program’s career games played leader with 133 games played, and moved into the top-25 in program history in scoring
Shayne Whittington is the first Bronco with 50+ blocks in a season since Matt Van Abbema in the 1994-95 season
• Whittington’s 291 rebounds this season rank as fifth-most in a single season at Western Michigan

This will be the first time these teams have ever met, but it will not the the Broncos’ first experience with the Mountain West Conference. WMU is a 3-8 all-time against opponents from the MWC, including a 1-3 record under head coach Steve Hawkins. The Broncos are 1-1 against Boise State, 0-3 against Colorado State, 0-1 against Fresno State, 2-2 against San Diego State, and 0-1 against UNLV. Hawkins’ sole win against Mountain West competition came during the 2006-07 season, when the Broncos defeated San Diego State.

As far as common opponents go, the Broncos and Cowboys have just one; Wyoming defeated Illinois State earlier this year, while the Broncos fell to the Redbirds.

Shayne Whittington’s 16-point, 14-rebound effort against Central Michigan on March 9 gave him 11 double-doubles for the 2012-13 season, the most in the MAC for a single player this season. Whittington’s total is tied for the most by a Bronco in a single season since Anthony Kann recorded 11 double-doubles in the 2002-03 season. The last Bronco to record more than 11 double-doubles in a season was Booker James, who posted what is believed to be a program-record 16 double-doubles during the 1986-87 season, a year in which he was named the MAC Player of the Year.

Shayne Whittington enters the CBI second round game with an average of 8.8 rebounds per game; he will be the first Bronco to average better than eight rebounds per game since Joe Reitz averaged 8.6 rebounds per game during the 2006-07 season. The last Bronco to average better than 9.0 rebounds per game was Ben Handlogten, who averaged 9.0 rebounds during the 1994-95 season.

This year’s edition of the Broncos has shown the ability to win close games. So far in 2012-13, the Broncos are 11-5 in games decided by two possessions or less.