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Ohio freshman AJ Brown, 24, attempts to make a basket during the game against Western Michigan on Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023.

Men's Basketball: Everything to know about Eastern Michigan

Ohio’s two-game winning streak was snapped this weekend with a tough loss to Akron, but it has a great chance to rebound against a struggling Eastern Michigan team.

The Eagles are just 5-16 this season and 2-6 in the Mid-American Conference, but they are coming off a win over Miami on Saturday.

Here is everything you need to know about Tuesday’s opponent:

Game Information

Opponent: Eastern Michigan

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: George Gervin GameAbove Center (Ypsilanti, Michigan)

How to watch: ESPN+

How to listen: The Varsity Network

Follow live stats here

Meet the Opponent

Head Coach: Stan Heath (second season)

Probable starters

02 Noah Farrakhan

04 Jalin Billingsley

05 Tyson Acuff

21 Emoni Bates

22 Yusuf Jihad

Statistical leaders

Points: Bates (20.4 points per game)

Rebounds: Bates (5.7 rebounds per game)

Assists: Acuff (2.9 assists per game)

Blocks: Billingsley (12 blocks)

Steals: Acuff (31 steals)

Field goal percentage: Javantae Randle (53.8%)

3-point percentage: Jihad (37.5%)

Free throw percentage: Kevin-David Rice (83.3%)

Series History

Ohio has dominated Eastern Michigan recently, going 16-6 since 2005. Eastern Michigan has been one of the weakest programs in the MAC over the last few years, and it has not qualified for the MAC Tournament since 2015.

Jeff Boals has won all five of his games against Eastern Michigan since becoming Ohio’s head coach in 2019.

Player to watch

Emoni Bates - Bates was a Top 5 national recruit in the 2021 class and committed to play at Memphis under Penny Hardaway. After a rough season in Memphis, he returned home to Ypsilanti to play for Eastern Michigan and has been putting up incredible numbers despite the teams’ struggles. Last week, he scored 43 points against Toledo, including the last 29 points of the first half for the Eagles.


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