If you are one of those people who likes to "go green," you may find something of value in the inter-conference matchup scheduled for Saturday, as the Bowling Green Falcons play host to the Green Bay Phoenix.
Bowling Green has a forceful inside presence in Demajeo Wiggins, who could find some room against a rather smallish Green Bay squad. But the Phoenix have some height on the perimeter, and Falcons have had their hands full defending at the arc.
The site of this game, pitting a MAC squad against a Horizon League team, is the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Ohio.
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ABOUT GREEN BAY: Well, we don't think Linc Darner is going to be a coaching casualty, like his Green Bay football counterpart, Mike McCarthy, but the jury is still out as to whether the Phoenix can improve on last year's 13-20 season. Right now they are 5-3 (6-1 ATS), and in notable games, they have lost by eleven points to both Iowa and Oregon. Last Saturday they scored a 100-92 victory over Belmont, which they held to just 6-for-31 from three-point range. JayQuan McCloud had 21 points and ShanQuan "Tank" Hemphill had 17, as Green Bay had six people scoring in double figures. Hemphill was just named Nike Horizon League Co-Player of the Week, in fact. Sandy Cohen, a 6-6 swingman, has been kind of a do-everything type for them, averaging 14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 6.4 assists. Green Bay tries to operate at a rather breakneck pace on offense, averaging only 14.8 seconds per possession, but at the same time, they take pretty good care of the ball, turning it over on only 14.7% of their possessions. There is no one over 6-8 this rotation, but they can put a lineup of players all 6-5 or taller on the floor at the same time.
ABOUT BOWLING GREEN: It was quite the downer on Wednesday, as the Falcons (4-5 SU, 3-5 ATS) got their clock cleaned by Cleveland State, a team that has been having its struggles. The bright spot in the 82-64 defeat was Demajeo Wiggins, who had 21 points and 16 rebounds – seven of them on the offensive end. But Bowling Green just didn't shoot well enough and didn't defend CSU out on the perimeter, allowing 15 triples and making only five of 23 from three-point range themselves. This game against Green Bay represents an opportunity for them to get something accomplished, as they have a week off after this before playing Division II Findlay. The Falcons do a very good job of holding opponents to just one shot (allowing just 23.3% offensive boards), but they've got to do a lot better than surrendering 38.3% shooting on triples. Distribution has been a problem, as BGSU (that stands for Bowling Green State University, by the way) has had assists on only 43.4% of their field goals.
1. Both of these teams are weak at the free-throw line, hitting less than 63%. That makes Bowling Green 319th and Green Bay right behind them at 321st. Opposing teams have also made 74.3% of their free throws against both of them, for whatever that's worth.
2. Bowling Green's 6-6 guard Antwon Lillard has averaged 24.6 minutes per game and shot just 29.8% from the field. However, is the top free-throw shooter on this team at 75%.
3. Sandy Cohen played 83% of Green Bay's available minutes in conference play last season, and that was the seventh-highest percentage of that kind of any player in the nation.
PREDICTION: Bowling Green 83, Green Bay 79 Bet Now
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