BOWLING GREEN - Bowling Green looks to begin a winning streak and remain undefeated at home Tuesday night as the Falcons host Detroit in the Stroh Center at 7 p.m. The Falcons are 2-3 after splitting a pair of games in Moon Township, Pa. for the NIT Season Tip-Off and beat the Titans a year ago in the Stroh Center. Detroit was one of three teams the Falcons beat a year ago at home that went on to make the NCAA Tournament.
Bowling Green is 14-23 all-time against Detroit and this will be the sixth consecutive year that the two programs will play, marking the longest active non-conference streak for the Falcons. BGSU has gone 3-2 during the latest stretch of games, including a 67-61 win over the Titans a year ago. Detroit is 1-2 all-time in the Stroh Center, having also played two neutral site games a year ago in the Progressive College Basketball Experience (CBE) Classic.
LAST GAME: BGSU ROLLS PAST ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
Bowling Green overcame an eight-point first half deficit to lead by six points at the break and the Falcons cruised in the second half to a 64-48 win over Alabama-Huntsville Tuesday in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Robert Morris University. A'uston Calhoun had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Chauncey Orr chipped in a career-high 11 points as the Falcons led by double-digits for most of the final 20 minutes. BGSU outrebounded UAH 37-23 and had just seven turnovers for the game, holding the Chargers to 29 percent shooting in the second half.
Bowling Green has not trailed at the half yet this year, leading both Lake Erie, IUPUI and Alabama-Huntsville at the half. In games against Cleveland State and Robert Morris, the score was tied after 20 minutes.
THREE IS THE KEY
BGSU is averaging 5.8 three-pointers made per game so far this year, the most since the 2008-09 team that won a MAC Championship averaged 6.2 per contest. In fact, the Falcons are averaging 7.3 per game in their last three contests and are shooting 36.7 percent from long range during that stretch.
THE NEXT T.O.?
A year ago, Torian Oglesby shot a remarkable 74 percent from the field and set a new NCAA record by making 21 consecutive field goal attempts. Oglesby graduated, but a new player has stepped into that role. Sophomore transfer Richaun Holmes has made 11-of-13 field goal attempts this year, knocking down 84.6 percent of his shots thus far.
Each of Bowling Green's four seniors have increased their scoring average this year. Combined, A'uston Calhoun, Jordon Crawford, James Erger and Luke Kraus are scoring 41.4 points per game in 2012-13, up from 29.0 points per contest a year ago.
Senior forward A'uston Calhoun and senior guard Jordon Crawford currently rank as the highest scoring duo in the Mid-American Conference. Calhoun and Crawford have combined for 34.6 points per game to outpace Toledo's Julius Brown and Rian Pearson at 33.3 points per contest.
MORE OF THE DYNAMIC DUO
Both A'uston Calhoun and Jordon Crawford are averaging at lead 16.0 points per game. The last BG teammates to finish a season at 16.0 points per game or better were John Reimold (18.5 points) and Josh Almanson (17.2 points) in 2004-05.
AT THE LINE
In the season opener, Bowling Green attempted 35 free-throws, the most since the team attempted the same number against Buffalo on Jan. 17, 2008. The Falcons went to the line 21 more times than Lake Erie, the largest advantage the program has had in a game since attempting 21 more free-throws than Eastern Michigan on Feb. 7, 2006.
50% IS GREATER THAN 80%
Under Head Coach Louis Orr, Bowling Green has won more than 80 percent of its games when its shoots at least 50 percent from the floor. A year ago, the Falcons went 8-3 in such games and are 37-8 in Orr's five years at Bowling Green when reaching that total.
EVEN MORE SHOOTING PROWESS
Bowling Green went 5-0 a year ago when shooting at least 54 percent from the floor, defeating Temple, Malone, Western Michigan, Morehead State, and Kent State.
Bowling Green has had as many or more blocked shots than its opponent in every game this year. The Falcons had seven blocked shots in each of the first two games and have been led individually by Richaun Holmes (tied for fifth in the MAC with nine blocks), A'uston Calhoun (six blocks) and Cam Black (four blocks).
LITTLE BIG MAN
At 5-feet-6, junior point guard Jordon Crawford is likely the best player in the country at his height. Over the summer, Bleacher Report named him the best Division I player in the nation at his height. Crawford currently ranks fifth in the MAC at 16.0 points per game.
One sign of a good team is the ability to win games when not playing at its best. The Falcons certainly did that in their opener, shooting just 33 percent from the field, but coming away with the 63-53 win. BGSU lost all seven games a year ago when it shot below 40 percent and had not won a contest shooting as poorly as it did in the home opener since shooting 30.2 percent in a 52-49 win over Ohio on Jan. 5, 2008.
THE POST GAME
Head coach Louis Orr's philosophy is always to play inside-out and the Falcons have done that well during his tenure. In the past four seasons, BGSU has scored 20 or more points in the paint in 89-of-99 games. The high-water mark came when Bowling Green scored 58 points in the paint against Malone a year ago.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
In just over one year, the Stroh Center has proven to be a difficult place for opponents to play. The Falcons are 1-0 this year at home after going 12-4 a year ago, including a mark of 3-0 against teams that eventually went to the NCAA Tournament (victories over Detroit, Temple and Ohio).
FALCONS ON REGIONAL/NATIONAL TELEVISION
BGSU will play a minimum of three games on ESPNU and SportsTime Ohio this year. The Falcons will host Michigan State on ESPNU on Dec. 18 and will host Eastern Michigan on STO on Jan. 12. The third guaranteed contest comes on STO on Jan. 30 at home against Akron. There will be 10 more MAC games selected to be aired on ESPN/STO throughout the year.
A'uston Calhoun earned East Division Preseason All-MAC honors by voting of 24 members of the MAC News Media. Calhoun was one of five players selected in the East Division, joining Buffalo's Javon McCrea, Akron's Zeke Marshall, and Ohio's D.J. Cooper and Walter Offutt.
MEDIA PICKS BOWLING GREEN FIFTH
Bowling Green was picked to finish fifth in the East Division by vote of 24 members of the MAC News Media. The Falcons were chosen ahead of Miami, while Ohio was selected to win the division, followed by Akron, Kent State and Buffalo.
CSM HONORS CALHOUN, CRAWFORD
College Sports Madness released its preseason All-MAC awards, naming A'uston Calhoun first team preseason All-MAC and Jordon Crawford third team.
A'USTON IS ALL-MAC
A'uston Calhoun was named to the 2012 All-MAC Second Team by vote of the league's 12 head coaches after being named honorable mention in 2011. Calhoun ranked fifth in the MAC in scoring in league games (15.1 points per game), eighth in field-goal percentage (50.3 percent), and 12th in rebounding (5.4 per game).