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QUICK HITS (SIZED FOR YOUR TWITTER ADDICTION)
* Bowling Green looks for its first road win of the year as the Falcons play at 9-2 Temple Monday at 2 p.m.
* BGSU is playing on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day for the fourth time in five years.
* The Falcons are in the midst of five games in five different states (Florida, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio).
* Temple will look for revenge after the Falcons beat the Owls 67-64 in the Stroh Center a year ago.
* Richaun Holmes had career-highs with 10 points and six blocked shots, all in the second half, at North Dakota.
* Richaun Holmes now ranks 14th in the country in blocked shots.
* Richaun Holmes ranks fourth in the country in blocked shots per minutes played.
* Richaun Holmes has blocked at least two shots in eight straight games and is on-pace to break the school single-season record.
* Jordon Crawford has made 21 of his last 23 free-throws after making just 9-of-19 attempts to start the year.
* Sophomore Anthony Henderson has made five three-pointers on eight attempts in the past two games.
* Bowling Green's bench has outscored the opponent's bench in 10-of-12 contests this year.
* BGSU is 4-0 when outrebounding its opponent.
* Jordon Crawford needs one assist to move into the top five all-time at BGSU in that category.
* Cam Black needs two blocked shots to move into the top 10 all-time at BGSU for a career.
* Richaun Holmes needs just three blocked shots to move into the top 10 in a single-season in BGSU history.
* Jordon Crawford has scored in double-figures in 10 consecutive games.

BGSU PLAY FINAL PRE-CONFERENCE GAME MONDAY
Bowling Green heads to Philadelphia to close out the pre-conference schedule Monday with a midday game at Temple starting at 2 p.m. As always, the Owls are a strong team that enter the contest at 9-2 on the season and recently handed Syracuse its first loss of the season. BGSU will look to snap a three-game losing streak as the Falcons have fallen to 5-7 on the year.

THE SERIES
Bowling Green is 1-3 in four games all-time against Temple, but the Falcons defeated the Owls 67-64 in the Stroh Center a year ago. The two teams played in Philadelphia on Dec. 28, 2009 and Temple rolled to a 63-39 victory in a Turn Back The Clock game played in McGonigle Hall, the first contest in the building in more than a decade. Both of Temple's other wins in the series came in venerable Anderson Arena. This will be the Falcons' first game in the Liacouras Center.

BGSU FALLS LATE TO NORTH DAKOTA
Richaun Holmes' three-point play with 60 seconds remaining gave Bowling Green a 53-51 lead but North Dakota hit a clutch three-pointer and scored the final five points to defeat the Falcons 56-53 Friday night in Grand Forks, N.D. Holmes had career-highs with 10 points and six blocked shots, all of those stats coming in the second half, but Bowling Green was unable to overcome 17 offensive rebounds by UND. Jordon Crawford scored a game-high 14 points and A'uston Calhoun added 12 points and eight rebounds in the loss. BGSU fell to 0-3 on the road with the defeat.

BLOCK PARTY
Richaun Holmes set a career-high with five blocked shots against South Florida and then bumped it again with six more, all in the second half, at North Dakota. Holmes now has 34 blocks in the first 12 games and ranks fourth in the country in blocks per minute played. He is on pace to end the 31-game regular season with 88 rejections, which would shatter the school record of 59 for a single-season (Cornelius Cash in 1973-74). He has eight consecutive games with at least two blocked shots and five consecutive games with at least three. Holmes also needs just three more blocked shots to move onto the top 10 chart for a single-season at BGSU.

1,000 POINT TEAMMATES
Against Michigan State, A'uston Calhoun scored his 1,000th career point. With 931 points, Jordon Crawford needs just 69 more to tie him. They would become just the eighth set of teammates to reach the milestone in the same season. It would also be the first time that it's happened in back-to-back seasons as Scott Thomas and Dee Brown both did it last year.

PLUS/MINUS
Although none of them rank among the top three on the team in scoring, Richaun Holmes, Anthony Henderson and James Erger may have had the largest impact on the success of the team so far this year. Bowling Green has outscored its opponents by 38 points when Holmes is on the floor, 33 when Henderson is on the court and 14 when Erger is in the game. Those are the top three plus/minus ratings on the Falcons this year.

1-2 PUNCH
Senior forward A'uston Calhoun and senior guard Jordon Crawford currently rank as the second-highest scoring duo in the Mid-American Conference. Calhoun and Crawford have combined for 32.2 points per game to trail Toledo's Julius Brown and Rian Pearson at 34.1 points per contest. Kent State's Chris Evans and Randal Holt are third at 29.5 points per game.

MORE OF THE DYNAMIC DUO
Both A'uston Calhoun and Jordon Crawford are averaging at least 15.0 points per game. The last BG teammates to finish a season at 15.0 points per game or better were John Reimold (18.5 points) and Josh Almanson (17.2 points) in 2004-05.

REBOUND THAT BASKETBALL
Bowling Green is 4-0 when outrebounding its opponents this year. The Falcons are -2.2 boards on the season, but the team has outrebounded Lake Erie, Alabama Huntsville, Wright State and Samford by at least eight each.

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. BG is yet to shoot 50 percent in a game this year.

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.

BLOCKING OUT
Bowling Green has had as many or more blocked shots than its opponent in 11-of-12 games this year, including a season-high 10 against USF. It marked the first time the Falcons had 10 blocked shots in a game since blocking 11 at Illinois State on Dec. 6, 2008. Sophomore transfer Richaun Holmes has led the way with 34 blocks, ranking third in the MAC.

GETTING BENCHED
Bowling Green's bench had outscored eight consecutive opponents until North Dakota's non-starters put up 27 points Friday. It was only the second time this year (the other being IUPUI) that the BGSU bench had been outscored. The Falcons have put up a season-high 21 points from the reserves four times (Robert Morris, Youngstown State, South Florida and North Dakota) this year.

IF WE TOOK A HOLIDAY, TOOK SOME TIME TO CELEBRATE
Monday's game will mark the third consecutive season (and fourth time in five years) that BGSU has played on the road on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day (and, in fact, played in large cities). Two years ago, the Falcons won at St. Louis 67-61 before losing to Texas San Antonio in overtime a year ago 86-79. Historically, New Year's Eve has not been kind to the Falcons as BGSU is just 1-8 in nine contests on Dec. 31. Bowling Green is better on New Year's Day with a 3-2 mark.

HEATING UP LATE
Over the past four games, senior point guard Jordon Crawford has started slowly but picked up the pace in the second half. He has scored just eight first-half points during that stretch on 3-of-20 (15.0 percent) shooting, but has posted 47 points after halftime on 21-of-46 (45.6 percent) shooting.

WINNING UGLY
One sign of a good team is the ability to win games when not playing at its best. Three times this year, the Falcons have won games when shooting below 40 percent from the field, beating Lake Erie, Wright State and Samford. A year ago, BGSU lost all seven contests when it show below 40 percent.

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 4-2 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). The 16-6 record in the Stroh Center comes out to a .727 winning percentage, which is higher than the program's .709 winning percentage in Anderson Arena, the home for the Falcons from 1960-2011.

D-FENSE! D-FENSE!
Earlier this year, Bowling Green held Wright State and Samford to 42 points or less in back-to-back games. It was the first time the team had done that in successive games since doing so against Loyola and Pepperdine on Dec. 22 and Dec. 27, 1949. It also marked the first time the team held back-to-back opponents to 83 points or less since holding Western Ontario and Miami to 82 points on Dec. 8 and Dec. 12, 1962.

STROH IN THE 70'S
BGSU is 6-0 all-time when scoring at least 70 points in the Stroh Center. The Falcons went 5-0 last year and defeated Detroit 70-65 this year.

NOT ONE, NOT TWO, BUT THREE OVERTIMES
While the school record for overtimes in a single game is four, Bowling Green played a triple overtime contest for the first time in 20 years against South Florida earlier this year. The last time the Falcons went that deep into the night came in a 91-88 loss to Ball State on Jan. 29, 1992. Overall, the Falcons have played in four overtime sessions already this year, the most since the team played four overtime games in the 2001-02 season.

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 95-of-106 games. The high-water mark came when Bowling Green scored 58 points in the paint against Malone a year ago.

FRESH FACES
BGSU head coach Louis Orr announced the signing of three student-athletes during the fall signing period. J.D. Tisdale (Flint, Mich./Swartz Creek High School), Zach Denny (Germantown, Ohio/Valley View High School) and Garret Mayleben (Milford, Ohio/Milford High School) will join transfer Josh Gomez (Brooklyn, N.Y./Rice High School/Iona) among next year's incoming class.

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 second in the MAC at 16.5 points per game.

FALCONS ON REGIONAL/NATIONAL TELEVISION
BGSU will play a minimum of three games on ESPNU and SportsTime Ohio this year. The Falcons hosted 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.

PRESEASON ALL-MAC
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).