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* Bowling Green looks for its first road win Wednesday as the Falcons play at Miami Wednesday at 7 p.m.
* BGSU is 51-76 all-time against Miami, but the Falcons swept the season series a year ago.
* With a win, the Falcons would be 2-1 in MAC play for third time in the six-year Louis Orr tenure.
* With a 46-44 win over Eastern Michigan, BGSU had its lowest point total in a win since March 3, 1976.
* Richaun Holmes ranks 12th in the country in blocked shots at 2.9 per contest.
* According to StatSheet, Richaun Holmes is blocking 17.3 percent of opponent's shots when he is on the floor -- third-best in the country.
* Richaun Holmes is on pace to block 89 shots in the regular season, 30 more than the school record.
* Richaun Holmes already ranks sixth on the single-season blocked shot list at BGSU with 43 this year.
* Jordon Crawford has made 26 of his last 28 free-throws after making just 9-of-19 attempts to start the year.
* Jordon Crawford needs three assists to move into fourth 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.
* BGSU has committed a MAC-low 12.3 turnovers per game. Toledo is second at 12.8 per contest.
* Anthony Henderson is averaging 11.0 points per game and has made 5-of-11 three-pointers since moving into the starting lineup.
* BGSU has won four games this year when shooting below 40 percent from the field.
BG LOOKS TO BEGIN WINNING STREAK AT MIAMI
Coming off of wins Saturday, both the Bowling Green and Miami men's basketball teams look to move past .500 in league play Wednesday night. Both teams scored in the final eight seconds to overcome a late deficit for their first win in Mid-American Conference play. Wednesday night's game is set for a 7 p.m. tip-off at Miami's Millett Hall.
Bowling Green swept the season series a year ago but Miami is one of only three MAC teams to hold a winning record all-time against the Falcons, posting a 76-51 lead all-time. Jordon Crawford scored 25 points in Millett Hall a year ago as the Falcons overcame a four-point halftime deficit for a 65-57 win. Prior to that contest, Miami had won seven consecutive meetings in Oxford.
CRAWFORD'S HEROICS LEAD BG TO WIN OVER EMU
Jordon Crawford knocked down a long three-pointer from the top of the key with 6.1 seconds remaining as Bowling Green won a defensive struggle over Eastern Michigan 46-44 Saturday. With the win, the Falcons moved to 1-1 in MAC play. It was the lowest scoring point total in a win for Bowling Green since a 45-43 victory at Kent State on March 3, 1976. A'uston Calhoun had a game-high 17 points and added seven rebounds, while Crawford finished with 11 points and four assists. The Falcons overcame 20 turnovers by holding Eastern Michigan to 29 percent shooting.
It's possible that no player has been a bigger thorn to Miami over the past few years than Jordon Crawford. The Cincinnati native has dominated the RedHawks, scoring a then-career high 25 points a year ago at Miami. He followed that up with 16 points on 3-of-5 three-pointers in a home win last year. As a sophomore, he had 10 points, eight assists and five steals at home against Miami and had nine points and nine assists on the road. In six career games against the RedHawks, Crawford is averaging 12.0 points, 4.8 assists, and 1.8 steals per contest on 53 percent shooting.
Richaun Holmes has at least five blocked shots in three of the past five games, including a career-high six at North Dakota. With 43 this year, he is on pace to end the 31-game regular season with 89 rejections, which would shatter the school record of 59 for a single-season (Cornelius Cash in 1973-74). Holmes ranks 12th in the country with 2.9 per contest and is third in the country by blocking 17.3 percent of the shots taken when he is on the floor. He has blocked at least one shot in 11 consecutive games and has 24 in the last six games. Holmes ranks second in the MAC in blocked shots and tied for first in league games.
1,000 POINT TEAMMATES
Against Michigan State, A'uston Calhoun scored his 1,000th career point. With 975 points, Jordon Crawford needs just 25 more to reach that same mark. 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.
Although they rank just fourth and fifth on the team in scoring, Richaun Holmes and Anthony Henderson may have had the largest impact on the success of the team so far this year. Bowling Green has outscored its opponents by 33 points when Holmes is on the floor and 25 when Henderson is on the court. Those are the top two plus/minus ratings on the Falcons this year.
HEATING UP LATE
Over the past seven games, senior point guard Jordon Crawford has contributed much more offensively in the second half. He has scored just 20 first-half points during that stretch on 7-of-39 (17.9 percent) shooting, but has posted 79 points after halftime on 34-of-73 (47.6 percent) shooting.
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 31.8 points per game to trail Toledo's Julius Brown and Rian Pearson at 33.4 points per contest. Kent State's Chris Evans and Randal Holt are third at 30.0 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.
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
Bowling Green is committing just 12.3 turnovers per game, the best in the MAC (Kent State is second at 12.8). No BGSU team has ended a season with fewer turnovers per game since the 1995-96 team averaged 12.2 per contest. Overall, the Falcons rank 42nd in the country in turnovers.
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.
Bowling Green has had as many or more blocked shots than its opponent in 13-of-15 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 43 blocks, ranking second in the MAC.
One sign of a good team is the ability to win games when not playing at its best. Four times this year, the Falcons have won games when shooting below 40 percent from the field, beating Lake Erie, Wright State, Samford and Eastern Michigan. 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 5-2 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 17-6 record in the Stroh Center comes out to a .739 winning percentage, which is higher than the program's .709 winning percentage in Anderson Arena, the home for the Falcons from 1960-2011.
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 97-of-109 games. The high-water mark came when Bowling Green scored 58 points in the paint against Malone a year ago.
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 fourth in the MAC at 16.1 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 then played host to 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).