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* Bowling Green returns home to host Kent State Wednesday night at 7 pm. The Falcons are 5-2 in the Stroh Center this year.
* BGSU is 81-67 all-time against Kent State, marking the most wins for the Falcon program against any other team.
* The two teams split the season series a year ago with each program winning at home.
* Bowling Green is 17-6 all-time in the Stroh Center, including 7-2 in MAC games.
* BGSU has been ahead or tied in the final 10 minutes in 15 of the team's 17 games this year.
* Jordon Crawford became the 41st player in school history with 1,000 career points in the loss at Buffalo Saturday.
* Richaun Holmes ranks 21st in the country in blocked shots at 2.7 per contest.
* According to StatSheet, Richaun Holmes is blocking 16.7 percent of opponent's shots when he is on the floor -- second-best in the country.
* Richaun Holmes is on pace to block 84 shots in the regular season, 25 more than the school record.
* Richaun Holmes already is fifth on the single-season blocked shot list at BGSU with 46 this year.
* Jordon Crawford has made 30 of his last 33 free-throws after making just 9-of-19 attempts to start the year.
* With four blocked shots in the past two games, Cam Black has moved into a tie for ninth in career blocks at BGSU.
* BGSU has committed a MAC-low 12.4 turnovers per game. Toledo is second at 12.8 per contest.
* BGSU has won four games this year when shooting below 40 percent from the field.
* Bowling Green's last three games have all been decided on the final shot of the contest.
FALCONS RETURN HOME TO HOST KENT STATE
After a week on the road, the Bowling Green men's basketball team returns home to host Kent State Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a game televised by BCSN. The Falcons are one of four teams in the MAC at 1-3, while Kent State is one of six teams just a game ahead at 2-2. Bowling Green beat the Golden Flashes at home a year ago by 16 points.
This is the 149th meeting all-time between Bowling Green and Kent State and the Falcons hold an 81-67 lead in the series. The two teams have split the season series in four of head coach Louis Orr's first five seasons with Bowling Green winning the lone meeting in the Stroh Center in 2011-12.
BUFFALO COMES FROM BEHIND TO BEAT FALCONS
Bowling Green remained winless on the road Saturday night in a 68-65 loss at Buffalo. The Falcons led by as many as 12 points in the first held and held a nine-point second half lead. Buffalo stormed back late to take the lead and Jordon Crawford's three-pointer at the buzzer was short. Crawford finished with a team-high 18 points and reached 1,000 for his career. A'uston Calhoun added 16 points and Chauncey Orr ended with 14.
Richaun Holmes has blocked at least five shots three times this year and has a string of 13 consecutive games with at least one. He ranks second in the Mid-American Conference in blocks (and 21st nationally) and StatSheet ranks him second in the country in block percentage at 16.7 percent (percentage of non-three-point shots taken while on the floor). With 46 blocks this year, Holmes is on pace to end the 31-game regular season with 84 rejections, which would shatter the school record of 59 for a single-season (Cornelius Cash in 1973-74).
CLOSE THE DEAL
Bowling Green has been ahead or tied in the final 10 minutes in 15 of the team's 17 games this year, including 9-of-11 losses. Seven times, Bowling Green has had possession in the final 10 seconds of those losses with a chance to win or tie.
1,000 POINT TEAMMATES
With a fastbreak lay-up early in the game at Buffalo, Jordon Crawford joined teammate A'uston Calhoun in reaching 1,000 career points this year. The duo are the 40th and 41st players in program history to reach that milestone. They are the eighth set of teammates to score 1,000 career points in the same season, but it is the first time that it's happened in back-to-back seasons as Scott Thomas and Dee Brown reached that total a year ago.
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 25 points when Holmes is on the floor, the same total 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 nine games, senior point guard Jordon Crawford has contributed much more offensively in the second half. He has scored just 43 first-half points during that stretch on 17-of-55 (30.9 percent) shooting, but has posted 95 points after halftime on 39-of-88 (44.3 percent) shooting.
Senior forward A'uston Calhoun and senior guard Jordon Crawford currently rank as the highest scoring duo in the Mid-American Conference, averaging 32.6 points per game. Toledo's Rian Pearson and Julius Brown are second at 32.2 points, while Kent State's Chris Evans and Randal Holt are third at 31.0 points.
MORE OF THE DYNAMIC DUO
Both A'uston Calhoun and Jordon Crawford are averaging at least 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.
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 37-9 in Orr's five years at Bowling Green when reaching that total. BG shot 50 percent from the field for the first time in a loss at Miami Wednesday.
HINDSIGHT IS 20-20
When Jordon Crawford and A'uston Calhoun each scored 21 points at Miami, it marked the second time this year that the senior duo has each reached the 20-point mark in the same game. Unfortunately, the Falcons have lost both of those contests (the other being a triple overtime loss at South Florida). In fact, Bowling Green has lost all three games in their careers when they both scored 20 points (losing at Valparaiso a year ago).
Bowling Green has had as many or more blocked shots than its opponent in 15-of-17 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 46 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 99-of-111 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 fifth 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 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).