Scouting the Eastern Michigan Eagles

As Marquette prepares to take on Eastern Michigan Staurday afternoon, student writer Andrew Phillips takes a closer look at the Eagles.

Scouting the Eastern Michigan University Eagles:


Location: Ypsilanti, MI

Head Coach: Charles E. Ramsey, 2nd year head coach, record at EMU: 8-23

Conference: Mid-American Conference

2005-2006 Record: 7-21

2006-2007 Record: 1-2

Interesting Notes: EMU is home to former Marquette player James Matthews who is sitting out the first semester this year due to academic issues. 


Pre-game Quotes


Head Coach Tom Crean:


On Eastern Michigan as a "trap game":

"It's very important that we come out tomorrow totally focused on Eastern Michigan, totally focused on playing better in the afternoon, totally focused on what we have to do to win and be successful.  And then take off and leave for Kansas City and deal with that when we get there, and hopefully we'll do that, it's a sign of maturity versus immaturity."


On Eastern Michigan:

"EMU is a formidable foe, they're good, they have excellent guards, I mean quick athletic, they're forcing 23 turnovers a game, their big players are solid around the basket and very good shooting the ball on the outside, it's a big game"


"Outside of a win, we're looking for better execution, a continued mindset of rebounding the ball, good pressure defense, I think really low turnovers, and we have to understand that we can't win without a high amount of turnovers, and we're playing against a team that forces quite a few turnovers, I think to keep our running game going , and really just come in and have a lift from the bench every time, we want to have energy givers when they come in the game, not energy takers, there's a big difference.  To me, I thought we got better at that the past week.  We haven't added many things, we're just trying to refine what we're doing and go from there."


Jerel McNeal:


On Eastern Michigan:

"We just got done watching a little bit of film on them, they're a real quick and athletic team with some good big guys that can shoot the ball well, so we're just going to be looking for a lot of pick and pops from these guys and they're a pretty athletic team, defensively they force a lot of turnovers, if we're smart and take care of the ball and we build on our defense, then we'll be fine."





On Eastern Michigan as a trap game: 

"This is the time right now before going into KC, that we really need to build our maturity, we can't overlook any team.  We don't want to slip up going into the situation we're going into here."



Dominic James:


On Eastern Michigan:

"Eastern Michigan is a very active team, they're very athletic, they like to get up and down the court, so we just have to come in prepared with the same mindset that we've had in previous games, so we definitely have to be ready for a dog fight because we need to try to get a win."



Eastern Michigan Probable Starting Line-up:


Guard: #3, Carlos Medlock: 6'0" junior from Detroit, MI, named MAC Western Division Player of the Week for the first week of the season, averaging 14.7 ppg, 4.6 spg, and 4.0 apg in the '06-'07 season, is probably the best player on EMU and will be counted on to do the bulk of their scoring, expect to see McNeal or James matched up against him.


Guard: #23, Jesse Bunkley: 6'5" junior from Detroit, MI, averaging 10.0 ppg, and 2.6 apg in the '06-'07 season, is the 3-point shooting specialist for the Eagles having started the season 9 for 21 from beyond the arc for a 3-point field goal percentage of 42%, will be counted on heavily to make 3's off of pick and pops


Forward: #33, Brandon Bowdry: 6'6" freshman from Taylor, MI, averaging 3.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg on 31.2% shooting, will most likely be matched up with Matthews


Forward: #0, Nenad Banjanin: 6'7" junior from Belgrade, Serbia, averaging 5.0 ppg and 5.3 rpg, has an astounding 13 turnovers in 3 games, will most likely be matched up with Lott


Center: #34, Kyle Dodd: 6'11" freshman from Rockwood, Ontario, averaging 5.3 ppg and 3.0 ppg, will most likely be matched up with Barro.

**Andrew Phillips is a senior majoring in Political Science and is also a member of the Marquette Band!

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