"It's a big game from the standpoint that it's a home game," said head coach Steve Hawkins. "If you're going to contend to a MAC championship you just can't afford to lose too many home games."
And since that last time the Broncos hosted Kent State at University Arena there have been zero home losses and the result last season helped lead to WMU's MAC championship.
The Broncos have more then just a home steak on the line too. WMU has won 10 of their last 11 games this season and has not lost a MAC game since late last season. "You can lose one, two maybe at home, but you better play real well on the road," added Hawkins.
"I understand that there will be a lot of interest in the game [by the fans] from a standpoint that it is a rematch of the MAC Championship Game," said Hawkins. "Every home game is important and we as a coaching staff will have to keep the team [focused] on that."
It has been exactly a month since the Broncos played College of Charleston, the last time Brian Snider played until last Saturday's win over Akron. And against the Zips Snider didn't start, but rather played 16 minutes off the bench.
"Brian is still not at 100%," said Hawkins. "It was great to have him [against Akron], and he's just playing himself back into shape now. He won't be 100% yet when Wednesday [today] rolls around… but we're working in that direction."
In that Akron game Snider still picked up 4 rebounds and 3 assists while hitting 4 of 6 free throws. "He's better and we were able to get him 16 minutes in the game the other day," said Hawkins. "He provides a valuable service for us on the floor from the standpoint that he's so stable."
A Look in the Mirror:
When WMU and KSU hit the floor at 7pm tonight the Broncos may think they're looking in the mirror. The statistics for the two teams are eerily similar.
The Broncos stand at 10-3 on the season while the Golden Flashes are 10-4. Both teams score just over 71 points per game, and both teams allow less then 65 points per game. WMU and KSU shoot 39.9% and 38.9% from 3-point range respectively and hit 71.8% and 72.1% of their free throws respectively.
The two teams even have remarkably similar line-ups going with three guards, a power forward and a center each.
Tonight's contest could very well be the most even match-up all season. Heading into the game the two teams are 51-51 all-time against one another. The biggest difference between the squads may well be that KSU is #10 in the mid-major poll while WMU sits at #25… a poll that will mean nothing when the two teams tip off.
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