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Who is Eastern Michigan?

By mrasor Published: February 1, 2008

Men's basketball
Bring umbrellas Saturday.
It will rain 3s.
Eastern Michigan loves to heave from behind the arc. Carlos Medlock, Jesse Bunkley and Jarred Axon are all top-10 in the MAC in 3-pointers attempted. Medlock, a senior point guard, is among league leaders in points (13.8) and assists (4.2).
The Eagles also give up a lot of 3 pointers, which has been the Zips' specialty at home. EMU rebounds well but isn't great at protecting the ball, with 15.9 turnovers per game.
EMU's biggest win of the year was against Western Michigan, who has only lost twice in the conference schedule. With the MAC West's parity, it's far too early to rule out the Eagles. Their lack of fan support hurts. EMU averages 931 fans per game at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti.
As I mentioned last game, Keith Dambrot should rest Cedrick Middleton and Jeremiah Wood. The team must take advantage of a mushy week in the schedule by regaining some health.
The game will start Saturday at 7 p.m.
Football
I had fun chatting with Joe Dunn last night on the radio.
My girlfriend was sitting next to me, hoping for my voice to crack (like it regularly does). It didn't.

    Here are some notes from J.D. Brookhart's conversation with Dunn.
    This is a nervous time for Akron's coaches as they fear a decommitment. They had three last weekend, but I think Brookhart said they got those guys back on board.
    They have addressed the need at receiver.
    Aaron Williams, who committed to Akron last year, had to sit out due to an NCAA Clearinghouse issue. He is now allowed to play.
    Brookhart said the perception of the program finally has changed locally. "This was about as different a year as I’ve been around here," the coach said. "The name 'Akron' has changed dramatically. We have done very well in-state. We did have some big battles that we did win."
    On DL Ryan Bain: "We think he's going to be an exceptional player."
    On the QBs: "I can't tell you how impressed I've been with their effort this spring."

    Some recruiting notes...
    Another guest on Dunn's radio show said Akron offensive line recruit Adam Bice is the steal of Ohio. Joe Pachuta, meanwhile, could play at Ohio State.
    Akron offered a scholarship to Devoe Torrence, the No. 6 athlete in the nation from Massillon, before Torrence committed to Ohio State. Some problems have led to the Buckeyes withdrawing their scholarship. Other teams that offered Torrence: Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. My take: As long as there aren't serious criminal charges, the Zips should jump back in.
    Josh Pleasant is another four-star target of Akron's. The junior college cornerback committed to Kent State a week ago. He liked how Doug Martin wants to put the program "on the map." Pleasant had no Division I offers coming out of high school. After improving at Hargrave Military Academy, he is a top-20 prep school prospect. Congrats to KSU. I have a feeling Akron really wanted this guy.
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