Men’s basketball returns home to face Valpo on Sunday


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KALAMAZOO, Michigan – The western Michigan men’s basketball team returns to University Arena Sunday afternoon for a 2 p.m. game against Valparaiso. Tickets are available here or by calling 1-888-4-WMU-TIX. Fans can also stream the match live on ESPN3 and the Bronco Media Network.

GAME INFORMATION

Match: West Michigan (3-4) vs. Valparaiso (3-5)

Date hour : Sunday December 5 – 2 p.m.

To place: University Arena (Kalamazoo, Michigan)

Tickets: wmubroncos.com/tickets

Radio: Bronco Media Network

Video: ESPN3

Live Statistics: StatDiffusion

OPENING BOARD

  • After four home games, WMU returns to University Arena on Sunday afternoon to face Valparaiso.
  • The Broncos are coming off a 2-1 weekend at the FGCU Invitational, which ended in an 81-77 overtime win over Southeast Louisiana on Sunday.
  • Lamar Norman Jr. scored a career-high 31 points in the win over the Lions, while Markeese Hastings achieved his first collegiate double-double (14 pts, 12 rebs).
  • With their back-to-back overtime wins on Saturday and Sunday, the Broncos have won back-to-back overtime games for the first time since January 2015.
  • Western Michigan has a 40-27 series lead over Valparaiso in a series dating back to the 1920s.
  • The Broncos and Beacons haven’t met since Nov. 28, 2007, a 77-65 victory at Valpo, which ended a four-game winning streak for WMU in the series. The Broncos have won the last eight at Kalamazoo.

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN
After losing 2-1 in Fort Myers, Fla., During the FGCU Invitational, Western Michigan returns to Kalamazoo on Sunday to face Valparaiso. Each of WMU’s next three games will be in Michigan, as the Broncos have a road trip to Detroit between home games against Valpo and Aquinas.

LAST TIME
The Broncos come off an 81-77 overtime win over Southeast Louisiana to wrap up the FGCU Invitational last Sunday. Lamar Norman Jr. led West Michigan with a career-high 31 points in victory, while Markeese Hastings and Mack smith scored 14 points each. Hastings also hit a career-high 12 rebounds to register the first double-double of his college career.

DOING OVERTIME
Western Michigan ended their trip to Florida with two overtime wins over Purdue Fort Wayne and Southeast Louisiana. The Broncos had not played a game in overtime since their triple-overtime victory in Milwaukee on November 9, 2019. It was the first time WMU had consecutive games in overtime since winning over Ball State and winning Toledo in overtime. January 14 and 17. , 2015.

THE BRONCOS FIRE IN FLORIDA
The Broncos have caught fire in Florida, shooting over 50.0 percent from the field in their last two games of the FGCU Invitational. It was the first time West Michigan had succeeded more than 50.0% of its field goal attempts in consecutive games since Feb. 14-18, 2017, in wins over Bowling Green and East Michigan. The Broncos shot over 50.0% just twice all last season.

It’s raining 3
In Saturday’s win over Purdue Fort Wayne, the WMU had 15 three-pointers, a season-best shot, in 24 attempts (62.5%). The 15 trebles were two short of the program’s record, which was set Jan. 26, 2002 against Ohio. Western Michigan followed with 11 more threes in Sunday’s win over SLU, giving them double-digit trebles in back-to-back games for the first time since reaching 12 in two in a row in February 2020.

VIEW VALPO
Valparaiso enters Sunday’s 3-5 game after falling to Drake, 73-66, in their opening game of the Missouri Valley Conference Thursday night. Five Beacons are posting a double-digit average, led by Ben Krikke’s 17.6 points per game. The Broncos are the MAC’s second opponent this season for the Beacons, who lost to Toledo, 69-61, in their opener on Nov. 9. Valparaiso is also set to face Eastern Michigan on December 20.

WMU VS. VALPO
WMU is 40-27 against Valparaiso in a series dating back to the 1920-21 season. The two teams haven’t met since a 77-65 victory at Valpo on Nov. 28, 2007, ending the Broncos’ four-game winning streak in the series. WMU have won eight consecutive matches at Kalamazoo, with Valpo’s last victory at Kalmazoo coming on December 20, 1958.

FAMILY FACE
Mileek McMillan is due to face his former team on Sunday when Valparaiso comes to town. In four years at Valpo, McMillan played 121 games, starting 66. The senior played all seven games for Western Michigan and started the last three.

SCORIN ‘NORMAN
Newcomer Lamar Norman Jr. burst onto the scene, leading the MAC to 20.1 points per game. The junior is one of three players in the league to have a 30-plus game this season and has four over 20-point games, a league-high. Norman was also effective, knocking down 48.5% of the field (10th in MAC) and 44.3% of downtown (2nd). At 4.4 points scored per game, he’s averaging 1.4 points more than the next closest player in the league.

HALF-TIME LEADS TURN INTO W
Including its 2-0 record this season, Western Michigan is 47-15 over the past four seasons when leading at halftime.

336 AND COUNTING
WMU has made at least one three-runner in 336 straight games since 2011. The Broncos have made double-digit trebles in two straight and three games in aggregate this year.

ON THE HORIZON
The Broncos cross the state for a battle with Detroit Mercy on Saturday, Dec.11, at 1 p.m. ET.

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