Probably the biggest home win in their programs history.
Way to go eastern.
Probably the biggest home win in their programs history.
Way to go eastern.
...except the conference is actually very good at basketball
Eastern Michigan Eagles > Philly Eagles...way to go state of Michigan!
Yeah, the Philadelphia Eagles haven't won a basketball game in a long time.
They held tough with Syracuse for a long time and beat Purdue at home. Maybe we'll see them in the tournament this year
Eastern's defense is outstanding. Their offense is putrid. They got crushed by Syracuse because they have freshmen PG's who can't handle the press.
Dont sleep on the Eagles!
They also beat Cal at home. However, this is still a great win for a rebuilding program. EMU is 6-2 on the year now.
Every EMU player scored at least 2 points but the highest point-scorer had 8
the most baskets made by anyone on EMU was 3
How did EMU get Purdue scheduled at home? Arent' 't these games usually played at the larger school's home court? When was the last time Michigan played basketball on the road at a MAC school?
We played Bradley on the road earlier this season. It happens more often in basketball than in football.
There were 11,000 people at that game...Bradley gets a good crowd of very passionate fans. Well except for their "B"..."U" chant!
EMU has a really nice arena for a school its size. I also think that most schools realize that their team needs to experience a road game and what better way to get experience by playing a bad team at home?
I suspect, however, that if EMU continues its upward trend that teams wil be less desirous to visit Ypsi.
Well we played at Bradley like three days ago. Somewhat higher-quality program, but far fom B1G level.
I know Michigan played at WMU. I want to say it was the 1988-89 National Title season. I was at the game. It was pretty sweet.
Michigan has played on the road at all the mid-major schools in Michigan. eastern, central, western, detroit and even oakland.
In fact, EMU came to Crisler Arena and upset Robert Traylor* and Michigan 89-83 in OT. Michigan got revenge the following year in Ypsi and won 86-63.
That time period was rock bottom. Losing consistently to MAC teams.
Thank God for John Beilein.
Don't remind me of that game in 97. I went to it. We had just beaten #1 Duke the previous week so morale was high. I was sitting in the upper bowl among about 3,000 Eastern fans who took that place over. (There was no maize rage in those days and it was Christmas break, so there wasn't as many UM students at the game.)
We hit a 3 at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, I can't remember who hit the shot but I do remember the crowd going crazy at that point. Then we ended up losing by 6. One Eastern fan sitting 2 rows behind me was acting like a jackass all night long, talking trash and screaming crap. That made the walk out afterwards even worse.
That was the year before the Maize Rage was created. And even then, they gave very little of a homecourt advantage until Amaker came because the students were in the upper level I believe.
I know they weren't where they are now. I remember a huge stink about that when Amaker requested they be moved down to where they currently are. It was a whole "old farts at courtside don't help our team win" vs "noisy drunk students don't show up when the team isn't winning" thing.
I did undergrad at Eastern. Only Michigan basketball game I've ever been to despite being a fan my entire life.
Michigan State is also traveling to Bowling Green in a few weeks.
And we lost. That's probably more of a shock than playing at EMU or Bowling Green.
What the heck is wrong with Purdue basketball?
We've gotten a lot of our players from Indiana recently. Indiana and Butler are big programs also.
It's not easy to replace a nine-year starter
maybe he saw the writing on the wall after the hummel class was done. perhaps that's why he was job-searching then changed his mind. pretty mediocre/poor recruiting classes since then. the current frosh class is supposed to be good tho.
What's happened to Purdue? Wasn't Painter recruiting really well there?
IMO I think the rise of Michigan and Indiana has really hurt the Paint Crew down in West Lafayette along with Robbie Hummel's 12th and final year of elgibility running out
Only so much midwest talent to go around the B10 + Butler. Purdue has been the biggest loser, which isn't a good thing unless you're fat and on a reality tv show.
Becoming clear quickly how this conference is shaping up, with only Penn St, Nebraska, and Purdue really terrible (though Iowa hasn't really proven a whole lot yet). Will be interesting to see how Wisconsin plays Marquette later today.
This has to help our Kempom Rating, our opponents records are pretty impressive...only slight sarcasm here
2nd thought, Purdue had an oopsie in Ypsi, amiright?
Purdue is a tire fire. Didn't they lose to some shit ass team earlier in the season?
They lost to Bucknell at home, I think the first game of the season. Also lost to Villanova and Oregon State and Xavier.
31% from the field, 28% from 3, and 42% from the line. Purdue shot 30%/29%/60%. Great win for EMU, but Purdue, how did this happen? Fergodsakes...
For a similar performance in Purdue's season, you could also look at their loss to Oregon State, which breaks down 34%/26%/56% on the way to a 66-58 loss. In the loss to Xavier, it would be 35%/0%65%. From the teams they've played so far, I think only Bucknell and EMU are statistically less productive from a scoring standpoint too. Purdue has been in slow decline over the last few seasons, winning a few less each year, but it seems like the bottom fell out this year so far.
In the land of the blind...
Purdue is a joke in every aspect of the word.
Nice work eagles. Way to be true EMU.
Eastern Michigan beat Duke in the NCAA tournament in 1996. Earl Boykins, bayybeee! Also made it to the Sweet Sixteen in 1991.
I mean, good win but but not anywhere close to the biggest win in program history.
I remember that. They had a nice little program going, why did it fall off?
Their coach (Ben Braun) moved on to Cal.
As someone earlier said they shot 31% from the line. Add to that an 18-4 turnover differential and 2 points from their senior "leader" DJ Byrd and you get a loss. I think Ronnie Johnson and AJ Hammons both have a lot of potential, but Ronnie made a lot of stupid passes today and AJ doesn't know how to use his size at the college level.
They will be good eventually, but it has to start with Byrd getting less minutes and Ronnie/AJ growing up.
Eastern has had a competent basketball program for some time. Sure they have down years, but this team beat Duke in the NCAA tournament in 1996, and has had some solid runs over the years. This is a big win, but this team looks legit. They'll be interesting in a couple of games when they come to Crisler.
Way to beat the Turdue Toiletmakers
Wow! What a great win for Ron English and his staff!
OT: Seriously though: has there ever been a worse coaching move than Ron English made? He was once on the short list for some seriously good positions. I guess his stint at Loo-uh-vull didn't help. But there is no way in any hell in any universe that a man can make EMU successful at football. Am I wrong about this? I ask in all seriousness because I am not an elitist and I like to see programs like EMU succeed. The only thing I can compare it to is like the guy who was the OC at Arkansas who took the UAB job. How can you expect to be succesfull when you're competing with the big boys in your state?
Since when did Ron English make the move to basketball?
There is one man who could do it, and his name is Phil Knight.
EMU has no indigenous fanbase, as far as I can tell. Seriously, many UM fans have lived around A2-Ypsi at least some of the time (I grew up there, only really left the area when I was 25). Does anyone know ANY serious EMU football fans? Like, fans that care about the team, would attend the game even if they had the option to go to a Michigan game, etc? I know there must be a few, but "few" is kind of the key word here.
I honestly don't see how EMU can ever be competitive. Perhaps a good coach can get some players and build something, but EMU is at a serious competitive disadvantage even in the MAC, where most schools at least have some space between them and the "Big Boys" in state to carve out a niche. EMU's stadium is scarcely a shorter drive from campus than Michigan's.
When you draw less than 4,000 fans per game, there's a problem. People have suggested dropping to 1-AA, and I'm beginning to think that may be the way to go. Yeah, it's nice rubbing shoulders with Michigan and MSU, but I think a 1-AA team that's moderately competitive (they'd be, at best, mid-pack right now) would be a lot more interesting than what they are right now. A lot of locals could adopt them as their local 1-AA team, instead of basically ignoring them as a lousy alternative to good football played in the same neighborhood.
I definitely agree about the proximity to Ann Arbor being a problem here. What they may want to is just accept that U-M football is king and do whatever possible to avoid having home games on at the same time. If the U-M game is at noon, schedule the Eastern game at like, 5:00 or 6:00 (to allow fans a buffer to make a possible "doubleheader"). Maybe even give a discount to people who bring in their U-M ticket. Also, schedule more Thursday/Friday games.
English did manage to go 6-6 in 2011. At that point he probably should have taken whatever offer he could get out of town. He may have missed his window of opportunity now.
OK EASTERN! THATS MY SCHOOL!
by way of transfer in January. I plan on providing a lot of insight on relevant EMU athletic content( assuming it seems relevant/wanted) since it is somewhat related.
Someone mentioned this above, but today's win does not compare to EMU's home game against Wisconsin in late December, 1994. Wisconsin was ranked in the top 15 and had a future NBA all-star/champion in Michael Finley. Then a freshman Earl Boykins went crazy on both offense and defense, allowing EMU to jump to a 50-17 halftime lead. 50-17, yeah, it was pretty great. EMU took it easy in the 2nd half, but still won by 20. There are only two EMU games I've attended where people rushed the court after, today and in 1994, and nothing can compare to latter.
I was gonna mention this one. I was at that game, and it was probably the best atmosphere I've ever experienced for a basketball game. Bowen Field House was a great gym, and it was packed. The Convocation Center is just so...sterile and empty. Feels like a small NBA arena.
FYI, just looked it up: It was Sat, Dec 10 1994, Wiscy was ranked #14 and coached by Stan Van Gundy (though they turned out to be pretty bad that season, finishing 13-14.) EMU won 92-76.
Fantastic win. GO HURGLES!!
I had some high hopes for Purdue this year. They had a decent base returning and brought in one of the best recruiting classes in the country. Ultimately, they just don't have the chemistry and leadership to carry them. Eastern isn't a horrible team, but Purdue should not be losing to them. I definitely thought they would be better, but I don't think anybody thought they would be this bad
Used to go to every game with my Dad growing up, had seats @ Bowen right behind the Eastern bench during the Boykins era. Bowen was a really cool place to see a game, some good players came through the MAC at that time, Antonio Gates, Wally Szczerbiak, Bonzi Wells and a few others. I know the convo is a nice building but for a commuter school like EMU, having the games on campus is a huge plus.
Our boys better be on their game when the Eagles come to AA. I don't want to feel like I did in the second half of that Arkansas game yesterday...
I hope we are on our game, but before you get too stressed out, note that Purdue is 4-5.