Eastern (1-3, 0-0 MAC) lost an 83-59 loss at Michigan State at the Breslin Center on November 20. Western Illinois (3-1, 0-0 Summit) last fell to DePaul 84-80 that same day. The Leathernecks will play Northern Kentucky on Monday, November 22nd, before heading to the Convocation Center to play the Eagles.
The game will air on ESPN3 with Ryan Wooley (pxp), Justin Rose (analyst) and Lauren Withrow (sideline). In the meantime, the experienced broadcaster Tom Helmer will also bring the action to fans on WEMU (89.1 FM) and the Varsity Sports app.
AFTER A LONG EXPECTED TIME: After a nearly 46 year hiatus, Eastern Michigan and Western Illinois will reunite on the hardwood. The last time they played on December 30, 1975, they met 28 times in the previous years as members of the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The EMU was a member of the IAAC from 1950-62, while the WIU competed in the league from 1914-70
NEW BLOOD: 71.7 percent (213 of 297) of the EMU rating and 57.4 percent (89 of 112) of their recovery come from newcomers to the list. Of that 71.7 percent of the team’s total score, an incredible 63.8 percent (136 out of 213) came from just two players: Freshman Guard Noah Farrakhan and senior guard Monty Scottwho happen to be stepbrothers.
REBOUND!: Eastern Michigan was able to do something against Michigan State that no one else could – beat the Spartans. The EMU controlled the jar, 43-41, including the capture of 13 offensive caramels.
The last team to overtake MSU on the glass was Michigan on March 3, 2021 when the Wolverines were six rebounds (34 to 24) ahead. Michigan won that game 69-50.
DEEP IMPACT: The Green-Whites shot a season high of 47.1 percent out of three in Michigan State on November 20, hitting 8 out of 17. In addition, EMU ranks first in the MAC and 90th since the start of the season with 39.2 percent Position in the country.
Veteran defense: Senior Monty Scott averages 2.0 steals per game, sixth in the MAC. Scott leads Eastern with eight steals. The Eagles are fifth in the Mid-American Conference with 26 steals.
FRESH POWER: Freshman Guard Noah Farrakhan continues to lead the Eagles in the scorers’ list after three of four games this season. Farrakhan last scored 14 goals on November 20 in Michigan State. The newcomer scored double digits in all four games this season and is fourth in the Mid-American Conference with 17.5 points per game.
DO MO: Eastern Michigan looked freshman Mo Njie received four career rejections on November 20 in Michigan State. Njie recently took seven rebounds with a career high to lead the team at NKU on Nov. 18. Additionally, the freshman is runner-up in the MAC at 1.7 blocks per game, and his five total blocks help Eastern, at 4 To finish third in MAC 25 blocks per game.
MIGHTY MONTY: Senior transfer Monty Scott used his veteran experience to line up his teammates when he dealt five assists in Michigan State on November 20, the majority so far in a green and white uniform. As a member of the Portland State Vikings, Scott once distributed seven helpers. His 3.3 assists per game are good for ninth place in the Mid-American Conference.
Additionally, the Union native, NJ, leads the team with a percentage of 57.1 field goal shootings, ranking 11th in the MAC.
DOUBLE DIGIT REVIEW: EMU received double-digit points from newbie Noah Farrakhan (14 points), classmate Colin Golson Jr. (11 points) and senior Monty Scott (10 points) v Michigan State, November 20.
The Eagles had at least three players in the double-digit range (3-of-4) in all but one game this season. On November 9, in Indiana, only two members of the Greens and Whites scored 10 or more points.
MARATHON MAN: Student in the first year Noah Farrakhan Fourth place in the Mid-American Conference in minutes per game with an average of 34.0. Farrakhan also ranks 169th in the nation in field goal attempts at 65.
BLOCK (E) DEFENSE: Eastern Michigan posted a season high of six blocks in Michigan State on November 20. The total ranks third in the Mid-American Conference for single-game performance this season. This achievement, following the five-block competition at the NKU on November 18, is the fourth best achievement at the conference.
UPPER CASE ON THE LINE: Eastern Michigan is run by newbies Noah Farrakhan at the free throw line (at least eight attempts) through the first four games of this season, 84.2 percent shoot. Farrakhan was 4 of 4 on the MSU Charity Stripe on Nov. 20.
LUKE’S INTRODUCTION: Freshman Luke Savicevic played his first minutes of the season on November 20 at Michigan State. Savicevic played a total of 11 minutes and scored eight points, including a 2-of-3 from depth and a steal.
NATE THE GREAT: Senior Nate Scott his first start with the green-whites in the EMU competition at the NKU on November 18th. He finished with top marks for the WWU career in numerous categories, including: points (15), minutes (31), three-pointers (1), free throws (4) and blocks (2).
HALF-TIME TOUR: EMU went into half-time in a game at NKU on November 18 with an 11 point lead. It was the team’s first break lead that season, after running deficits of 18 (Michigan State, Nov. 20), 17 (Indiana, Nov. 9), and 12 (Illinois State, Nov. 12).
FIXED PLAY: Eastern Michigan had many high leverage moments in its first three competitions. Three out of four games were decided by a total of 12 points.
THE BEST OF THE YEAR (SO FAR): The EMU were 13-point (35-22) ahead with just under a minute remaining in the first half of their competition in Northern Kentucky, Nov. 18. This is Eastern’s biggest lead this 2021-22 season. EMU’s best advantage so far has been eight, a margin it held against the state of Illinois for a brief period on Nov. 12.
The EMU’s 35 points are the most for the team in a first half and the fourth most in any half of this season for the Eagles. EMU’s previous best first half was 32, which it pitched against the state of Illinois on November 12th.
20/20 VISION: East Michigan has scored two over 20 points in consecutive games. Senior Monty Scott lost a season high of 28 points while Junior Bryce McBride added 23 against Illinois State on November 12. Scott crossed the 20-point plateau again and lost 21 at NKU on November 18 while newcomer Noah Farrakhan added 21 of their own.
The last time the Greens and Whites had consecutive competitions with two over 20 goalscorers was in the 2016-17 season. In both competitions, it was former Eagles Willie Mangum IV and Raven Lee who did the damage. The two scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, against Northern Illinois on February 25, 2017. The next game was Lee’s famous 50-point record performance against Central Michigan on February 28th. The 50 point achievement is still the program record. Mangum IV added 24 in this competition.
IF IT IS NOT GLUED: Eastern’s 13 steals against Illinois State, Nov. 12, are the second most in a game in the MAC this season. Plus, the total is more steals than the Eagles had against any Division I opponent last season.
Step brother: The dynamic duo of stepbrothers senior Monty Scott and newbie Noah Farrakhan have proven to be a crucial off-season for the Eagles. Most recently, the brothers achieved 42 points in Northern Kentucky, which made up 57.5 percent of EMU’s total offensive performance (73).
Additionally, Scott and Farrakhan accounted for 46.1 percent (136 of 297) of Eastern’s offense in four games that season.
ALL THE TIME VS. WESTILLINOIS: Eastern Michigan is 9-19 all-time against Western Illinois University and goes into the matchup on November 24th. The two schools have not played against each other since 1975.
LAST TIME AGAINST WIU: The last time Eastern Michigan played against Western Illinois was on December 30, 1975. Eastern lost 89-76 in the competition, outperforming 45-0.5 percent to 40 percent. Despite the outstanding WIU, 52-43, the WWU had 29 sales of its 19th
At the head of the Eagles was Bob Riddle, who scored 33 points in 15-of-27 shooting and led the competition with 18 rebounds. Dan Hoff distributed six assists at team level and was the second best scorer for the green-whites with 13 points.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE SUMMIT LEAGUE: Overall, Eastern is 18-21 against Summit League teams in program history. In fact, Western Illinois is the only Summit League team with EMU holding a record loss of 9-19. The green-whites have winning records over Denver (1-0), IPFW (3-0), IUPUI (3-1) and North Dakota State (2-1).
AT THE HORIZON: After Thanksgiving, Eastern Michigan travels to Chicago, Illinois to finish the DePaul Blue Demon Classic against host DePaul on November 28th. The contest will take place on FS1 and will begin at 2:00 p.m. ET