Sandage, W. Illinois visit C. Michigan

Western Illinois (6-2) vs. Central Michigan (1-6)

McGuirk Arena, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; Sunday, 2 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Colton Sandage and Western Illinois will go up against Jermaine Jackson Jr. and Central Michigan. The junior Sandage is averaging 18.2 points over the last five games. Jackson, a senior, is averaging 10.6 points over the last five games.

BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Jackson has put up 11.7 points to lead the way for the Chippewas. Harrison Henderson has paired with Jackson and is producing 8.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. The Leathernecks are led by Sandage, who is averaging 15.9 points.

KEY FACILITATOR: Sandage has accounted for 41 percent of all Western Illinois field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 21 field goals and 10 assists in those games.

UNDEFEATED WHEN: Western Illinois is a perfect 5-0 when the team records at least 14 offensive rebounds. The Leathernecks are 1-2 this season when they fail to reach that mark.

SIMILAR DISTRIBUTIONS: These teams have roughly the same ratio of assists to field goals. Central Michigan has 29 assists on 63 field goals (46 percent) across its previous three outings while Western Illinois has assists on 35 of 76 field goals (46.1 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Western Illinois is rated first among Summit League teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 34.6 percent. The Leathernecks have averaged 14.5 offensive boards per game.


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