Valpo faces W. Michigan

Valparaiso (3-5) vs. Western Michigan (3-4)

University Arena in Read Fieldhouse, Kalamazoo, Michigan; Sunday, 2 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Western Michigan plays Valparaiso in a non-conference matchup. Valparaiso fell short in a 73-66 game at Drake on Thursday. Western Michigan is coming off an 81-77 overtime win in Fort Myers over Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday.

BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: The electric Lamar Norman Jr. has put up 20.1 points to lead the charge for the Broncos. Markeese Hastings is also a primary contributor, accounting for 9.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. The Beacons have been led by Thomas Kithier, who is averaging 11.3 points and 6.6 rebounds.NIFTY NORMAN JR.: Norman has connected on 44.3 percent of the 70 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 25 for 55 over his last five games. He’s also made 75 percent of his free throws this season.

ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Beacons have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Broncos. Western Michigan has 40 assists on 86 field goals (46.5 percent) over its past three outings while Valparaiso has assists on 45 of 92 field goals (48.9 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Valparaiso has committed a turnover on just 16.7 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-best rate among all MVC teams. The Beacons have turned the ball over only 11.6 times per game this season.


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