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LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL: Tonight at 7:30 pm, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan on ESPN

(courtesy of Bowl Game)

(photo by Ciccone39, Fuzzy510 via wikipedia commons)

The bowl season continues tonight on ESPN, as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl has a 7:30 pm start at Ford Field in Detroit.

With a $1.5 million payout, Western Kentucky (7-5) plays local favorite, Central Michigan (6-6).

Three years ago, the Hilltoppers were 0-12 and in 2011, they finished at 7-5 but did receive a bowl invitation.

In 2012, despite a 2-4 stretch run, Western Kentucky found out that its 7-5 record was good enough this time around, but they had to wait until the final hours and minutes on December 2 that they’d be playing in the Motor City.

The Hilltoppers are making their first bowl appearance as an FBS member.

Central Michigan is making its fifth bowl appearance in the last seven years and first since 2009.

(courtesy of WKU)

(courtesy CMU)

The Hilltoppers are led on offense by Antonio Andrews with 1,609 rushing yards and have one of the top tight ends in the country in Jack Doyle who is 6’6, 255 pounds. He has caught 47 balls for 530 yards.

Western Kentucky has the best defense in the Sun Belt Conference, allowing 342.8 ypg and 136.6 on the ground.

The Chippewas of Central Michigan started the season at 2-5 in the Mid-American Conference but was able to get bowl eligible by winning its final three games against Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Massachusetts.

CMU has a very porous defense allowing 441.2 yards per game and 197 on the ground.

But the Chippewas have a deep and talented receiving corps with Titus Davis, Andrew Flory, Courtney Williams and Cody Wilson. At running back, they have Zurlon Tipton with 1,391 yards and 19 TD’s, QB Ryan Radcliff who threw for 20 TD’s and 2,905 yards.

Ohio loses close game to Central Michigan

Trey Zeigler (courtesy of CMU athletics)

Trey Zeigler led Central Michigan to an upset win over Ohio, 91-85 in a Mid-American Conference game.

The Chippewas move to 6-15 overall, 3-5.

D.J. Cooper scored 30 points to lead Ohio and was supported by Tommy Freeman, who had 16.

Ohio drops to 10-12, 3-5.

compiled from Ohio athletics news

Wright State Raiders in a groove; squeezes out win at Central Michigan

Vaughn Duggins (megasportsnews.com photo)

Wright State led by as much as 12 with 11 minutes to go in the second half, only to see Central Michigan tie before the Raiders pulled out a 53-49 win over the Chippewas at Mount Pleasant, Michigan. WSU ice the game with four seconds left on free throws by Vaughn Duggins.

The Raiders led 23-21 at the halftime break.

Wright State gradually extended the lead in the early stages of the second half and were up by a count of 44-32 with 11:13 remaining. CMU came back with a 13-1 run to tie the game at 45 at the 7:27 mark.

WSU shot the ball well in the second half to finish the game at 50 percent. CMU finished at 34 percent. The Raiders dominated the rebound battle 37-19 and ruled the paint area by a 30-10 count.

Vaughn Duggins led the Raiders with 13 points.

Wright State is now 6-5 and Central Michigan is 2-7.

Info courtesy of Wright State athletics

Charlie Coles and Miami earn 4th seed in upcoming MAC Tourney

Courtesy of Miami University

Charlie Coles all-time leader in MAC coaching wins (DDN)

With Kent State’s win at Akron on Friday evening in the final regular season Mid-American Conference game, Miami University’s men’s basketball team earned the number 4 seed in the 2010 FirstEnergy MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament. They’ll face the winner of the game between the 5th seeded Buffalo Bulls and 12th seed Toledo at 9 p.m. on Thursday March 11 in the quarterfinals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Miami and Buffalo finished MAC play tied at 9-7, splitting the regular season home-and-home series. Both teams also split regular-season series with number 1 seed Kent State, taking the tiebreaker to number 2 seed Central Michigan. Miami defeated the Chippewas in the lone meeting between the two teams, and the Bulls lost to CMU during the regular season.

Miami earns a first-round bye in the MAC Tournament for the seventh time in the last eight years, having earned five-straight first-round byes from 2003-2007. Miami is the number 4 seed for just the fourth time in its 29 MAC Tournament appearances and is the number 4 seed for the second straight season. Miami was the number 4 seed in 2007 and won the MAC Tournament during a thrilling run.

In 20 seasons as a head coach in the Mid-American Conference, Charlie Coles’ coached squads have never missed a conference tournament and have at least advanced to the quarterfinals since the league expanded to the all-inclusive format in 1999-2000.

The RedHawks are (13-17) are fresh from a 73-62 win over Buffalo on Thursday evening in the final game at Millett Hall for seniors Kenny Hayes, Adam Fletcher and Michael Aluise.