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Pregame Prep: UB faces nation's leading scorer, CMU's Marcus Keene

PREGAME PREP

Central Michigan (14-7, 4-4) at UB (9-12, 3-5)

7 p.m. at Alumni Arena

Radio 1520 AM

The Set-Up: UB will try to contain the nation's leading scorer, point guard Marcus Keene, who is averaging 30.3 points a game. He's way ahead of the No. 2 scorer in the nation, Valparaiso's Alec Peters (23.9 ppg). Keene is a 5-foot-9 junior from San Antonio who played his first two years of college ball at Youngstown State. He averaged 15.6 ppg there as an off-guard. He wanted to play the point. That's what he's doing for the Chippewas.

Recent form: Central Michigan has won three straight, beating Miami, Bowling Green and Kent State. Keene had 50 against Miami and 41 on Kent. UB has lost two straight. The Bulls had a "bad loss" at Ball State (75-74) and a "good loss" at Akron (91-90).

UB's Big 4: The Bulls' top scorers are Blake Hamilton (16.5), Nick Perkins (13.9), C.J. Massinburg (13.6) and Willie Conner (13.0). They are heavily reliant on those four. Nobody else is averaging more than 4.6 ppg.

Defense? The Chippewas can score. Besides Keene, guard Braylon Rayson averages 20 ppg. David DiLeo, a 6-7 freshman, and Josh Kozinski, a 6-4 junior, stand on the perimeter and shoot threes. But Central Michigan's defense is ranked last in the MAC. It lost to St. Bonaventure early in the year, 102-71.

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