Rockets face EMU in season finaleWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo is looking to rebound from losing to last place Northern Illinois on Feb. 29 when the Rockets take on Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. March 3.
The matchup had possible MAC West Championship deciding implications before the Eagles clinched the division on a buzzer beater over Western Michigan. Even if EMU had lost, Toledo lost its chance at a share of the MAC West crown with a loss to 4-24 Northern Illinois.
Despite the loss, the Rockets still clinched a home game in the MAC Tournament. Toledo will be the No. 7 seed in the tournament and will face the No. 10 seed, which is currently Ball State. If the Cardinals beat NIU and Miami (OH) falls at Ohio, UT will face the RedHawks on March 5 at Savage Arena.
Toledo (15-15, 6-9 MAC) is looking to get back to how it was playing before the NIU loss, when it had won four straight and five of its last six. Meanwhile, Eastern Michigan (14-16, 9-6) is on a three-game winning streak for the third time this season and will look to stretch it to four for the first time.
The Eagles won the first matchup this season in a low-scoring affair, topping UT 41-38 in Ypsilanti. EMU is the league’s top defensive team, holding opponents to just 58.2 points per contest.
The Rockets have won 15 games this year, which equals their win total from the last three seasons combined. They have also had a player win MAC West Player of the Week for the last five consecutive weeks with sophomore guard Rian Pearson winning three times before freshman point guard Juice Brown earned the honor the last two.