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2017–18 Eastern Michigan Eagles men's basketball team

The 2017–18 Eastern Michigan Eagles men's basketball team represented Eastern Michigan University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Eagles, led by seventh-year head coach Rob Murphy, played their home games at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan as members of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 22–13, 11–7 in MAC play to finish in second place in the West Division. They defeated Akron in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament before losing in the semifinals to Toledo. They were invited to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament where they defeated Niagara in the first round before losing in the second round to Sam Houston State.

2017–18 Eastern Michigan Eagles men's basketball
Eastern Michigan Eagles logo.svg
CIT, Second Round
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionWest Division
2017–18 record22–13 (11–7 MAC)
Head coachRob Murphy (7th season)
Assistant coachKevin Mondro
Assistant coachMatt Cline
Assistant coachJimmy Wooten
Home arenaConvocation Center
Seasons
2017–18 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Buffalo 15 3   .833     27 9   .750
Kent State 9 9   .500     17 17   .500
Miami (OH) 8 10   .444     16 18   .471
Bowling Green 7 11   .389     16 16   .500
Ohio 7 11   .389     14 17   .452
Akron 6 12   .333     14 18   .438
West
Toledo 13 5   .722     23 11   .676
Eastern Michigan 11 7   .611     22 13   .629
Ball State 10 8   .556     19 13   .594
Western Michigan 9 9   .500     17 15   .531
Central Michigan 7 11   .389     21 15   .583
Northern Illinois 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
2018 MAC Tournament winner

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

They finished the 2016–17 regular season 15–16, 7–11 in MAC play to finish in a tie for eighth place. Due to tiebreaking rules, they received the No. 8 seed in the MAC Tournament. They beat Northern Illinois in the opening round of the MAC Tournament but ultimately lost to the No. 1 seed Akron Zips in the quarterfinals.

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Ray Lee 0 G 6'3" 190 RS Senior Detroit, MI Graduated
Willie Mangum IV 10 G 6'1" 220 Senior Richmond, VA Graduated
Blake Brown 20 F 6'7" 175 RS Sophomore Novi, MI Transferred to Rochester College
Quaran Jones 21 F 6'7" 225 RS Senior Fargo, ND Graduated
Lamar Wofford-Humphrey 23 F 6'9" 225 RS Junior Chicago, IL Transferred to Omaha
Ty Toney 32 G 6'3" 220 RS Senior Atlanta, GA Graduated
Nick Madray 35 F 6'9" 220 RS Senior Mississauga, Ontario Graduate transfer to Wagner
Baylee Steele 40 C 6'11" 235 Sophomore Norwalk, IA Transferred to Utah Valley

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Malik Ellison 0 G 5'8" 160 Freshman Flint, MI Beecher
Bud Jones 20 F 6'8" 250 Freshman Anderson, SC TL Hanna
Kevin McAdoo 21 G 6'2" 162 Freshman West Bloomfield, MI West Bloomfield
Tariq Silver 22 G 6'5" 185 Freshman Clarksville, TN Northwest
Jorden Peterson 23 G 6'4" 175 Freshman Detroit, MI CMA
Jalen King 30 F 6'9" 204 Freshman Pasco, WA Kings Academy
Ty Groce 31 F 6'7" 195 RS Freshman Ypsilanti, MI Lincoln
Isaiah Green 32 F 6'7" 200 Junior Southfield, MI Lansing Community College
Derek Ballard Jr. 33 F 6'8" 220 Freshman Southfield, MI Southfield-Lathrup

PreseasonEdit

In the MAC preseason poll, the Eagles were picked to finish in fourth place in the MAC West Division.[1]

RosterEdit

2017–18 Eastern Michigan Eagles men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Malik Ellison 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Fr Beecher Flint, MI
G 1 Tim Bond 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Sr City College HS Baltimore, MD
F/C 2 James Thompson IV 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr Parkview Baptist Baton Rouge, LA
G 3 Paul Jackson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) RS Jr Martin Luther King Jr./Eastern Kentucky Stone Mountain, GA
G/F 4 Terry Harris 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Jr Half Hollow Hills West/Houston Baptist Dix Hills, NY
F 5 Elijah Minnie 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Jr Lincoln Park/Robert Morris Monessen, PA
G 12 Jalen Brown (W) 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So Harper Woods Harper Woods, MI
F 15 Jordan Nobles 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Jr Canton Canton, MI
F 20 Bud Jones 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Fr TL Hanna Anderson, SC
G 21 Kevin McAdoo 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 162 lb (73 kg) Fr West Bloomfield West Bloomfield, MI
G 22 Tariq Silver 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Northwest Clarksville, TN
G 23 Jorden Peterson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr CMA Detroit, MI
F 30 Jalen King 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 214 lb (97 kg) Fr Kings Academy Pasco, WA
F 31 Ty Groce 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Fr Lincoln Ypsilanti, MI
F 32 Isaiah Green 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Southfield/Lansing Community College Southfield, MI
F 33 Derek Ballard Jr. 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Southfield-Lathrup Southfield, MI
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

AccoladesEdit

MAC West Division Preseason All-MAC Team

  • James Thompson IV[2]

Hoosier Tipoff Classic All-Tournament Team

  • Elijah Minnie[3]

MAC West Division Player of the Week

  • James Thompson IV (Dec. 18)[4]

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
November 10, 2017*
10:30 am, ESPN3
Spring Arbor
Education Day
W 92–60  1–0
 22  Minnie   14  Thompson IV   5  Tied  Convocation Center (4,767)
Ypsilanti, MI
November 12, 2017*
2:00 pm, ESPN3
UM–Dearborn W 97–73  2–0
 27  Minnie   13  Thompson IV   6  Bond  Convocation Center (774)
Ypsilanti, MI
November 16, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Arkansas State
Hoosier Tip-Off Classic
W 76–59  3–0
 23  Thompson IV   11  Thompson IV   7  Jackson  Convocation Center (741)
Ypsilanti, MI
November 18, 2017*
2:00 AM, ESPN3
Howard
Hoosier Tip-Off Classic
W 76–66  4–0
 21  Minnie   14  Thompson IV   6  Jackson  Convocation Center (819)
Ypsilanti, MI
November 24, 2017*
4:30 pm, BTN
at Indiana
Hoosier Tip-Off Classic
L 67–87  4–1
 20  Minnie   8  Thompson IV   5  Jackson  Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (12,024)
Bloomington, IN
November 26, 2017*
4:00 pm, ESPN3
at South Florida
Hoosier Tip-Off Classic
W 65–47  5–1
 15  Jackson   11  Thompson IV   3  Tied  USF Sun Dome (2,050)
Tampa, FL
November 29, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at North Florida L 81—84 OT 5—2
 29  Thompson IV   15  Thompson IV   4  Bond  UNF Arena (1,589)
Jacksonville, FL
December 6, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Oakland W 95–89  6–2
 24  3 tied   12  Tied   6  Jackson  Convocation Center (1,666)
Ypsilanti, MI
December 09, 2017*
2:00 pm, ESPN3
Central State W 80–65  7–2
 19  Tied   18  Thompson IV   5  Jackson  Convocation Center (987)
Ypsilanti, MI
December 16, 2017*
4:00 pm
at Long Beach State W 85–80  8–2
 23  Minnie   11  Thompson IV   7  Jackson  Walter Pyramid (2,391)
Long Beach, CA
December 22, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Oakland L 81–86  8–3
 25  Jackson   9  Thompson IV   6  Jackson  Athletics Center O'rena (3,661)
Auburn Hills, MI
December 27, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
at Syracuse L 47–62  8–4
 13  Minnie   9  Thompson IV   3  Tied  Carrier Dome (21,925)
Syracuse, NY
December 29, 2017*
2:00 pm, ESPN3
Rochester W 67–48  9–4
 12  Tied   8  Thompson IV   5  Jackson  Convocation Center (1,124)
Ypsilanti, MI
MAC regular season
January 2, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Ball State L 62–72  9–5
(0–1)
 25  Minnie   8  Thompson IV   4  Jackson  Worthen Arena (3,025)
Muncie, IN
January 6, 2018
12:00 pm, ESPN3
Bowling Green L 71–75 OT 9–6
(0–2)
 21  Jackson   14  Thompson IV   5  Jackson  Convocation Center (1,253)
Ypsilanti, MI
January 9, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Central Michigan
Michigan MAC Trophy
W 79–74  10–6
(1–2)
 25  Minnie   12  Thompson IV   6  Jackson  Convocation Center (1,623)
Ypsilanti, MI
January 13, 2018
3:30 pm, ESPN3
at Northern Illinois L 66–72  10–7
(1–3)
 19  Jackson   12  Thompson IV   3  Jackson  Convocation Center (1,144)
DeKalb, IL
January 16, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Akron W 63–49  11–7
(2–3)
 22  Minnie   8  Thompson IV   4  Jackson  Convocation Center (1,254)
Ypsilanti, MI
January 20, 2018
2:00 pm, ESPN3
Ohio L 66–72  11–8
(2–4)
 21  Thompson IV   14  Thompson IV   3  Jackson  Convocation Center (1,513)
Ypsilanti, MI
January 23, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Buffalo L 69–83  11–9
(2–5)
 20  Jackson   16  Thompson IV   4  Jackson  Alumni Arean (2,966)
Amherst, NY
January 27, 2018
3:30 pm, ESPN3
at Miami (OH) W 58–48  12–9
(3–5)
 15  Jackson   11  Thompson IV   5  Bond  Millett Hall (1,528)
Oxford, OH
January 30, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Western Michigan
Michigan MAC Trophy
L 57–71  12–10
(3–6)
 24  Thompson IV   18  Thompson IV   4  Tied  Convocation Center (2,422)
Ypsilanti, MI
February 3, 2018
12:00 pm, ESPN3
Ball State W 58–41  13–10
(4–6)
 22  Minnie   14  Thompson IV   3  Tied  Convocation Center (1,517)
Ypsilanti, MI
February 6, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Kent State W 71–67  14–10
(5–6)
 17  Jackson   8  Tied   8  Jackson  MAC Center (2,373)
Kent, OH
February 10, 2018
4:00 pm, ESPN3
at Bowling Green L 63–70 OT 14–11
(5–7)
 17  Minnie   11  Thompson IV   5  Jackson  Stroh Center (1,918)
Bowling Green, OH
February 13, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Miami (OH) W 58–57  15–11
(6–7)
 24  Minnie   14  Thompson IV   4  Bond  Convocation Center (1,331)
Ypsilanti, MI
February 17, 2018
4:30 pm, ESPN3
at Central Michigan
Michigan MAC Trophy
W 72–67  16–11
(7–7)
 22  Thompson IV   14  Thompson IV   5  Bond  McGuirk Arena (2,795)
Mount Pleasant, MI
February 20, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Toledo W 85–79  17–11
(8–7)
 23  Tied   7  Thompson IV   10  Jackson  Convocation Center (984)
Ypsilanti, MI
February 24, 2018
12:00 pm, ESPN3
Northern Illinois W 82–53  18–11
(9–7)
 26  Minnie   8  Thompson IV   5  Tied  Convocation Center (1,821)
Ypsilanti, MI
February 27, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Western Michigan
Michigan MAC Trophy
W 74–58  19–11
(10–7)
 18  Minnie   9  Minnie   8  Jackson  University Arean (2,610)
Kalamazoo, MI
March 2, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Toledo W 71–69  20–11
(11–7)
 25  Minnie   8  Tied   6  Bond  Savage Arena (4,291)
Toledo,OH
MAC Tournament
March 8, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN3
(3) (11) Akron
Quarterfinals
W 67–58  21–11
 21  Minnie   14  Minnie   5  Jackson  Quicken Loans Arena (2,605)
Cleveland, OH
March 9, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN3
(3) (2) Toledo
Semifinals
L 63–64  21–12
 26  Jackson   8  Bond   5  Jackson  Quicken Loans Arena (4,625)
Cleveland, OH
CIT
March 14, 2018*
7:00 pm
Niagara
First round
W 83–65  22–12
 29  Minnie   16  Thompson IV   8  Bond  Convocation Center (1,138)
Ypsilanti, MI
March 19, 2018*
7:30 pm
at Sam Houston State
Second round
L 62–69  22–13
 23  McAdoo   14  Thompson IV   7  Jackson  Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum (322)
Huntsville, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time Source[5][6].

Game notesEdit

Spring Arbor[7]Edit

  • Education Day
  • Game in memory of Mike Radomski
  • First game in NCAA Division I 2017–18 basketball season

UofM Dearborn[8]Edit

  • James Thompson IV moved into 2nd place on Eastern Michigan's all-time list for double-doubles with 41.

Arkansas StateEdit

  • James Thompson IV eclipsed the career 1,000-point mark[9]
  • James Thompson IV moves into 8th place on Eastern Michigan's all-time list for rebounds

OaklandEdit

  • First time since 1985 that Eastern had three players score 20-or-more points in a single game against a Division I opponent (Jackson, Minnie, Thompson IV)[10]

Central State[11]Edit

  • Family Day

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://getsomemaction.com/news/2017/10/25/mac-announces-2017-18-mens-basketball-preseason-poll.aspx
  2. ^ http://getsomemaction.com/news/2017/10/25/mac-announces-2017-18-mens-basketball-preseason-poll.aspx
  3. ^ "EMU Hoops' Second Half D Stymies USF in 65–47 Victory". Retrieved 27 November 2017.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.emueagles.com/news/2017/Dec[permanent dead link] 18/mens-basketball-thompson-iv-named-mac-west-player-of-the-week.aspx
  5. ^ http://emueagles.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball&
  6. ^ http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/team/schedule/_/id/2199,
  7. ^ http://www.emueagles.com/boxscore.aspx?path=mbball&id=7234
  8. ^ http://www.emueagles.com/news/2017/11/Dec[permanent dead link] emu-mens-basketball-cruises-to-97-73-win-over-michigan-dearborn.aspx?path=mbball
  9. ^ http://www.emueagles.com/news/2017/11/17/mens-basketball-emu-closes-out-homestand-against-howard.aspx?path=mbball
  10. ^ http://www.emueagles.com/news/2017/Dec[permanent dead link] 7/mens-basketball-emu-hoops-wraps-up-home-stand-with-central-state-saturday.aspx?path=mbball
  11. ^ http://www.emueagles.com/news/2017/Dec[permanent dead link] 9/emu-mens-basketball-outlasts-central-state-80-65.aspx?path=mbball