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College basketball preview: IPFW at Bowling Green

2013-14 records: IPFW (10-5), Bowling Green (6-6)

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Stroh Center, Bowling Green, Ohio

Radio: 1380 AM

IPFW leaders: Luis Jacobo (13.8 ppg), Joe Reed (5.3 rpg), Pierre Bland (4.3 apg)

Bowling Green leaders: Chauncey Orr, Richaun Holmes (14.0 ppg), Homes, Cameron Black (7.4 rpg), Jehvon Clarke (4.7 apg)

Key matchup: IPFW F Steve Forbes vs. Bowling Green F/C Cameron Black – Forbes, IPFW’s 6-foot-9, 295-pound pivotman, has become such an integral part in what the Mastodons do that head coach Tony Jasick said his early foul trouble in the Mastodons’ 90-68 loss to Eastern Kentucky on Sunday “changed the game.” Now Forbes, who averages 11.3 points and 5 rebounds, goes up against Black, a 6-10, 258-pounder who co-leads the balanced Falcons in rebounding and averages 7.8 points to boot. If Forbes can win this battle on the low blocks it gives the Mastodons a much needed leg up against a Bowling Green team with five double-figure scorers.

The skinny: Bowling Green is coming off a 46-43 loss at Wright State. It had won four of its previous five games prior to that … The Mastodons’ 22-point loss to Eastern Kentucky was its worst since an 83-57 loss at South Dakota State on Jan. 12 of last year … Mo Evans (21 of 45, .467), Pierre Bland (9 of 19, .474), Michael Kibiloski (32 of 77, .416) and Luis Jacobo (20 of 50, .400) continue to shoot 40 percent or better from the 3-point line. The Mastodons were an uncharacteristic 5 of 15 (.333) from there in the loss to Eastern Kentucky … The Bowling Green game and a Saturday home date against Kalamazoo College are IPFW’s last before its opens the Summit League season at home against North Dakota State on Jan. 9.

bensmith@jg.net

– Ben Smith, The Journal Gazette

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