Where: Gates Sports Center
On the air: ESPN 1380-AM
Records: IPFW (10-4), Eastern Kentucky (8-4)
Expected starters for the Mastodons: Steve Forbes – 6-9, redshirt junior center; Pierre Bland – 6-2, senior guard; Michael Kibiloski – 6-7, senior forward; Joe Edwards – 6-4, junior forward; Isaiah McCray – 6-0, junior guard.
Update: The Mastodons find themselves on the cusp of history, but it won't be easy to achieve that. IPFW recently throttled Eastern Illinois (86-65) to earn its 10th win in the team's first 14 games this season. That feat ties the program's NCAA Division I mark set during the 2010-11 season. A victory against the Ohio Valley Conference-power Colonels will set a new mark. IPFW got strong play from Forbes in its most recent victory, as the 6-foot-9 post scored a career-best 20 points on 6 of 8 shooting. The Mastodons have been balanced all season offensively, and that was no different against the Panthers. Forbes, Jacobo (18 points), McCray (15), freshman guard Mo Evans (12), Bland and Kibiloski (eight each) all contributed. The Mastodons can be explosive offensively at times. Against Eastern Illinois, they reeled off runs of eight, 10 and 11 unanswered points at varying times. From a mid-major stnadpoint, this game is a premiere match-up. IPFW is currently ranked 23rd in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 Poll, while Eastern Kentucky is 22nd.
Coach Tony Jasick: “We have a very unselfish team. We have a team that cares about one another, which lends itself to each guy doing what they need to do to try and help not only themselves be successful, but our team to be successful. I think we have done a pretty good job up to this point of our guys playing to their personal strengths. We've done a good job of recruiting guys that are here for the right reasons, who are interested in playing the game the right way, and acting the right way. We have a ton of diversity on our team from all different walks of life, but there is a common base to our team with regards to our guys' individual character. And I think that helps (us succeed)."