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Perhaps it's time to start seriously considering an EMU squad that is now 6-2 after sneaking by the Boilermakers up in Ypsilanti. Or perhaps not.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles did not have a very good day. The team shot a meager 30.9% from the field (17-of-55), and succeeded in making only 8-of-19 free throw attempts (42%).
Not a single player that stepped on the court for them today scored in double digits, and the team as a whole scored only three points in the final 8:27 of play while missing all seven of their shots from the field in that time. And yet, there it is: EMU 47, Purdue 44.
Alright, perhaps this isn't earth-shattering news. Eastern Michigan is one of the best teams in the MAC, and Purdue is in a great conference, but is by far one of the worst teams the Big Ten has to offer. That said, the Eagles have to be gaining at least a little confidence from a game where nothing was going right (Purdue opened the game on an 11-2 run).
We will see how the Eagles progress, as they now hit the road to play a hot-starting UIC squad followed by another road matchup against a Michigan team that I hear is pretty decent.