Matt Stainbrook, a 6-foot-9 starting center at Western Michigan last season, is transferring to Xavier.
Mike Douglas scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, leading Western Michigan to a 71-54 win over Northern Illinois in the second round of the Mid-American Conference tournament on Wednesday night.
There was an extra buzz downtown Tuesday. There was even a reported traffic jam that wasn’t related to work or holiday shopping.
Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit was thrilled after he found out his team would be playing in a bowl close to home.
Austin Richie scored 22 points and Mike Douglas added 19 to lead Western Michigan to a 91-76 victory against Oakland on Friday night.
Western Michigan also is playing in Detroit, Louisiana-Lafayette in New Orleans, Vandy in Nashville and N.C. State in Charlotte.
The Motor City is no Pasadena in late December. That’s just fine by this year’s Little Caesars Pizza Bowl participants.
Eli Holman scored 21 points and Chase Simon 20 to pace Detroit to a 92-81 victory over Western Michigan on Thursday night.
Purdue and Western Michigan should have little trouble attracting fans when they meet in the Dec. 27 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl can welcome a Big Ten team for the first time in four years.