2014–15 Eastern Michigan Eagles men's basketball team

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2014–15 Eastern Michigan Eagles men's basketball
EMU Eagles logo.png
CBI, First round
Conference Mid-American Conference
West Division
2014–15 record 21–14 (8–10 MAC)
Head coach Rob Murphy (4th year)
Assistant coach Mike Brown
Assistant coach Kevin Mondro
Assistant coach Benny White
Home arena Convocation Center
Seasons
« 2013–14 2015–16 »
2014–15 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Buffalo 12 6   .667     23 10   .697
Kent State 12 6   .667     23 12   .657
Bowling Green 11 7   .611     21 12   .636
Akron 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Miami 8 10   .444     13 19   .406
Ohio 5 13   .278     10 20   .333
West
Central Michigan 12 6   .667     23 9   .719
Toledo 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
Western Michigan 10 8   .556     20 14   .588
Eastern Michigan 8 10   .444     21 14   .600
Northern Illinois 8 10   .444     14 16   .467
Ball State 2 16   .111     7 23   .233
2015 MAC Tournament winner

The 2014–15 Eastern Michigan Eagles men's basketball team represented Eastern Michigan University during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Eagles, led by fourth year head coach Rob Murphy, played their home games at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, as members of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 21–14, 8–10 in MAC play to finish in a tie for fourth place in the West Division. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament where they lost to Toledo. They were invited to the College Basketball Invitational where they lost in the first round to Louisiana–Monroe.

Addition[edit]

SF Brandon Nazione transferred from Des Moines Area Community College to EMU where he was a Division II Second-Team All-American.[1] Also transferring to Eastern is Jerome Hunter from Alabama A&M & Anali Okoloji from George Mason both will be eligible immediately. Commits for the 2014 season includes PF Jordan Nobles (Canton HS), PG Ethan Alvano (Corona HS), SG Tim Bond (Baltimore City College HS) and PF Tristan Wilson (Skyline HS). Matt Cline joined the EMU basketball staff as the Director of Men's Basketball Operations in 2014.[2] Two players transferred away from EMU after the 2013/14 season, Jalen Ross will be going to Hartford & Darrell Combs to IUPUI. Former EMU standout and NBA player Carl Thomas was hired by Jackson College as Head Coach of the men's basketball team.[3]

Pre Season Awards[edit]

Senior forward Karrington Ward was named the 15th-best defensive player in the country according to BleacherReport.com.[4]

Roster[edit]

# Player Position Height Weight Year Hometown
0 Raven Lee G 6–3 180 R–SO Detroit, MI
1 Mike Talley G 6–0 176 R–SR Detroit, MI
3 Anali Okoloji F 6–8 232 R–SR Brooklyn, NY
4 Brandon Nazione F 6–8 215 JR Howell, MI
5 Jodan Price G/F 6–7 180 R–SO Indianapolis, IN
10 Tim Bond G 6–6 170 FR Baltimore, MD
12 Olalekan Ajayi F/C 6–11 245 JR Winston-Salem, NC
13 Trent Perry G 6–4 175 R–FR Franklin, TN
14 Karrington Ward F 6–7 186 SR Lockport, IL
15 Jordan Nobles F 6–9 190 FR Canton, MI
20 Ali Farhat G 6–0 160 SO Dearborn, MI
21 Jerome Hunter F 6–9 250 GR Buffalo, NY
22 Jordan Martin G 6–3 195 R–JR Detroit, MI
25 Ethan Alvano G 6–1 170 FR Corona, CA
30 Mike Samuels C 6–11 285 R–JR Bushkill, Pennsylvania

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Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Result Record Site (Attendance)
Regular season
11/14/2014* St. Francis (IL)
(EMU Showcase)
W 64–52  1–0 Convocation Center (2,859)
11/17/2014* Oakland W 89–77  2–0 Convocation Center (863)
11/21/2014* Youngstown State
(EMU Showcase)
W 71–62  3–0 Convocation Center (680)
11/22/2014* UNC Greensboro
(EMU Showcase)
W 70–62  4–0 Convocation Center (624)
11/23/2014* Longwood
(EMU Showcase)
W 79–48  5–0 Convocation Center (395)
11/26/2014* Rochester (MI) W 68–35  6–0 Convocation Center (192)
12/01/2014* Marygrove W 83–52  7–0 Convocation Center (272)
12/06/2014* at Dayton L 64–73  7–1 UD Arena (12,243)
12/09/2014* at Michigan W 45–42  8–1 Crisler Center (11,926)
12/17/2014* at #25 Michigan State L 46–66  8–2 Breslin Center (14,797)
12/20/2014* at Missouri State W 77–65  9–2 JQH Arena (5,013)
12/23/2014* Coppin State W 87–64  10–2 Convocation Center (827)
12/28/2014* Concordia (MI) W 100–42  11–2 Convocation Center (564)
01/07/2015 Ball State L 59–60 OT 11–3 (0–1) Convocation Center (1,036)
01/10/2015 at Miami (OH) L 81–82 OT 11–4 (0–2) Millett Hall (987)
01/14/2015 at Kent State L 59–65  11–5 (0–3) MAC Center (2,892)
01/17/2015 Northern Illinois W 54–46  12–5 (1–3) Convocation Center (786)
01/21/2015 at Bowling Green L 58–74  12–6 (1–4) Stroh Center (2,314)
01/24/2015 at Central Michigan
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
L 51–65  12–7 (1–5) McGuirk Arena (4,041)
01/27/2015 Ohio W 76–40  13–7 (2–5) Convocation Center (837)
01/31/2015 Western Michigan
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
W 69–63  14–7 (3–5) Convocation Center (1,018)
02/04/2015 at Toledo L 60–84  14–8 (3–6) Savage Arena (4,532)
02/07/2015 at Ohio L 73–76  14–9 (3–7) Convocation Center (9,586)
02/10/2015 Miami (OH) W 83–69  15–9 (4–7) Convocation Center (460)
02/14/2015 Akron W 78–75  16–9 (5–7) Convocation Center (1,101)
02/18/2015 Buffalo L 63–78  16–10 (5–8) Convocation Center (739)
02/21/2015 at Northern Illinois W 73–65  17–10 (6–8) Convocation Center (2,302)
02/24/2015 Central Michigan
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
L 56–72  17–11 (6–9) Convocation Center (731)
02/28/2015 at Western Michigan
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
L 72–80  17–12 (6–10) University Arena (3,188)
03/03/2015 at Ball State W 67–60  18–12 (7–10) John E. Worthen Arena (2,295)
03/06/2015 Toledo W 85–59  19–12 (8–10) Convocation Center (1,494)
MAC Tournament
03/09/2015 Miami (OH)
(First round)
W 62–61 OT 20–12 Convocation Center (827)
03/11/2015 vs. Bowling Green
(Second round)
W 73–67  21–12 Quicken Loans Arena (2,411)
03/12/2015 vs. Toledo
(Quarterfinals)
L 67–78  21–13 Quicken Loans Arena (4,502)
College Basketball Invitational
03/18/2015* at Louisiana–Monroe
(First round)
L 67–71  21–14 Fant–Ewing Coliseum (3,003)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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