CMU Men Look for Better Defensive Effort in 2016-17

MT. PLEASANT – After capturing its second straight Mid-American Conference West division championship a year ago, the Central Michigan men’s basketball program is looking better its defensive effort this season.

Finishing eighth out of 12 teams in the league in scoring defense (72.8 ppg) a year ago and 11th in steals (4.7 spg), the Chippewas (4-1) have held two opponents under 60 points and four under 80 through five games this season.

"I thought our guys have understood from day one this summer that we have to be a better defensive team, that we have to be a better rebounding team,” CMU coach Keno Davis said. “They’re trying so hard, and they have so much energy to start the game, that sometimes that’s a detriment. I think we can be a good defensive team. That doesn’t mean that we’re a great defensive team yet, but it does mean that we’re going in the right direction in that area."

CMU concludes the Lone Star Showcase at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday against Arkansas-Little Rock.