A red-hot Toledo squad (14-6, 6-1 Mid-American Conference) brings a season-high six-game winning streak into Saturday’s Battle of I-75 matchup vs. Bowling Green (12-8, 3-4 MAC). The Rockets’ contest with the Falcons will be the lone meeting between the two schools this season.
UT is coming off a hard-fought 85-81 victory at Western Michigan, while BGSU dropped its second straight decision with a 93-62 setback at Northern Illinois.
Tickets for the contest are going fast, and fans are encouraged to buy their tickets ahead of time and arrive 20 to 30 minutes before tip-off to avoid long lines at the turnstiles.
As a reminder, UT faculty and staff can purchase tickets for half-price (limit two) at the UT Ticket Office or by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653). Faculty/staff tickets are available for $9 in the Upper East A section and $6.50 in the Upper East B section.
UT students are admitted free with ID.
The Rockets will be offering a few special promotions for the game, as well. A “whiteout” is being planned, and all fans are encouraged to wear white.
The first 500 UT students will receive a free white T-shirt, as well as free Fuzzy’s tacos while they last.
In addition, a special halftime show will take place with the popular Pop Rocks from Troy, Ohio, performing their high-energy choreographed routine that features jump rope, tumbling and elements of dance.
Tuesday’s victory in Kalamazoo gave the Rockets a three-game lead in the Mid-American Conference’s West Division over Western Michigan (11-9, 3-4 MAC) and Ball State (12-8, 3-4 MAC). Toledo and Buffalo (15-5, 7-0 MAC) are the only two teams in the MAC with fewer than three defeats.
The last time the Rockets won six games in a row in MAC play occurred Jan. 24 through Feb. 10, 2015.
During its current six-game winning streak, Toledo possesses an average margin of victory of 13.5 points per game and has trailed for just 19 minutes and nine seconds (8:17 vs. Kent State, 7:27 at Western Michigan, 2:17 at Ohio University and 1:08 vs. Akron).
As a team, as of Jan. 23, Toledo ranks 12th nationally with its 41.4 three-point field goal percentage and also tops the MAC with its 47.1 field goal percentage and 10.2 three-point field goals per game. The Rockets are also second with 80.2 points per game, 15.6 assists per game, and a 1.3 assist/turnover ratio.
Bowling Green possesses a 6-3 win-loss mark on the road this season and has split its four road contests in league play. The Falcons rank third in the MAC in scoring with 78.9 points per game, but are last in scoring defense allowing an identical 78.9 points per game.
Toledo leads its all-time series against Bowling Green by an 89-80 margin and has won six of its last seven meetings against its archrival. The schools split last year’s two meetings with the Rockets notching an 85-73 win in Savage Arena and the Falcons coming away with a 104-100 triumph in double overtime in the Stroh Center.