In an exciting match-up, the Cornerstone University Men's Basketball team will play Central Michigan University on Wednesday, December 22.
Although it is not unusual for NAIA teams to play NCAA D-1 opponents, such games are ordinarily exhibitions, while the game on Wednesday will not be an exhibition for either program.
"CMU will be our toughest challenge of the season because they are bigger, longer and more athletic than anyone else on our schedule," says CU Coach Kim Elders
. "We just need to execute our game plan and play Cornerstone basketball for 40 minutes."
Central Michigan has two wins and eight losses this season so far, but they remain a team to be reckoned with. They have held the title of MAC West Champions for the past two years, and have been joined by several coveted young athletes this season.
One of their youngest and most valuable players is Trey Zeigler,the son of CMU coach Ernie Zeigler, and one of the most sought-after recruits nationwide from last year's senior class.
Zeigler chose Central Michigan over offers from Michigan State, Michigan, UCLA, and Arizona State. Zeigler iscurrently averaging 14.8 points and 5.3 rebounds a game.
"We're going up there expecting to compete and give CMU a great game," says Elders. "We're not into moral victories, so we're approaching this game with the same mindset that we do every game - expect to win."
Cornerstone's last and only NCAA D1 opponent was Oakland University in 2006. After holding a two point lead at the half, CU lost the game 94-75.
This week's game will be held at the CMU arena in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan at 7:00 p.m. Transportation
is available for those CU fans who would like to attend the game. Contact the athletic office at 616-222-1412.