2017-2018 Season Review

April 2, 2018 | Written By: Central Michigan Sports Information

2017-18 Men's Basketball Season in Review
CMU secured the seventh 20-win season in program history, including the second in the last four seasons under Keno Davis

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March 28, 2018

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Central Michigan men's basketball team's 2017-18 season was, by many counts, a successful one, as the Chippewas' surpassed prevailing expectations and advanced the program, further placing it in a positive position.

"I am very proud of what our team, and especially what our seniors were able to accomplish during their time here at CMU," said head coach Keno Davis. "This team has helped move this program to one that has demonstrated consistent success on the court, while representing their school, Alumni, and community in the highest manner possible."

The accomplishments of the 2017-18 Chippewas were many, noteworthy and even historic:

• Central Michigan secured the seventh 20-win season in program history, including the second in the last four seasons under Keno Davis.

• Central Michigan finished with a .500 record or better for the fourth consecutive year, marking the longest such stretch of success since the 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons.

• Central Michigan won two postseason games for the first time in history as a Division I program.

• Central Michigan won its first national postseason victory, a 94-89 victory over Fort Wayne in the first round of the CIT, since March 20, 2003 when the No. 11-seeded Chippewas upset No. 6 Creighton, 79-73, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City

• With CMU's first round MAC Tournament win over Bowling Green, head coach Keno Davis moved into fourth place on the Central Michigan career wins list.

• CMU recorded double-digit wins at home for the fourth consecutive year, totaling 50 during that time frame. CMU went 11-5 in McGuirk Arena in 2017-18.

• Central Michigan set a single-season program record for nonconference victories with 11.

• Central Michigan became the first and only Mid-American Conference team to ever win a Great Alaska Shootout title in the 40th and final edition of the historic early-season tournament.

• For the second-straight season, Central Michigan broke the program record for points in a season, scoring 2,835.

• Central Michigan ranked No. 2 in the nation in free throw percentage for the second consecutive year with a program-record mark of .806. It is only one of three teams in the NCAA to shoot 80 percent or better from the line in 2017-18. Sophomore guard Kevin McKay led the MAC in free throw percentage (.861). The Chippewas were perfect from the line against Wofford for just the fourth time program history, going 15-for-15.

• With 356 this season, Central Michigan has made 300 or more 3-pointers for the fourth consecutive year. The Chippewas led the MAC 3-point field goals made with a 9.9 per game average. Only two other Division I teams have made more 3-pointers than CMU over the past four seasons.

• By scoring over 100 points three times this season, CMU surpassed the century mark in 17 games under head coach Keno Davis.

• Senior guard Josh Kozinski became CMU's career leader in 3-pointers, marking the third player in three years that the record has been broken. Kozinski also became the first player in program history make 300 3-pointers and the 32nd Chippewa to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

• Kozinski ranked No. 1 in the nation in turnover percentage (3.5) for the third consecutive season. He also ranks second among all NCAA players since 2007-08 in that stat category (2.86).

• Sophomore guard Kevin McKay's 62 steals ranked tied for No. 2 in the Central Michigan single season record book. He recorded at least one steal in 30 of the 34 games in which he played this season.

• Sophomore forward David DiLeo's 96 3-pointers led the MAC and ranked third on the CMU single-season list.

• Senior forward Luke Meyer started every game of his collegiate career, a streak that measured 133 consecutive games. In 2017-18, Meyer set career highs in points, blocks, assists, free throw percentage and 3-pointers.

• Four different Chippewas earned MAC West Player of the Week honors during the 2017-18 season -- Shawn Roundtree Jr. (11/27), David DiLeo (12/24), Luke Meyer (1/22) and Cecil Williams (2/5).

• Junior guard Shawn Roundtree Jr. was named Most Outstanding Player of the Great Alaska Shootout while Luke Meyer and Cecil Williams were named to the all-tournament team.

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