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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 12, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John D. Millett Hall (6,400) -- Oxford, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Buffalo 10-1, Miami-Ohio 5-3. Away Record: Buffalo 3-5, Miami-Ohio 4-9. Neutral Record: Buffalo 0-1, Miami-Ohio 0-0. Conference Record: Buffalo 7-3, Miami-Ohio 5-5. Series Record: Miami-Ohio Leads, 22-10.
GAME NOTES: The Buffalo Bulls have won two games in a row, and will try for a third as they hit the road to face the Miami-Ohio RedHawks in Mid-American Conference action at Millett Hall.
Buffalo defeated Central Michigan on Saturday, 79-70, for its second straight win. The Bulls have won four of their last five, and are now 7-3 in the MAC East Division - one game behind Akron for the conference lead.
Miami has lost two games in a row, including a Saturday defeat at the hands of Ohio, 82-75. The RedHawks have also lost three of their last four, and have fallen to 5-5 in the conference standings.
Miami leads the all-time series with Buffalo, 22-10. The two programs will meet again later this season in Buffalo on March 1.
Buffalo held just a three-point lead at the half against Central Michigan Saturday, but managed to create a bit more distance in the second half for the win. Javon McCrea had a career game against the Chippewas, netting 25 points and grabbing 20 rebounds. The big man hit 12-of-22 from the floor, and also blocked a pair of shots. Shannon Evans came off the bench to score 19 points, and Jarod Oldham chipped in 11 points. Joshua Freelove added 10 in the win.
McCrea has been an absolute monster for the Bulls this season, averaging a double-double in 20 games played. McCrea leads the team with 18 ppg and a team-best 10.2 rpg average. His 50 blocked shots is by far the most on the Bulls, and 31 steals is second to just Oldham's 32. Freelove is second on the team with 12.4 ppg, and Will Regan checks in at third with 10.9 ppg.
Will Felder and Bill Edwards each netted 19 points to pace the RedHawks in a loss to former conference leader Ohio. Miami went ahead at the end of the first half by 15 points, but couldn't hang onto the lead in the second as the Bobcats shot 59.3 percent from the floor in the period. Felder chipped in nine rebounds, and Jaryd Eustace contributed 14 points.
Felder leads the RedHawks in scoring this season with a 14.4 ppg average on 53.8 percent shooting from the floor. Felder's 7.3 rpg average is also a team best and 19 blocked shots is 10 more than anyone else on the team. Geovonie McKnight averages 9.8 ppg, and is second on the team with 50 assists on the year. Quinten Rollins leads that category with 86 assists.
Buffalo certainly has a well-rounded lineup complete with bench depth, but the Bulls haven't been able to string together any consistent runs this season. However, with a shot at cracking the top spot in the conference, Buffalo will have its goals set in this game.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Buffalo 75, Miami-Ohio 67
02/12 10:40:01 ET
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