Buffalo (12-7) at Central Michigan (8-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 8, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: McGuirk Arena (5,300) -- Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Television: None. Home Record: Buffalo 10-1, Central Michigan 6-5. Away Record: Buffalo 2-5, Central Michigan 2-8. Neutral Record: Buffalo 0-1, Central Michigan 0-0. Conference Record: Buffalo 6-3, Central Michigan 1-8. Series Record: Buffalo leads, 12-10.
GAME NOTES: The Buffalo Bulls seek their fourth win in five outing when they travel to take on a Mid-American Conference foe in the Central Michigan Chippewas at McGuirk Arena.
Buffalo rebounded from Sunday's 74-68 setback to Kent State with a 69-48 thrashing of Ball State on Wednesday. Senior Javon McCrea scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Bulls, who have won three of four overall and improved to 6-3 in the MAC.
Jarod Oldham added a season-high 17 points and Will Regan had 13 points and six rebounds for Buffalo, which used a 17-6 run early in the second half to take control. Oldham's 3-pointer capped off the surge, giving the Bulls a 48-35 cushion. Later, a 16-5 run by Buffalo put the game well out of reach. McCrea leads the Bulls in scoring and rebounding this season with 17.6 ppg and 9.6 rpg. The big man, who is third in the MAC in scoring and second in rebounding, shoots an impressive 57.5 percent from the field.
Joshua Freelove adds 12.5 ppg and Regan averages 11.0 ppg to round out the double-digit scorers for Buffalo, which has dropped three of its last four on the road and is just 2-6 away from Alumni Arena this season.
Central Michigan is also coming off a win, defeating Kent State 78-73 in overtime on Wednesday. John Simons notched a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, as the Chippewas recorded their first MAC win (1-8).
Chris Fowler netted 18 points for Central Michigan, which took the lead for good with 4:11 left in overtime when Simons drained a 3-pointer.
Fowler is the Chippewas leading scorer and second-leading scorer in the MAC with 17.9 ppg. Like McCrea, he is also a very efficient scorer, hitting 55.1 percent of his shots and going to the line nearly three time more than his closest teammate.
Simons is the only other double-digit scorer for Central Michigan, averaging 11.3 ppg.
The Chippewas are 6-5 at home this season but have lost 10 of their last 12 overall.
This is the first and only time these two teams will meet in the regular season. Last year, Buffalo won both meetings, which included an overtime win in the MAC Tournament. Overall, the Bulls have won five straight in this series. Central Michigan's last win against Buffalo came on February, 4, 2010.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Buffalo 68, Central Michigan 64
02/08 10:36:53 ET