Bowling Green (12-18) at Buffalo (18-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 8, 2:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alumni Arena (6,100) -- Buffalo, New York. Television: None. Home Record: BGSU 7-8, UB 12-2. Away Record: BGSU 4-9, UB 6-6. Neutral Record: BGSU 1-1, UB 0-1. Conference Record: BGSU 6-11, UB 12-5. Series Record: Bowling Green leads, 18-10.
GAME NOTES: The Mid-American Conference regular season comes to a close today, as the Buffalo Bulls host the Bowling Green Falcons at Alumni Arena.
Bowling Green has dropped four of its last five contests and is coming off Tuesday's 72-61 loss to Ohio in its final home game of the season. The Falcons, who are just 4-9 as the visiting team, will be on the road for their first-round contest in the league tournament on Monday.
Buffalo, which is 12-2 on its home floor this season, had a four-game win streak snapped at Akron on Tuesday, 83-71. Despite that result, UB still leads the Zips by one game for the top spot in the MAC East Division entering the regular-season finale. The Bulls can finish no lower than the No. 3 seed for the MAC Tournament, but can lock up the No. 2 seed with a victory here and a Western Michigan loss on Saturday.
BGSU will try for the regular-season sweep after beating the Bulls at home by a 74-68 margin on Feb. 2. The Falcons leads the all-time series, 18-10, but they have lost each of their last three trips to Alumni Arena.
Bowling Green's defensive effort was lacking against OU earlier this week, as the Bobcats shot an impressive 58 percent from the floor and made 10-of-18 3- pointers. The Falcons, in comparison, connected on only 2-of-10 3-point tries for the game. While it was a rough shooting night for most of the starters, reserve Richaun Holmes had a team-high 20 points in the loss. Anthony Henderson and Spencer Parker also reached double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Holmes was coming off the bench for the first and only time this season, an interesting tactic considering he is the Falcons' leading scorer (13.7 ppg) and rebounder (7.6 rpg) and is shooting 52 percent from the floor. Also averaging double figures for BGSU are Parker (12.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Jehvon Clarke (12.4 ppg) and Henderson (10.8 ppg).
Leading the way for Buffalo is Javon McCrea, a 57 percent shooter from the floor who is tallying 18.4 points and 9.9 boards per tilt. Joshua Freelove (13.2 ppg) is a 41 percent 3-point shooter (62-of-153), while Will Regan (10.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg) can also step outside and hit the three (.364). The Bulls fell behind to Akron, 21-7, early in Tuesday's contest and were never quite able to recover. The Zips went on to shoot 52 percent from the floor in addition to holding a 36-28 rebounding advantage for the game. Freelove paced UB with 17 points on the strength of 4-of-7 shooting from the perimeter. McCrea was next in line with 15 points, followed by Shannon Evans with 12.
With the East Division title at stake, don't expect the Bulls to let off the gas here as they take on a struggling Bowling Green squad at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Buffalo 75, Bowling Green 65
03/08 11:17:12 ET