Buffalo (2-7) at Milwaukee (2-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 5, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Klotsche Center (3,500) -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Television: None. Home Record: Buffalo 1-2, Milwaukee 2-0. Away Record: Buffalo 1-3, Milwaukee 0-3. Neutral Record: Buffalo 0-2, Milwaukee 0-2. Conference Record: Buffalo 0-0, Milwaukee 0-0. Series Record: Buffalo leads, 4-0.
GAME NOTES: The Milwaukee Panthers hope to turn things around at home as they host the Buffalo Bulls at the Klotsche Center for non-conference action.
Buffalo will also be looking for a turnaround and comes in on a two-game losing slide. The Bulls dropped to 2-7 overall on Saturday with an 82-79 loss at St. Bonaventure. However, coach Reggie Witherspoon's team has only lost once by a double-digit margin. Buffalo is scoring only 61.3 ppg on 43.3 percent shooting from the field. Its opposition has been limited to 66.2 ppg.
Rob Jeter's Panthers are in the midst of a four-game losing streak after their 72-61 loss at Northern Iowa on Saturday. Milwaukee began the season with two wins in three games, including a triumph over the defending SoCon Champion Davidson Wildcats. However, the Panthers then lost to Arkansas-Little Rock (59-43), Jacksonville (71-66), and Rider (74-60) before running into a more powerful group of Panthers. Milwaukee is being outscored by an average of 2.5 ppg.
This will be the fifth meeting between these teams on the basketball court. Buffalo has won all four previous encounters. The last time these teams met was on Feb. 19, 2011, a game the Bulls won 80-65 in upstate New York.
The Bulls are coming off of their best offensive performance of the season as they scored 79 points on 47.4 percent shooting from the field including a 13- of-24 mark from beyond the arc versus the Bonnies on Saturday. Buffalo also held a 41-34 advantage in the rebounding battle, but it could not overcome its 19 turnovers or 11 misses at the free-throw line to pick up the decision. Jarod Oldham led the charge with 20 points and six assists, while Tony Watson came off the bench to pour in 15 points and distribute six assists. Junior forward Javon McCrea is leading the team with 16.2 ppg, while Oldham is scoring just under 10 ppg.
The Panthers are shooting 39.9 percent from the floor and 65 percent from the free-throw line so far this season. They are also being beat on the glass by an average of three rebounds per game. The charity stripe was an issue its last time out, as UNI outscored Milwaukee 12-3 at the foul line in the contest. The team suffered its fourth loss in a row despite Paris Gulley's game-high 24-point performance. Kyle Kelm scored 16 points and Jordan Aaron finished with 10 on 4-of-13 shooting from the field. Aaron and Demetrius Harris pulled down eight boards each. Gulley was making his first appearance of the season after a broken hand kept him out of the team's first eight games. Aaron paces the team with 16 points and 4.3 assists per contest. The Gulley-Aaron combination may be enough to turn the Panthers' season around.
This will be a tough, hard-fought battle between two teams desperate for a win. Buffalo will try to pound it inside to McCrea while the Panthers will attack from the perimeter with their duel threat backcourt. Oldham will be the key, as he operates the Bulls' backcourt. In an even matchup such as this one, free throws and turnovers will play a vital role in the game's outcome.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Milwaukee 76, Buffalo 72
12/05 10:31:24 ET