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Kent State (11-5) at Buffalo (8-5)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 18, 6 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Alumni Arena (6,100) -- Buffalo, New York. Television: TWC Sports, ESPN3.com. Home Record: Kent State 8-3, Buffalo 7-1. Away Record: Kent State 3-2, Buffalo 1-3. Neutral Record: Kent State 0-0, Buffalo 0-1. Conference Record: Kent State 2-1, Buffalo 2-1. Series Record: Kent State leads, 29-8.

GAME NOTES: The Buffalo Bulls will try to rebound from a tough loss, as they welcome the Kent State Golden Flashes to Alumni Arena for a Mid-American Conference clash on Saturday evening.

Buffalo is coming off a heart-breaking 67-65 loss to Toledo on Wednesday night. The Rockets' Julius Brown nailed a jumper as time expired to sink the Bulls, who had led by as many as 13 points in the first half.

Javon McCrea logged his seventh double-double of the season, recording 20 points and 10 rebounds for Buffalo, which had a four-game win streak halted and lost for the first time in three conference games.

Joshua Freelove added 16 points for the Bulls, who return home before hitting the road for two more. Buffalo is an impressive 7-1 at home this season, winning three straight, including two in conference.

McCrea leads Buffalo in scoring and rebounding with 17 points and 9.6 caroms per contest. The 6-foot-7 senior forward shoots 56 percent from the field for the Bulls, who knock down only 42.1 percent as a team and score an average of 71.5 ppg.

Freelove is the only other double-digit scorer for Buffalo, as he is averaging 12.2 ppg.

Head coach Bobby Hurley's squad does present trouble for opposing offenses, yielding just 66.8 ppg and holding them to a mere 40.1 percent shooting. They also out-rebound their foes, and block an average of 6.3 shots per game, led by McCrea's 3.1 bpg.

Kent State comes into tonight's tilt having won two straight following Wednesday's 73-64 overtime victory at Northern Illinois.

Kris Brewer scored 25 points and Kent State's defense shut down Northern Illinois for most of the last 15 minutes of regulation, and in overtime in the comeback win.

The Golden Flashes held the Huskies without a field goal for more than 10 minutes in the second half, erasing a 13-point deficit and helping them improve to 2-1 in MAC play.

Brewer averages 12.8 ppg to lead the Kent State attack. Derek Jackson (11.1) and Darren Goodson (10.4) round out the double-digit scorers for the Golden Flashes, who average 74.2 ppg on 42.8 percent shooting.

Buffalo has been playing well at home and can make an statement with a win over Kent State, which has dominated the Bulls in the all-time series (29-8). While the Golden Flashes has traditionally been the better team, expect Buffalo to pull out a close one.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Buffalo 72, Kent State 68

01/18 10:29:54 ET

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