Central Michigan (9-10) at Buffalo (7-13)
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 30, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alumni Arena (6,100) -- Buffalo, New York. Television:
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. Home Record: CMU 5-3, UB 4-4. Away Record:
CMU 1-6, UB 3-6. Neutral Record: CMU 3-1, UB 0-3. Conference Record: CMU 2-4,
UB 2-4. Series Record: Central Michigan leads, 11-10.
GAME NOTES: The Buffalo Bulls will attempt to bounce back on Wednesday when
they return to Alumni Arena to host the Central Michigan Chippewas in a Mid-
American Conference tilt.
CMU leads the all-time series 11-10 against Buffalo, dating back to 1975. The
Bulls are 6-4 in the last 10 matchups against the Chippewas, including winning
the last three meetings. Central Michigan's last victory at Buffalo came in
the 2007-08 season, 59-56.
Keno Davis and his Chippewas are riding a two-game losing slide into this one
after dropping home bouts to Northern Illinois (74-61) and Western Michigan
(76-59) in their last two outings. The pair of setbacks dropped CMU to a
sub-.500 overall record including its 2-4 mark in MAC action. The Chippewas
are weak on both ends of the court with a scoring offense of 66.7 ppg to their
scoring defense of 69.5 ppg.
The Chippewas sank just 29.8 percent (14-of-47) of their field goal attempts
and allowed WMU to connect on 46.0 percent (23-of-50) of its shots from the
floor in their last outing. Kyle Randall and Blake Hibbitts produced 14 points
apiece, but the squad struggled as a whole and had no answer for the Broncos'
post players. Randall is the fifth-leading scorer in the conference at 16.4
ppg, but Hibbitts is a far ways away in second place on the team at 8.1 ppg.
Chris Fowler has shown the ability to run the offense and distribute
effectively, as he deals out 5.1 assists per contest and records 1.4 steals
per contest as well.
Although Reggie Witherspoon's Bulls come in with a 7-13 overall record and a
2-4 mark in MAC play, they have been playing much better in recent weeks. They
won two games over Bowling Green (68-65) and Ball State (66-63) to build some
momentum before coming up just short and falling, 68-64, to the first-place
Akron Zips. The Bulls went 24-of-56 from the floor (42.9 percent) and hit 9-
of-20 from 3-point range versus Akron, but the Zips were a shade better with
their 44.2 percent shooting display. Jarryn Skeete came off the bench to pour
in a team-best 19 points, Tony Watson II netted 15 points, and Javon McCrea
posted 10 points and seven boards.
The Bulls will try to ride McCrea to their third win in four outings as he has
stepped up to post 20.0 points and 9.2 boards per MAC contest. McCrea has six
double-doubles this season, already equaling his season totals of both his
freshman and sophomore seasons. Buffalo's recent improvement may be related to
Will Regan's recent outburst from distance. The sophomore forward has launched
21 3-point attempts over the past three games after only attempting 35 over
the first 17 games. The Bulls were able to dish out 14 assists to 13 turnovers
against Akron despite being without junior point guard Jarod Oldham, who is
out recovering from a wrist injury.
The Bulls were expected to be one of the top teams in the MAC this season.
Although they are without their floor general, they have started to realize
their potential over their past few outings. CMU is far from competing for the
MAC crown and it will show at Alumni Arena on Wednesday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Buffalo 68, Central Michigan 59
01/30 10:34:28 ET
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