The No. 23 Buffalo Bulls will host the Central Michigan Chippewas at Alumni Area for a Mid-American Convention conflict on Saturday.
The sport is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET. Whereas it gained’t be broadcast nationally on tv wherever within the US, you possibly can nonetheless watch a stay stream of the sport in your pc, cellphone, or streaming system by way of ESPN+, the brand new digital streaming service from ESPN (no cable required) that has unique protection to dozens of school basketball video games–and a number of other different sports activities–each week.
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Buffalo (19-Three total, 7-2 within the MAC) hasn’t performed since final Friday, once they fell to Bowling Inexperienced 92-88 on the street for simply their third lack of the season. The Bulls ceded first place within the convention to the Falcons, whose followers rushed the court docket.
“Prime 25 crew, recreation for first place, all people got here out,” Buffalo head coach Nate Oats stated, in accordance with the Related Press. “That’s sort of why we play the sport. These guys spend hundreds of hours engaged on their recreation. They wish to play in entrance of individuals. I assumed it was nice. Hopefully, we will proceed to attract nice crowds, each at house and on the street.
“It’s enjoyable to play in an atmosphere like that. It’s just a bit bit higher if you play a bit of tougher and dig in on the defensive finish.”
The Bulls fell from No. 18 to No. 23 within the AP ballot.
Senior wing Jeremy Harris went 3-of-12 from the sphere and missed all seven of his three-point makes an attempt, scoring six factors.
Final yr, Harris launched 6.1 threes per contest and hit 41.eight p.c of them. He’s capturing simply 29.1 p.c on 6.9 deep makes an attempt per recreation this yr.
“He has to remain aggressive and belief the work he’s put in,” Oats advised faculty newspaper The Spectrum. “This isn’t the primary time he’s gone by means of a stoop. He had a nasty begin to final yr and this yr. Then he got here out of it. For some cause, he’s gotten into slumps previously and he has to shoot his manner out of it.”
The stoop appears to be team-wide.
A season in the past, the Bulls rode one of many nation’s finest offenses (84.6 factors per recreation, sixth out of 351 groups) to the second spherical of the NCAA event. They related on 37 p.c of their threes and made 9.7 of them per recreation, good for 79th and 28th within the nation.
The Bulls are hitting the identical variety of photographs from deep per recreation this yr, and so they’re 10th within the nation at 84.eight factors per contest, however they’re capturing at only a 34.1 p.c clip from outdoors, rating 191st.
The Chippewas (16-6, 5-4) snapped a three-game dropping streak by besting Japanese Michigan 86-82 on January 29. They then crushed Western Michigan 85-64 on February 2.
Central Michigan senior guard Larry Austin Jr.’s 22 factors, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists led the crew.
“We have now to be a crew taking part in with a excessive depth to win video games,” Austin stated, in accordance with Central Michigan Life. “It’s simply how I play and we play.”