Chippewas Host MAC Frontrunner Buffalo on Tuesday

Feb. 5, 2018

 
CENTRAL MICHIGAN vs. BUFFALO
15-8, 4-6 MAC 17-6, 9-1 MAC
Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 7 p.m.
McGuirk Arena | Mount Pleasant, Mich.
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 TV: ESPN3
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Game Notes: Central Michigan | Buffalo
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GAME PREVIEW
• Riding a two-game winning streak, Central Michigan (15-8, 4-6 MAC) returns home to host MAC frontrunner Buffalo (17-6, 9-1 MAC) on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in McGuirk Arena.
• CMU is 9-3 (2-3 MAC) at home this season while Buffalo possesses a 6-3 (4-1 MAC) road record.
• The Chippewas own a 14-18 record in their all-time series with the Bulls.
• Nine of CMU’s 14 all-time wins against Buffalo have come at home in McGuirk Arena.
• Central Michigan dropped both meetings with Buffalo a year ago, falling 101-91 in Buffalo and 99-93 in Mount Pleasant.
• ONE TO WATCH: Expect long distance connections on Tuesday evening, as Central Michigan is ranked No. 30 in the NCAA in 3-pointers made (229) while Buffalo is ranked No. 36 (226).

LAST TIME OUT
David DiLeo made three free throws with under a second remaining in the second overtime to lift Central Michigan to a thrilling 101-98 Mid-American Conference men’s basketball victory over Ohio before 8,027 at the Bobcats’ Convocation Center.
• The Chippewas never led until the second overtime, and their largest lead – three points – came on DiLeo’s game-winning charity tosses.
Cecil Williams scored a career-high 27 points, Shawn Roundtree Jr. had 22, and Luke Meyer added 14 for the Chippewas, who made 14 of their 17 free throw attempts in the two OT periods and finished 31 of 36 (86.1 percent) from the line for the game.
• Roundtree went 11 for 14 from the line, and Williams finished 11 for 12.
• Ohio’s Mike Laster scored inside with 15 seconds remaining to tie the game at 98-all. Laster missed the and-one opportunity and DiLeo grabbed his game-high 14th rebound, one shy of his career high.
With the clock winding down, DiLeo pump-faked on a 3-point attempt, drawing a foul. He went to the line with just .9 remaining and drained all three attempts.
• Ohio jumped to a 10-0 lead less than two minutes into the game, and the Chippewas never led in regulation, trailing by as many as 13 points with just over 12 minutes to play in the second half.
Kevin McKay scored on a putback with 29 seconds left in the second half to tie the game at 77-all and send it to overtime. The Chippewas never led in the first overtime and trailed by as many as five points but tied it yet again, this time on a Williams off-balance triple with just 6 seconds left.

TRENDING
• With the victory over Ohio, head coach Keno Davis moved into fifth place on the CMU career coaching wins list.
• Senior forward Cecil Williams earned his first career MAC West Player of the Week award on Feb. 5 after averaging 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in wins over NIU and Ohio.
• Central Michigan is No. 1 in the nation in free throw percentage, shooting .805 from the line. It is the only team in the NCAA to shoot above 80%.
• Sophomore forward David DiLeo has reached double digits in rebounds in three consecutive games (Kent State - 11; NIU -  11; Ohio - 14).
• Senior forward Luke Meyer is shooting 50% from 3-point range over the last six games (17-of-34) and has made 19 of his last 20 free throws.
• Sophomore guard/forward Kevin McKay leads the MAC in steals per game in conference contests (2.7 spg) and ranks fourth in offensive rebounds (2.9).

SCOUTING BUFFALO
• Led by three-year head coach Nate Oats, Buffalo enters Tuesday’s conference contest the decided frontrunner in the MAC, boasting a 9-1 record.
• Buffalo earned a season sweep of Western Michigan by virtue of its 92-86 home win over the Broncos in the Bulls’ last outing on Feb. 2.
• Buffalo, which boasts the MAC’s top-rated offense (No. 22 nationally, 83.3 ppg), features four players who average double figures -- junior guard CJ Massinburg (18.1 ppg), junior forward Nick Perkins (16.3 ppg), senior guard Wes Clark (14.1 ppg) and junior guard Jeremy Harris (13.9 ppg).
• Massinburg, a strong candidate for MAC Player of the Year honors, is UB’s rebounding leader as well (7.5 rpg) and is among the conference’s top 3-point shooters (61 3s, .409). He shoots .477 overall from the field as a guard.
• Perkins ranks second on the team in rebounds (6.1 ppg) and is Buffalo’s best free throw shooter (81-104, 77.9%).
• Clark ranks second on the team with 77 assists, despite playing in just 13 games this season.
• Harris has made 55 3-pointers and ranks third in rebounds. (5.9 rpg).

UP NEXT FOR THE CHIPPEWAS
Central Michigan will return to the road for two games, beginning on Saturday, Feb. 10 when it visits Akron (10-12, 3-7 MAC) for a 2 p.m. contest at James A. Rhodes Arena.

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