Men’s Basketball: Bobcats look to rebound on the road against Buffalo

Coming off a road loss at Toledo, the Bobcats look to rebound against another tough MAC opponent on the road. Their opponent, Buffalo, comes in with a record of 8-3 in the MAC, which has them second in the MAC East.

A big part of Buffalo’s (14-7 overall) success this season has been the play of senior forward Javon McCrea, who is 16th in the country in rebounding at 10.2 rebounds per game. To go along with his rebounds, McCrea is second in the MAC in scoring with 18.2 points per game and third in the MAC in blocks with 2.5 blocks per game. If the Bobcats can find a way to stop McCrea and force other players to make plays, they should have a good chance of winning this game.

Buffalo is a tough team at home, with a record of 10-1 at Alumni Arena. Ohio has been equally as good on the road, with an 11-3 record on the road in their last 14 road MAC games. Ohio has also faired well against  in the past, hoisting an all-time record of 28-7 against Buffalo, including the last six in a row.

One of the keys for the Bobcats is if they can rebound the basketball. Buffalo leads the MAC in rebounding at 37.6 rebounds per game, including the top rebounder in the MAC in McCrea. The Bobcats are 10-3 when they out-rebound their opponent and only 5-4 when the opponent out-rebounds them.

Overall the last few games, the Bobcats have struggled on the defensive side of the ball, allowing  82.4 points per game on 49.6% shooting over their last four games. Defense will determine how well the Bobcats play. They’re 12-1 when they hold their opponents to less than 40% shooting, yet a bleek 5-6 when when they allow their opponent to shoot above 40%.

Playing well for the Bobcats lately has been senior guard Travis Wilkins. Wilkins is averaging 20.0 points per game on 11-15 (73.3%) from beyond the three-point line.

“A lot of extra work and getting a lot of shots in to help build the confidence has helped a lot,” Wilkins said about his recent success on offense.

Tip-off is set to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be televised on the Time Warner Cable Sports channel and ESPN3.


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