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Akron (17-8) at Buffalo (14-8)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 19, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Alumni Arena (6,100) -- Buffalo, New York. Television: TWC, ESPN3.com. Home Record: Akron 10-1, Buffalo 10-2. Away Record: Akron 6-5, Buffalo 4-5. Neutral Record: Akron 1-2, Buffalo 0-1. Conference Record: Akron 9-3, Buffalo 8-4. Series Record: Akron leads, 26-22.

GAME NOTES: Both the Akron Zips and Buffalo Bulls are fighting for a top spot in the Mid-American Conference standings, and their rivalry will take another step forward as they clash at Alumni Arena Wednesday.

Akron has won three of its last four games played, including a 62-54 victory over Northern Illinois Saturday in conference play. The Zips are currently sitting on a 9-3 MAC record and occupy the top spot in the MAC East Division.

Buffalo had a three-game win streak broken up on Saturday, as the Bulls narrowly were defeated by Ohio, 73-70. Buffalo finds itself a game behind Akron at 8-4.

Akron holds a slim all-time series lead over Buffalo, 26-22. The Bulls however, have won three of the past four meetings against the Zips, and have won four in a row at home. The two teams will meet again this season on March 4.

Against Northern Illinois, Akron traded baskets with the Huskies in the first half, with the Zips taking a one-point lead into the intermission. But the Zips were able to pull ahead more in the second half to create some distance for the win. Demetrius Treadwell recorded a double-double with a team-high 25 points and 10 rebounds. He was the only Zips player to notch double figures in terms of points, with three other Akron players tallying nine points apiece.

Treadwell leads the team in scoring this season with 14.5 ppg on 46.5 percent shooting from the floor. The forward also tops the squad in rebounding with an 8.8 rpg margin. Quincy Diggs is the only other Zips player to average double- digit point totals, netting 12.1 ppg with a 34 percent mark from beyond the 3- point arc. Diggs bests the roster with a 2.7 apg average and 1.7 spg. His 4.4 rpg is second to Treadwell.

Buffalo held a 10-point lead over Ohio, 63-53, on Saturday with just under 10 minutes left to play, but the Bobcats were able to make a run late in the game to take over the lead. Javon McCrea led Buffalo in scoring in the game, netting 18 points with eight rebounds, four assists and five steals. Shannon Evans came off the bench to score 13 points, adding six rebounds and four assists to his resume. Joshua Freelove rounded out the double-digit scorers for Buffalo with 10 points.

McCrea has been one of the more dominant players this season for Buffalo, in his senior year with the team. McCrea leads the Bulls in scoring with an impressive 18.3 ppg on 58.6 percent shooting from the field. McCrea is averaging a double-double on the year with a 10.1 rpg mark, adding a team-best 53 blocked shots to his stat line. Freelove checks in behind McCrea in scoring at 12.5 ppg, and Will Regan is third at 10.5 ppg. Jarod Oldham tops the team in assists on the year with 118, and had 39 steals as well.

This is one of the more highly anticipated matches coming down the stretch of the MAC season featuring two teams battling for the East Division title. Buffalo is a very strong team at home, and with the thought of having to go to Akron later this season, the Bulls will want this win badly.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Buffalo 78, Akron 73

02/19 10:40:56 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
11th
CWS 4
BOS 4
 
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
 
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
7th
ANA 1
OAK 4
 
7th
SDP 4
COL 1
 
7th
SFG 1
LOS 1
 
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
3rd
DEN 75
GSW 83
 
3rd
POR 78
LAC 81
 
4th
SAC 80
PHO 79
 
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
3rd
ANA 4
DAL 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR