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DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 17, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ford Center (11,000) -- Evansville, Indiana. Television: None. Home Record: Buffalo 0-1, Yale 0-0. Away Record: Buffalo 1-1, Yale 0-2. Neutral Record: Buffalo 0-1, Yale 0-1. Conference Record: Buffalo 0-0, Yale 0-0. Series Record: Yale leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: Winless in three tries so far this season, the Yale Bulldogs give it another go during subregional action of the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Ford Center versus the Buffalo Bulls today.
The Bulldogs have come up empty against the likes of Sacred Heart (85-82) in overtime, Saint Joseph's (61-35) and yesterday Evansville (66-56).
As for the Bulls, their luck has only been slightly better with one victory during their first four games of the campaign. The squad began with setbacks against Princeton (57-53) and Florida State (95-68), before taking down Evansville in this building two days ago in a 56-50 final. Yesterday, Buffalo was taken out by Western Illinois in a 67-58 decision.
The Bulldogs lead the series with Buffalo by a 1-0 count after putting up a 39-24 victory way back in 1931. That particular setback snapped what had been a 29-game win streak for the Bulls.
Tomorrow the Bulldogs will continue play in this event against Western Illinois, although the action will change venues as the teams clash at the Johnson Center in Oakland City instead.
Against the Leathernecks of Western Illinois, the Bulls shot just 38.9 percent from the field and picked up only eight points from the reserves in the losing cause. Inserted into the starting lineup, Will Regan responded with 13 points to match Javon McCrea for the team high in the outing. Jarod Oldham added 11 points and a team-high six rebounds as the team held a very slight edge on the glass, even though it made no difference in the end. McCrea stands as the top scorer for the unit after four games with his 16.5 ppg, pacing the group on the glass (6.3 rpg) and on defense (2.5 bpg and 1.0 spg), but still this is a team that is scoring a mere 58.8 ppg right now as they shoot a collective 43.4 percent from the floor.
Replacing Jesse Pritchard in the starting lineup on Friday, Armani Cotton responded by missing all five of his field goal chances and finishing with a mere two points in 21 minutes as the Bulldogs were led to their third loss in as many games. Justin Sears tallied a team-best 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field, adding seven rebounds to help give the group a 35-22 advantage in that department over Evansville, but the bigger stat for the visitors was their 19 turnovers. Austin Morgan stepped up with 13 points as he sank 3-of-4 shots behind the three-point line in the defeat as well. Having closed out last season with setbacks against Princeton, Penn and Fairfield, the Bulldogs have now fallen in six straight outings overall. Morgan leads the team with his 15.0 ppg, but still this is a group that is scoring a mere 57.7 ppg.
Expect a low-scoring affair in this meeting with neither team capable of going on sustained scoring runs. The edge should go to the Bulls, but only slightly.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Buffalo 56, Yale 52
11/17 10:30:40 ET
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