Northern Illinois (5-16) Squares Off with Buffalo (8-15)

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1ST2ND TOTAL SPREAD
  Northern Illinois 27 27 54 +10.0
  Buffalo 31 28 59 -10.0
Sat, Feb 09 2013, 12:00 PM CST

Alumni Arena
Buffalo, NY
Attendance: 4,136

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Northern Illinois heads to Alumni Arena on Saturday to take on Buffalo. It starts at 1 p.m. EST. The Huskies are 0-4 against the Bulls over the last four years. They lost 74-59 the last time they played (Jan. 28, 2012).

Both teams share seventh place in the conference.

The Huskies were defeated by Bowling Green 57-41 on Feb. 6 despite 12 points and 8 rebounds from Abdel Nader. He contributes a team-leading 14.4 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game, and 1.6 steals per game. For the Bulls, Javon McCrea finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds in the 65-46 loss to Eastern Michigan on Feb. 6. He leads the team in points with 17.2 per game, rebounds with 7.6 per game, and blocks with 2.4 per game.

Comparing team stats, Buffalo looks to have an edge in three significant categories. The Bulls have the upper hand in assists, 14 per game to 8 per game. Buffalo also has an advantage in field goal percentage, 43 percent to 35 percent. Finally, the Bulls have the edge in scoring as well, 64 points per game to 56 points per game.

StatSmack! Northern Illinois is better than Buffalo
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Northern Illinois currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (959 to 943) than Buffalo, per the NCAA.
  • More property crime happens in Buffalo so you better protect your valuables if you visit (when compared to Dekalb -- according to the FBI).
  • At least you keep showing up. Northern Illinois has an average margin of victory of 14 over Buffalo in 7 wins since 1998.
  • Travon Baker is ranked 8th in the MAC in steals.
NIU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C Abdel Nader 26 13 5 1 2 0 3
D+ Aksel Bolin 25 8 4 2 1 0 2
D Akeem Springs 20 8 3 1 1 0 2
D Darrell Bowie 19 5 3 0 1 0 2
D Kevin Gray 19 4 4 0 0 0 1
D Daveon Balls 21 4 2 2 1 0 2
D Travon Baker 21 4 2 2 2 0 2
D Keith Gray 16 4 3 0 0 0 1
D Sam Mader 19 5 2 0 1 1 1
D- Mike Davis 12 3 2 0 0 0 1
F J.J. Cravatta 12 3 2 0 1 0 0
F Tony Nixon 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
F A. Christian 10 2 1 0 0 0 1
F Brandon Hayes 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
UB Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Javon McCrea 28 17 8 2 1 2 3
C Jarod Oldham 33 10 5 4 1 1 3
C- Tony Watson II 32 9 2 3 1 0 2
C- Will Regan 26 10 4 1 0 0 1
D+ A. Nuiriankh 27 6 5 2 1 0 2
D Jarryn Skeete 23 6 3 2 1 0 2
D Cameron Downing 13 6 2 1 0 0 1
D- Xavier Ford 11 4 3 1 0 0 2
D- R. Thomas-Edwards 12 1 3 0 0 0 1
D- C. Raley-Ross 12 2 1 1 0 0 1
F R. Sebuharara 9 1 0 1 0 0 1
F Andre McPhail 3 1 1 0 0 0 0

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1 Toledo 27-7 14-4
1 WMU 23-10 14-4
3 Buffalo 19-10 13-5
4 Akron 21-13 12-6
5 Ohio 25-12 11-7
6 Emich 22-15 10-8
 7NIU 15-17 8-10
7 Miami (OH) 13-18 8-10
9 Kent State 16-16 7-11
10 Bowling Green 12-20 6-12
11 CMU 10-21 3-15
12 Ball State 5-25 2-16
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2013-2014 Roster

#23 Aaric Armstead Fr G 6-5 190
#2 Aaron Armstead Jr G 6-4 195
#5 Travon Baker So G 5-10 160
#11 Daveon Balls So G 6-0 170
#32 Aksel Bolin Sr G/F 6-7 220
#10 Darrell Bowie So G/F 6-6 220
#3 A. Christian Sr G 6-2 205
#15 J.J. Cravatta So G 6-1 185
#21 Keith Gray Jr F 6-8 225
#13 Kevin Gray Jr F 6-8 225
#4 D. Highsmith Fr G 6-2 190
#33 Anthony Johnson Jr G 6-3 190
#34 Marin Maric Fr C 6-10 240
#55 Michael Orris So G 6-2 195
#0 Pete Rakocevic Jr C 6-11 245
#42 Jordan Threloff Jr C 6-9 255