Huskies Return Home to Host Buffalo Saturday

GO HUSKIES Sophomore wing Darrell Bowie
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Sophomore wing Darrell Bowie
GO HUSKIES

Jan. 24, 2014

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Northern Illinois Huskies (7-10, 1-4 MAC) vs. Buffalo Bulls (9-6, 3-2 MAC)
Date / Time: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 / 1 p.m.
Site: NIU Convocation Center • DeKalb, Ill.
Radio: WLBK 1360-AM, 98.9-FM in DeKalb, Ill. • NIUTube (NIUHuskies.com)
Live Video: NIUHuskies.com
Live Stats: NIUHuskies.com
Twitter Updates: @NIUscores
All-time Series: Buffalo leads 15-13
Last Meeting: Jan. 8, 2014 • Buffalo, 67-46

WHAT’S TRENDING
• NIU is playing its sixth conference game, and it’s fifth against MAC East foes. Including next Wednesday’s contest at Kent State, the Huskies play six of their first seven league games against the MAC East.
Aksel Bolin played his 100th career game last time out at Toledo (Jan. 22). Bolin has appeared in 84 consecutive contests and has not missed a game since Feb. 15, 2011 at Western Michigan. The NIU record for career games played in 117, by Anthony Maestranzi and Todd Peterson (2002-06).
Travon Baker tied a career-high with 17 points at Toledo. Baker is averaging 11.6 points per game in league play, 25th in the MAC. Baker has scored in double figures in seven of the last nine games.
• In the last six games since returning to the starting lineup for an injured Dontel Highsmith, Aaric Armstead has averaged 8.5 points per game, while playing 26.8 minutes per contest.
Darrell Bowie has scored in double figures eight times this season; he is also averaging 6.8 rebounds per game, ninth-best in the MAC.
• The Huskies have lost 28 man games due to injury this season, not including redshirts, and are currently dressing just eight scholarship players.

SUITS AND SNEAKERS WEEKEND
• This weekend is the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) designated Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Weekend.
• Coaches around the country will be wearing sneakers with their suits to demonstrate their support of the American Cancer Society.  
• This is the 11th annual Suits and Sneakers weekend and is one of numerous NABC and American Cancer Society collaborative events; others also include the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and many regional events throughout the country.
• In addition, as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, men’s basketball staffs around the MAC will wear lapel pins with a purple ribbon  – the color for pancreatic cancer awareness – in support of University of Akron Director of Basketball Operations Dan Peters, who it was announced on Dec. 14 is fighting pancreatic cancer.

ABOUT BUFFALO
• Buffalo comes to DeKalb with a 9-6 overall record, 3-2 in Mid-American Conference play. The Bulls are just 1-4 on the road this season, having dropped a 71-68 decision at Ball State on Thursday (Jan. 23).
• Three players are scoring in double figures for the Bulls, led by 17.4 points per game from Javon McCrea, who is also UB’s leading rebounder at 9.5 boards per contest. Joshua Freelove (12.5 ppg) and Will Regn (10.5 ppg) are also scoring in double figures.
• The Bulls lead the MAC in assists (15.6) and offensive rebounds (13.4) during conference play.
• Buffalo is led by first-year head coach, and former Duke All-American (1989-93), Bobby Hurley.

THE LAST MEETING
• Buffalo defeated NIU, 64-46, in the Mid-American Conference opener for both schools on Jan. 8, at Alumni Arena in Buffalo.
• The Bulls scored the first 16 points of the contest, but the Huskies pulled back within four (24-20) at the half. Buffalo outscored NIU, 43-26, in the second stanza.  
Darrell Bowie led the Huskies with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Bowie was the only double figure scorer for the Huskies.
• Four players scored in double figures for the Bulls, led by 15 points from Will Regan. Javon McCrea added 14 points, Shannon Evans had 11 and Joshua Freelove chipped in 10 points.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES
• Buffalo leads the all-time series against NIU, 15-13; the Bulls have won eight consecutive games in the series.
• NIU has a 7-4 edge all-time in the series in games played in DeKalb. NIU’s last victory in the series was an 84-82 overtime win in DeKalb on Jan. 7, 2006.
• Buffalo has won 12 of the last 13 overall in the series, with the 2006 overtime home win being NIU’s only victory in the series since the 2002-03 season.
• NIU and Buffalo are meeting twice during the regular season as a result of the increase in conference games from 16 to 18 this season. The last time the Huskies and Bulls played twice in a season was in 2005, when they also met in the first round of the MAC Tournament. The last time the school’s met twice in the regular season was in 2001-02; the teams split the two meetings that season, each winning at home.

LAST TIME OUT
• Despite a career-high tying 17 points from Travon Baker, NIU fell at Toledo, 77-68, on Wednesday night at Savage Arena.
• Four Huskies scored in double figures, led by Baker’s 17. Darrell Bowie added 16, Jordan Threloff netted 14 and Aaric Armstead chipped in 10. It was the first time NIU had four double figure scorers in a game since the Loyola-Chicago game (Dec. 18).
• Justin Drummond scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Toledo.
• The Rockets shot 50 percent (25-of-50) from the field in the contest and NIU grabbed just 18 defense rebounds in the contest, the fewest for the Huskies this season.