BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo men's and women's basketball team will welcome in some top teams in the region on Wednesday night, with the women facing Duquesne at 5 pm before the men take on Temple at 7 pm. It will be the women's first home game in over two weeks, while the men are looking to earn its first win streak of the young season.
These games are White-Out games, with fans encouraged to wear white and cheer on the Bulls. The first 2000 fans will receive a free rally towel, and at halftime during the Men's game, "The Olate Dogs", who are the 2012 America's Got Talent winners, will be performing.
The women are coming off three straight losses, including a pair of games this past weekend at Dayton at the Dayton Marriott Classic. The Bulls lost to the nationally ranked Flyers before losing a shootout to Eastern Illinois at Dayton Arena on Saturday. In the game against Eastern Illinois, the team hit 14 three pointers, tying a school record that was set all the way back in the 1996-97 season.
Freshman Mackenzie Loesing was been named to the All-Tournament Team after scoring a career-high 21 points to go with eight assists, five rebounds and three steals against Eastern Illinois. Sloane Walton and Valerie Majewski also scored career highs in points, with 21 and 11, respectively. All three came off the bench for the team, leading for 55 bench points, the most since the 1997-98 season. The Bulls have been very balanced so far, with seven different players averaging five points per game or more, and four different players scoring seven or more.
Duquesne's women come into tonight with a 4-1 record on the season. Tonight will be the fifth meeting between the two teams, with the Dukes taking the past two, including a blowout 90-46 win over UB last season to extend its win streak over MAC teams to 11 games. The team has been successful thanks to terrific defense, holding its three of its first five opponents to 47 points or less. Wumi Agunbiade leads the team in points (11.4) and rebounds (7.2) in just 27 minutes per game.
The men will also face an Atlantic-10 team, welcoming in the Temple Owls. Buffalo is coming off a 76-57 win over Mansfield on Saturday night. The Bulls were led by Will Regan's 15 points, and Javon McCrea added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Bulls.
Temple is 3-0 on the season and coming off an 80-75 win over Delaware on Sunday afternoon. The Owls are led by Scootie Randall who is averaging 21.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. So far this season, the team is averaging 79 points per game despite shooting under 30 percent from three point range. Four players combine for 59.4 of those points per game. Senior guard Khalif Wyatt averages 14.7 points and 6.3 assists, and Anthony Lee averages 12.7 points and 9.3 rebounds.
Temple leads the all-time series, 4-2. The Owls won the last meeting, 87-85, in a thrilling overtime game at the Liacouras Center last season. Buffalo was led by McCrea who had 28 points and seven rebounds. Should McCrea match his output from last season against the Owls tonight, he will surpass the 1,000 career point mark. He sits at 975 coming into the game and could become the third fastest UB player to ever reach the historic plateau.
Tickets are still available for the doubleheader, fans can either call 1-877-UB-THERE, or visit BuffaloBulls.com for ticket order information. The woman's game can be heard on WLVL 1340 AM, while the men's game can be heard on WECK 1230 AM.