Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Preview – Players to Watch

The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) for seniors starts tonight, and 64 of the top seniors will get a chance to show what they can do in front of a gym full of NBA personnel.  The PIT has dealt with the numbers of seniors who either turn down their invites or pull out after they have accepted. Unfortunately, in its current structure, this will likely continue to be the case...
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Mid-American Confrence Player of the Year Goes to Javon McCrea

It wasn’t unanimous; however with having 20 of the 25 votes it was clear that Javon McCrea of the University at Buffalo Bulls won the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. The 6-foot-7 McCrea averages 18.9 points and 9.8 rebounds and is UB’s all-time leading scorer.  Western Michigan Broncos‘ guard David Brown, whom was  the MAC’s top scorer, that finished second...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Javon McCrea Headlines MAC Awards

Javon McCrea of Buffalo has been named MAC Player of the Year. McCrea was joined on the All-MAC First Team by David Brown, Julius Brown, Tree Treadwell and Shayne Whittington. DeShonte Riley was named Defensive Player of the Year and Zavier Turner received Freshman of the Year honors.
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Small Conference Tournament Rewinds and Previews

Photo via With the major conference tournaments getting all of the attention, I'm going to look back and look forward at some of the small conference tournaments across the nation. It's hard to pay attention to everything. Think of this post as your little catch all so you can seem like you know what you are talking about when you say Mercer can hang in the first round...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Back to school: Undercover in the student section

ATHENS, Ohio - Fifteen years, two chins and four jeans sizes ago, I was an Ohio University student who went to a few basketball games. The O-Zone, the organized and dedicated student section that's now a university-recognized student organization, was just beginning then. As far as I know or knew, anyway, there was at the time no formal effort to mobilize, plan or do anything...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Buffalo holds on to first with 69-64 win over Ohio

Javon McCrea scored 15 points as Buffalo used a balanced attack to protect first place in the Mid-American Conference with a 69-63 win over Ohio on Wednesday. Joshua Freelove added 14 points, Jarod Oldham 13 and Will Regan 10 for the Bulls (17-8, 11-4), who began the night with a one-game lead over the Bobcats (19-9, 9-6) and Akron. Nick Kellogg led Ohio with 18 points. Buffalo...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

MAC Basketball Roundup: Feb. 22

Late first-half surge pushes Ohio past Akron 66-50 AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Jon Smith scored 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting and hauled in 12 rebounds to help Ohio push past Akron 66-50 on Saturday night. The Bobcats (19-8, 9-5 Mid-American) shot 54.7 percent from the field. Travis Wilkins finished with 14 points and Nick Kellogg added 11. Akron (17-10, 9-5) stumbled through a 15-of-56 shooting...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

McCrea, Buffalo top Kent State 78-69

Javon McCrea scored 31 points and set the school career scoring mark as Buffalo earned its first-ever win at Kent State with a 78-69 victory Saturday. Buffalo (16-8, 10-4 Mid-American) used a 16-2 second-half run to open a 61-49 lead. Kent State (15-12, 6-8) cut the lead to 72-67 with 2:12 remaining, but McCrea answered with a three-point play as Buffalo pulled away. McCrea'...
Via AP on Fox
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Buffalo beats Akron 96-90, ties for MAC lead

Joshua Freelove scored a career-high 21 points and Javon McCrea and Jarod Oldham added 20 apiece as Buffalo held off Akron 96-90 on Wednesday. The Bulls (15-8, 9-4, Mid-American Conference) shot 63.3 percent to move into a tie with the Zips (17-9, 9-4) atop the East Division standings. McCrea, who moved within 19 points of the school career scoring record, also had 13 rebounds...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Ohio edges Buffalo 73-70, ties for 2nd in MAC East

Antonio Campbell scored back-to-back baskets off his own rebounds in the final 1:03, lifting Ohio past Buffalo 73-70 on Saturday afternoon. Maurice Ndour and Nick Kellogg each scored 17 points as the Bobcats (18-7, 8-4 Mid-American) overcame a 10-point deficit in the final 10 minutes and forced their way into a second-place tie with Buffalo (14-8, 8-4) in the conference's east...
Via AP on Fox
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

McCrea, Buffalo roll past Miami (Ohio) 75-62

Javon McCrea scored 25 points - moving into second place on Buffalo's all-time scoring list - and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Bulls beat Miami (Ohio) 75-62 Wednesday night. McCrea made 12 of 14 field goals, including a layup with 12:41 left in the first half which moved him past Jim Horne - who scored 1,833 points from 1951-55 - and gave Buffalo 17-8 lead. McCrea now sits 51...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Buffalo cruises past Western Michigan 84-63

Javon McCrea scored 20 points as Buffalo cruised past Western Michigan 84-63 on Wednesday. Buffalo (11-6, 5-2 Mid-American) shot 52 percent from the floor and won the rebound battle 41-27. Shannon Evans had 17 points, Justin Moss and Joshua Freelove added 14 apiece and Will Regan chipped in with 10 points and eight boards. Shayne Whittington led Western Michigan (11-8, 4-3) with...
Via AP on Fox
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Buffalo tops Northern Illinois 75-67

Javon McCrea's 20 points and big second half Saturday helped Buffalo hold off a surging Northern Illinois for a 75-67 win. McCrea scored 13 points in the second half, including a dunk that broke a 48-48 tie to give Buffalo (10-6, 4-2 Mid-American) a lead they never relinquished. Joshua Freelove scored 13 points and Will Regan added 12 for Buffalo. Northern Illinois jumped...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

McCrea, Buffalo beat Northern Illinois 67-46

Javon McCrea had 14 points, eight rebounds, eight blocks, and four assists on Wednesday night to lead Buffalo past Northern Illinois 67-46 in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. McCrea's eight blocks tied a career high and Will Regan added 15 points and six rebounds for the Bulls (7-4). Shannon Evans scored 11 and Joshua Freelove added 10. Buffalo opened the...
Via AP on Fox
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

McCrea's hot hand leads Buffalo over Drexel 55-52

Javon McCrea scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Buffalo defeated Drexel 55-52 in a see-saw contest on Sunday. Neither team shot particularly well in the low-scoring game that saw eight ties and 13 lead changes. McCrea shot 8 of 13 from the field and made more than a third of his team's field goals. The Bulls (6-4) shot 21 of 59 from the field while Drexel (8-4) connected...
Via AP on Fox
December 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Buffalo beats Binghamton 87-57

Javon McCrea scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Buffalo beat Binghamton 87-57 in a Monday matinee. The score was tied at 20 before Buffalo ended the half on a 20-4 run and opened the second half by outscoring Binghamton 16-3 and led 58-32 with just under 15 minutes remaining. Buffalo (5-4) shot 47.6 percent from the field and made 9 of 24 from long range. Joshua Freelove...
Via AP on Fox
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Buffalo's defense thwarts Delaware State 65-55

Javon McCrea had nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks to lead Buffalo over Delaware State 65-55 on Saturday. With his third block he reached 198 for his career - passing Mitchell Watt for second in school history. It was McCrea's first game scoring under double digits since a Dec. 12, 2012 match against Washington State. Buffalo (3-2) led 61-55 with 1:13 to play and...
Via AP on Fox
November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Buffalo soars past Robert Morris 81-66

Javon McCrea scored 18 points helping Buffalo break loose from a halftime tie and beat Robert Morris 81-66 on Tuesday night. McCrea also gathered 12 rebounds and had five blocked shots for the Bulls and all five starters scored in double figures. Jarryn Skeete added 15, and Jarod Oldham contributed 13 points, while Joshua Freelove and Will Regan had 12 and 10 points respectively...
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November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

The Road to the 2014 NBA Draft - Seniors Part 7

We are a few months from the start of the college basketball season, and the road to the 2014 NBA Draft has become.  To kick things off, I am going to spend the next couple of weeks looking at this year’s senior class and some brief notes on areas where they need to show improvement to maximize their value at the next level. These are not meant to replace scouting reports...
Via NBA Draft Blog
September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

2012-2013 WNY Basketball Player Rankings

Billy Baron was named CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major MVP (photo gogriffs.com) I think it’s fair to say that from start to finish, this season of college basketball in Western New York was one crazy ride. From the hiring of Jim Baron at Canisius college, to the recent news of Niagara coach Joe Mihalich leaving for the Hoftstra job, and everything in between, it was nothing I expected...
Via Queen City Sports
April 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Buffalo hires Bobby Hurley as men's basketball coach

It looks like New Jersey's own, Bobby Hurley, is headed to upstate New York to take over the men's basketball program at Buffalo.  A press conference late Tuesday announced Hurley's first head coaching job would be at the university, after three seasons as an assistant at Wagner, then Rhode Island for his brother Dan, according to ESPN. Hurley will replace Reggie Witherspoon...
Via The Other Paper
March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

McCrea, Watson Light Up Scoreboard But UB Loses Heartbreaker

Watson came up big in his final collegiate game but it wasn’t enough. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Javon McCrea and Tony Watson combined to score 43 points but the Bulls were unable to contain Flashes big man Chris Evans as he scored 25 points, helping Kent State defeat Buffalo 70-68 in a heartbreaker Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena. After a sluggish start to the game, the Bulls...
Via Queen City Sports
March 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Buffalo 76, Ball St. 61

Will Regan hit five 3-pointers en route to 36 points, and Buffalo defeated Ball State 76-61 Wednesday night in the second round of the Mid-American Conference tournament. Javon McCrea added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls (14-19), whose 74-72 overtime win against Central Michigan in the opening round snapped a two-game skid. Ball State (15-15) built a 36-26 lead with 1...
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March 13, 2013  |  Discuss

McCrea’s Dominance Speaks for Itself

Javon McCrea has grown each year at Buffalo (Photo/ Buffalo Bulls Athletics) It’s a two horse race for player-of-the-year honors in the Mid American Conference and it’s clear who the two stallions are. D.J. Cooper of Ohio and Javon McCrea of Buffalo. Some believe the honor should go to Cooper, the three time All-MAC first team member.  He did break Ohio’s three-point record...
Via Queen City Sports
March 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Cooper, Dambrot pick up top MAC honors

Cleveland, Ohio -- Today the Mid-American Conference announced that Ohio's D.J. Cooper and Akron's Keith Dambrot have earned top honors for the 2012-13 men's basketball season. Cooper was named Player of Year, while Dambrot was tabbed Coach of the Year. This marks the first time either have earned such distinction. The Player of the Year and Coach of the Year awards were...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 13, 2013  |  Discuss
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