After a disappointing home loss to Bowling Green on Jan. 10, Ohio returns to the hardwood when it travels to Buffalo for its fourth Mid-American Conference game of the season and the second MAC East Division game.

In that disappointing loss, the Bobcats (9-7, 1-2 MAC) were truly a team of two different halves. They came out confident with an 11-2 lead and went into the locker room at halftime with a 10-point lead, only for it to be erased after the Falcons scored 50 second-half points.

With the loss behind Ohio, it will face another one of the programs that received plenty of preseason praise, as the Bulls were picked by the conference’s coaches to finish in second place in the East Division. They also received three first-place votes and one vote to win the MAC Tournament in mid-March.

In the early goings of conference play, here’s a look at Buffalo.

Game information

Game time: 7 p.m.

Venue: Alumni Arena (Amherst, New York)

Watch: ESPN+

Listen: Ohio IMG Sports Network

Meet the opponent

Probable starters

03 Jayvon Graves

04 Davonta Jordan

34 Josh MBalla

11 Jeenathan Williams

02 Antwain Johnson

Individual statistical leaders

Points: Graves (17.2 per game)

Rebounds: MBalla (9.1 per game)

Assists: Jordan (5.4 per game)

Team profile

Record: 10-6, 1-2 MAC

Points per game: 79.6

Rebounds per game: 41.5

Assists per game: 16.4

Field goal percentage: .440

3-point percentage: .339

Free throw percentage: .629

Matchup history

This is the Bobcats first division road game and the first for coach Jeff Boals. Ohio was swept last season by Buffalo with 114-67 and 82-79 finals. The Bobcats lead the all-time series 32-16.

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