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Buffalo vs Texas A&M

It’s not often the Buffalo Bulls get a chance to take on a ranked opponent, but tonight provides that rare opportunity as the Bulls travel south to College Station, TX to play the 9th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies.

The Aggies (10-1) come into the game off a hard-fought 64-58 victory over Northern Kentucky in which four players, including two key starters, did not suit up.

Admon Gilder, Isiah Jasey, TJ Starks and Robert Williams all missed the victory because of various injuries, and Texas A&M came out on top despite shooting a season-low 37.1 percent from the field while connecting on just two of 20 attempts from 3-point range.

Senior Duane Wilson, a transfer from Marquette, led the Aggies in scoring for the second time this season with 16 points night and junior Tyler Davis posted a double-double for the second time in as many games with a 14-point, 10-rebound performance.

“We have a deep team,” Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said. “The good thing is that we were able to play those guys earlier this season, so it’s not the first time that they have been in hard-fought, combat type games. All of them have played in just about every game we’ve played. I thought that was big in helping us win a tough game.

For the Bulls, they are coming off a crushing 81-74 loss to Syracuse–a game that was circled on their calendars being the ‘little brother’ to Syracuse.

“We played really hard (against Syracuse), but we had a tough time with that zone, especially in the first half, and unfortunately we were just never able to build much of a lead,” Buffalo coach Nate Oats said. “We matched up well against them, but we need to hit some shots. The great thing is we have a quick turnaround before we head to Texas A&M.”

Forward Nick Perkins paced the Bulls with 18 points, while guard CJ Massinburg had 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Wes Clark, a 6-foot guard, scored 15 points and handed out six assists as he played in his first game for Buffalo since being dismissed from Missouri last February for not meeting academic requirements. Clark played for Oats at Romulus High School in Detroit,

“Syracuse is a good team,” Clark said. “For us being in the game and competing with them, it was good for us. We were involved in the game and enjoyed the game, but it was a game we could have won. We could have crossed that little bridge or that little hump. We couldn’t get past them in time.”

Prediction

The Bulls were picked to finish in first place in the MAC East standings and have been to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, but tonight’s task is one of their most difficult in the past two seasons. The Aggies will be getting healthy, and expect those players who missed the Northern Kentucky game to be back in uniform tonight. Not good news for the Bulls.

LINE: A&M -11.5

Texas A&M 84 Buffalo 71

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