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MAC Men's Basketball Daily - Saturday, November 10th
Princeton (0-0, 0-0 Ivy) at Buffalo (0-0, 0-0 MAC)
Noon ET • Series Tied 1-1
• Buffalo is coming off consecutive 20 win seasons for the first time in school history. The Bulls return eight letterwinners to a team that went 20-11 and advanced to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament last season. The Bulls are led by 2012 All-MAC First Teamer Javon McCrea who averaged 14.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game last season. The Bulls have been a tough out when playing in Alumni Arena. After going 12-2 at home last season, the team is now 83-31 on its home court dating back to 2004-05... Princeton finished 20-12 last season and advanced to the second round of the College Basketball Invitational. The Tigers are led by forward Ian Hummer who averaged 16.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season.
Western Michigan (0-0, 0-0 MAC) at Cornell (0-0, 0-0 Ivy)
Noon ET • First Meeting
• The Broncos won both of their preseason exhibition games, defeating Kalamazoo College 93-50 and Roosevelt 81-60. Western Michigan owns the best conference winning percentage in the MAC West division over the last five seasons; they have gone 44-36 in conference games since the start of the 2007-08 season for a .550 winning percentage The Broncos welcome eight freshmen to their ranks in 2012-13, the most they have had on the roster since the start of the 2008-09 season. Nate Hutcheson is the lone returning starter for the Broncos in 2012-13 and was named a Preseason All-MAC West selection in the Preseason MAC Media Poll.
Portland (0-0, 0-0 WCC) at Ohio (0-0, 0-0 MAC)
2 p.m. ET • Ohio leads series 2-1
•Ohio opens the 2012-13 regular season against Portland on Saturday at 2 p.m. It is the first of six-straight home games for the ‘Cats as they try and replicate the success of last year’s Sweet 16 run. The Green and White return virtually the entire team from last season’s run to the Sweet 16 and are picked to capture the MAC once more this year. D.J. Cooper and Walter Offutt were Preseason All-MAC selections and Ivo Baltic earned honorable mention All-MAC honors last season for the ‘Cats. Cooper earned All-MAC First Team honors for a second time last season and was also a Cousy Award Finalist, Lute Olson All-America Team selection, and a NABC Division I All-District 14 Second Team choice. Just this week, he was also named as one of 50 players named to the John R. Wooden Award Watch List...Portland was selected to finish eighth as the Pilots will run out another young team this season with only one senior on the roster. Portland returns 11 lettermen from last year’s roster including junior forward Ryan Nicholas, the team leader in scoring (11.5) and rebounding (7.6).