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college basketball MAC champions pay visit to UB

It’s a big week for the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team.

The Bulls play host to defending Mid-American Conference champion Western Michigan at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Radio 1520, at Alumni Arena. They play host to the MAC’s East Division leader, Kent State, on Friday.

The Bulls will need to sharpen up on defense against a Western Michigan team that defeated them, 78-68, on Jan. 10. Western Michigan ranks third in the MAC in scoring (73.5 ppg) and second in field-goal percentage, hitting 46.7 percent of its shots. The Broncos shot 46.4 percent from the field in the first meeting with UB.

Western Michigan (13-6 overall, 4-2 in the MAC) is led by senior guard David Brown, averaging 15.4 points a game. Junior Connor Tava, a 6-foot-6 forward, is averaging 14.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

UB (12-6, 3-3) has played four of its first six MAC games on the road. Bulls forward Justin Moss leads the MAC in points (18.3) and rebounds (9.4).