The University at Buffalo (8-7, 1-1 MAC) will be on the road for the second straight game in Mid-American Conference men’s basketball play when it faces Eastern Michigan (9-6, 1-1 MAC) at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. (Radio 1520, 7 p.m.)
Canisius (7-9) will also be in action away from home, facing Dartmouth (4-9) in a nonleague game in Hanover, N.J. (Radio 1230, 7 p.m.)
UB is coming off a 79-67 conference win at Kent State last Friday. The Bulls lost their conference opener at home to Akron, 75-71. Willie Conner had 22 points and Lamonte Bearden 21 in the win at Kent State. Bearden also had eight assists and five steals against the Golden Flashes and made 7 of 8 field-goal attempts.
The game will be a homecoming for UB freshman Nick Perkins, who played at Milan High near Ypsilanti. UB coach Nate Oats is a former high school coach in the Detroit area.
It will be the conference home opener for EMU’s Eagles, who won at Central Michigan (99-80) and lost at Northern Illinois (80-63) last week. EMU is led by 6-foot-10 freshman center James Thompson IV who is the only player in the MAC averaging a double-double (15.3 ppg and 10.9 rebounds.).
UB defeated the Eagles, 78-63 in Ypsilanti last season in their only meeting. However, coach Rob Murphy’s team has been bolstered by the addition of Thompson, junior college transfers Brandon Nazione, Ty Toney and Willie Mangum and Jodan Price, a transfer from DePaul.
Canisius takes a three-game losing streak into its game at Dartmouth. The Big Green lost its Ivy League opener at defending champion Harvard.
The Golden Griffins are coming off a disappointing home performance on Saturday in a 70-53 loss to Saint Peter’s. The 17-point margin was the Griffs’ worst loss of the season the scoring output was their lowest of the season.
Coached by former Fairfield mentor Paul Cormier, Dartmouth is led by 6-8 freshman forward Evan Boudreaux, who has been named Ivy League Rookie of the Week four times this season.
Connor Boehm, the only senior in the Dartmouth starting lineup, is coming off a 24-point game against Fairfield, where Cormier coached for seven seasons winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament title in 1997 at HSBC Arena (now First Niagara Center).
Cormier’s high school coach in Lexington, Mass., was future Villanova coach Rollie Massimino and Cormier, a former minor league pitcher, was an assistant to Massimino at Villanova.
The Griffs will return to the MAAC with road games at Manhattan on Friday and Quinnipiac on Sunday.