Created:Monday, February 6, 2017 4:41 p.m.CDT

NIU men's basketball: Huskies at Buffalo preview


Tip-off: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Buffalo, N.Y.

Media: Video: ESPN3; Radio: 1360-AM, 98.9-FM

Records: Huskies 14-9 overall, 6-4 in MAC West; Bulls 13-9 overall, 5-5 in MAC East

Last game: The Huskies won, 81-69, over Eastern Michigan; the Bulls won, 96-69, at Ball State

Leading scorer: (NIU) Marin Maric, 13.6 ppg; (Buffalo) Blake Hamilton, 17.3 ppg

Leading rebounder: (NIU) Marin Maric, 7.6 rpg; (Buffalo) Nick Perkins, 7.0 rpg

Also: (NIU) Aaric Armstead, 15.0 ppg last three games; (Buffalo) CJ Massinburg, 13.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg

The lowdown: With the win over Eastern Michigan and Buffalo's victory over Ball State, the Huskies are tied for first place in the MAC West with the Cardinals. ... Hamilton was named the MAC East Player of the Week after averaging 26 points, 7.5 rebounds and eight assists per game in wins over Central Michigan and Ball State. ... Three of the Bulls' losses in conference play have come by two points or less – including two one-point defeats. ... After a slow start in the MAC from the 3-point line, the Huskies are shooting 51.1 percent from deep in the past three games. ... Northern Illinois has outrebounded its opponent in nine of its 10 conference meetings.

Notable person: John Walsh, the host and creator of 'America's Most Wanted' and more currently 'the Hunt with John Walsh,' attended the University at Buffalo.

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