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19-6, 3rd in MAC E

No. 14 Buffalo survives scare, beats Kent State 88-79

CJ Massinburg and Nick Perkins scored 20 points apiece as No. 14 Buffalo pulled away in the final minutes and avoided dropping its second Mid-American Conference game in four days with an 88-79 win over Kent State on Friday night.

Buffalo comes up with two consecutive big-time dunks (0:30)
Kent State's Williams smashes dunk (0:31)
Buffalo's Jordan slams it on the break (0:23)
Tip out leads to dramatic win for Kent State (0:24)
Goodin at right place, right time for 3-pointer (0:27)

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA encountered some rough patches before and after halftime to make their fans squirm for a bit. In the end, though, the Bruins shot 63 percent and pulled away from Kent State for a 97-80 victory, completing an undefeated first round for the Pac-12. UCLA will have to maintain its focus for longer stretches on Sunday against Cincinnati, in a juicy second-round matchup between two 30-win teams.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

UCLA has looked a little listless since late in the first half but still has too many weapons for a Kent State team that has only had four players score. A concern for Steve Alford: the much taller Bruins have been outrebounded to this point and have surrendered 12 offensive boards.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

After an awful start, Kent State has found some serious life and trails UCLA now by just five points. Lonzo Ball has been moving awkwardly since falling on his hip late in the first half.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Scary moment for UCLA as Lonzo Ball took a hard fall on a lob pass late in the first half. Ball stayed in the game but rubbed his left hip area for a while and appeared to be limping a bit the rest of the half. Ball is already dealing with a left thumb sprain. The Bruins lead 47-39 at halftime.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Kent State looks more like the team that was 13-12 and 5-7 in the MAC a little more than a month ago than any kind of Cinderella early on. UCLA has done pretty much what it wants in building an 11-2 edge, and even with Ike Anigbogu out with a foot injury, the Bruins have major size advantages all over the court.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sacramento is known for the cowbell, but not the buzzer beater so far. The first three games at Golden 1 Center were pretty much wire-to-wire jobs decided by double digits. Unless Kent State can pull off a major surprise against UCLA in the nightcap, the song will remain the same.

ESPN Stats and Information  

BPI seems pretty certain on this one. The Kent State Golden Flashes should be little issue for the No. 3 seed UCLA Bruins.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Back in the Stone Age (like 1999), we created Adjusted Scoring Margin as a supplement to RPI. It correctly pegged a number of unexpected NCAA runs over the years -- Florida (2000), Kent State (2002), George Mason (2006) and Butler (2010) -- so just for kicks I looked to see which teams in this year's bracket are significant under- or over-valued (by pre-tourney ASM rank). UNDERVALUED: Wichita State (2), West Virginia (4), Saint Mary's (8), SMU (9), Cincinnati (12), Middle Tennessee (28), Rhode Island (31), Nevada (37). OVERVALUED: Kansas (17), Arizona (19), Minnesota (36), Northwestern (49), Michigan State (57), Maryland (58), Xavier (61), Seton Hall (69). Just remember, don't shoot the messenger!


Rob Senderoff w/ Munch

Kent State head mens basketball coach, Rob Senderoff joins Munch to talk about the Golden Flashes winning the MAC tournament and their upcoming NCAA game.

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The numbers to know for all 68 tourney teams

How good is UCLA's up-tempo offense? And just how powerful is Gonzaga's inside attack? We've got the most important numbers for the Bruins and Zags, plus the rest of the field.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Kent State's Jimmy Hall has 22 double-doubles, tied for fourth-most in the nation. However, no MAC team has won an NCAA tournament game since Ohio reached the Sweet 16 in 2012. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Team Stats

Points Per Game76.0
Rebounds Per Game35.1
Assists Per Game13.8
Points Allowed71.8192nd

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record4-6
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances6