Poor Javon McCrea. I mean, no sympathy for him is needed: he's a big boy and strong and good at basketball. But you can tell he'll have a mightily productive season — MAC Player of the Year perhaps — but this Buffalo team is not going to compete for the MAC East. They're 0-3 and have lost to Ohio, Kent State and Miami. They'll find five or six wins in there, maybe even poke their head in and steal a win from Akron or something, but on the whole it's going to be "how bad did they lose" and "what did McCrea do?"
When UB lost to Kent State 80-68 on Wednesday, McCrea had one of the best lines by a MAC player this year: 33 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks on 9-12 shooting and 15-15 from the free throw line. That's incredible. It's also a sign that, for some reason, you're going to lose.
|Javon McCrea||Buffalo||Kent State||1/16/13||L 80-68||33||10|
|Javon McCrea||Buffalo||Milwaukee||12/5/12||W 72-52||31||11|
|Mitchell Watt||Buffalo||Ohio||3/9/12||L 77-74||32||11|
|Brandon Bowdry||EMU||Michigan State||11/12/10||L 96-66||32||15|
|Brandon Bowdry||EMU||Detroit||12/11/10||L 68-65||31||19|
|Xavier Silas||NIU||Ball State||2/3/10||L 71-66||30||10|
|Romeo Travis||Akron||BGSU||2/24/07||W 93-87||37||11|
Perhaps it will be a mystery why 30 points and 10 rebounds is a bad omen. Maybe it's just a coincidence, as are most things. But what about 29? Isn't 29 points enough? Pass the ball to one of your open teammates, man. He'll reward you.