Scores

Final

Buffalo 68

(0-1, 0-1 away)

(8) Connecticut 90

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 20, 2004

    XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut

    1 2 T
    BUFF 24 4468
    #8CONN 47 4390

    Top Performers

    Buffalo: T. Battle 14 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl

    Connecticut: J. Boone 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Buffalo at No. 7 Connecticut 7:00 pm EST

    STORRS, Connecticut (Ticker) -- No. 7 Connecticut begins defense of its national championship Saturday against Buffalo at Gampel Pavilion.

    The Huskies lost three key players from last season's squad in center Emeka Okafor and guards Ben Gordon and Taliek Brown, but still figure to contend for another title this season.

    In addition to returning forwards Josh Boone and Charlie Villanueva in the frontcourt, coach Jim Calhoun can turn to highly touted freshman forward Rudy Gay, who was named the preseason Big East Rookie of the Year.

    Connecticut has not lost a home opener in 18 seasons under Calhoun. The Huskies have not lost their first home contest since 1982, and never have lost the home opener at Gampel Pavilion.

    Buffalo won eight of its final nine games last season en route posting a 17-12 record, completing a huge turnaround from 2002-03, when it finished 5-23.

    Turner Battle led the team in scoring, averaging 14.3 points. He again is expected to be the primary offensive threat.

    Connecticut has won four of five meetings with Buffalo, although the two schools have not faced each other since 1951, when the Bulls posted a 65-58 victory.

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    School Info

     
    BUFF
    CONN
    Conference Mid-American - East American
    Nickname Bulls Huskies
    Type Public Public

    2004-05 Season

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