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The “Slowing of the Bulls” Game Thread: No. 7 Rutgers vs. No. 10 Buffalo

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Comment here during the First Round NCAA Tournament game for the Scarlet Knights

NCAA Womens Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament - Rutgers vs Iowa Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA Tournament First Round Game

No. 7 Rutgers (22-9) vs. No. 10 Buffalo (23-9)

How To Watch, Listen, Stats & Keys To Victory

Where: Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut

Tip-off: Friday, March 22nd at 4:30 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN2 - Adam Amin and Kara Lawson

Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: Live Listen - WCTC 1450 AM - Ralph Bednarczyk and Mark Peterson; WRSU 88.7 FM - Justin Sontupe & Jack Ostrove

RPI Rankings: Rutgers #29; Buffalo #25

Vegas Line: Rutgers -2.5

Series History: Rutgers won the lone meeting between these two schools at the RAC in 1998 by the score of 70-47.

Rutgers NCAA Tournament History: This is the Scarlet Knights’ 25th appearance and enter with a record of 36-24 all-time, including two Final Fours. They last played in the NCAA’s in 2015, advancing to the second round before losing to no. 1 seed UConn.

SB Nation Buffalo site: Bull Run

Stats Leaders

Buffalo: Cierra Dillard - 25.2 points, 5.7 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 2.8 steals; Summer Hemphill - 14.3 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals; Theresa Onwuka - 9.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals; Hanna Hall - 6.5 points, 2.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals; Brittany Morrison - 6.4 points, 5.7 rebounds; Courtney Wilkins - 6.4 points, 2.6 rebounds

Rutgers: Stasha Carey - 12.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 1.4 blocks; Arella Guirantes - 12.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals; Charise Wilson - 7.5 points, 2.3 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals; Noga Peleg Pelc - 5.4 points, 1.2 rebounds; Tekia Mack - 5.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 steals; Victoria Harris - 4.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals

GAME PREVIEW

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It’s officially go time for the Rutgers women’s basketball team, as they take on MAC champion Buffalo in Storrs. This will be a difficult game, but should be an entertaining one as well. If Rutgers can play together and with purpose on both ends of the floor, they can win this game. A good start, especially on the defensive end is key as well. Buffalo is scoring 76 points a game, but Rutgers has held all but one opponent this season below its scoring average. Something will have to give between the two today. Upstream, Red Team.