This season has started off less than ideally for the Buffalo Bulls. They have lost some close games to good teams. They have been blown out by some great ones. Could they have turned a corner after beating a very good Eastern Michigan squad on the road? We’ll find out in a hurry.
Their opponent tonight, the Ohio Bobcats, is one of the top teams in the MAC. They are loaded with talent, and can beat you a variety of ways. If Buffalo wants to compete for the East, this is a game they need to be competitive in.
Buffalo also has weapons.
The last time the Bobcats traveled to Alumni Arena, CJ Massingburg had a career high 36 points, a record for a Buffalo freshman. He comes into the contest averaging 13.1 on the season.
The Bulls are led in scoring by Blake Hamilton, at 17.5 a clip. He also averages 6 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Willie Conner and Nick Perkins average right around 13 points per game. That is a formidable 4.
There are several chinks in the armor, though. The first is that they combine to shoot 39% from the floor. This late in the season, it’s not a bad shooting night or two, it’s a trend. Parceled with that trend is a considerable fall off to the next highest scorer. Quate McKenzie averages 5.6 points a game.
In fact, the next three Bulls after the formidable 4 average a combined 13.5 points a game. Interestingly enough, they combine to shoot 66% from the floor. Just throwing that out there.
Ohio also has 4 starters in double figures. They are led by Antonio Campbell, who is averaging 18.3 points and 9.8 rebounds and almost a full assist per game. That’s good, because you don’t want a guy that shoots over 53% from the floor passing. The next two Bobcats, Kenny Kaminski and Jordan Dartis are only shooting 43% from the floor. The good news, if you are a Bobcat fan, is that they shoot over that from beyond the arc. That’s a potent inside out game. Jaaron Simmons helps the machine go with 7.6 assists a game.
It will be interesting to see how Buffalo plays Ohio at home. Buffalo hasn’t had many home games this season. In fact, they have only played 3 games so far at Alumni Arena. It will also be interesting to see how they fare against what many think is the best team in the MAC this season.
When: 7pm, Tuesday 1/10/17
Where: Alumni Arena in Amherst, New York
Listen: 1520 WWKB in Buffalo
Stream: ESPN3 pending your cable provider participation
Line: Ohio -1