The story for Buffalo all season has been shooting. If they hit their shots, they usually win. If they don’t, they don’t. Tonight, they didn’t in a big way. The starters shot 8 for 39 from the floor, for a miserable 20%. From beyond the arc, they went 0 for 14. At least they were 5-6 from the charity stripe.
Toledo on the other hand shot over 50% from the floor. The only starter that didn’t shoot well for them, Steve Taylor Jr., stuffed the stat sheet in other areas finishing with 15 rebounds and 7 assist to go along with 9 points on 4-12 shooting.
Jonathan Williams continued his scoring rampage with 26 points on 8-12 shooting. Jaelan Stanford added 22 points.
Toledo out rebounded the Bulls 49-33, which isn’t surprising since it’s much easier to grab a defensive rebound and the Bulls were terrible from the field.
The one bright spot for the Bulls is they did have 10 blocks.
Because of their history, and their lineup, it could be easy to write this performance by the Bulls off as an anomaly. Basketball is a streaky game, after all. However they are 6-8 on the year, and it’s time to face the reality. Buffalo just isn’t very good this season.
They are too quick to settle for jumpers, and just can’t put the ball in the basket with enough frequency to be a factor. That being said, they’ll have their moments. They’ll get hot from outside, and they’ll probably knock off a giant or two, possibly in the MAC tournament.
On the flip side, I think most people have been slow to give Toledo enough credit. Replacing Nathan Boothe was a giant hurdle, and most around here have been loathe to believe they could do so as quickly as they have.
Steve Taylor Jr. transferred in and has taken to the role quite nicely. He does it in his own way, but stuffs the stat sheet just the same.
Buffalo heads to Eastern Michigan to take on the Eagles on Saturday, the 7th. Toledo hosts the Weathers brothers and Miami on Saturday.