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2019 MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Preview: Buffalo Bulls vs. Central Michigan Chippewas

I suppose it is time to jump on the bandwagon

NCAA Basketball: Bowling Green at Buffalo Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

It is no secret that the Buffalo Bulls have been laying waste to the MAC and college basketball this season. They are currently 29-3 and one of those losses involved the single greatest half of basketball by an athlete I have ever witnessed. I also believe it is no secret that I have been rooting against Buffalo this MAC Tournament, because the Bulls will surely receive an invite to the NCAA tournament and no other team has a shot at an at-large bid. Up next for the Bulls are the Central Michigan Chippewas, who themselves have put together a nice season, winning 23 games on the season.


Game Details

  • When: 6:30 P.M., Friday, March 15th, 2019
  • Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Watch: CBS Sports Network

Players to Watch

Larry Austin Jr., Sr. Guard, CMU: The 6’2 guard is as dynamic of player as can be, but can be streaky.

David DiLeo, Jr. Forward, CMU: I had DiLeo as a player to watch in my Kent State preview, and he scored 6 points, after scoring in double figures 3 games in a row. Prior to that, he scored 4 points in a game. A streaky scorer, I am going to stick with him here because he is due!

Jeremy Harris, Sr. Guard, Buffalo: A big guard at 6’7, he continues with the streaky theme. He scored 23 against Akron for his third game in a row in double figures. His previous two before that he combined for 12.

Dontay Caruthers, Sr., Guard, Buffalo: Another streaky scorer, with a season high of 28 and a season low of 0, twice, Caruthers does his best work on the defensive end.


Prediction

The Bulls beat the Chippewas by 14 in their first match-up this season and there is no reason to think this outcome will be any better for Central Michigan faithful. While both teams employ a bunch of streaky players, Buffalo has more better players. I am going to go ahead and jump on the Bulls Bandwagon, and just enjoy the ride for what it is. A one bid league with a team that could go far in the NCAA tournament. I am in no way trying to jinx the Bulls to get that second #MACtion bid, I promise.