Watson needs to stay on fire the rest of the season for Buffalo to winout - Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
GameThread for Buffalo Bulls at Kent St. Golden Flashes
Were the MAC Championships to start today Buffalo would get a ticket right past the play in games. Thanks to Toledo's post season ban for point shaving, or whatever else the Rockets have done lately, the number five seed is the cutoff for a free trip.
Unfortunately for Buffalo they still have to play both Ohio and Akron so the games against Kent and Bowling Green are absolutely critical contests. If Buffalo loses either their chance at a bye are virtually non existent. Kent, on the other hand, already has their second Ohio game out of the way and they get the Falcon's at home. So despite being one spot behind UB, and tied with Bowling Green, in the standings they seem to occupy the poll position for that last seat.
Kent is also coming off a Bracket Buster win over Loyola where as UB's turnover fest costs them a game against Manhattan.
And Turnovers should really concern UB against Kent. The flashes are rocking a 1.06 points per possession which rankes then #73 in the nation. UB's offense means turnovers, and turnovers play right into Kent's hands. They are stingy decent shooters with a good transition game.
What Kent is not very good at is pulling down Rebounds. Buffalo needs to play the offensive glass hard to limit Kent's number of possessions. Kent is a bit better on the Offensive side than they are the defensive end of the court but the Bull's size inside, should they choose to use it, gives them a distinct advantage.
In the first contest The Buffalo Bulls trailed most of the game until a 13-4 run led to a 60-56 advantage with 9:29 left. Then teams exchanged the lead three times until Kent's Devareaux Manley scored five straight points to put Kent State ahead 69-66 with 4:42 left. The points started a 16-2, game-ending run for Kent State, with Buffalo held scoreless after Javon McCrea hittwo free throws with 1:59 left.
|Game 28 Buffalo at Kent
|140||Projected SOS Rank||172|
|-0.67||2-1||Blowout (+ 19)||2-0||-1|
|-0.33||3-6||Close (- 6)||5-5||-0.5|
|(231)||65.2||Pts Per Game||71.3||(85)|
|(244)||65.2||Poss Per Game||67.2||(161)|
|(184)||1||Pts Per Poss||1.06||(73)|
|22.6||FG Made Per Game||23.7|
|51.2||FG Att Per Game||54.4|
|13.7||FT Made Per Game||17|
|19.7||FT Att Per Game||24.1|
|6.3||3FG Made Per Game||6.9|
|17.8||3FG Att Per Game||19.1|
|(109)||35.1||3pt FG Pct||36.2||(70)|
|(109)||50.3||Effective FG Pct||50||(118)|
|(106)||53.8||True Shooting Pct||54.2||(90)|
|(95)||38.5||Free Throw Rate||44.3||(14)|
|(230)||50.2||2pt FG Point Pct||47.1||(312)|
|(137)||28.8||3pt FG Point Pct||29.1||(133)|
|(123)||21||FT Point Pct||23.8||(21)|
|(124)||11.6||Off Rebs Per Game||11.9||(103)|
|(49)||36.4||Off Reb Pct||34.6||(91)|
|(144)||24||Def Rebs Per Game||22.6||(241)|
|(138)||69||Def Reb Pct||66.3||(260)|
|(72)||14.5||Assists Per Game||11.7||(255)|
|(290)||5.4||Steals Per Game||6.9||(158)|
|(74)||4.3||Blocks Per Game||2.7||(254)|
|(67)||19.2||Fouls Per Game||19.7||(36)|