MAC Tournament Round 2 - DoubleHeader Gamethread

MAC Tournament Round 2 - Double Header Game thread

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MAC Championships, Quarter Finals - Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland
Mens Quarter Finals (6:30)

#8 Seed

14-19 (9-9 MAC)

#4 Seed

19-12 (9-7 MAC)

March 14th, 6:30 PM


Womens Quarter Finals (2:30)

#3 Seed

21-8 (12-4 MAC)

#8 Seed

12-19 (10-8 MAC)

March 14th, 2:30 PM


Both the Buffalo Men and women used second half surges to get past the opening round and into the quarterfinals. Now each UB basketball team faces a foe that beat them twice during the regular season. Once again the ladies take the court at 2:30 and the Men tee up at 6:30.

Both games should feel like road games given the proximity of UB's opponents to Cleveland.

Men Take on Kent State

UB's most recent loss to Kent was probably one of the three most painful moments of the season. UB was up late before the curse of the M.A.C struck and the Bulls lost on the road at Kent, in a venue from which they have never escaped with a win.

It was UB's second loss to Kent this season, a far closer affair than the 80-86 beating Kent put on UB early in the year.

Kent finished the regular season by winning eight of their last ten games including a season ending victory over Akron which denied the zips an outright regular season title. For their efforts Kent was rewarded with a bye into the quarterfinals and a week of rest before today's game.

In both games against Kent Buffalo forward Javon McCrea was dominant. scoring 31 points in the first go around and dropping 35 points in Buffalo's overtime loss at Kent. In the second game the McCrea received a lot of help from other players on the offensive side but Kent dominated the offensive boards. When the Flashes were making their comeback they out rebounded UB by 16 boards.

With Buffalo holding a 60-49 advantage at the 11:58 mark, the Flashes went on an 8-0 run to bring it back to three, and the game see sawed after that. A layup from Tabb at the 5:38 gave Kent State its first lead of the half, but an and-one from McCrea and a Jarryn Skeete three pointer would put the Bulls back up five, 70-65. A 6-1 run capped by a Goodson three pointer tied the game at 71, and the two teams would trade a pair of points to enter overtime tied 73-all.

In overtime, with 19 seconds to play, Watson hoisted a three and hit it despite being fouled. But Watson missed the go-ahead free throw, though. So with 18 seconds and the score tied at 81-81 Kent had the ball. Evans would hold for the last shot, driving to the right of the basket and hitting a high-banked shot off the window as the horn sounded.

Kent's game favors a strong offense putting in 1.09 points per possession and averaging two more possessions per game than UB. They take better care of the ball than most teams and do well drawing fouls and scoring from the line. Beyond that they are good re bounders so their average shooting is enhanced by multiple chances.

Their physical defense and offensive style lends itself to giving their opponents even more chances for charity points than Kent themselves receive. If they face a team shooting lights out from the line games can suddenly become very close.

Buffalo want 19-22 from the line against Ball State, that kind of night could be the difference against Kent.

Women Take on Akron

Before the men take the court the UB women will be squaring off with #3 Akron.

During the regular season Akron had little trouble dispatching the Bulls winning their games by eighteen and seventeen points. Part of that success is due to the Zips ability to make most every shot count. Akron is hitting field goals at a 43% clip and hitting three pointers at a rate of just under one out of three.

Buffalo has the season edge taking the ball away. UB blocks and steals better than the Zips. The Bulls are also a slightly better rebounding team but Akron's offense has had little trouble scoring more than 65 points on anyone in the conference.

To beat Miami Buffalo played an amazingly clean game. The RedHawks did not get near the free throw line until well into the second half. The Bulls hit their free throws and kept the mistakes to a minimum.

They will have to repeat that to beat Akron, the Zips will make enough of their own chances without Buffalo giving them any more.

Men, By the Numbers

Buffalo Kent
7 Conf Standing 5
210 RPI Rank 148
142 SOS Rank 186
143 Projected SOS Rank 175
-0.42 14-19 Overall 19-12 -0.61
-0.6 9-6 Home 11-6 -0.65
-0.29 4-10 Away 8-6 -0.57
-0.25 1-3 Neutral 0-0 (NA)
-0.44 7-9 Conference 9-7 -0.56
-0.67 2-1 Blowout (+ 19) 3-0 -1
-0.33 4-8 Close (- 6) 7-5 -0.58
-0.5 1-1 Overtime 3-2 -0.6
(201) 66.9 Pts Per Game 73.3 (58)
(232) 65.3 Poss Per Game 67 (163)
(166) 1.02 Pts Per Poss 1.09 (34)
(129) 51.8 Floor Pct 53 (83)
23.4 FG Made Per Game 23.9
51.8 FG Att Per Game 54.7
(82) 45.1 FG Pct 43.6 (158)
13.9 FT Made Per Game 16.7
19.8 FT Att Per Game 23.7
(148) 70.1 FT Pct 70.7 (127)
6.3 3FG Made Per Game 7.2
18 3FG Att Per Game 19.5
(120) 34.9 3pt FG Pct 37.1 (52)
(81) 51.2 Effective FG Pct 50.2 (108)
(86) 54.7 True Shooting Pct 55.6 (61)
(102) 38.2 Free Throw Rate 43.3 (25)
(189) 51.1 2pt FG Point Pct 45.4 (317)
(144) 28.1 3pt FG Point Pct 29.6 (105)
(124) 20.8 FT Point Pct 22.8 (48)
(123) 35.7 RPG 34.9 (163)
(118) 11.6 Off Rebs Per Game 12 (94)
(45) 36.5 Off Reb Pct 35 (78)
(138) 24.1 Def Rebs Per Game 22.8 (222)
(194) 67.7 Def Reb Pct 65.9 (268)
(32) 15.1 Assists Per Game 11.9 (238)
(14) 64.5 Assist Pct 50 (260)
(173) 0.96 A/T Ratio 0.92 (193)
(281) 5.5 Steals Per Game 6.8 (158)
(274) 8.5 Steal Pct 10.2 (159)
(48) 4.6 Blocks Per Game 2.8 (241)
(59) 8.2 Block Pct 5.1 (241)
(21) 15.7 TOPG 13 (191)
(14) 24 Turnover Pct 19.4 (206)
(102) 18.6 Fouls Per Game 19.5 (48)

Women By the Numbers

1878 SCORING 2201
60.6 Points per game 75.9
-3.3 Scoring margin +9.8
663-1822 FIELD GOALS-ATT 784-1811
.364 Field goal pct .433
202-667 3 POINT FG-ATT 205-624
.303 3-point FG pct .329
6.5 3-pt FG made per game 7.1
350-497 FREE THROWS-ATT 428-551
.704 Free throw pct .777
1181 REBOUNDS 1167
38.1 Rebounds per game 40.2
-3.9 Rebounding margin +2.2
418 ASSISTS 519
13.5 Assists per game 17.9
18.5 Turnovers per game 15.6
-1.1 Turnover margin +1.1
0.7 Assist/turnover ratio 1.1
295 STEALS 215
9.5 Steals per game 7.4
139 BLOCKS 97
4.5 Blocks per game 3.3
1 Home win streak 6
19222 ATTENDANCE 8841
15-1281 Home games-Avg/Game 14-632
- Neutral site-Avg/Game -
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