On Wednesday the Bulls will travel into Ohio to face the Dayton Flyers of the Atlantic 10 conference. The Flyers will be the toughest test for the Bulls so far this season. Dayton is currently 5-1 coming off an impressive performance at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando where they won the tournament with victories over Wake Forest, Fairfield, and Minnesota.
The Bulls come into this game with a weeks rest after its route of Canisius. The Bulls are led by sophomore forward Javon McCrea who is scoring almost 17 points per game to go along with 6.3 rebound per game. As the best player on the Bulls its his job to step and and be big against Dayton, especially since Dayton looks like the better team on paper. Buffalo will also be looking for a big game from fellow sophomore Jarod Oldham, who has done an excellent job running the point this season, with 6.8 assists and 6 rebounds per game. His defense will be key in slowing down this quick striking Flyers offense.
Dayton had an early season let down against MAC opponent Miami(oh) earlier in the season, but look to be playing their best basketball recently. They've won 4 straight including wins over an ACC opponent as well as a strong Big 10 opponent in their early season tournament. The Flyers are led by SIU transfer Kevin Dillard who is scoring 13.3 points per game, and senior Paul Williams who is adding 11.8 points per game. Statistically these 2 players are the leaders, but in reality there are no dominant players on this well balanced Dayton team. Four players average 11 or more ppg, and 8 players play at least 14 minutes per game.
This may be the most talented team the Bulls face all year, and having to play it on the road makes it even tougher. A victory for the Bulls would prove this team has the talent to make a run this season.