The Bull's take on their second consecutive A10 Opponent when Big Four rival Saint Bonaventure comes to Alumni Arena. A 16-15 mark and an 8th place finish last year was the best the Bonnie's have been since 2002 and they return most of their roster. The Bonnies are not going to be competing for the A-10 title but they were picked to finish fourth in the conference in the preseason media poll.
This offense starts and finishes with Andrew Nicholson who ranked in the top 40 nationally in usage rate and in the top 10% in scoring efficiency. The 6-foot-9 forward is coming off a monster junior season in which he averaged better than 20 points and 7 rebounds on 57% shooting. It may be difficult for him to top those numbers in his final year at the college level, but if he can continue to produce at a high rate, it will unquestionably open up things on the perimeter for his teammates. -- MidMajor Madness
The Bonnies were lucky to escape with a win last season when the Bull's allowed St Bonaventure to build up a huge lead before a late charge came up just short. This is a home game and the Bulls Losses are no worse than Bonna's.
The Bonnies, despite their high expectations are a code orange because they have just an awful defense, something UB exposed last season in the loss. If this were on the road I would call this a red but at home the Bulls should be able to manage this team.
Like the rest of the Big Four this game goes back to 1915 when the Bulls first took to the floor. Unlike the rest of the Big Four this is not a team we see very often. Overall UB has played the Bonnies six times in nearly one hundred years.
After beating them in 1915 the Bulls did not square off with Saint Bonaventure again until 1995. The teams played in 95', 96', 97', and 98' but then stopped again until last year when UB lost at the Reilly Center.
|Saturday, December 3, 2011
|CBI Round 1
|All Time Head to Head
|Buffalo 74 @ Bonnies 76
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