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Buffalo Bulls at Kentucky Wildcats

Andy Lyons
Game 1: UB at UK
Date - November 16th, 2014 Record: 1-0,0-0
Time - 12:00 PM
League: SEC
Venue - Rupp Arena AP Rank: 1

The last time Hurley led a team against the Wildcats he was playing point guard on the Duke team that beat Kentucky in the Elite 8 in 1992.  This time around Hurley is in his second season as the head coach of the UB Bulls.

The Bulls opened up their season with a thrilling 69-67 win over South Dakota State. UB fell 8 points behind early in the second half but were able to overcome the deficit to build their own six point advantage. After some more back and forth the Buffalo was down by one with just over a minute left.

However, with under a minute remaining and the Bulls down by one, junior Jarryn Skeete made a layup of an inbound from Shannon Evans to give UB the final lead of the game. On the ensuing South Dakota State possession Skeete managed to swipe the ball away from Deondre Parks, effectively sealing the win for the Bulls.

After escaping their season opener with a tight win Bobby Hurley lead his team against Kentucky.

KU Opened up their season by dismantling Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Antelopes 45, Kentucky Wildcats 85: First Impressions - A Sea Of Blue
The first game of the 2014 season is in the books for the Kentucky Wildcats, and as expected, they had no difficulty dispatching the game but undersized, under-talented and under-experienced Grand Canyon Antelopes. The Wildcats as a team played very much as expected, and their length and size were just a nightmare for the ‘Lopes, who were very much a conventionally-sized college basketball team.

Buffalo did a lot of the little things right last night. They shot better than 80% from the charity stripe and only turned the ball over eight times. Those kind of numbers will have to stay the same if UB wants to stay in this game. What the Bulls can not do it commit so many fouls.

Luckily for UB the Jackrabbits hit less than 50% of their free throws, many of the misses were at the front end of a one and one. UK is the number one team in the country and has a roster which played in the National Championship game last season, the Bulls can not count on any gifts from their opponents this week.

UB also needs to find a use for Will Regan. Just two shots and four points for a man who was supposed to be one of UB's primary weapons. It's doubtful that any one Bull is going to be able to throw up 25 points on UK so keeping this close requires that most of the Bulls weapons push 10 points.

Players to Watch
Justin Moss

Moss transfered into UB from Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. Last season he played in all 29 games off the bench, providing solid depth behind Javno Macrea. Last year he averaged 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

UB 69, South Dakota State  67
Moss did his best McCrea impression, putting up a double-double, with 25 points and 13 boards.

Andrew Harrison

Last year, his freshman season, Harrison averaged 10.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. He was so prolific on the court that John Calipari started him in 39 of the 40 games UK played last season. On the big stage of the NCAA Championship he tallied eight points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

In UK's season opener against Grand Canyon Harrison scored the games first seven points and finished with 16 as the Wildcats won in a laugher.