Tomorrow, the Buffalo Bulls return home to take on the Robert Morris Colonials. UB heads in to this game 5-3 with a big in state game against Syracuse looming just a few days away. That being said, you have to win the games in front of you first, and Robert Morris is that game in front of the Bulls.
Honestly, RMU is not a very strong team this year. They have one of the worst offenses in the country. However, they do have a strong defense, albeit they have played one of the worst schedules in the nation (288).
The big story line for me is that from what I’ve read on outside sources, point guard Wes Clark is finally going to be eligible for this game! He’s been said that he could be the best player in the MAC this year, and that he will elevate the level of play tremendously. While I’m not putting too much on him this first game, he may end up being a big factor for the Bulls if they want to take down the Orange. Besides that story, let’s look at what other things you can watch for.
What to Watch For
Seemingly a common theme so far this season, RMU is not the biggest team in the world. Maxing out at 6’8, the Colonials rely a lot on their guards. That means that I NEED to see big minutes and play out of Brock Bertram and Montell McCrae. Now is the time for them to get hot with Cuse and A&M looming next week.
He’s a talented player and has had big moments for Buffalo this season. However, he’s shown inconsistency at points. I’d love to see him find his rhythm and get going during this game against a weaker D1 opponent.
The Bulls play the 26th fastest tempo in the nation. Especially at home, I’d like to see them get out and run and control the ball while doing so. Their offense feels unstoppable when they get moving, so I would love to seen that not change in this game.
This is another game I expect the Bulls to win. However, they could get caught looking ahead like a lot of us fans do. If that happens, I still believe they win, but it will be closer than we want. This also starts the brutal stretch where True Blue is on winter break (me included) and doesn’t get the energy picked up. The players will need to create some of that on their own and put RMU away early to build confidence heading in to the toughest stretch of the season. I hope everyone enjoys the game tomorrow and as always, go Bulls!