The Bulls are back in action after a short turn around after facing Syracuse. The Bulls lost a very close game to their in state rival on Tuesday, but will have to forgot that and focus for a tougher game. The Texas A&M Aggies are a very talented team and currently ranked #6 on Kenpom. This will be a huge task but if anyone is up for it, I believe it’s this Bulls team.
Buffalo is gonna play angry. They seemed angry in the post game interviews after Syracuse and I don’t blame them. They don’t believe anyone is better than them and I think they can challenge anyone. Even without Dontay Caruthers, they now have Wes Clark who showed his talent against the Orange. Let’s take a look at what to watch for in the rest of the game.
What to Watch For
Syracuse is the tallest team in the nation. So you can understand why UB had some problems inside. It does not get any easier tonight as A&M is the eighth tallest. It seems like UB is going primarily with Nick Perkins, Ikenna Smart and Montell McCrae, so these three will need to step up and play big inside.
The Wes Clark Factor
Clark’s impact was seen quickly as he first scored for the Bulls. He’s quick with his feet and hands and seems to have a good three point shot. He didn’t get to drive the way he would’ve liked due to the Syracuse zone and size but during MAC play he should dominate. How will he handle another tall A&M team.
Can CJ Massinburg Get going Early?
CJ has seemed to be a second half player this year. Which is perfectly fine, but I’d love to see him get going early and make A&M feel the pressure. They are coming off a close game with Northern Kentucky so they could feel the pressure early if they struggle. If Massinburg is hitting from beyond the arc, look out Aggies.
The Aggies are banged up a bit. That may benefit the Bulls. While again, this game means nothing long term for an at large bid, this would be HUGE for the program. The Bulls are one signature win away from an avalanche of them. When you learn how to win these games, you’ll start to do it more often. I look forward to this game and as long as the Bulls hang tough, I’ll be happy and excited for MAC play. Enjoy the game everyone and as always, go Bulls!