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Weekly Hoops Preview and BasketBRuWPeG

Men - vs Harvard at Toronto

The Men’s home winning streak was snapped by terrible shooting against Dartmouth. The Big Green won their first season road opener since the Reagan administration and Buffalo looked as bad as they have since Witherspoon’s last season.

Someone pointed out that Nate Oat’s lost his first two Division one Basketball games after taking over the team.

At the Hall of Fame tipoff the Bulls soundly defeated by ODU ( 77 - 58 ) and Saint Josephs ( 89-67 ). That season ended with 20 wins and a trip to the dance. So let’s not let the Dartmouth game concern us too much, just yet.

This team is as talented as any in the MAC and if the chemistry gets there they could be a force in Cleveland. It’s up to Coach Whitesell to help the players get there.

Harvard is a very solid team this year. In fact they’ve been a solid team for quote a long time. The past two seasons they were upset in the Ivy League finals.

Many had them ranked pre season and then the polls officially came out they were getting a lot of votes. This is the first Harvard team in almost 10 years that has no NCAA tournament experience on the roster, they seemed primed to remedy that.

The team centers around Bryce Aiken. Aiken averaged 22.2 points per game last season, but only was able to play in 18 games due to a knee injury.

Other senior leadership for the Crimson are Christian Juzang, Justin Bassey and Chris Lewis Bassey is a solid defensive player that will be challenge for a Bulls offense that had trouble finding their footing against Dartmouth.

But the Injury bug has bit Harvard pretty hard early on. Both Aiken and Towns, a kiey forward, are out.

Women - vs Columbia at Home

The UB Women also looked to have something of a rebuild this season after losing Dillard. But Coach Jack and the ladies just keep winning.

It’s not been a beater of a schedule but the Women are 3-0 with wins over Central Connecticut, Niagara (who?), and Canisius.

Dyaisha Fair has stepped up for Buffalo. The Freshman is 9th in the nation in points per game.

Their next test is Friday, at home, against Columbia.

The Lions are 1-2 with a win against Fordham and losses against (sm)Albany and Saint Joes.

On paper this looks like a game UB should win, especially at home.


Ok Here is how the BRuWPeG works

There are two games we are watching this week

  • MBB vs Hartford
  • WBB vs Columbia

There are three things to predict in the comments blow

  1. How many of these games will UB win?
  2. How many COMBINED points will UB score in these two games
  3. How many COMBINED points will Hartford and Columbia score