The Hall of Fame tipoff continues as Buffalo tries to forget the horrors of their matchup against Old Dominion. The Bulls are taking on a respected team in St. Joseph's. St. Joe's is usually a strong team in the Atlantic 10 and a usual face in the postseason but last year they had a dismal showing. The Hawks are expecting a slight improvement this year but aren't a favorite to pull out a conference championship.
Opponent: St. Joseph's University
Head Coach: Phil Martelli (377-265, 21st year at St. Joes)
Date: Wednesday, 11/18/15
Opponent's Mascot: A cool looking Hawk
Current Record: 2-0, wins against Niagara and Drexel
2014-15 Season Record: 13-18 (7-11 A-10)
Postseason: Did not receive bid
All Time Series: St. Joe's leads 1-0
If there's anybody that knows how to get to the post season, it's Phil Martelli. He's yet to win the NCAA tournament or the NIT but he's done impressive things in both as a mid-major coach. His best mark in the post season is an elite eight appearance in 03-04.
Opponent's Roster and Stats
So for starters, UB isn't going to have the height advantage they had at ODU. The stat that sticks out most is that St. Joe's is only shooting 28% from three. I've said before that this tipoff tournament is a great test for UB because we're playing a variety of teams. St. Joes plays high tempo basketball just like us. This could be a good test to see if the Bulls can keep up and shoot efficiently. Watch out for DeAndre Bembry in this one
- Won against Niagara (UB may play them)
- #11 Villanova
- Virginia Tech
- VCU (UB plays them in December)
- St. Bonaventure (UB plays them)
Can We Win?
Best chance out of the other tough opponents right here. St. Joe's is projected to have another rebuilding season but has shown that they're starting players can definitely pack a punch. UB can grab a good win in this one but they need to play significantly better then they did at ODU.