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Buffalo Bulls Men's Basketball Preview: Central Michigan Chippewas

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After a promising win against Kent, Buffalo journeyed out to Ypsilanti only to be crushed in the second quarter by Eastern Michigan. UB now sits at 1-2 in MAC play and will need to take advantage of one of the very few home games in this road heavy stretch of conference play. This time around, the Bulls will face the Central Michigan Chippewas in a MAC Championship rematch. Both teams have had rough starts to the season. The Chippewas failed to generate any momentum early in the going but they are coming off of a strong win vs. Akron.

Quick Facts

Opponent: Central Michigan

Head Coach: Keno Davis (127-112, 4th year with Central Michigan)

Date/Time: 1/16/16, 3:30 PM

Home/Away: Home

Opponent's Mascot: A Chippewa, a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

Current Record: 9-7 (2-1 MAC)

2014-15 Season Record: 23-9 (12-6 MAC)

Postseason: Lost to Louisiana Tech in Round 1 of the NIT

All-Time Series: Directional Michigan leads 15-14

Opponent's Roster and Stats

Player Position Height MIN PPG RPG APG FG% FT% 3P%
Braylon Rayson G 5'9" 31.6 17.4 3.4 2.3 0.437 0.836 0.42
Chris Fowler G 6'1" 33.6 15.4 3.8 5.3 0.444 0.797 0.211
Rayshawn Simmons G 6'4" 34 14.2 4.6 5.7 0.458 0.612 0.256
John Simons F 6'8" 33.9 10.4 6.9 1 0.389 0.75 0.375
Josh Kozinski G 6'4" 23.8 8.5 2.4 0.8 0.365 0 0.358
Luke Meyer F 6'11" 20.7 8.4 5 0.3 0.582 0.719 0.263
Austin Stewart G 6'6" 18.5 5.1 3.7 0.5 0.464 0.714 0.19
Corey Redman G 6'5" 6.7 3.1 1.9 0.1 0.519 0.5 0.583
DaRohn Scott F 6'9" 10.7 2.5 2.9 0 0.667 0.348 0
Totals -- 79 36 14 0.451 0.702 0.361

Central Michigan is going to be a good test for Buffalo's defense. It's currently eighth in the nation for three pointers made per game. With that being said, they also chuck up a lot of threes, which is almost one half of the shots they make. This is one of the harder teams to predict in the MAC right now because Chris Fowler was out for a lot of non-conference play and CMU struggled without him. The man to watch in this one is Josh Kozinski though. Kozinski absolutely rained three pointers on us last season and if the defense isn't better, it'll be much of the same.

Notable Opponents

  • 3 Non-Division I opponents
  • Their schedule was bad....

Can We Win?

I'd say 60-40 UB on this one. We've done a great job defending from three this season and if we take the same approach as the MAC Championship game last season and shut down everyone but Fowler, I could see us winning pretty easily.