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Buffalo Bulls Men's Basketball Preview: Ball State Cardinals

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On Saturday, the Buffalo Bulls were destroyed in their game with Western Michigan. The Bulls now sit at an even .500 record in the MAC despite showing promise that they could be a top team in the conference. Inconsistency continues to be the story as Buffalo finally returns to Alumni for a home game. The men will be taking on a Ball State team that has already eclipsed it's win total from last year.

Quick Facts

Opponent: Ball State

Head Coach: James Whitford (12-48, 3rd year with Ball State)

Date/Time: 1/25/16, 7:00 PM

Home/Away: We're going home people

Opponent's Mascot: A Cardinal

Current Record: 13-6 (4-2 MAC)

2014-15 Season Record: 7-23 (2-16 MAC)

Postseason: Did not receive postseason bid

All-Time Series: Ball State leads 14-12

Opponent's Roster and Stats

Player Position Height MIN PPG RPG APG FG% FT% 3P%
Ryan Weber G 6'6" 28.8 12.6 4.5 1.5 0.472 0.813 0.435
Franko House F 6'6" 25.7 11.4 5.4 1.8 0.554 0.709 0.143
Bo Calhoun F 6'6" 26.6 10.7 8.5 1.3 0.443 0.75 0.352
Francis Kiapway G 6'3" 24.9 8.9 1.4 1.1 0.459 0.786 0.474
Jeremie Tyler G 6'2" 18.9 7.8 1.2 0.8 0.363 0.708 0.338
Jeremiah Davis G 6'4" 19.3 6.2 3.1 2.8 0.372 0.766 0.188
Trey Moses F 6'9" 18.2 5.3 4.3 1 0.474 0.481 0.4
Sean Sellers F 6'6" 16.1 4.4 2.4 1 0.357 0.6 0.324
Naiel Smith G 6'4" 21.2 3.3 3.2 3.6 0.338 0.563 0.292
Bik Gill F 6'7" 5.5 2.8 1 0.3 1 0.75 1
Nate Wells C 7'1" 8.1 1.8 1.3 0.2 0.385 0.8 0
Totals -- 71 37 15 0.436 0.699 0.376

Ball State has a nice slate of balanced scoring. The Cardinals are lead by Senior Guard Ryan Weber. He currently averages almost 13 points per game, 5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. Forward Bo Calhoun has also been a strong part of this Ball State offense and will be the main leader in the post. BSU is mainly known for their defense as they're holding opponents to 65.4 points per game, which is good for 36th in the nation

Notable Games

  • Won against Valparaiso
  • Lost to Ohio
  • Won against Western Michigan

Can We Win?

In my opinion, Ball State is one of the favorites to win the West this season. They may have lost to some bad teams like Bradley, but they have been able to play really well in games against stronger teams such as Valpo. I'm give a 70-30 advantage to Ball State on this one as I'm not feeling that high on this team after it's self-destruction at WMU.