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Five more things to know about Buffalo

By mrasor Published: February 25, 2009

Men's basketball

    Here are five more things to know about Buffalo...
    1) This is what I wrote about the Bulls on January 12. Most of what I wrote then is still true now.
    2) Buffalo beat Akron in January, 63-61. The upsetting aspect from Akron's point of view is that the Zips shot poorly from the line, despite being a good foul-shooting team. The Bulls, conversely, shot 82 percent, despite being a mediocre-to-bad foul shooting team. Buffalo outrebounded Akron by 13, but that was to be expected.
    3) The Bulls used their win at Akron as an elixir to the season. The victory began a nine-game winning streak. After the win, people started to take Buffalo seriously. The question lately has become: Are the Bulls able to handle the pressure of leading the conference down the stretch.
    4) Buffalo has lost three games in a row, giving it a 9-3 record since the Akron game. (The Zips are also 9-3 during that span.) In the Bulls' recent losses, they shot 37, 34 and 39 percent, respectively, from the field. They also have allowed opposing guards to have big nights.
    5) Akron must keep Calvin Betts away from the offensive glass, where the 6-foot-3 guard can cause problems. Betts and Rodney Pierce are proficient 3-point shooters, so Akron must ratchet up the perimeter defense. Betts has struggled the past month, however, fighting through a death in the family and a sprained ankle.

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    The coaches have offered three more scholarships...
    Kurtis Drummond, safety/receiver, Hubbard, Ohio Offers: Akron, Indiana, Michigan State and Toledo Height: 6-3 Weight: 190 Speed: 4.6 Notes: He played cornerback his junior year and logged 49 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions. He will play safety as a senior. His receiver stats have been so-so (16 receptions, four touchdowns).
    Mike Dorsey, safety, Warren Harding H.S. Offers: Akron Height: 6-2 Weight: 195 Speed: 4.5 Notes: Dorsey also has interest in Ohio State, Michigan State and Cincinnati. He has played quarterback, running back and safety.
    Anthony Schrock, receiver, Wadsworth H.S. Offers: Akron Height: 6-3 Weight: 185 Speed: 4.6 Notes: The local product battled a knee injury last season. He has visited Ohio State. Other schools of interest include Notre Dame, Pitt and Michigan State.
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