Many Zips fans sat in front of their computers Sunday afternoon, hoping Buffalo could sustain a 13-point lead over Kent State at the M.A.C. Center.
The Bulls blew it, but showed the team can compete against the league's best.
Reggie Witherspoon has a balanced 11-man rotation with no player receiving more than 25 minutes per game. You can take that as "balanced" or lacking a good player. Regardless, the Bulls play hard and force a lot of turnovers.
Buffalo doesn't have much shooting talent. Nor is there a consistent post threat. But Buffalo can beat you if one or more of its guards get hot. Against Kent State, it was Andy Robinson who scored 25. Robinson has been the team's leading scorer lately.
For the season, guard Sean Smiley is the leading scorer. Smiley, who comes off the bench, is the team's best 3-point shooter.
Buffalo has some size, but the Bulls are not particularly good at rebounding. They have an atrocious assist-to-turnover ratio of 0.8. Still, as Keith Dambrot said after the Miami game, Buffalo can beat you at their place. The game at Buffalo will be pivotal in determining the MAC East Champion.
The PD's Elton Alexander described how Steve McNees developed his quick release.
Buffalo's athletic department will provide a live Webcast. The link will be here 15 minutes before tipoff.
I will have my prediction tomorrow. For now, it looks like a 15-20 point Zips win. The spead will probably be Akron minus eight.
The ABJ's Carol Biliczky updated readers on the stadium's progress.
Speaking of stadiums, Jacobs Field is history. The new name is Progressive Field. I'm fine with "The Prog" as long as the $3.6 million per year goes into C.C. Sabathia's pocket.
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