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Zips/Buffalo preview

By mrasor Published: March 1, 2006

Men's basketball

I have been saying all year that Buffalo was overrated. Then the Bulls started conference play with a 5-7. That's when the media finally realized Buffalo sucks.

Here's a chance to see if my theory holds. The Zips (20-7, 13-3) haven't won at Buffalo (17-11, 7-9) in four years.

  • Tom Gaffney wrote about the differences between this year and last.

  • gives good statistics, such as how Buffalo is +3 in rebounding margin this season. Also, the Bulls and Zips are the MAC's top free-throw shooting teams.

  • posted a preview that says Buffalo can win if they crash the boards and play good perimeter defense. But it predicts an Akron victory.

  • Here is a list of Buffalo's leading scorers from As you can see, the Bulls have five solid players, but their bench is paper thin.

  • The USA Today's Danny Sheridan says Akron will win by one.

  • Oddsmakers say it might be even money.

  • I'm picking Akron. Buffalo has lost at home to Central Michigan, Miami and Kent State this year. At this point in the season, Buffalo's depth becomes even more of a concern. The Bulls are 2-7 in their last nine games.

  • My pick is Akron 71, Buffalo 62.
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