Buffalo vs Kent State Preview and Prediction
Buffalo vs Kent State Preview
The Buffalo Bulls (16-5, 8-0) look to extend their winning streak to double figures on Tuesday night when UB heads to the M.A.C. Center to face Kent State (11-10, 5-3). The Bulls are also looking to remain unbeaten in MAC play as Tuesday night marks the midway point of conference play.
Kent State leads the all-time series 31-15 and won two of the three meetings last year, including ending UB’s season with a 68-65 win in the MAC Tournament. The Bulls have won four straight games in the series at the M.A.C. Center.
Can they remain undefeated?
Buffalo is just the third MAC team to start 8-0 in conference play since 2002. The only other team is Akron, which started 13-0 in 2013 and 9-0 last season. Through Sunday’s action, UB is one just 14 teams nationally that remains undefeated in conference play.
Buffalo’s 1,000 point club
With his 20 points on Friday night, junior Nick Perkins became the 21st player in school history record 1,000 points for his career. Joining teammate CJ Massinburg, they became the first set of juniors to do it in the same year since Rasaun Young and Mike Martinho in 1997.
Get to know Kent State
Kent State comes into Tuesday night’s game having won four its last five games, including an 84-76 win at Central Michigan on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Flashes are currently second in the MAC East with a 5-3 record, having beating CMU twice already this year, as well as wins over Ohio, Western Michigan, and Ball State.
The Golden Flashes are led by a pair of guards in Jaylin Walker and Kevin Zabo. Walker is averaging 17.1 points per game, while Zabo adds 13.2 points per contest. Big man Adonis De La Rosa is averaging 11.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Kent State’s other guard Jalen Avery is averaging 9.0 points per game and he leads the Golden Flashes with 84 assists and only 14 turnovers all year.
In league games only, Kevin Zabo is third in the MAC in scoring, averaging 19.4 points per contest in eight league games. Jaylin Walker leads all players in the league with 25 made three-pointers in conference action.
The Bulls are averaging 83.1 points per game this season, which leads the Mid-American Conference and is 26th nationally. In conference games only, Buffalo is averaging 86.4 points per game. Only once in the school’s history have they averaged over 80.0 points for an entire season and that was 1971-72.
The Bulls just had a streak of 80 points in eight straight games snapped, which still marked the longest stretch in school history of straight wins while scoring 80 in each game. Overall, the Bulls have scored 80 or more points in 15 of their first 21 games this season. The 15 games of 80 or more points this year is already one more time than the Bulls did it all of last season.
Kent State is averaging 74.3 point per game this season, not close to the Bulls, but good enough for 169th nationally.
This UB Bulls men’s basketball team is good, like really good. Remaining undefeated in conference play is not easy and I’m sure there will be a slip up approaching, but it is hard for me to pick against the Bulls the way they are playing, even away from home.
LINE: -7 UB Bulls
Buffalo 82 Kent State 74