No.18 Buffalo vs Bowling Green Preview and Prediction
No.18 Buffalo vs Bowling Green Preview
The showdown is here and first-place in the MAC East standings is up for grabs.
The 18th-ranked Buffalo Bulls travel to Ohio to take on the Bowling Green Falcons. Both teams have only one loss in league play.
Buffalo has gotten most of the national acclaim for the MAC this year, given that the Bulls beat West Virginia and Syracuse during the non-conference portion of the schedule and have spent a good part of the season ranked.
UB (18-2, 7-1 MAC) is coming off an 83-59 win over Ball State on Tuesday.
The Bulls have won their last two after suffering a 77-75 loss at Northern Illinois on Jan. 22.
“That was a pretty quality win,” Buffalo head coach Nate Oats said after the Ball State game.
“I thought that was the best defense we have played for most of the game, until we gave up a few of those offensive rebounds in the middle of the second half. But to start the game, I think they only had eight points after the third media timeout. I was really happy with our effort on the defensive end. I thought our guys locked in defensively.”
Bowling Green (14-6, 6-1) had their 10-game winning streak snapped last outing with a 67-53 loss at Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.
“It’s hard when you get on a 10-game winning streak to sustain that intensity that you have to play with,” Bowling Green head coach Michael Huger said after the loss to Miami. “We are taking team’s best shots.”
The game will feature two of the top scorers in the MAC in Buffalo senior CJ Massinburg and Bowling Green sophomore guard Justin Turner.
Massinburg leads the Bulls in scoring at 18.1 points per game and is shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range, while Turner is averaging 18.9 points per game for Bowling Green. He is shooting 38.5 percent from behind the arc.
The biggest sidekicks for Turner on Bowling Green’s team are senior forward Demajeo Wiggins, who is averaging 12.6 points and 11.7 rebounds a game, and junior guard Dylan Frye, who is averaging 11.0 points a game.
LINE: -7.5 Buffalo
Dan’s Bet: -7.5 Buffalo
Score Prediction: Buffalo 83 Bowling Green 73