Bulls Host Bobcats in Crucial Mid-Week Game
BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo men's basketball team will look to snap a brief two-game losing streak and extend a seven-game win streak at Alumni Arena, hosting the Ohio Bobcats in a game that holds major conference postseason implications for both teams.
In the previous meeting between the two this season, the Bulls held Ohio to just 32 percent from the floor, but could not overcome its 23 turnovers in a 60-52 loss in Athens. The Bobcats cruised to a 12-0 lead in the first five and a half minutes and would never trail as the Bulls found itself in foul trouble early and often and could not find a rhythm on offense. Mitchell Watt was the only Bull in double figures, leading all scorers with 18 and also adding 12 rebounds.
The Bobcats come into the game with two straight wins after dropping the previous two to MAC West opponents Toledo and Eastern Michigan. Though the team only has two players in double figures (D.J. Cooper and Walter Offutt), the deep bench at head coach John Groce's disposal puts up over 70 points per game.
UB will have to shake off the rust after a long road trip to South Dakota for its ESPN BracketBuster game against the Jackrabbits. The Bulls could not contain star guard Nate Wolters and lost 86-65. Watt finished with 15 points and eight rebounds to lead UB, while Zach Filzen had 13 points, including three three-pointers. Tony Watson also knocked down three treys en route to 11 points. The Bulls did a much better job in the second half, shooting 53 percent from the field and outrebounding SDSU, 17-12. But it was enough to overcome the slow start and a nearly 3-1 disadvantage in free throw attempts.
Tip off is set for 7 pm, and tickets are still available. Fans who cannot make it out to Alumni Arena can also tune into 1230 AM WECK, with Josh Whetzel and Pete Lonergan on the call.