The Buffalo Bulls Men’s Basketball Team Is Ready To Run The Mac
Nate Oats might have a shot at taking the Buffalo Bulls to the NCAA Tournament. Going into his third year, he’s no stranger to the Tourney, getting there in his first season with the team. Although, this year it’s different, as the Bills look to be one of the favorites to win the MAC title. And, if all goes according to plan, a Cinderella run at the Big Dance.
Through two games Buffalo is 2-0. While the games weren’t easy wins, the Bulls are just getting warmed up on this young season. All of the first two months is just a precursor to MAC Conference play, something the team will be ready for.
Last year, the Buffalo Bulls went 11-7 in conference play, an average showing, to say the least. As 2017-18 starts getting into high gear, leading Buffalo is two potential First-Team All-MAC candidates in Nick Perkins and CJ Massinburg. Both are the guiding light for Buffalo, as they look to find their way in the MAC this season.
Massinburg, after a slow start to the season against Canisius, rebounded against Jacksonville State to put up 25 points, 5 assists, and 7 rebounds. Numbers like these are what made him a preseason first-team All-MAC selection. Massinburg is the unquestioned leader of the offense.
Perkins, a Junior, has improved upon his 2016-17 season in a big way. For the first two games of the year, he’s averaged 21 points per game and 5 rebounds. While he’ll definitely play as the Bulls second option behind Massinburg, Perkins controls the paint and is also relied on to contribute defensively as well.
The MAC is as strong as its ever been. Buffalo isn’t the only team looking to get a trip to the Big Dance. Kent State, Ohio, Northern Illinois and even Central Michigan (who lost a close one to Michigan) have cases to be top teams in the conference this season.
The real test for Buffalo will come on Monday night when they face the 12th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats. So, if they can hold on for a majority of that game, or possibly even win, that will go a long way in getting them the confidence they need to get through the non-conference schedule and into MAC play.
The Buffalo Bulls are a good team. The question is, “can they be great?” We will soon find that out, as the season kicks into high gear. Kent State showed last season that it’s not always the best regular season team that wins the MAC Tournament and makes it to the Dance. Buffalo doesn’t want that though. Hence, they want to run the table, and, in the end, make a Cinderella run through the NCAA Tourney.[DanielTwitter]