Mid-American Conference: Give The Buffalo Bulls The Automatic Bid To The NCAA Tournament
The Buffalo Bulls are the class of the MAC. Obviously, with Ball State beating Notre Dame, some would think it’s them, but as it stands now, the Bulls are almost a lock to win the MAC and head to the NCAA Tournament.
It’s no secret that the Bulls have been a different team with Wes Clark in the lineup. A transfer from Missouri, Clark has been the main catalyst in the Bulls four-game winning streak and was there for the team’s loss to top-25 ranked Texas A&M. Averaging just over 17 points per game, he, along with C.J. Massinburg, and Nick Perkins, make up one of the most feared trios in all the MAC.
From the last time I wrote about the Buffalo Bulls to now, things have changed drastically. Nick Perkins comes off the bench and still manages to average 15.4 points and 6 rebounds. C.J. Massinburg has shown why he was a unanimous choice for the Preseason All-MAC team with 19 points and 8 rebounds per game.
The MAC Conference won’t be able to stop the Bulls, especially the MAC East, where Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio), sit only 1 game behind the Bulls. Still, there light years behind Buffalo, as they’ve both faced some rather easy completion going into MAC play, and neither have the talent of Buffalo.
Winning the Conference Tournament is the key to Buffalo gaining an At-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. They will no doubt be a Cinderella going into whatever matchup they face. Because let’s face it, the chances of any other MAC school beating Buffalo are slim. They’ve got two All-MAC first teamers (Massinburg, Perkins), and a former 4-Star recruit from The University of Missouri (Clark).
While Buffalo won’t go undefeated in Conference play, they’ll show why they are the class of the MAC. There’s not one team that has the scoring ability of the Bulls trio, nor the star power they possess. It’s almost a foregone conclusion this Buffalo team makes it to the NCAA Tournament. They are really that good, and there’s nobody in the MAC that’s going to stop them.Follow @DGentleman9288