On Friday night, the Buffalo Bulls will go on the road to take on the Toledo Rockets in MAC showdown. Buffalo comes in ranked 25th with a 21-3 record and are in a tie for 1st place in the MAC. Toledo comes in with a 20-4 record and are tied with the Bulls for 1st.
Bulls Riding High
Buffalo is coming off a 76-70 win over Akron on Tuesday. CJ Massinburg led the way with 21 points on just 4 of 7 shooting to go with 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Dontay Caruthers chipped in 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting to go with 4 rebounds. Davonta Jordan was the only other Bull in double figures with 12 points on 5 of 11 shooting and he grabbed 5 rebounds. Big man Nick Perkins led the team on the glass with 9 rebounds to go with 8 points. Massinburg and Jeremy Harris tied for the team lead in assists with 2.
Buffalo is led by superstar CJ Massinburg, who averages 18.5 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, and 3 assists per game, and is shooting a team-high 42.9% from 3-point range. He is followed by Jeremy Harris who scores 13.9 a game and grabs 6.4 rebounds a game. Nick Perkins is the only other Bull averaging double digits with 13.3 a game. Perkins is also the leading rebounder with 7.6 boards a game. Davonta Jordan is the leading assister with 3.6 a game. Dontay Caruthers adds 9.8 points a game and is shooting 40.7% from deep. Buffalo is scoring 84.7 points per game on 46.5% and they are holding opponents to 71.1 points per game. Buffalo is 9-3 on the road this season.
Rockets Looking to Spring Upset
Toledo is coming off a 78-71 win at Bowling Green on Saturday. Toledo had 5 players score in double figures, led by Chris Darrington who scored 20 points on 5 of 9 shooting in 20 minutes off the bench. Nate Navigato added 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting. Jaelan Sanford scored 12 points, Luke Knapke scored 11 points, and Willie Jackson added 10 points. Sanford was also the leading rebounder with 11 boards to get his first double-double of the season. Sanford and Marreon Jackson tied for the team lead in assists with 3.
Toledo is led by Jaelan Sanford who scores 15.8 points per game, to go along with 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists each contest. He is followed by Nate Navigato who averages 12.6 a game and is shooting 46.4% from 3-point range. Luke Knapke adds 11.4 points a game and Marreon Jackson chips in 10.6 points a game and is the team leader in assists with 4.5 a game. Willie Jackson averages 9.3 points and a team-high 9.8 rebounds per game off the bench. Toledo is scoring 78.7 points per game on 45.3% shooting and they are holding opponents to just 67.7 points a game.
Bulls Top Rockets
Buffalo comes in at -3.5. The Bulls have been ranked almost the entire season and have been dominating teams throughout the season. Toledo is a solid team and will get a big boost playing a ranked team in front of their home crowd, but Buffalo is just too good. The Bulls offense is full of firepower and they will be able to score against this Toledo team. Buffalo also plays good defense and will be able to slow down the Rocket offense. Take Buffalo -3.5.
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