Dec 05, 2017
Buffalo (4-3, 0-0 MAC) at Delaware (4-4, 0-0 CAA)
December 6, 2017
Bob Carpenter Center - 7:00 pm
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• The Bulls will make their first ever trip to the University of Delaware on Wednesday night for their non-conference matchup with the Blue Hens. UB leads the all-time series, 2-1, with Buffalo winning the most recent game back in 2015, 99-79. Delaware won the first ever meeting in 1948 and Buffalo won the second meeting, 54-38, on Dec. 13, 1950.
• Buffalo is 11-11 all-time against schools currently in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Bulls are a perfect 3-0 against Drexel and have two wins each against Delaware, Elon, Hofstra, and Towson.
• For the first time in his career junior CJ Massinburg was named the MAC East Player of the Week following his performances against Niagara and St. Bonaventure. Massinburg averaged 23.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in the two games and he leads the team averaging 19.1 points per game.
• Buffalo checks in at #81 in the first RPI, which was released by the NCAA on Monday. The Bulls have the highest RPI amongst MAC schools and their three losses have all come against program in the Top 100 of the RPI.
• The Bulls tied a school record for points scored in a road contest last week against Niagara as UB put 106 points on the board against the Purple Eagles. It ties the school record set on March 2, 1974 at Rochester.
• For the first time in its Division-I history, the Bulls had three different players score over 20 points in the same game during the 106-87 win over Niagara. Junior CJ Massinburg had a team-high 25 points, while juniors Dontay Caruthers and Jeremy Harris each finished with a career-high 23 points.
• The Bulls recorded 26 assists in the win over Niagara, its highest total since 2012 when they had 26 against Notre Dame College. The last time UB had 26 or more assists against a D-I team was on March 4, 2007 when they had 28 against Ohio.
• Delaware is 4-4 on the season, but has dropped two straight, including its most recent game against Navy on Friday, 82-76. The Blue Hens opened the season with a win over Richmond, a team that joined the Bulls at the Cayman Classic last month.
• Delaware has five players averaging in double figures led by Ryan Daly, who is averaging 16.4 points per game and he is the team's leading three-point shooter. Kevin Anderson and Anthony Mosley are both averaging 12.3 points per contest and Eric Carter is averaging 10.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
• Delaware was picked seventh in the preseason poll for the Colonial Athletic Association with 156 points. They were picked ahead of William & Mary, Drexel, and James Madison. Charleston was picked to win the league. Ryan Daly was a second-team preseason All-CAA selection.
• Martin Ingelsby begins his second season as University of Delaware men's basketball head coach during the 2017-18 season. After spending the previous 13 years on the Notre Dame coaching staff from 2003-16, Ingelsby led the Blue Hens to 13 victories during his first season in Newark, including a win over Hofstra in the CAA Tournament. While in South Bend Ingelsby primarily worked with the Notre Dame guards and played an integral role in elevating the program's national recruiting efforts. Ingelsby was Notre Dame's starting point guard during three of his four seasons in South Bend. As a senior in 2000-01 he averaged 8.2 points and a team-high 6.4 assists as a starter in all 30 games.
Wednesday night's game at Delaware will be just the second true road game of the season. The last time that Buffalo went this long before playing its second road game was during the 2004-05 season when UB opened the year at UConn and then didn't play on the road again until Dec. 7 at Elon, another Colonial Athletic Association team just like Delaware.
The Bulls won 13 road games over the first two seasons with Nate Oats as the head coach, including going 8-8 last year away from Alumni Arena. While this will be UB's first ever trip to the University of Delaware, Buffalo has played one game in the state of Delaware with a 56-51 victory at Delaware State during the 2005-06 season.
The Bulls hit the magical 100-point number for the first time this season during their 106-87 victory at Niagara. The 106 points tied the school record for points scored in a road game, matching the total from March 2, 1974 at Rochester. It was only the fourth time ever that Buffalo had scored triple figures in a road game and it was the most points in a road game since a 100-92 win at Chicago State on November 21, 2001.
Since Nate Oats took over as head coach in 2015-16, the Bulls have eclipsed the 100-point mark three times. They scored 109 points in his first ever game against Pitt-Bradford and then the Bulls scored 101 last year against Central Michigan. In program history, the Bulls have only lost three games total when scoring over 100 points, two of those being overtime contests.
Two of the most impressive players for the Bulls during this early season have been guards Dontay Caruthers and Davonta Jordan. Caruthers, who was the MAC Defensive Player of the Year last season, recorded his first 20-point game of his UB career with 22 points a 96-91 over time win over UAB. Caruthers went 8-for-11 from the floor and 4-for-5 from three-point range in the game. Caruthers had a career-high 23 points at Niagara as he went 10-for-11 from the floor. He currently leads the MAC in field goal percentage at .698.
Jordan has been one of the more impressive Bulls during the first seven games of the season and he is 15th in the MAC in field goal percentage at .500. Jordan already has six more three pointers than he hit all of last season and his 67 points through seven games are just nine short of his season total from last year.
In The Nick Of Time
Junior Nick Perkins got off to a fast start to the 2017-18 season as the Ypsilanti, MI native had a career-high 26 points in the season-opening win over Canisius. The 26 points were the most by a UB player in a season opener since Nikolai Alexeev had 26 against Niagara on November 19, 1999.
After getting off to a slow start against Canisius, junior CJ Massinburg was the best player on the court for the Bulls in the win over Jacksonville St. He led the Bulls in all three major categories as he finished with 25 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Massinburg scored 29 points against nationally-ranked Cincinnati, his second highest scoring total of his career, while adding 10 rebounds, the first double-digit rebounding performance of the season for UB. Massinburg was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Cayman Classic. Massinburg added 25 points in the win over Niagara and 21 points against St. Bonaventure and he has 134 points over the first seven games. Massinburg was named the MAC East Player of the Week following those games against the Big 4, earning that honor for the first time in his career.
Massinburg missed much of preseason practice with a knee injury and did not play in the exhibition against Rhode Island.
Leading The Charge
Head coach Nate Oats begins his third year on the Buffalo sidelines, having comprised a record of 37-30 during his first two years. He is the only coach in UB school history to record 20 wins in his first season as a head coach and his 37 wins in his first two years are the second most by a UB coach behind only Bobby Hurley, who had 42 wins over his first two years. Oats is currently just one win away from tying his predecessor in career wins at UB as Oats has 41 through his first 74 games as head coach.
One the most of anticipated newcomers will wear #2 on the Buffalo team is junior college transfer Jeremy Harris, who came to UB from Gulf Coast College, where he was ranked as the second best junior college player in the nation by JUCORecruiting.com.
Harris led the Bulls with 21 points and added 10 rebounds in the overtime contest against Rhode Island in the charity exhibition. He had a stretch for the Bulls where he scored eight straight points, erasing an eight-point deficit on his own. He led the team with 17 shots taken, but also added three assists and three steals. Harris recorded double doubles in both exhibition games as he added 13 points and 11 rebounds against Daemen. Harris had a pair of 17-point games during the Cayman Classic as he recorded double figures in scoring in all three games. He had17 points and six rebounds against nationally-ranked Cincinnati and added 17 points and four assists in the win over UAB. He had 11 points and five assists against South Dakota State. His best game so far came against Niagara as he finished with a career-high 23 points, going 5-of-8 from three-point range. He also added seven rebounds and six assists.
Harris is a dynamic shooter as shown by his one performance last year where he had 10 three-pointers in a game. He is a seasoned veteran, who has played basketball at all levels, beginning with high school, before moving on to prep school for a year at Fishburne Military School. He then played two years and junior college before making his way to UB.
Cleveland Is The Reason
A native of Cleveland, OH Montell McRae is the new man in the middle for the Bulls. A transfer from South Plains Junior College, the same school as former UB player David Kadiri.
In the exhibition against Rhode Island, McRae had 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, while adding an assist, three blocks, and a steal. McRae had 10 points in the win over Jacksonville State for his first regular season double figures performance
McRae was part of a South Plains team ranked first nationally for much of the season as they went 32-2 last year.
Freshman James Reese has already ignited the Buffalo crowd prior to even playing his first regular season game with the Bulls. It began over the summer, when Reese made national headlines for his dunks at the UB team camp, showing up on media outlets across the country.
Reese's athleticism extends to just his dunking and he made a strong impression in the charity exhibition against Rhode Island as he had 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc. Reese's best game so far this year has been against South Dakota State where he recorded seven point and four rebounds. Reese also had seven points against St. Bonaventure.
Reese was named the State Player of the Year in South Carolina as he played his ball for A.C. Flora where he won two state titles, leading his team to a 21-2 record during his senior season. He averaged 25.0 points per game during the year.
Luck Of The Irish
Freshman Jayvon Graves comes to Buffalo from one of the most well known high schools in the country in the St.Vincent-St. Mary's out of Akron, OH, the same high school as NBA MVP and World Champion, LeBron James. Nicknamed the Fighting Irish, Graves and his high school teammates won the Ohio State Championship last season and Graves was named the Ohio State Player of the Year.
He had three points against Rhode Island, draining a three-pointer. Graves had a strong second half against Daemen and nearly put up a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds. Graves finished with nine points and four rebounds in the win over UAB.
Bulls Picked To Win MAC East
The University at Buffalo men's basketball team has been picked to win the Mid-American Conference East Division and received nine tournament championship votes, second most in the league, it was announced by the league office in their annual preseason poll voted on by a panel of all 12 MAC head coaches and 18 media members.
The Bulls, who are led by third-year head coach Nate Oats, received 166 points and 24 of the 30 first place votes in the East Division to finish atop the preseason poll. This is the second time that Buffalo has been picked as the preseason winner of the MAC East and the first time since prior to the 2004-05 season. Buffalo also received nine votes to win the 2018 MAC Tournament Championship, just one behind Western Michigan.
Perkins and Massinburg Earn Preseason Nod
Juniors Nick Perkins and CJ Massinburg were two of the five players named to the preseason All-MAC East Division squad.
Massinburg was named All-MAC Honorable Mention last year as he averaged 14.5 points and 5.6 rebounds a year ago. He is Buffalo's returning leading scorer and despite missing eight games during non-conference play last year, he is in striking distance of 1,000 career points in just his third season with the team. Massinburg had many key performances last season, including scoring the final six points, breaking a 93-93 tie and earning a road victory at Central Michigan. He also hit the last two free throws to seal a road victory at Ohio.
Perkins was named the MAC's Sixth Man of the Year last year, just the second player in school history to earn that honor. Perkins averaged 12.4 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds last year as he came off the bench in 14 of 32 games, including 14 of the last 15 games of the year. Known for his 20 points in the NCAA Tournament against Miami as a freshman, Perkins has always played some of his best games against top competition. He had 23 points last year at Pitt and a career-best 24 points at St. Bonaventure. He also had 21-point games against Western Michigan and Ball State.
Caruthers Named MAC Defensive Player Of The Year
Junior Dontay Caruthers became the first players in school history to be named MAC Defensive Player of the year last season.
He started 18 games during the season, averaging 5.9 points in conference games. He also led the MAC with 37 steals in league play and had 58 for the year, finishing just outside the top 10 in school history for single-season steals. He had a then career-high 18 points in a road victory at Bowling Green last year, beginning a stretch of three straight games in double figures.
Bulls Unveil Highly Touted Recruiting Class
Third-year head men's basketball coach Nate Oats has announced his signing class for the 2018-19 season, which includes three highly touted recruits. National scouting services have the Buffalo class amongst the top 60 nationally, making it the highest rated class in school history. Included in the class are a pair of ESPN four-star rated recruits and a junior college transfer:
Jeenathan Williams (6-7, SF, Rochester, NY/Prolific Prep)
Ronaldo "Rondo" Segu (6-0, PG, Orlando, FL/Orlando Christian Prep)
Javion Hamlet (6-3, PG, Memphis, TN/Motlow State College)