Bulls Set To Blackout Alumni Arena Tuesday Night Against Kent State

UB True Blue

Buffalo (18-7, 10-2 MAC) vs. Kent State (12-13, 6-6 MAC)
February 13, 2018

Alumni Arena
 - 7:00 pm

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Quick Hits

• The Bulls begin a stretch of four of the next five games at home as UB hosts Kent State on Tuesday night.  Both teams are coming off loses in their last games as the Golden Flashes fell at Ball State and the Bulls lost in overtime at Northern Illinois.
• Kent State leads the all-time series 32-15, having won three straight against the Bulls, including an 82-79 win in Kent, OH on Jan. 30.  The last two games between the schools have both been three-point decisions, including last year in Cleveland.
• The Bulls have played just one game at Alumni Arena since Jan. 23, having been on the road for four the last five.  UB is 10-1 this season at home. 
• With nine three-pointers at NIU on Saturday, the Bulls moved into second place in school history in three-pointers made with 246.  The school record is 263, which was set in 2015-16, the first season under head coach Nate Oats,
• Junior Nick Perkins moved past Mitchell Watt and Harold Kuhn on the all-time scoring list with his team-high 22 points against Northern Illinois on Saturday.  Perkins is currently 16th in school history with 1,071 career points. Fellow junior CJ Massinburg and Perkins are now 15th and 16th on the all-time scoring list, respectively.
• Buffalo is currently 23rd in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 83.7 points per game.  UB has only averaged 80.0 for an entire season once in their school history back during the 1970-71 season.  The Bulls are averaging 86.5 points per game in conference play and they have scored 82 or more points in 10 of 12 conference games this year.
• For the second time this season it will be a Romulus High School reunion on the floor Tuesday night.  Buffalo head coach Nate Oats was the head coach at Romulus, just outside of Detroit, for 11 years.  He won the 2013 Michigan state title.  On that team was Buffalo senior Wes Clark and Kent State junior Jaylin Walker. In all, there are still four members of that state championship team playing Division I basketball, joining E.C. Matthews (Rhode Island) and Kris Clyburn (UNLV).
 

The Opponent

• Kent State has dropped three straight since its victory against Buffalo in the last meeting on Jan. 30.  The Golden Flashes were most recently at Ball State, where they fell 87-68 on Friday night.  The Golden Flashes are currently 6-6 in Mid-American Conference play. They are just 2-8 this season in true road games.
 
• Kent State is led by junior guard Jaylin Walker, who is averaging 17.3 points per game, leading the Golden Flashes in three-point shooting at 63-for-182.  Big man Adonis De La Rosa had a big game against UB in the first meeting and he is tied for second on the team at 12.1 points, while leading Kent State in rebounding at 7.7 per game.  Senior Kevin Zabo is also averaging 12.1 points, while Jalen Avery is averaging 9.1 points, while he leads the team with 96 assists, while turning it over just 20 times all year. 
 
• Kent State outscored the Bulls 48-32 in the second half of the first meeting a year ago, erasing an 18-point deficit to hand UB its first MAC loss. Sophomore Danny Pippen led Kent State with 21 points and 13 rebounds in the win, while Adonis De La Rosa had 20 points, going 8-of-12 from the floor.
 
• Rob Senderoff has finished his sixth season as the head men's basketball coach at Kent State. The 43-year-old took over the program in April 2011 after spending seven previous years on the Golden Flashes' coaching staff. In his six seasons as head coach, the 22-year coaching veteran has continued the success of the storied program that he helped build by leading the Golden Flashes to four 20-win campaigns and postseason appearances. The six year run culminated in a fantastic 2016-17 season in which the Flashes returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.
 
Top Seed In Sight As Final Leg Of Season Begins
Buffalo and Toledo are currently tied for the best record in the Mid-American Conference through 12 games at 10-2.  The Bulls hold the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Rockets thanks to their 104-94 win over Toledo in the MAC opener on Jan. 2.  It looks like that tiebreaker will be crucial as all other teams are at least three games back.  UB is looking to clinch the #1 seed tournament for the first time in school history, which would also secure the automatic invite to the NIT as a backup.
 
In the race for a division title, Buffalo holds a four-game lead in the MAC East over Miami, Bowling Green, and Kent State, who will all enter Tuesday's game with a 6-6 mark.  UB has won one outright Division Title in 2013-14 and they tied for the Division Title in 2008-09 and 2014-15.
 
Mr. 1000
Junior CJ Massinburg became a member of the 1,000-point club in the MAC opener against Toledo as he scored 27 points against the Rockets.  Massinburg is the 20th player to score 1,000 points for the Bulls and he is the seventh fastest to do so, achieving it in his 73rd career game, which is quicker than previous MAC Players of the Year Turner Battle, Mitchell Watt, and all-time leading scorer, Javon McRea.
 
After scoring just eight points in the opener, Massinburg has scored at least 20 points 11 times.  He scored 30 at Delaware, the second time in his career he has done that.  Twice this year, Massinburg has been named the MAC East Player of the Week and he is currently second in the MAC in scoring at 18.7 points per game.  Massinburg is also UB's leading rebounder on the season, as he is averaging 8.3 boards per contest, which is fourth in the league.  He has a team-high seven double-doubles on the year, including recording a career-high 14 boards at Delaware.  The seven double-doubles are tied for second most in the Mid-American Conference. He was most recently named to the watch list for the Lou Henson Award, which is awarded to the nation's top mid major player.
 
Following his 16-point game against Northern Illinois, Massinburg moved into 15th place on UB's all-time scoring list passing UB Hall of Famer, Harold Kuhn. Massinburg had the 11th 20-point game of his season against Western Michigan and he currently has 1,184 points.
 
Mr. 1000 (Part 2)
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.
 
Perkins became the latest member of the 1,000 point club as he scored 20 points at Ohio on Jan. 26 to became the 21st player in school history to accomplish the feat. 
 
Perkins came off the bench for the first time this season against Syracuse and he ended up leading the Bulls in scoring with 18 points, while also pulling down seven rebounds, including six offensive ones.  Perkins has had some of his best games against Power 5 competition.  In addition to 18 against Syracuse on Dec. 19, Perkins had 20 points as a freshman against Miami (FL) in the NCAA Tournament, and last season he added 23 points at Pitt. He added 17 points against SEC foe Texas A&M. Perkins had his first double-double of the year with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Toledo. He recorded back-to-back double-doubles following his 15 points and 11 rebounds at Ball State.  Perkins has now come off the bench in 11 straight games and he is averaging 19.3 points per game in those contests. Perkins was named the MAC East Player of the Week following back-to-back wins to open conference play where he averaged 19.5 point and 10.5 rebounds. 
 
Perkins tied his career high with 26 points in the win over Northern Illinois and he added 18 points and nine rebounds against Western Michigan to earned MAC East Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. Perkins averaged 24.0 points in two games against NIU this season as he added 22 in DeKalb on Saturday. He currently leads UB in scoring in MAC play at 18.3 per game, which is fourth in the league.  
 
Wild, Wild Wes
The Bulls got a huge boost to their lineup prior to the Syracuse game on Dec. 19 as senior Wes Clark was cleared to play by the NCAA, marking his first collegiate game since February 13, 2016 when he played for Missouri.  Clark, who joined UB last January, has been practicing with Buffalo since then, but he was finally able to play in his first game at Syracuse.
 
Clark scored 15 points and had six assists in his UB debut, picking up the start and playing 34 minutes. Clark added 17 points and eight assists against Texas A&M.  Clark scored 27 points in his Alumni Arena debut on Dec. 29, scoring 13 of those points in the overtime period.  It was a new career high for Clark as he scored 26 against South Carolina, while playing for Missouri.
He played his high school basketball for Buffalo head coach Nate Oats at Romulus High School right outside of Detroit, MI. 
 
Clark had 25 points and five assists in the win over Toledo.  Clark played his first ever college game in his home state of Michigan on Friday night at Western Michigan and was impressive finishing with 17 points and a career-high nine assists. Clark had his second nine-assist game against the Broncos on Feb. 2, while adding 13 points. He is averaging 5.9 assists per game. Clark added 21 points against Northern Illinois and he now has 833 points in his career spanning Missouri and Buffalo.
 
Deuces Wild
One the most of anticipated newcomers is wearing #2 on the Buffalo team and that 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 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 recorded his first career double-double against Central Penn and added 14 points and nine rebounds in the win over Robert Morris. Harris had a big afternoon against Ball State as he finished with 16 points in the win over the Cardinals.  He followed that up by scoring a game-high 17 points in the win at Akron.  Harris continued his tear through MAC play as he tied his career high with 23 points in the win over Miami, recording his second double-double as he had 10 rebounds. 
 
Following the wins over Akron and Miami Harris was named the MAC East Player of the Week, the third straight week UB has done it with three different players.  Harris tied for team-high honors with 20 points in the win at Western Michigan last Friday night, going 4-of-5 from behind the arc. Harris had one of his best all-around games on Tuesday against Eastern Michigan, finishing with 22 points and a career-best 14 rebounds, which was tied for the most by a UB play this year. He had another double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Ohio, his fourth of the year. Harris had 20 points against Kent State, the third time in the last four games hes has had 20 or more points. He is averaging 17.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in conference games. He is shooting 55.8% from the floor and 47.2% from three, hitting 34-of-72 from behind the arc.  He is second in the league both in three-point field goal percentage and three-pointers made in conference play.
 
Dialing From Long Distance
The Bulls had one of their best games from behind the arc in school history in the loss at nationally-ranked Texas A&M on Dec. 21.  The Bulls hit 17 three-pointers in the game, second in school history, and the most since hitting 18 against Troy State on Feb. 22, 1996 when UB went 18-for-40 in the contest.
 
Buffalo shot 17-of-39 from behind the arc against the Aggies as four players hit at least three triples, led by a career-high six three pointers from CJ Massinburg. Senior Wes Clark and juniors Jeremy Harris and Montell McRae each hit three.  McRae was a perfect 3-of-3. The 17 three's made by the Bulls were the most by a MAC school against a Division I opponent this year.  The Bulls lead the MAC with 246 made three-pointers, already second most in school history in a single season.   
 
Sophomore Sensation
It can be argued that sophomore Davonta Jordan is one of the most improved players in the nation from last season and that was capped off with his first career 20-point game at Delaware.  Jordan averaged just 2.5 points per game last year, but this season he is averaging 7.6 points per game.  Through the first 24 games, Jordan has 190 points, more than double the 76 he scored all of last year.  He has 16 three-pointers, 14 more than last year.  Jordan had 15 points in the win over Toledo, and he added eight points and four assists in the win over Akron.
 
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 surpassed his predecessor on Dec. 9 vs. Central Penn as he picked up his 43rd win in his 76th game as head coach. Oats recently moved past V. William Hughes (1978-82) for seventh place on the all-time wins list and he is the fourth fastest UB head coach to 50 wins and the quickest in UB's Modern Era. Oats is currently 55-36 as head coach for the Bulls.
 
Giving 100%
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.
 
For the first time since the 1997-98 season, the Bulls hit 100 points in multiple games in the same season following their 104-94 win against Toledo in the MAC opener.  The 104 points were the second most scored by UB in a MAC game and their most ever in regulation of a MAC contest.  While the Bulls have already scored 100 or more twice against D-I schools, the rest of  the league combined only has one 100-point performance against a D-I opponent. 
 
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.
 
Graves scored 11 points, while adding six rebounds in the win over Central Penn. He had his second straight double-digit performance with 10 points against Robert Morris.
 
Graves recorded a career high 16 points in the win at Ball State as he went 5-for-8 from the field, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc.  He added 11 points in his homecoming at Akron.