2012-2013 Season Preview: Buffalo

Filed under Season Preview on November 8th, 2012
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Buffalo basketball gets the 2012-2013 season underway on November 10 in Buffalo against Princeton. From that first game on, the Bulls will attempt to keep pace with the expectations set by last season's squad. They lose 52% of their player minutes from last season and hope to replace that with the output of three incoming freshmen.

The Buffalo offense will suffer from a 66% drop in three-point shooting, the largest gap that the team will need to fill. That's followed by shot blocking, where they lost another massive 58.5% of last season's numbers.

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Buffalo closed out the last season with an overall record of 19-9 and placed 2nd in the MAC East regular season with a conference record of 12-4. In postseason play, the Bulls lost to Ohio 77-74 in the MAC tournament. Buffalo lost last year's seniors Zach Filzen (30 minutes per game), Mitchell Watt (30 MPG), Dave Barnett (26 MPG), and Titus Robinson (18 MPG).

Coming back to the Bulls are junior Jarod Oldham (5.9 assists/game), junior Javon McCrea (14.7 points/game), senior Tony Watson II (6.1 points/game), junior Auraum Nuiriankh (3.1 points/game), and junior Cameron Downing (2.0 points/game).

The Bulls recruited incoming freshmen including 6-3 Jarryn Skeete, 6-3 Stan Wier, and 6-7 Andre McPhail. The team also gets 6-8 sophomore Will Regan (transferred from Virginia).

The Bulls schedule includes one game against an AP preseason Top 25 team, at #25 Florida State on November 12th. The first MAC game for Buffalo is at Ohio on January 9th.

Season Preview Notes:
  • Buffalo has had 2 consecutive 20+ win seasons.
  • Since 2002, Buffalo has an overall winning percentage of 53.0%. The Bulls have been improving over the last 5 years with an overall winning percentage of 56.3%.
  • The Bulls have an average conference finish of 3.8 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 4.6.
  • The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 155.8.
  • This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Florida State (#12).
  • This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is Canisius (#333).

Tags: Zach Filzen, Mitchell Watt, Dave Barnett, Titus Robinson, Jarod Oldham, Javon McCrea, Tony Watson II, Auraum Nuiriankh, Cameron Downing, Jarryn Skeete, Stan Wier, Andre McPhail, Will Regan

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MAC Standings

1 Toledo 27-7 14-4
1 WMU 23-10 14-4
 3Buffalo 19-10 13-5
4 Akron 21-13 12-6
5 Ohio 25-12 11-7
6 Emich 22-15 10-8
7 NIU 15-17 8-10
7 Miami (OH) 13-18 8-10
9 Kent State 16-16 7-11
10 Bowling Green 12-20 6-12
11 CMU 10-21 3-15
12 Ball State 5-25 2-16
Last updated: Apr 10th, 2014

2014-2015 Roster

#1 Lamonte Bearden Fr G 6-3 160
#5 Mory Diane Fr G 6-3 175
#11 Shannon Evans So G 6-1 170
#35 Xavier Ford Sr F 6-7 210
#3 Bobby Frasco Fr G 6-4 185
#4 Jamir Hanner Jr F 6-8 210
#31 Raheem Johnson Jr F 6-10 235
#23 Justin Moss Jr F 6-7 240
#15 Deyshonee Much So G 6-5 170
#24 Christian Pino Fr G 5-7 145
#2 Will Regan Sr F 6-8 230
#10 Jarryn Skeete Jr G 6-3 175
#34 Ikenna Smart Fr F 6-10 225
#20 R. Wigginton Jr G/F 6-5 215