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Game 28- Buffalo Bulls

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The Zips head int Canada Tuesday night to face the surging Bulls.  The Bulls are fresh off of a 23 point win over PCCC and a 47 point win over the Bobkittens.  They stand at 24-2 overall and 12-2 in the MAC.  They have not lost at home.  CJ Massinbrg continues to lead the Bulls in scoring at 18.5 ppg.   Nick Perkins leads rebounding at 7.5 rpg.

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Buffalo, despite winning, seemed to be not playing their best basketball for a couple weeks. Their last couple games they seem to have gotten back to playing they were at the start of the season. This is going to be a tough game to win.

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I think the Zips's chances in this one come down to limiting Canada's 3 point success.  They are a solid team all around, but if they are hitting the three they can hit a whole other level.  Their athleticism, motion and slashing are top notch, but when the defense has to extend to deal with hot 3 shooters, the stuff they're best at just gets better.  When they were here, the Zips limited them to 29% from three point territory and that helped keep them in the game.  Without a replay of defense like that, it could be a long night for the Zips.   

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Yeah.  If per chance the Zips play the Bulls in the quarterfinals, I think I will pass on the trip to the Q. #othersideofbracket which would be a 6 or 7 seed.

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Akron is currently a 6th seed so the earliest we'd play Buffalo would be the finals if the tourney started today. All the teams are still bunched so a lot can still change between now and the end of the season.

 

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34 minutes ago, kreed5120 said:

Akron is currently a 6th seed so the earliest we'd play Buffalo would be the finals if the tourney started today. All the teams are still bunched so a lot can still change between now and the end of the season.

 

If the team plays as well as they did on Saturday (big if) I still think they could get a 4 seed by winning 3 of the last 4.  They would then have the tie breaker against Kent State.  If they were to get to 10 wins they would have a chance.  It would be nice to play Kent for the 4th seed on the last game of the season on national T.V.  

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45 minutes ago, 1981 grad said:

If the team plays as well as they did on Saturday (big if) I still think they could get a 4 seed by winning 3 of the last 4.  They would then have the tie breaker against Kent State.  If they were to get to 10 wins they would have a chance.  It would be nice to play Kent for the 4th seed on the last game of the season on national T.V.  

It's certainly possible to get the 4th, but the team I feel we'd need to worry about is CMU. They have a much easier remaining schedule compared to ours and I'm not exactly sure how the tie-breaker with them would work since we split the season series. I can see them going 3-1 in their next 4.

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1 hour ago, 1981 grad said:

If the team plays as well as they did on Saturday (big if) I still think they could get a 4 seed by winning 3 of the last 4.  They would then have the tie breaker against Kent State.  If they were to get to 10 wins they would have a chance.  It would be nice to play Kent for the 4th seed on the last game of the season on national T.V.  

Ugh.  Well if CMU locks up the 4th seed and Kent and Akron are battling for the 5th or 6th seed...well...might be a good opportunity to give Utomi and others a little breather.

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1 minute ago, NWAkron said:

Score more points!

 

Than Buffalo. 

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Combining our performance on the road with the fact Buffalo has won its last two games by a combined 70 points, I'm not feeling good about this one. I hope we can just keep it close enough throughout that we have a chance at the end.

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We need to play a perfect game and hope they have an off night. This is the only MAC game in recent memory that feels almost unwinnable.. upset would be great, but take your lumps and bounce back quickly for the next three otherwise. UB is rolling again

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I think the Zips can play with anyone in the league based on their defense.  Can they put together a good shooting night on the road?  Can they pull out a victory in a close game on the road?  I looked at the Miami game and the Zips shot over 40% from both the field and from beyond the arc.  The Zips won even though Ivey had a difficult shooting night and had 6 turnovers.  There is a margin for error if the Zips shoot the ball well.  I think the key is going to the hot hand.  If Tyler Cheese can duplicate his effort against Miami then the "teamism" needs to get him the ball.  If Utomi can start draining the 3 ball that means get him the ball.  This team must find a way to score and if that means getting the ball to the guy that is "feeling it" then pass up your long ball shot and feed it to the player that can score.  I would love to see Jackson have a great road game and start on a diet of short jumpers.  I noticed on Saturday that this team passed on a lot of 3 balls early in the game to get a higher percentage shot.  We need to find easier shots on the road and avoid the temptation to shoot the 3.  We play our best when we limit our 3 ball to the low twenties.  Looking forward to a close game tonight and a possible upset.  Go Zips!

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As opposed to the last two road losses, Zips have no pressure in this game and have nothing to fear.  So there is no reason to panic and chuck early 3.

 

I accept that Buffalo is a better team, but I also expect the Zips to make a better showing than PCCC or the Kittens.  Also expect Groce to be tossed.

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What's up with Banks starting over Cheese?

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Utomi is one of the most frustrating players I've ever watched in a Zips uniform, but man does he read his defender well on pump fakes. 

 

WAY too many offensive rebounds early on here. We'll get that corrected though. First one was over the back anyways. 

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2 minutes ago, NWAkron said:

I really hope there is someone to challenge LCJ for starting guard next year.

There isn't.

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RIAK! What a horrible 3 made up for with some outstanding physical play on the defensive and offensive ends!

 

He's getting better!

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Listening to French and Dunn’s call while riding a bus in Singapore. What an age we live in!

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The officials SUCK

That was NOT a travel by LCJ

They are calling blocking fouls on one end and NOT the other for the same thing.

They are making sure the ranked team does not lose.

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Jackson is dribbling and trying to do too much.  He should not be dribbling 15 seconds into the shot clock.  The replay on the travelling call showed that he did not travel.  Utomi needs to do more than shoot the 3 ball.  He is cold.  Give the ball up.

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