Manhattan vs. Buffalo: Full Game Preview
|Manhattan||G Beamon 13.4||R Brown 7.1||E Andujar 2.5|
|Buffalo||J McCrea 17.0||J McCrea 7.9||J Oldham 4.4|
On Saturday, Buffalo plays host to Manhattan at Alumni Arena. It gets started at 2 p.m. EST. The Bulls have not played the Jaspers since the 1999-00 season, when they won 75-71.
In their last outing, behind 31 points and 6 assists from Tony Watson II, the Bulls defeated Miami (OH) 79-71 on Feb. 16. In addition to his 11 points per game, he is also chipping in 2.9 assists per game. The Jaspers were defeated by Niagara 60-56 on Feb. 17 despite 12 points and 8 rebounds from Rhamel Brown. With 7.1 rebounds per game and 3 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
Buffalo appears to have a key statistical advantage over Manhattan in one area, scoring, where the Bulls have an edge over the Jaspers, 65 points per game to 59 points per game. Manhattan ranks first in their conference in free throw rate at 45.3 percent, which also places them ninth in the country.
- The best team in the MAC has a much higher RPI than the best team in the MAAC (No. 53 vs. No. 105).
- Javon McCrea is ranked 28th nationally in blocks.
- Last year the MAC had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the MAAC.
- The MAC has 2 teams - Western Michigan (37.9) and Akron (37.8) - that secure more rebounds per game than the MAAC leader, Iona (36.2).
- Buffalo has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (52 percent vs. 65 percent).
- The Buffalo rebounding leader (Javon McCrea, 202 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Manhattan rebounding leader (Rhamel Brown, 188 rebounds).
- Buffalo is ranked higher than Manhattan in their conference (No. 5 vs. No. 7).
- Buffalo is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Buffalo is 77.5 inches compared to 76.0 inches for Manhattan.
- Buffalo has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Manhattan ($16,974 vs. $31,076).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for assists, steals, and blocks are in the MAC.
- A for effort, but Buffalo has emerged victorious against Manhattan the last two times they've played.
|D-||M. Jackson Jr.||9||1||1||0||0||0||1|
|C||Tony Watson II||33||11||3||3||1||0||1|