College hoops action on Friday evening and the Ivy League will square off with the Mid-American Conference as the Dartmouth Big Green tangle with the Buffalo Bulls at Alumni Arena in Buffalo, New York. These teams met last year and the Bulls won that game at home by a score of 110-71.
Dartmouth Is Looking For RevengeThe Dartmouth Big Green had a rough season a year ago that saw them go just 11-19 overall. It was the 20th year in a row that Dartmouth has had a losing season and it was just the 6th time over that stretch that they have posted double-digit wins. Can they get over the hump this year? We shall see. Dartmouth does have all five starters back from last year, so that is a start for them but they have very little depth as the Big Green had one of the worst recruiting classes in the Ivy League. The biggest returnee is Chris Knight, who led the team in scoring last year with 15.4 ppg. He also led them with 6.8 rebounds per game.
"These guys are flamethrowers. They're going to be exciting to watch." @DartmouthMBK is locked and loaded for the upcoming season. The Big Green have options across the board that makes for a lot of early season interest in Hanover. 🌿🏀 pic.twitter.com/xgH2PfXPG6— The Ivy League (@IvyLeague) October 31, 2019
He will lead an offense that put up 72.0 ppg last year, which was 188th in the nation. Also returning are Brendan Barry (13.2 ppg), James Foye (10.8 ppg), and Ian Sistare (10.3 ppg), who all averaged in double digits last year and gives them one of the better starting fives in the league. The defense played pretty well last year as they were 153rd in the nation in points allowed, giving up just 70.5 ppg. The Big Geen will be looking for revenge in this game after losing by 39 to Buffalo last year. The final score in that game was 110-71 and the defense did not play well as they allowed 55 points in each half while allowing the Bulls to hit 59.2% of their passes overall. The offense struggled as well as they hit just 38.8% of their shots overall, including 25% of their shots from long range. Can the Big Green get a measure of revenge in this one? We shall see.
Bulls Have Some Rebuilding To DoThe Buffalo Bulls had an amazing season last year as they were 32-4 overall, including 16-2 within the Mid-American Conference. They were knocked out in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament by 20 points against Texas Tech. The Bulls will not win 30 games this year, but they are still one of the better teams in the MAC and will be going for their 5th NCAA Tournament bid in the last six years. Buffalo has some rebuilding to do this year after three starters from last year's team have departed, including leading scorer CJ Massinburg, who averaged 18.2 ppg a season ago. They also lost coach Nate Oats, who has left for Alabama. Jim Whitesell has taken over to lead the team.
The cupboard is not bare as Jayvon Graves is back after averaging 9.7 ppg last year, along with Davonta Jordan, who put up 7.4 ppg a season ago. The Bulls have also brought in six transfer players, including Antwain Johnson, who averaged 10.3 ppg last year for Middle Tennessee a year ago. This team has plenty of experience, but it will take some time for them to gel, plus having a new coach could stunt their growth a big in the early part of the season. The Bulls ranked 6th in the nation in scoring last year, putting up 84.4 ppg while on the defensive end of the floor, they allowed 70.8 ppg, which was 162nd in the land. Do not sleep on the Bulls this year, especially once league play starts.
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