2015 NCAA Tournament Preview: Buffalo Bulls

The Buffalo Bulls clinched their first NCAA Tournament berth in school history by winning the MAC Tournament, and are threatening to make a Cinderella run.


Record – 23-9 (12-6 in MAC)

RPI – 30

Strength of Schedule – 66

Starting Lineup:

G Lamonte Bearden (Fr.) – 8.3 ppg, 4.3 apg

G Shannon Evans (So.) – 15.4 ppg, 4.7 apg

G Jarryn Skeete (Jr.) – 9.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg

F Xavier Ford (Sr.) – 9.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg

F Justin Moss (Jr.) – 17.7 ppg, 9.2 rpg

Key Player:
Justin Moss

Moss is a big time force around the rim that absolutely dominates the low post, shooting over 52 percent from the floor. He's only 6'7", but his physicality makes up for any lack of size he faces against good competition.

Biggest Strength:


Buffalo doesn't have any particular thing on offense they hang their hat on, but they do everything so well that they put up 75 points per game, which ranks them 28th in the country.

Biggest Weakness:

Defensive Consistency

The Bulls struggled in conference play because they too often let their opponents have their way on offense. Buffalo gives up 68.3 points per game, which ranks 237th in the country.


Buffalo led Kentucky at halftime in Rupp Arena early this season and held their own on the road against Wisconsin, showing they can compete against the best teams in the country. They're definitely a Cinderella team to keep an eye on.

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