vs. Quinnipiac, March 14, CIT first round
Everything flows through James Johnson, who leads the Bobcats in scoring (16.1 ppg.), assists (3.6 apg.), steals (1.6 spg.), three-point percentage (.376) and free-throw percentage (.814). The Bulls, who primarily play man-to-man, will likely match Johnson up with Byron Mulkey and freshman Jarod Oldham, the team's best perimeter defenders.
Buffalo runs a motion offense and the ball runs side to side. The Bulls moves the well, looking for the three-point shot initially before working the ball into the high post. The big men then try to feed the ball into the low post and if that's not available, it's worked to one of the primary scorers. Buffalo plays man-to-man almost exclusively although it played some 2-3 zone near the end of the season. The key is stopping either Mulkey or Filzen from three-point range. If they become hot early, they are difficult to slow down. Javon McCrea, if he's looking for his offense, is nearly impossible to contain one-on-one.
--Javon McCrea had 28 points in the Bulls MAC tournament loss to Kent State -- the most by a freshman in a game in Buffalo's modern Division I era (since 1991).
--Byron Mulkey has led the Bulls' defensive attack this season. The senior point guard has broken the school record and ranks 11th in MAC history with 80 steals this season. He leads the MAC and ranks 10th nationally, averaging 2.6 steals per game.
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