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St. Bonaventure has won the last four games between the two upstate New York rivals, including a 73-62 victory last season that was Bears' only home loss at Alumni Arena.
Buffalo (8-0) will bring an 87.1 scoring average into the return Big 4 match at St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon after putting away Division II Le Moyne in the second half for an 89-55 victory.
The Bonnies (4-5) also are coming off a big win, an 82-40 decision over Siena for their third straight win. They have won seven of the last eight against Buffalo and have not lost to the Bulls since Dec. 7, 2013.
The St. Bonaventure student section is certainly ready to greet visiting Buffalo, which is 75 miles north of Olean. Some in the crowd chanted, "We want UB. We want UB. We want UB" in the final minutes of the victory over Siena.
"The most complete game we've played to this point," Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt told reporters after the Siena game, in which the Bonnies held a 42-16 halftime lead.
"We defended, we rebounded, we took care of the ball for the most part and we made most of our foul shots, so it was a good performance."
Both programs have made great strides in recent seasons, and both can claim NCAA tournament victories over Pac-12 programs.
St. Bonaventure won 20 games in each of the last three seasons while being led by the since-departed backcourt pair of Atlantic-10 co-player of the year Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley. The Bonnies beat UCLA in an NCAA First Four game before falling to Florida last year.
Buffalo, which is ranked the AP Top 25 for the first time in school history this year, beat Arizona as a No. 13 seed in the NCAA tournament last year.
Bulls guard and leading scorer TJ Massinburg had the second triple-double in school history with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against Le Moyne, although the Bulls lead by only two early in the second half before going on a 23-0 run while holding Le Moyne without a field goal for almost 12 minutes. Shannon Evans II has the school's first triple-double, in 2014.The Buffalo Bulls have represented the Mid-American Conference well this season as they are undefeated and ranked 17th nationally. Is Buffalo a good bet for another win today on the road as favorites at the St. Bonaventure Bonnies?
Buffalo moved to 8-0 on the season Wednesday night with an 89-55 home victory over Division II Le Moyne. CJ Massinburg registered a triple-double in the win with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting plus 13 rebounds, 10 assists and four steals. Dontay Caruthers scored a team-best 20 points off the bench to go with five assists and two rebounds. Nick Perkins had 18 points and four rebounds as a reserve. Jeremy Harris added 16 points and seven caroms. After the game went into halftime tied at 37-37, the Bulls outscored the opposition 52-18 in the second half.
St. Bonaventure more than doubled up visiting Siena Wednesday night as it cruised to an 82-40 victory for its third straight win. The Bonnies (4-5) led 42-18 at halftime as the rout was on early. Nelson Kaputo scored a career-best 21 points off the bench on 8-of-11 shooting to go with three rebounds and two steals. Courtney Stockard had 17 points, nine boards and four dimes. Jalen Poyser contributed 13 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Osun Osunniyi added 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots in 20 minutes as a reserve
Buffalo has a couple pretty good wins this season, but is running into a Bonnies squad that has some confidence going after three straight wins against subpar competition. The hosts will get a boost from their fans as they'd love nothing more than to see their school knock off a ranked opponent. I'm going to take the hosts here as Buffalo is playing a team that has won their last four inside the friendly confines of the Reilly Center.