UB swingman Calvin Betts hasn't been the same since wrenching his knee against Ohio back on Jan. 17. In the seven games he's played post-injury Betts is a combined 10 of 40 from the field for 30 points, an average of just over four points per game. He hit double figures nine times in the Bulls' first 14 games.
The decline in Betts' production is reflected in UB's overall numbers. The Bulls have shot 39 percent over the last five games, down from their season average of nearly 42 percent. They're also hitting just 34.7 percent from behind the arc in that span, a slight slip from their season average of 36.4.
It's a credit to their defense that the Bulls were able to run off nine straight wins before Sunday's two-point loss at Ball State, a game in which Betts saw his follow shot from point-blank range roll across the rim and out as time expired. But the meatier part of the schedule awaits as UB shifts back to the more accomplished East Division for the stretch run. Coach Reggie Witherspoon gave his team the day off Monday, and he hopes fresh legs will help the Bulls generate more offense through turnovers created by their defensive tenacity.
-- Bob DiCesare