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UB men can clinch bye to MAC quarterfinals

On the final day of the regular season, the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team has an entire list of possible playoff scenarios.

One thing is certain – if the Bulls win, they clinch a top-four spot and a bye in the Mid-American Conference tournament.

Buffalo hosts Bowling Green at 7 in Alumni Arena Friday night (TWCS, Radio 1520 AM). It can finish anywhere from second to fifth with the top four teams getting coveted byes.

The top two teams get a double bye into the MAC semifinals while the third and fourth place teams get byes into the quarterfinals.

If the Bulls win, they can finish no worse than third. If they lose, they will finish fourth or fifth.

Buffalo enters the game on a season-best five-game winning streak and is tied with Bowling Green and Kent State at 11-6 in MAC play.

The Bulls (20-9 overall) are paced by Justin Moss, who leads the MAC at 18.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Sophomore Shannon Evans is second on the team at 15.4 points and leads UB at 4.6 assists per game. The Bulls are averaging just over 80 points per game at home this year.

Bowling Green (19-9 overall) has lost three of its last five, but has won five straight conference road games. Richaun Holmes leads the Falcons (14.9 points, 8.0 rebounds), who allow a league-low 60.9 points per game.

Before the game, Buffalo will honor its two seniors, Will Regan and Xavier Ford.

BG leads the all-time series, 18-12, but the Bulls have won two straight and the last three meetings at Alumni Arena. This is the fifth straight year these two teams will meet in the final regular season game.