Conference postseason play is two weeks away, but the University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure men’s basketball teams will play games Saturday that could determine their seeding in tournament play.
UB (16-12, 9-6 MAC), tied with Kent State and Ohio for second place in the Mid-American Conference East Division standings, will play the Bobcats at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio (4 p.m, Radio 1520 AM). Ohio lost at Bowling Green, 87-82, on Tuesday night, while UB was winning at home against Kent State, 87-70.
Ohio defeated UB, 94-75, on Feb. 12 at Alumni Arena despite a 36-point performance by freshman AJ Massinburg of the Bulls. Massinburg, who is not a starter, had scored 93 points in his last four games, the most ever for a UB freshman over a four-game stretch.
Kent State will play at last-place Miami, which upset visiting Akron on Tuesday. Akron (11-5 MAC) dominated Bowling Green, 89-54, on Friday night.
It will be Senior Day as St. Bonaventure (19-7, 11-4 Atlantic 10) plays its final scheduled game of the season at the Reilly Center in a 4 p.m. start against Massachusetts (12-15, 5-10 A-10). The Bonnies defeated the Minutemen, 88-77, last month at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass., despite 25 points by Donte Clark.
A victory would move the Bonnies another step closer to wrapping up a final top four position in the regular season standings in the Atlantic 10 Conference and a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
The only senior players on the Bona roster are two members of its Big Three – Marcus Posley and Dion Wright. They, along with sophomore Jaylen Adams, are combining for more than 42 points a game.
Bona is fourth in the A-10 standings, one game behind Saint Joseph’s, Dayton and VCU, who are tied for first with 12-3 records. The Bonnies own road victories over Saint Joseph’s and Dayton. They will face Saint Joseph’s in a “home” game Tuesday night at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.
St. Bonaventure’s place in the standings could be enhanced by the outcome of VCU’s game at George Washington on Saturday. A VCU loss and a Bona win would leave the teams tied, though the Rams own a home victory over the Bonnies. A Bona win and a GW loss would leave coach Mark Schmidt’s team two games up on the Colonials with two games left for each.
Three Big 4 women’s teams will be on the road Saturday.
UB (14-12, 6-9) will play at first-place Ohio (22-4, 14-1 MAC). Buffalo has won two in a row in conference play and three of its last four. Ohio has a five-game win streak going. The Bulls gave Ohio their only MAC loss earlier this month at Alumni Arena.
Canisius (13-15, 8-11 MAAC) will play its final regular-season game at Marist (14-15, 13-6 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), which will be seeking revenge for a 71-69 loss to the Griffs two weeks ago at the Koessler Center.
Niagara (6-22, 4-14 MAAC) will be trying to end an 11-game losing streak when it completes its regular-season schedule against Siena (13-6, 10-9 MAAC) in Loudonville. Siena is coming off a 60-56 home win over Marist on Thursday.