Tipoff: 7 p.m., Savage Arena.
TV: ESPNU. Radio: ESPN 1520.
Records: UB 21-3, 9-2 MAC. Toledo 20-4, 8-3 MAC.
Last time out: On Tuesday, UB handed fellow MAC foe Akron just their second loss at home this season as Buffalo won, 76-70. CJ Massinburg finished with 21 points and four rebounds while going 11-12 from the line. Dontay Caruthers finished with 15 points and Nick Perkins had eight with nine rebounds.
Last Saturday, Toledo handed Bowling Green a 78-71 loss on senior Chris Darrington’s 20 points. The win gave Toledo their fourth 20-win season in the last six years and was their eight win in the last nine games.
History: UB cruised to a victory against the Rockets with a 110-80 win back in January. Senior Jeremy Harris had the best game of his season with 34 points and Nick Perkins scored 21 in just 18 minutes of play.
Buffalo beat Toledo for the MAC Championship last season to head to the NCAA tournament. Over the last five years, UB and Buffalo are the two winningest teams in the MAC with 126 and 124 wins, respectively.
Winning ways: Buffalo’s win over Akron on Tuesday marked the 21st win of the season and tied for fourth in school history. It is the fourth time in the last five years UB has won 20 or more games. Prior to that, the Bulls had only won 20 or more games just three times in school history.
Keep the record alive: At No. 25, UB is ranked for the 14th consecutive week as they continue to set the record for most straight weeks ranked in the MAC. Buffalo finished with 170 points in this week’s poll but managed to drop two spots despite having more than last week.
Checking in: Nick Perkins will play in his 128th career game when he checks in off the bench against the Rockets. Perkins will tie the all-time school record for games played with Mitchell Watt (2008-12) and Javon McRea (2010-14). The Bulls still have six regular season games after Toledo so barring an injury, Perkins will be the all-time games played leader for UB. Perkins has started 32 games in his career and has not started this season. Perkins averages 25.8 minutes off the bench.
Mr. Naismith: Senior guard CJ Massinburg was named to the Citizen Naismith Trophy Midseason Team earlier this week. The Naismith Trophy is given annually to the nation’s top player. Massinburg leads Buffalo with 18.5 points per game, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He has only failed to score more than 10 points once this season while scoring more than 20 nine times.
The opponent: The Rockets have four players averaging double figures and six averaging more than 9.3 points. Jaelan Sanford leads the team with 15.8 points per game. Toledo, unlike UB, is one of the top free throw shooting teams in the country. The Rockets are fourth in the country in percentage at 78.4. Toledo also controls the glass, ranking fifth in defensive rebounding and 11th in total rebounding. Buffalo outrebounded the Rockets in their first meeting 47-42.
Keeping it 100: Buffalo scored a season-high 110 points against Toledo in its win earlier this season. Under head coach Nate Oats the Bulls
have scored over 100 points eight times, seven against Division I teams. Before Oats it took Buffalo from 1993-2015 to score over 100 seven times against D-I teams. Buffalo has reached 100 against MAC teams five times in regulation.