Trying to bounce back from a home loss to Kent State, the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team will run into the Mid-American Conference’s hottest shooter at 7 p.m. Tuesday when it faces Loren Cristian Jackson and the Akron Zips at Rhodes Arena in Akron, Ohio.
Jackson, a 5-foot-8-inch junior from Chicago, was MAC East Player of the Week after collecting his 1,000th career point and leading the Zips to road wins over Miami (81-60) and Ohio (88-86). Jackson averaged 27.5 points and made an incredible 78.6% (11 of 14) from beyond the 3-point arc.
In posting a career-high 35 points at Ohio on Saturday, Jackson went 7 of 9 (.778) from downtown and 13 of 17 (.765) from the floor.
Akron (15-4, 6-1, MAC) is tied for the East Division lead with Bowling Green (15-5, 6-1). UB (13-7) and Kent State (14-6) are tied for third at 4-3. Bowling Green will be home against MAC West co-leader Ball State while Kent State visits Toledo on Tuesday night.
Bowling Green will come to Alumni Arena, and Akron will play at Kent State on Friday.
UB has won five straight against Akron, including three victories last season. The Bulls have won in their last two visits to Rhodes Arena.
The loss to Kent State ended a four-game UB win streak.
Coach Jim Whitesell of the Bulls is expected to start the same five, all scoring in double figures, who have opened all 20 of the team’s games this season.
They are Jayvon Graves (16.6), Davonta Jordan (12.4), Jeenathan Williams (11.9), Antwain Johnson (10.5) and Josh Mballa (10.2).