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CBB : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/15/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




BUFFALO (26 - 8) vs. ARIZONA (27 - 7)
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Thursday, 3/15/2018 9:40 PM
NCAA Tournament - First Round - Taco Bell Arena - Boise, ID
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BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games26-8+3.916-1319-1284.839.647.4%39.075.932.842.5%36.5
Road Games12-7-1.911-712-783.037.746.8%
Last 5 Games5-0+44-12-384.640.448.6%40.067.834.237.3%36.0
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)84.839.631-6547.4%10-2637.1%14-2069.7%391017216134
vs opponents surrendering73.13426-5944.0%8-2334.7%13-1871.6%35913186133
Team Stats (Road Games)83.037.731-6646.8%10-2737.3%12-1768.0%381016226124
Stats Against (All Games)75.932.826-6042.5%7-2033.1%18-2473.5%36911186144
vs opponents averaging74.534.626-5944.2%8-2234.6%14-2071.8%36913186133
Stats Against (Road Games)77.133.325-5942.5%7-2032.6%20-2678.4%37911175134

ARIZONA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games27-7-9.614-1916-1780.937.150.5%36.671.233.643.1%29.0
Road Games12-6-12.110-89-879.735.849.1%37.674.434.843.8%29.7
Last 5 Games5-0+43-21-475.433.246.3%39.463.231.841.3%27.4
ARIZONA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)80.937.129-5750.5%7-1837.7%16-2176.1%37915175125
vs opponents surrendering72.93426-5943.6%8-2235.1%14-1971.1%35913196133
Team Stats (Road Games)79.735.829-5949.1%6-1833.3%16-2273.5%381014185125
Stats Against (All Games)71.233.625-5843.1%7-2135.2%14-1973.2%29713206123
vs opponents averaging75.13526-5845.2%8-2235.7%15-2171.6%36914186134
Stats Against (Road Games)74.434.826-5943.8%8-2135.4%15-2075.9%30714207113
Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 72.6,  ARIZONA 79.1
BUFFALO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/26/2018@ OHIO U73-66W-7.5L157U27-6442.2%511622-6533.8%3813
1/30/2018@ KENT ST79-82L-8L158.5O30-5455.6%221026-5745.6%3010
2/2/2018W MICHIGAN92-86W-10L154O34-5858.6%331331-6547.7%327
2/6/2018@ C MICHIGAN88-82W-6T161O32-6450.0%331429-6643.9%3815
2/10/2018@ N ILLINOIS88-90L-9.5L158O34-6850.0%421431-6547.7%3910
2/13/2018KENT ST84-72W-13L159.5U33-6352.4%441328-7139.4%3212
2/16/2018BOWLING GREEN95-82W-14L159.5O33-6451.6%37826-6341.3%3810
2/20/2018@ MIAMI OHIO81-84L-6L151O30-5752.6%341730-6050.0%2811
2/24/2018OHIO U108-82W-12W158.5O39-7452.7%481127-6045.0%3214
3/2/2018@ BOWLING GREEN100-70W-7.5W163O38-6756.7%38721-5935.6%3712
3/8/2018*C MICHIGAN89-74W-7.5W162O31-6944.9%51822-6136.1%369
3/9/2018*KENT ST78-61W-11W160.5U31-7044.3%41822-6434.4%4314

ARIZONA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/31/2018@ WASHINGTON ST100-72W-11.5W151O39-6460.9%42822-5440.7%237
2/3/2018@ WASHINGTON75-78L-7L147O31-6250.0%351230-6347.6%309
2/15/2018@ ARIZONA ST77-70W1.5W159U25-5248.1%442028-6642.4%2814
2/22/2018@ OREGON ST75-65W-5W140.5U27-5648.2%381322-5540.0%3016
2/24/2018@ OREGON93-98L4.5L144.5O34-5957.6%351732-7443.2%304
ARIZONA: Last season: 32-5, reached NCAA regional final
Who's gone: F Lauri Markkanen, G Kobi Simmons, G Kareem Allen, F Chance Comanche.
Who's back: G Allonzo Trier is one of the nation's best scorers and has taken over the leadership role at Arizona. C Dusan Ristic is adept at scoring with either hand and worked on becoming a better defender. PG Parker Jackson-Cartwright had one of the nation's best assist-to-turnover ratios a year ago and G Rawle Alkins is a dynamic player, though will be out until December with a broken foot.
Who's new: F Deandre Ayton is supremely athletic at 7-foot-1, 260 pounds and could end up being one of the nation's best players. G Emmanuel Akot's decision to reclassify for the 2017-18 season gives Arizona's backcourt a huge boost and G Alex Barcello provides coach Sean Miller lineup options. G Brandon Randolph could be the outside shooter Arizona has missed the past few seasons.
The Skinny: The arrest of assistant coach Emanuel Richardson for allegedly paying a recruit to play at Arizona hangs over the Wildcats as they head into the season and could follow them throughout. The key will be whether it becomes a distraction because, on the court, the Wildcats have as much talent as any team in the country. If everyone remains eligible and the probe does not hit the program any deeper, the Wildcats have the type of roster that could finally get Miller to the Final Four.
Buffalo confident heading into matchup with Arizona

Before the Buffalo Bulls boarded a plane to head west to face Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, coach Nate Oats waxed poetic about the Wildcats having four NBA players on their roster and how the NCAA committee didn't do them any favors.

Then, he talked about Arizona's 7-footers Deandre Ayton and Dusan Ristic and how good they were, but an advantage for his team may be that they have to defend on the perimeter against Buffalo's smaller, arguably quicker lineup.

"Personally, I don't think that matchup is that bad," Oates told TV stations in Buffalo. "We can help on the bigs; we can double the bigs ... they are really good, preseason No. 1 ... but I don't think it's the worst matchup to be honest."

Welcome to the NCAA tournament where anything is possible, including a No. 13 seed beating a No. 4 seed. The two teams will Thursday night in Boise, Idaho, as part of the South bracket.

"It's a big challenge; Arizona is a good team," said CJ Massingburg, the Bulls' leading scorer at 16.9 points per game. "But we're going to go in there feeling like there is nothing to lose. They are the ones that have all the pressure on them because they are expected to win, have to win. We're going to go try to play our best basketball and hopefully pull off a win."

This will be the third NCAA tournament appearance for the Bulls (26-8) in four years. Arizona coach Sean Miller acknowledging the Bulls' confidence three times while previewing them this week.

"We're dealing with a confident team, a team that I'm sure is able to beat everybody on their schedule including us," said Miller, whose team is 27-7. "We have to be ready to go."

Miller said one of the Bulls' tendencies is to run, something Arizona performs well at but rarely does.

The "depth and versatility of their guards has been their advantage all year," Miller said.

The Bulls feel it will be their guard play that will be the difference, off-setting Arizona's Ayton and Ristic.

"They have outstanding guards," Miller said, referring to Jeremy Harris and Wes Clark. "They do a really good job having a wing player playing the (small forward). They play three or four guards and they have good depth."

Because Oats was an assistant under Bobby Hurley at Buffalo, he has seen Arizona a few times. Earlier in the week, Oats said he received a text from an ASU assistant to get a quick scouting report. Miller said Buffalo does have similarities to the Sun Devils, a team Arizona beat twice this season. Miller called it a style "that is difficult to defend."

"They play man to man and they love to push the ball in transition; they utilize the 3-point shot," Miller said. "They sub in a similar manner. They strike in transition and strike quickly."

Last Updated: 12/14/2018 12:56:38 PM EST

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