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CBB : ATS Matchup
Saturday 3/17/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




BUFFALO (27 - 8) vs. KENTUCKY (25 - 10)
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Saturday, 3/17/2018 5:15 PM
NCAA Tournament - Second 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 Games27-8+7.217-1319-1384.939.647.6%38.875.633.042.6%36.3
Road Games13-7+1.312-712-883.337.847.1%37.876.633.542.7%36.5
Last 5 Games5-0+7.25-02-386.442.049.2%40.067.834.237.7%36.2
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)84.939.631-6547.6%10-2637.5%13-1969.8%391017216124
vs opponents surrendering73.13426-5944.0%8-2334.7%13-1871.6%35913186133
Team Stats (Road Games)83.337.831-6547.1%10-2738.0%11-1768.4%381015216124
Stats Against (All Games)75.633.026-6042.6%7-2032.5%18-2473.5%36911186144
vs opponents averaging74.634.726-5944.4%8-2234.7%14-2071.9%36913186133
Stats Against (Road Games)76.633.525-5942.7%6-2031.7%19-2578.3%37911165134

KENTUCKY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games25-10+9.217-1721-1376.836.147.1%38.570.433.040.5%33.7
Road Games9-8+1.69-710-773.534.546.2%37.572.332.940.3%34.9
Last 5 Games4-1+34-14-174.032.448.9%34.067.429.038.5%33.8
KENTUCKY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)76.836.127-5747.1%5-1535.6%17-2570.1%391113196135
vs opponents surrendering70.332.725-5842.3%7-2233.9%14-1970.9%35912196133
Team Stats (Road Games)73.534.526-5646.2%5-1633.5%16-2369.5%381013205135
Stats Against (All Games)70.433.025-6140.5%8-2630.0%13-1969.3%341013206124
vs opponents averaging75.335.626-5845.2%8-2236.0%15-2172.3%36914186134
Stats Against (Road Games)72.332.924-6040.3%8-2632.9%15-2172.2%351113196114
Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 73.1,  KENTUCKY 81.8
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

KENTUCKY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/27/2018@ W VIRGINIA83-76W10W149O26-5844.8%491627-6839.7%346
2/3/2018@ MISSOURI60-69L2.5L140.5U21-6731.3%401219-4146.3%3620
2/10/2018@ TEXAS A&M74-85L5.5L141.5O30-6645.5%431231-6647.0%409
2/14/2018@ AUBURN66-76L9L156.5U25-5446.3%361422-6036.7%347
2/20/2018@ ARKANSAS87-72W5W155O31-6746.3%461125-6339.7%299
2/28/2018OLE MISS96-78W-9W154O31-6250.0%431230-7440.5%3512
3/3/2018@ FLORIDA67-80L5L143O24-5841.4%361328-5749.1%3410
KENTUCKY: Last season: 32-6, reached NCAA Tournament South Region final.
Who's gone: G De'Aaron Fox, G Malik Monk, F Bam Adebayo (all NBA lottery picks); G Isaiah Briscoe, F Derek Willis, G Dominique Hawkins, G Mychal Mulder, F Isaac Humphries.
Who's back: F Wenyen Gabriel. The 6-foot-9 sophomore started 23 of 38 games before his minutes dwindled in the postseason but returns as the Wildcats' top scorer (4.6 points) and rebounder (4.8); Fs Sacha Killeya-Jones and Tai Wynyard, both 6-10, look for bigger roles this season.
Who's new: G Hamidou Diallo. The mid-year enrollee who dressed but didn't play flirted with entering the NBA Draft before deciding to return and get actual minutes. Calipari offset some of the departures with his usual crop of high school All-Americans: G Quade Green (6-0) and Fs Jarred Vanderbilt (6-9), Nick Richards (6-11), Kevin Knox (6-9) and P.J. Washington (6-7). Gs Jemarl Baker and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander were top-100 players as well.
The Skinny: The Wildcats' latest roster turnover has left Calipari with perhaps his youngest group since arriving in Lexington eight years ago. With no veteran upperclassmen, Gabriel, Wynyard and Killeya-Jones must provide leadership while competing with the newcomers for minutes. Calipari's immediate task is finding a floor general like John Wall and Tyler Ulis, but his history has shown things often work out. Having so much high-level talent is a problem any coach would love to have, though Calipari warns it might be ugly early on.
Kentucky wary of upset-minded Buffalo

BOISE, Idaho -- South Region No. 5 seed Kentucky knew it would have a battle on its hands to reach the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, it just had no clue that fight would be coming from Buffalo.

The 13th-seeded Bulls will be Kentucky's second-round opponent on Saturday after Buffalo shocked No. 4 seed Arizona 89-68 on Thursday. Earlier that day, Kentucky dispatched No. 12 seed Davidson 78-73.

"If I were on their team, I'd feel very confident too," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "I watched about six tapes of them and they remind me of my UMass teams. Hard-nosed, tough, swagger, chip on their shoulder."

Buffalo, which recorded the biggest upset on the first day of the tournament, entered the field of 68 as a mystery to many. But no more.

Buffalo (27-8) went 15-3 in Mid-American Conference play to win the regular-season championship and then swept three wins in three days for the conference tournament crown and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulls enter Saturday's game riding a seven-game win streak.

Pertinent to Saturday's game, Buffalo averages 84.9 points, good for seventh best in the nation. The Bulls have been held below 70 points just twice in 35 games, both losses to Cincinnati and St. Bonaventure.

"The ability to score the ball," Calipari said. "They score 85 points a game. They play fast, but they're tough defensively. They're not afraid to mix it up and be physical.

"Their record indicates what they are, which is they are an outstanding team," Calipari said. "We understand it's going to be a hard game."

Junior guard CJ Massinburg leads Buffalo in scoring at 16.9 points per game followed by junior forward Nick Perkins at 16.5.

Kentucky is riding its own wave, winners of eight of nine games since breaking free from a four-game losing streak late in the regular season. That included winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament out of the No. 4 seed slot.

Buffalo coach Nate Oats stirred the embers a bit Thursday when he made reference to Kentucky starting five freshmen, pointing to it as an advantage for his veteran team.

"Let's say it like it is, let's be real," Oats said. "I'm not going to try to disrespect anybody. If you look at the roster, Wes Clark, senior, their team, freshman, freshman. Their players are going to play in the NBA for a reason. There's a reason that three of these guys are in the first round and I'm going to show you. The talent level is absolutely there. And when they go win the lottery, I'm going to agree with NBA teams that took them, they're that good. They're still freshmen.

"We're experienced. They're inexperienced," Oats said. "It's no disrespect. It is what it is. It's facts. I'm going to tell them, they're not freshmen? You are freshmen. Just like Cal's been saying. Cal's been saying it."

Freshman forward Kevin Knox leads Kentucky at 15.9 points per game, including the 25 he scored in the Wildcats' NCAA opening win over Davidson. Next comes freshman guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander at 14.0, freshman forward PJ Washington at 10.6 and freshman guard Hamidou Diallo at 9.9.

As a team, Kentucky averages 76.8 points while shooting 47.1 percent, including 35.6 from 3-point range.

The teams have met just once, a 71-52 Kentucky victory on Nov. 16, 2014, in the Wildcats' run to a 38-1 season. The Bulls led 38-33 at halftime, but Kentucky outscored them 38-14 after intermission.

Last Updated: 1/22/2019 12:43:33 PM EST

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