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Career-high 26 points from Perkins leads Buffalo past Canisius, 80-75

CJ Massinburg (5) was limited to just eight points in Buffalo’s season opening victory over instate rival Canisius. (Source: Buffalo Athletics)

BUFFALO, NY — There’s nothing quite like a crosstown rivalry game to tip off the 2017-18 regular season.

Saturday afternoon, the Canisius Golden Griffins and Buffalo Bulls went head-to-head in a Big Four rivalry game. With both schools located in the city of Buffalo, bragging rights between the two student bodies were also on the line.

Heading into the season, Buffalo was projected by many to contend for a MAC title. The Bulls return an experienced roster, led by forward Nick Perkins and guard CJ Massinburg, and they added guard Jeremy Harris, who was the second-ranked JUCO player in the country a season ago.

Canisius, on the other hand, was considered to be a middle-of-the-pack team in the MAAC. They do, however, return arguably the best young back court in the MAAC, with sophomores Isaiah Reese, Malik Johnson, and Spencer Foley all ready to take starring roles with the team.

On Saturday, only one team could come away victorious. The game was knotted up at 73-all with 3:15 to play. The Bulls closed the game on a 7-2 run over the final three-plus minutes, notching their first win of the season with an 80-75 victory in the process. Continue reading Career-high 26 points from Perkins leads Buffalo past Canisius, 80-75

College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Mid-American Conference

Demajeo Wiggins stands at 6’10” and 240 pounds, and is set for a breakout season for the Bowling Green Falcons in 2017-18. (Source: Bowling Green Athletics)

CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 season tips off on November 10th, which means the final month without college basketball is finally upon us.

Fans all across the country are gearing up for another exciting college basketball season, and with the recent scandal involving the FBI and several power conference programs across the NCAA, the level of anticipation is through the roof.

Conference preview pieces are starting to circulate from various media outlets, and conferences are hosting their annual media days and announcing their preseason polls and award winners. It’s always interesting to see how coaches and media rank teams in their respective conferences.

With the season right around the corner, we are starting to release our Preseason Player of the Year awards for each conference, along with three All-Conference teams. Picked at random, we will release two sets of awards each day.

Looking at the Mid-American Conference for the 2017-18 season, a ton of talent returns for all 12 teams. From experienced guard to up-and-coming big men, the conference race will be one of the more exciting ones to watch.

Entering the season, a handful of teams look like top contenders to represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament. With so many teams so close together, the MAC will be home to some competitive games over the course of conference play.

As we gear up for another year full of MACtion, take a look at our pick for Preseason Player of the Year, and who slots in where on our Preseason All-MAC teams!

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College Court Report Player of the Week: Blake Hamilton, Buffalo Bulls

Blake Hamilton continued his strong play as of late with two 20+ point performances this past week, leading Buffalo to a pair of MAC wins.
Blake Hamilton continued his strong play as of late with two 20+ point performances this past week, leading Buffalo to a pair of MAC wins.

CALGARY, Alb. — Last season, the Buffalo Bulls turned some heads with their run through the MAC Tournament and into the field of 68 in the NCAA Tournament.

While it’s a new season, the Bulls are turning heads once again as March is fast approaching.

Coming into the year, it looked as though the Ohio Bobcats were the clear favourite in the MAC. When forward Antonio Campbell went down with a season-ending injury last month, the conference race became wide open.

The Akron Zips had emerged as a top contender for the title, and despite their first conference loss this past week, the Zips are three games ahead of anyone else in the MAC.

Several teams are on the rise ,and one of those teams is Buffalo. The Bulls lost to the Zips by a single point last week, but they came back in a big way this past week.

The play of senior Blake Hamilton was a big factor in the Bulls’ two victories. Hamilton put the team on his back and put together back-to-back 20+ point performances to help get Buffalo back to .500 in conference play.

For his efforts over the past week, a seven-day stretch that saw the Bulls knock off a tough opponent at home, then score a 27-point win on the road over the weekend, senior forward Blake Hamilton has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for the week of January 30 – February 5, 2017!
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College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Mid-American Conference

With Thomas Wilder (above) and Tucker Haymond leading the way, the Western Michigan Broncos will be competitive in 2016-17 despite the low expectations around the program.
With Thomas Wilder (above) and Tucker Haymond leading the way, the Western Michigan Broncos will be competitive in 2016-17 despite the low expectations around the program.

With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.

The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!

Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.

Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.

Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.

Below, you can find the All-Conference Teams and Conference Player of the Year for the Mid-American Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Mid-American Conference

Buffalo Point Guard Lamonte Bearden Transfers to Western Kentucky

Sophomore guard Lamonte Bearden announced in mid-July that he was transferring from Buffalo, and on Tuesday, he committed to Rick Stansbury and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
Sophomore guard Lamonte Bearden announced in mid-July that he was transferring from Buffalo, and on Tuesday, he committed to Rick Stansbury and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

It’s not uncommon to hear of players transferring at season’s end. A plethora of players made that decision for their careers following the 2015-16 season, with the list pushing 700 names.

However, it’s rare to hear of players who decide to transfer in July, over three months after the previous season came to a close. A decision that late puts both team and player in a tough spot moving forwards.

The latter is the situation the Buffalo Bulls and Lamonte Bearden found themselves in, as the sophomore point guard announced his intentions to transfer from the program.

After his decision to transfer, several schools reached out and tried to recruit Bearden, who will sit out the 2016-17 season due to transfer regulations.

On Tuesday, it was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports that Bearden has found his new team for the remainder of his collegiate career.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Continue reading Buffalo Point Guard Lamonte Bearden Transfers to Western Kentucky

Buffalo Star Justin Moss Dismissed from Program

Justin Moss, the reigning MAC Player of the Year, was dismissed from Buffalo after a robbery incident back in early June with two other teammates.
Justin Moss, the reigning MAC Player of the Year, was dismissed from Buffalo after a robbery incident back in early June with two other teammates.

The off-season has been one full of changes for the Buffalo Bulls, and not of the good variety.

On the heels of an NCAA Tournament appearance, head coach Bobby Hurley left the Bulls for the bright lights and big time of the Pac-12 and is now the bench boss at Arizona State. Following in his footsteps, star guard Shannon Evans transferred to the Sun Devils, where he will be eligible in 2016-17.

Despite the losses of both Hurley and Evans, the Bulls had the look of the top team in the MAC once again in 2015-16.

However, as is the case in life most times, things are too good to be true. On Monday, it was announced that Justin Moss was dismissed from the program, in relation to an incident back in June. Continue reading Buffalo Star Justin Moss Dismissed from Program