This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
The Buffalo Bulls have made a name for themselves on the hardwood the last few seasons. The Bulls have gone to the NCAA Tournament three of the last four seasons, and the program got its first win in March Madness last season in a stunning blowout of Arizona. Of course, its most recognizable figure was Bobby Hurley, the former Duke star who led the Bulls to their first appearance in 2016. While Hurley has since moved on, coach Nate Oats has the Bulls ranked in the top 15, and they may have just gotten their second signature win of the season.
After shocking West Virginia in OT earlier this season, the Bulls delivered a comeback victory on the road at Syracuse on Tuesday. Buffalo was led by senior C.J. Massinburg, who tallied 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the stunning 71-59 win. The Bulls are physical, deep and experienced; in fact, Buffalo has been so good it might not be able to sneak up so easily on anyone come this March. Buffalo is undefeated at the time of this writing, though with another tough road test at Marquette looming.
Let's look at some other newsworthy ballers in this edition of the College Hoops Barometer.
Max Strus, G, DePaul - Strus almost went pro after last season, but decided to return for his senior campaign with the Blue Demons. He's shown improvement across the board, which is saying something considering he nearly went to the NBA in June.