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  1. 7 points
    A UB home game is necessary travel!
  2. 5 points
    I guess the Tennessee fans probably figure their team sucks too, since they got taken to OT vs. 150+ ranked Vandy the other day, a "mediocre competition" team that beat them at their place earlier in the year. When Nevada lost to a 150+ team, did they just get considered to suck too? C'mon, these games aren't going to be all one sided. The other team is trying to win too, and these teams are neot nearly as bad as some of you think they are. We're not playing Canisius/Niagara/Marist, the MAC is a very solid league. Is it Big East or ACC? No, but it's not one where you can just expect to go out and rout teams every game. This team is good. Can they be better at times, of course, so can Duke, Virginia and everyone else. We have our flaws, but over 40 minutes, I'll gladly take this team versus any other in our league and they can go toe-to-toe with the non-"mediocre competition" in the NCAA.
  3. 5 points
    UB > Kansas and Duke. Confirmed.
  4. 4 points
    My thoughts on the game. I took a lot of flack from some people for questioning the defensive effort, focus and tenacity vs NIU and Kent. Please, objectively look at those games and compare them to last night and tell me they were on the same level. They just weren't. Vs. NIU and Kent they were slow, and fairly weak on the ball. Last night was a return to that UB punch them in the mouth mentality and play that Oats preaches. Their defense was on another level. I was reading the BSU board and their fans were complaining how on offense they would have to work and work and work against UB for 28 seconds just to then have to put up a CONTESTED shot, because UB's D was just to good. That simply was NOT happening the NIU and Kent game. That tenacity returned on D last night. When you're playing such tight, high energy, tough defense, a team with the talent of UB can have a bad shooting night and still blow teams out. As an example, Harris was OFF last night off offense. He was throwing up bricks. However, he had 8...EIGHT rebounds in the first half alone. UB dominated the glass, especially the offensive glass. If UB can continue to keep the heat turned up on defense as they did last night, they will be able to weather bad shooting nights and if they combine that with a good shooting night, they'll run teams out of the goddamn gym.
  5. 4 points
    Can we also recognize that we’ve won 10 of 12 against Kent?
  6. 4 points
    Man, you guys are tough...knocking everything that we do. Based on the comments, you'd think we were down 30, as opposed to a 1 possession game on the road against a darn good team.
  7. 4 points
    Based on what he said I assume he just "kept us at 9" and considered NIU a slip that doesn't change his opinion of the team.
  8. 4 points
    Both of these are huge problems, and I can't even figure out which one is worse. I'd prefer that we just had the normal soundboard music (Kernkraft 400, Hands Up in the Air, hell even Eye of the Tiger would be better) than the chill music. It just destroys any sort of energy we had going into the time out. This is not a club, this is not a frat party, this is not a rave.
  9. 3 points
    If you don't have them now, get them ASAP.
  10. 3 points
    Buffalo's problem in terms of becoming a Big Ten school IMO isn't just athletics investment, it's also regional loyalty and appeal. This is what Danny White was trying to address with the NY Bulls initiative that people were trying to run him out of town for. Big Ten school's are all the flagship institutions in their state. In all but a couple cases, their official name is State University at/of/, etc. However they simply go by the state name due to their size and prominence. The University of Michigan isn't actually called just the University of Michigan. it's The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Wisconsin is The University of Wisconsin, Madison. Minnesota is the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, etc. Hell, even Penn State. The Penn State we know is Penn State, University Park. There are like 20 Penn States (I work with them). Penn State, Erie Behrend College. Penn State Greater Allegheny, Penn State Beaver, etc. Of course we're the State University of New York at Buffalo. Same deal, however due to history and the Buffalo inferiority complex, we insist on going by Buffalo, rather than New York. For UB there is, IMO a limiting factor on the University's branding reach due to the local population being so hostile to transitioning to UB becoming the Minnesota, Twin Cities of NY State. This damn Buffalo inferiority complex is getting in the way. By branding themselves as New York, more than Buffalo, just as Wisconsin brands themselves more as Wisconsin than as Madison, and then combine that with actual athletics success, you can start to build towards becoming the state university that EVERYONE in NY gets behind, like in those Big Ten states. Without that, I fear that UB will never have the marketing appeal or support beyond WNY. People in Poughkeepsie, or Hampstead, or NYC would likely get behind the University of New York, but I'll be damned if they're going to buy in to rooting for Buffalo, for example. As a result, I don't think UB will ever join to Big Ten because of issues like this. Honestly, I think we shot ourselves in the foot by putting up so much resistance to Danny White's plan. This is also why I think UB maxes out as an AAC school and despite being a peer institution to the Big Ten...UB just doesn't, and likely never will have the statewide marketing reach needed.
  11. 3 points
    Alright, I, like most everyone on this board, had a wide range of emotions on Tuesday night. I was livid for a while, then a little sad, back to angry and then apathetic. I was pissed at the players, the refs, Oats and then said "who cares, we're UB, we were never going to be 'Gonzaga of the East'". But over 48 hours later and after a dose of reality, here it where stand. AP / Coaches Poll: We'll fall a bit, but likely stay in the low 20's Bilas Index (FWIW): Jay, who knows his stuff, has us as the NINTH best team in America. This is considering the NIU loss. Bilas has some nice things to say about us and certainly has not dismissed UB because of a bad loss. http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/25825177/jay-bilas-ranks-68-top-teams-college-basketball-february-nears NET Rankings: The new metric that the selection committee has adopted dropped us from 10th to 23rd after the loss. Again, a fall, but not catastrophic. Now, I know this isn't how it works, but if you seeded teams straight from this analytic metric, we're looking at a 5-seed come selection Sunday. Had you told me that in October, I would have signed on the dotted line. - https://www.ncaa.com/rankings/basketball-men/d1/ncaa-mens-basketball-net-rankings Joe Lunardi Bracketology (Again, FWIW): Has us free-falling from a 4 to a 6 seed (tongue-in-cheek). More evidence that the national media believes in UB. - http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology In summary, the sky isn't falling. We're in just fine shape. Nate Oats is the right guy to lead this team. The players are talented, hard working guys. The ship will get righted starting tonight in Kent and start picking up steam headed into Dancing Season. So as Aaron Rodgers so famously said a few years ago, R-E-L-A-X, relax... Go Bulls!
  12. 3 points
    It's hard to win, no matter who you are. If you're a 90% favorite to win every game, you will lose 1 out of every 10 games, which equates to 2 league losses, in theory. Bad shooting days, running into a hot shooter, it will happen in games during the season. Regardless, this wasn't one of our better games. Our shooting, bad turnovers, unimpressive defense at times were the cause of this loss. Hopefully this is simply part of that 10% and we don't see more than 1 more of these throughout the rest of the season. I have plenty of faith in this team and staff for a nice rebounding effort on Friday, although it surely is never easy at Kent.
  13. 3 points
    Barring a complete collapse we are playing for a high seed. With every win I get more amazed.
  14. 3 points
    WVU Coliseum is not an easy place for a road team to win
  15. 3 points
    Not pleasing everyone is one thing - playing some sort of slow jam R&B at every break is another. He's got an amazing talent for sucking all of the air out of the building after a UB run as the crowd gets on their feet and goes nuts by playing some slow low energy song. Crowd sits down. Arena gets quiet. He watches the video board and repeats the same three catch phrases. Rinse and repeat. It's the most effective application of a momentum breaking timeout I've seen in college basketball. Hoping this gets better when the students and pep band return, but that DJ table needs to be disassembled yesterday and control of break music turned back over to UB production.
  16. 3 points
    Guys, As many of you already know, I've had opportunity to cover UB basketball closely this season. Last week, I did a story on Jeremy Harris and tonight, I posted a story on how Jayvon Graves is the key piece for the Bulls moving forward. He's already averaging nearly 10 points per game as a sophomore and should only get better with time. He'll be heavily relied on as one of their key players the next two years. With that said, I dropped by practice to speak with Nate Oats and Jayvon Graves about their expectations moving forward, Here's the link if you'd rather read than watch the above video: Jayvon Graves critical to Buffalo's future success
  17. 3 points
    This is Graves' team next year. Can't wait to see how he is leading it
  18. 2 points
    I'll be there no matter what the weather is. Planning on leaving right when I get home from work. Let's get to game time. Go bulls!
  19. 2 points
    No win at Kent State is a bad win.
  20. 2 points
    There are no women in Kent, Ohio. Only lonely men and cows. That must be one or the other.
  21. 2 points
    Dreams aren't build on meager predictions
  22. 2 points
    Would love a real wake up call type win like that. Its ambitious as a score line but if this team comes to play and treats this like any big school, they can steamroll anyone. Hopefully they get back to that.
  23. 2 points
    https://www.mlive.com/sports/ann-arbor/2019/01/michigan-duo-fueling-the-rise-of-buffalos-basketball-program.html Pretty cool article featuring Oats and Perkins. It mentions how 4 or 5 NBA teams have come to watch practices. I'm hoping CJ, Harris, and Perkins can make the summer league this year.
  24. 2 points
    This has been said by many different programs. As much as I like all the UB bids, the school has never been an atlarge program until this year Until the program reloads, I would not draw any comparison to Gonzaga.
  25. 2 points
    The reason for that game was because the arena and the MAAC were hosting the NCAA tournament and every venue is required to do a dry run during the season where they host a college basketball game prior to the NCAA tournament. The first year the MAAC and the Arena hosted an NCAA tournament game the dry run was Niagara vs Davidson and Canisius vs Buffalo. The two MAAC schools used home games for the event with Niagara convincing Davidson to come in as part of a home/home agreement and Canisius just moving the already scheduled Buffalo game to the arena. Attendance was reported at about 4.7k or about 2.5k per game. The next year the MAAC again needed to host a game and decided to try to get Western New York fans to come out. The MAAC convinced UB to move the Canisius home game downtown and the Niagara home game already schedule with St. Bona was moved to the arena. According to the Buffalo News all four schools were given 3,000 tickets to sell for the event (which is probably how many would fill the lower bowl--trying to save money by not opening the upper level). St. Bona was the only school to sell all of their tickets. Not sure what the actual attendance for the two games was since the UB box score says 7.1k but the Buffalo News says 5.8k.