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  1. 12 points
    I’m sorry but how the hell was ButlerDad on an advisory committee for this university? He seems to only be here to bash any suggestion that UB, the largest and most comprehensive state university in arguably the most powerful state in the country, could possibly do better than playing in a conference with a bunch of 2nd tier Ohio schools and directional Michigan’s. I encourage everyone to always aim higher and ignore outside opinions like this. It may be far fetched and down the road but AAC is certainly not impossible by any stretch of the imagination.
  2. 11 points
    Thank you Nate. You didn’t know it then nor did we at the time, but if it wasn’t for you taking your talents to Toledo, UB basketball would not be what it has become. CJ Massinburg, Nate Oats and all UB players and fans appreciate your kind consideration.
  3. 8 points
    Good things were happening with UB Basketball. Cierra Dillard named Honorable Mention All-American C.J. Massinburg also named Honorable Mention All-American Nick Perkins Selected to play in NABC All-Star game I realize these are all seniors that won't be here to help the teams next year, but every honor garnered by our players, makes UB more visable to those outside of our little community, and maybe even to prospective coaches.
  4. 8 points
    Spoke with Segu. He is excited about the new coach and seems to be in good spirits. He has enough confidence that he'll work with any coach. For now, we save one of UB's top recruits ever.
  5. 8 points
    Let’s celebrate and give thanks for two incredible teams and coaches which will go down in the record books of UB athletic history. Women after losing tons of talent and leadership win the MAC tournament over their nemesis and tremendous foe CMU to get to championship where they beat an excellent Ohio team. They overcame adversity with the suspension of Summer. They displayed grit against Rutgers and then fought UCONN for 40 minutes. As FLJ said for UCONN to get another NCAA title they had to go through BUFFALO! And she was not kidding. What a valiant effort! They put Buffalo women’s basketball on the map and earned the respect of everyone in women’s college basketball. Thank you Coach Jack! You are awesome! Thank you to the best individual basketball player to ever don a UB women’s basketball jersey. You gave thrills to many and made UB women’s basketball a must see for so many at UB and in the WNY community. We wish you well in your professional basketball journey and broadcasting career! The men! 32 f’ing wins! 32-4! 16-2 MAC regular season wins! Another MAC title! Another NCAA tournament appearance! Four in five years! UB men’s basketball like the the women’s team is known and respected nationally! Beating WVU! Beating SU in dome! Winning Belfast tourney! CJ dropping 43 in WVU! Nationally ranked first time ever! Ranked 19 consecutive weeks! Ranked as high as #14! Will likely be ranked at seasons end! Nate one of 11 nominees for NABC Coach of the Year! Character, class and integrity coursing through the program from coaches to players. Nate’s extension made possible by generous donors! Thank you all for being fantastic ambassadors for UB, Buffalo and WNY!
  6. 8 points
    All, Posts about kids will be deleted.
  7. 7 points
    Brock worked a lot on his shooting and actually can hit 3s pretty consistently now as well. Not sure if he’ll have the green light to shoot them like Perkins did but it’s still encouraging. Not even just Brock though. Segu is showing more confidence and actually showing off his shiftiness (hesi move he’s known for) and is making acrobatic contested layups. Davonta looks more explosive and his shooting has improved remarkably. Graves is very quiet personality-wise (think Kawhi Leonard) like usual, but looks ready to lead and his shot looks as spot on as I’ve ever seen it. Savion looks like he was severely underrated because he plays at a freshman Graves level. Grant is being completely overlooked by the media because he has Jeremy Harris scoring potential and shows it on a daily basis. Johnson reminds a lot of Wes Clark. Like a LOT. Hits shots with guys all over him like it’s nothing and is a very athletic rebounder. Williams has improved in every aspect honestly. His shot is falling, and his long arms make him a really difficult matchup to guard. Very athletic dunking on people. Skogman is very talented and has a very smooth 3 point touch but is just a step slow on some plays so he just needs to work on his lateral quickness and he could easily be a frequent double digit scorer. Hardnett is extremely athletic and a very good rim protector as well as showing good slashing sense. Could see a lot of pick and roll alley-oops to him. My biggest surprise along with Brock shining is Mballa. Online, Texas Tech fans said he was a project and needs work but that’s not the case because he looks very impressive. He’s strong, plays excellent perimeter defense (he’s been stealing the ball and poking the ball out even on Jordan and Johnson), and he can hit 3s. Long post I know but all of these players are showing a lot of promise, this is coming from someone who was expecting a severe drop off from last season. Haven’t even seen Nickelberry yet but he figures to also be one of our best players.
  8. 7 points
    Ahh yes just what this site needs. Politics
  9. 7 points
    This is a bad poll. Lots of binary choices that are NOT binary in reality. I will not vote in it unless you decide to re-write it in a non-biased way.
  10. 7 points
    A UB home game is necessary travel!
  11. 6 points
    Meh, honestly if he’s not considering us I’m glad he made a list. our coaching staff can move on to someone who is interested in playing at UB, rather than tying up resources on someone who isn’t coming
  12. 6 points
    This will be a very hard adjustment for him. When ever he would drive right to the basket he will now have to drive left to the basket.
  13. 6 points
    Hey fellas, how about make a new sub thread where you guys can complain about stupid shit elsewhere. This a thread for news about next years schedule. Enough already. Please.
  14. 6 points
  15. 6 points
    It would be great if somehow we were able to schedule a tournament up there next year.....
  16. 6 points
    Good morning everyone. I think a commit is on the way, Jenkins tweeted this out just now.
  17. 6 points
    RIP the hype 4/23/19-4/23/19
  18. 6 points
    If the UB men’s basketball team wins the MAC tournament again next year, I will get Jim Whitesell’s face tattoo’d on my chest to constantly remind me that I was wrong about this hire I fully believe in his coaching ability, I just have my doubts that we will be able to recruit as aggressively as we did with Hodgson
  19. 6 points
    I chatted with Tripathi briefly on the court after the women won in Cleveland and this is basically the gist of what I said. I thanked him for supporting athletics and mentioned how it's so important that the public perception of the University be bolstered by successful big time athletics to more closely match the demonstrated academic success of the University. Basically, we're the #28 public institution in the nation, ahead of places like Minnesota, but no one know us. The athletics success has helped so much in swaying public perception across the country of the university and that will have a positive impact on recruiting faculty, recruiting students, and soliciting alumni donations. He agreed and said that the impact they've been able to measure has been massive.
  20. 6 points
    I think we all need to stop posting in this thread unless it’s news. You aholes keep getting my hopes up for nothing.
  21. 5 points
    Buffalo: Fun game we had last year! Syracuse: Time to go back to losing, SUNYbros. We have an opening in the dome on X, Y, and Z. Buffalo: Loser travels, we're free in Alumni Arena around your schedule. Syracuse has left the chat
  22. 5 points
    I’m currently an undergraduate student at UB and was able to attend 2-3 practices a week during the winter and into the spring sessions. From what I’ve seen, Gabe is definitely one of the most intriguing pieces on this team. He’s able to knock down the 3 consistently, use his frame to score around the basket, and is a much better defender than he gets credit for. There were times during the winter when he was the most competitive guy on the floor, which says a lot for a guy who knows he wasn’t seeing action in a game anytime soon. He may only be 6’6 but he plays much bigger and his physicallity is going to give MAC opponents problems.
  23. 5 points
    David Nickelberry 6’7 3 Star Josh Mballa 6’8 3 Star David Skogman 6’10 3 Star LaQuil Hardnett 6’8 3 Star Savion Gallion 6’4 2 Star Wow what a recruiting class the staff has put together. I’m a Whitesell believer now. With the players returning and this recruiting class, the future still looks bright. I had my doubts about whitesell, but it looks like he put together a great staff that’s helping him get it done on the recruiting trail. I’m anxious to see what Whitesell, Jenkins, and the crew can do with the 2020 class...
  24. 5 points
    One thing we know for sure, once Oats says he's happy/focused on a coaching job, he doesn't leave!
  25. 5 points
    Committed. Good scoop @trueblue32 https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwh35s0BjT_
  26. 5 points
    Our search wasn't the disaster that St. John's is in the midst of, but I would argue it was poorly executed. We hired an internal candidate after a significant delay. Our recruiting class bailed during this transition- aside from Andre Allen, the decisions were announced deliberately, well into the search. A more decisive move to ensure continuity (Whitesell or He Who Won't Be Named) may have prevented some of the defections. Our coaching hire was announced on the Saturday of the Final Four. The press conference was Monday. This prevented any appreciable networking/interviewing of assistant coaches at the prime event for such wheeling and dealing each year. As such, we are still down an assistant coach, and just hired our second. It also prevented us from regaining any recruiting momentum (hired during a dead period). Lastly, we wasted resources hiring a search firm only to select an internal candidate. This, alone, is damning. IMO, the decision (internal vs. external) needed to have been made months prior. Oats was walking- we all listened to "Gonzaga of the East" but he always added "leave for stupid money." Stupid money was surely coming this off-season. ADMA was not prepared. Love that Whitesell has the support of our returning players. I will accept the supposition that he is a superior basketball mind to Hodgson. Time will tell if he was the right selection. But the coaching search was poorly executed and cost us precious momentum, even if he ultimately proves to be the right man for the job.
  27. 5 points
    Segu posted to his Instagram today a thank you to Hodgson. In it he says “rooting for y’all unless y’all play us”. I like the sound of that
  28. 5 points
    This is nonsense. We aren’t Kennesaw State or Stetson. We’ve made the tournament 4 out of 5 years, have a great current roster, and are a launching pad for coaches into 7 figure salaries. I’m sorry if I’m being an ass but this “no one wanted the job” narrative is garbage
  29. 5 points
    However it went down this statement is a week too late.
  30. 5 points
    Ok buddy, maybe your world is all about dollars. I know that is the way that most people look at it. Maybe that is why she is leaving. Maybe she is upset that more wasn't done to promote her program. I don't know what it is, but additionally I can't say for certain that we have done enough to try to keep these coaches here either. We gave them a raise, yippee. They earned it. They won games. They put more asses in seats than in year's past also. No matter what raise UB offered them, a "big program" easily can afford more, and has snatched them away. Could there have been more done for them, beyond a raise here that isn't comparable to another place? Could 500-1000 more people at each of the women's games made her feel that it was worthwhile to be here, versus go for more money and have less support? As for the "MAC IS A STEPPING STONE", I hear you. If I could sign up for a new coach every 3 years who will have the success of the past 2, making the NCAA tourney 2/3 years, winning a game or two along the way, I'd sign up for it. Surely, I'd rather have someone long term who could continue that pattern, but okay, I'll buy in to the stepping stone for a moment. How many "good" coaches do you think we can hit on? Can we hit a home run each time like we did the past two? Everyone hires who they feel is the best. Some are great like Nate/FLJ. Some are mediocre, like Reggie. Some are less than that. If we don't hit a home run with the next men's and women's coach that walks in the door, every single bit of the momentum is lost and we are back to the "Reggie days" or the "Dozier days". Our women's program had several misses prior to FLJ. I don't wish to sit in the stands among a couple hundred people anymore. I enjoyed the 2k-3k people at many games this year. I support UB athletics (basketball especially as I greatly enjoy it and have for 20+ years) and get quite tired of the same rhetoric spewed by UB fans saying "we can't" and "we won't" because of one reason or the next. We no kidding we can't or won't if we don't even try. I don't consider giving raises with buyouts that equal 15% of the term of the contract "trying". I don't consider 0 promotions for students during the MAC season for women's basketball "trying". I don't work for UB. I am not a millionaire who can donate 7 figures annually. I'm a "regular person" with a "regular job" who loves his school and teams, and in turn, loves those who are a part of it. I'm happy to donate annually. If everyone who played sports at the school and/or graduated from the school donated even $100 annually, we wouldn't have to worry about low-balling a contract offer, because we'd have more than enough to pay anything. When they leave, a piece of me leaves too. It's why I got tired of hearing about "metrics" all season long. Why haven't I heard that word in the last week? Because it didn't matter. It never did. 31 wins in the regular season mattered, and we were still a 6 seed. Maybe that's why he left. How much better can a team do than 31 freaking wins, yet still get slighted with a 6 seed. Maybe getting only 2 MAC teams in, and getting set up against UCONN and ND in the 2nd round for those teams, not getting a 100% deserving Ohio team into the tournament, maybe that's why FLJ says that it can't be done here. Maybe it's all about the Benjamins. Regardless, I wish to support these teams. Ok, rant over. I'm just sad to see 2 people who have been here for 6 years and made many hours of my life better, leave. We're better off having had them here, but I will absolutely miss them and their families. I simply hope that we can hit those home runs and build/maintain recent success. If not, it will become a very dark set of days for UB athletics. I'm hopeful, always the optimist, but also the realist.
  31. 5 points
    And hiring someone with head coaching experience is more valuable than someone who has never lead a program. And yes, I would say being a head coach of a national level high school program, qualifies someone as having head coach experience. Nate had the experience. Hodgson doesn't. He is a huge gamble. That's what Hodgson did when he got on the private Jet with Nate. He wasn't focused on the Buffalo job or the Buffalo team. He was looking at the assistant coaching job. He wasn't pathologic in his desire to lead Buffalo. A coach that walks away from Fort Wayne to compete for National Titles at Michigan State is someone who wants to one day win their own National Championships. Otherwise, we would only be talking about coaches like John Beilein--who has neve been an assistant coach. If being a head coach is so great, Hodgson would have put his name in for Niagara or somewhere else that was still a reach for him. That's what someone with a pathological focus on a title would do. He has not shown he wants to be at Buffalo. He would have never went to Alabama if he did. He deserted the team when they were in crisis. He leaked to the media that he wants the job and that the team will be decimated if they don't hire him. He has shown a lack of character. He hasn't been working for UB--who is paying him--since Nate left. You call it a power play but I see it as much more. It is unscrupulous. And I believe that his recruiting and coaching is likely the same. I don't want someone like that in the program. I want people with class who can win the right way. Fife would be a great hire. So would Lanier. And many others. I am over Hodgson.
  32. 5 points
    Because it's UB's lot in life, to be a stepping stone program. And as long as we're all being honest about it that's fine. But Oats was really spinning yarns about staying until that "dream job" opened up. And I assumed "dream job" meant a blue blood program or UW or Marquette, someplace near his home. And even then, I understand. You don't sneeze at $2.4MM/yr and the chance to run a P5 program. But is ghosting the school, fans and players the way to go about it? Like ButlerAlumDad said, you can leave with class or you can leave like you are escaping a hostage situation. I thought better of him.
  33. 5 points
    Man, 22 year old me would have laughed at you if you would have told me that UB won the MAC 4 out of 5 years. I was just happy they made the NIT’s. Amazing job Bulls!!!
  34. 5 points
    It makes sense that we should have our own separate bars and I'm sure Southern Tier will be a fine venue but I loved that layout at Hairy Buffalo with the private room upstairs, the proximity (yeah I know, Southern Tier is only like 200 feet down the road) and the fact that it has Buffalo in the name. As Michael Bolton from Office space put it, why should we have to change when they're the ones who suck.
  35. 5 points
    I'm just going to tell myself that Perkins took the night off last night so he could put up 20 and 15 against BGSU
  36. 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.
  37. 5 points
    UB > Kansas and Duke. Confirmed.
  38. 5 points
    I find myself getting impatient each day, waiting for our next game. Can't wait for March, but have to sit back and enjoy the ride. Here's hoping we drop another C-note on them. 106 - 68
  39. 4 points
    Is there a reason you're this mad at an 18 year old that you don't know lmao. He gets to play in a major conference in his home state, where his dad also played. Good for him.
  40. 4 points
    The point is, the administration wanted Whitesell to go up against some of the top names in the business for this job and not just hand it to him if he wasn't the best fit. This should make us even more confident that he crushed his interviews over everyone else
  41. 4 points
    Murray's Louisville profile quotes Chris Mack calling him a "superstar" and states he's been the lead recruiter for Xavier and Louisville. That's appealing. And Bill Murray at UB games would make us forget the Blue Collar schtick fast. I'm really rooting for this now.
  42. 4 points
    I largely agree with on Hodgson this except for the season ticket holder quip. Listen, if you, or other STH are so damn fickle in your support that you would cancel your tickets because the coach you like wasn't hired...we can't count on your support anyway, so good riddance.
  43. 4 points
    No interviews. Hire Hodgson today. He will likely be able to keep most of the team + recruits together. The same exciting brand of basketball. Doesn't need to win over the locker room and continues the lineage of hiring within in the same fashion that Gonzaga did to become who they are. Hodgson is from WNY and in the time to come it success follows having your whole life here it becomes a much longer long term destination. Onward and upward!
  44. 4 points
    Ohio Bobcat here hoping both you teams keep winning and, while I know the women's game doesn't draw as much attention, I would particularly love it if you found a way to take down UConn.
  45. 4 points
    Today is the day that we prove that Hurley left us to step up in Salary, to a better conference, but not to a better program. GO BULLS!
  46. 4 points
    Its definitely true. Happened to the football team too. People with the high expectations, actually start having less fun following the program! I noticed it more this year than ever. Even with the drop off in play at times I never lost sight of how truly amazing this season has been. Like being ranked still hasn't really sunk in. Maybe its following the team for 2 decades you appreciate this stuff more, or at least you should. Even really really good mid major teams never get ranked. Never thought it would happen to us. Not even just being ranked. I would have taken #25 for one week then not ranked again. I would have never forgotten that. But to be all the way to 14, and ranked all year has just been unforgettable. Also beating SYR on the road? Year was great before Xmas break. Excited to see how we finish the year now.
  47. 4 points
    Can we also recognize that we’ve won 10 of 12 against Kent?
  48. 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.
  49. 4 points
    I’d like Oats to challenge Williams to record an assist before he attempts a shot each game. Think it could do wonders getting him to fit in more with the culture/style of the team.
  50. 4 points
    Jeseph is 11 hours away and did two away games this year! haha.
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