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  1. 6 points
    I think any expectations that this team would be as good as last years was wishful thinking at best, so I don't think it's reasonable or useful to compare production loss from last years' team to this years team. We don't need to be last years team beating MAC opponents 15 points a night to win the MAC. The talent level on this roster is good enough to be the best in the MAC - I mean look around the league: would you really want to swap out our roster for any other roster? As for CJ and Perk being ready immediately, as freshmen when UB won the MAC with Nate Oats for the first time Perk contributed 7.6 PPG and 4.3 RPG on 19.1 MPG; CJ was 11.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 25 minutes. Both excellent contributions but not dissimilar from Williams and Segu this year - sure they're doing it a year later than Perk and CJ but that's comparing 2 of the best players in UB history. Hell you could even argue Mballa as a sophomore is ahead of where Perk was as a sophomore. As a team in 15-16 we averaged 77.6 points, 39.1 rebounds, 12.7 assists, 6.9 steals, 3.6 blocks, and 13.7 turnovers on 43.8% shooting (33.7% from deep). This year we are at 77.9 points, 41.2 rebounds, 16.4 assists, 8.7 steals, 4.4 blocks, 14.1 turnovers on 44.3% shooting (33.4% from deep). Pretty on pace to match that years squad for better or worse. What I don't recall about that years squad was their defensive intensity, something this year seems to sorely be lacking. We have players contributing very similarly to how they contributed in 15-16. We stole a championship that year - it was Akron's to lose and it may be again this year. 15-16 wasn't about having enough bodies to make clutch shots down the stretch, it was about THE clutch shot that Hamilton made to win it all. To achieve what Oats did that year all we really have to do is get hot at the right time. We were sitting at 9-8 in MAC play and 2 games over .500 overall in March of that year and I don't think the MAC as a whole was any better that year than this. It just feels different because of some really dud games against teams we know we should be better than and the fact that we just don't know how this season will end yet.
  2. 4 points
    This is beautiful to watch. This is the defensive intensity we should bring every game. We play defense like this the whole season and we’d be 15-2.
  3. 4 points
    You’ve gotta be excited about Williams potential. Just a studly offensive performance tonight. However, his defensive game still needs to improve drastically.
  4. 3 points
    Antwain Johnson the last 2 games has been playing well and it’s exactly what we need.
  5. 3 points
    This has to be one of the most complete games we have had this season. Impressive on both ends.
  6. 3 points
    As a whole, it was a much better positive bench. Jim was quite amped up, encouraging the bench and crowd. Positivity goes a long way!
  7. 3 points
  8. 3 points
    Kinda ironic we hit the free throw at the end that Graves tried to miss
  9. 2 points
    No way of knowing for sure, but there were some good signs recently that the team will be a handful for anyone in the MAC. I look for Graves to rebound as he gets over the flu, Williams has developed into a legitimate scoring threat. If you add Jordan, Mballa, Johnson (playing better recently) and Segu, the offense should be there. The key as others have said will be their defense. That will determine how well they do the rest of the season. Play solid d and they will be a strong contender.
  10. 2 points
    Considering what we put up with on the Vanderbilt broadcast...
  11. 2 points
    Impressive win today. This game worried me bc it was a road game against a team that can score. And boy did our defense show up. The defense won this game. Took charges, rebounded and the communication was great. I’ve said for weeks if we improve our defense even a little bit we can be very good. This was a prime example. With Kent St looming next Friday the WMU game Tuesday could be viewed as a trap game. Good teams show up and take care of business. The key will be mental on Tuesday. Go Bulls!
  12. 2 points
    Hardnett is having a good quiet game. Good to see.
  13. 2 points
    So despite what looks like a down year, looking at our per game stat averages, it’s very clear what our weakness this year is. At this point in the season, we rank 49th in the country in total points scored (1350). We are also 27th in the country in points per game (79.4). Field goal percentage could be greatly improved if we stop taking low percentage shots (kind of an obvious statement) but we are middle of the pack in that category, being 145th in the country (44.3%). Our 3 point percentage is down this year from last year, we are shooting 33.4% which is good for 174th in the country. Our rebounding is a clear strength, as we are 17th in the country with 41.2 rebounds per game. We are 24th in the country in assists per game (16.4). Our assist to turnover ratio (1.2) puts us at 33rd in the country. Lastly our blocked shots per game (4.4) puts us at 53rd in the country. Theres positives that can be taken away from that for sure. But among those good stats, there’s also very bad. We rank almost last in the country in free throw percentage (332nd), shooting 63.6%. We also are 222nd in the country in turnovers per game, committing 14.1 per game. Taking away from all this, I can easily say that our weaknesses are on the defensive side, since we are averaging almost 80 points per game and most of our games have been really close. In my opinion, if you’re scoring almost 80 points per game, you should win every time. Any game where the other team scores over 70 is a failed defensive effort. Which is exactly what defense is...EFFORT. We can score all the points in the world and play fast, but if we’re getting fast points, it means the other team is getting the ball back quickly too. All the points mean nothing if you can’t stop the other team from scoring more. Our shot selection really needs to improve as well. Many people on here have pointed it out, but this team plays more selfishly than last years team. Making that “one more” pass to go from a good shot, to finding a guy for a wide open even batter shot goes a long way. The turnovers come from driving the ball into the lane being surrounded by 3 players trying to somehow pass the ball out of that scenario. Summary of all this? We are good offensively but could be even better with shot selection improvement. Defensively? We are horrible and need somebody to step up and be that Caruthers to help Jordan. We are still a relatively young team too and it shows in our discipline -> turnovers
  14. 2 points
    Why wouldn't they? He's a great coach and the players love to play for him. It's no surprise at all that he's excelling there. We lost our greatest commodity the day he left and it will be hard to ever get another like him, as there aren't many who are even close to comparable to what he brings to the table.
  15. 2 points
    I hope they go to overtime one game, just to mess with this math.
  16. 2 points
    People are quick to criticize Jim & co. when things aren't up to their standards, but not a lot is said when a solid job is done. While they have had some puzzling off-nights, this team is still a work in progress overall. While some of the pieces were here last year, their roles have changed, leading to different responsibilities therefore causing for transition even with those returning players. This team seems to be going through some illnesses, so the bench was even more limited than normal last night. This team does have several players who can hit big points on a given night, as shown by 5 players in or around double digit scoring averages on the season. If the team dynamic improves overall and players buy in to their roles, this team can achieve a lot of wins this season. Last night was the first night (possibly all season) where Johnson forced very few outside shots up. Consequently, his shooting % was vastly improved. In prior games, he was "trying to get his" and it showed in some less than quality attempts and a lower %. Grant, who has taken a beating from many on this board, was very positive last night. While his stats were minimal, he took a big charge (from a BIG man) and was extremely "up" on the bench last night, more so than he has in previous games. Little things like that count in the long run and hopefully he and a few others who have shown some bench negativity over the first half of the season will get into the positive team culture aspect of athletics and make the right choices over the rest of the season. 2-2 to start may not be where everyone hoped to be, but this league can be a grind, as we've seen for most years. Last year was an anomaly and shouldn't be expected every single year (at least not until we become the "Gonzaga of the East" or something of similar ilk). This team has more than enough opportunity to secure a top tier seed and have a shot in Cleveland.
  17. 2 points
    It's almost like they read these threads or something.....
  18. 2 points
    I know always back him, but I thought Whitesell showed a lot of the passion and energy people on this board were questioning. He was trying to fire the crowd up multiple times and he smacked the scorer's table after an Ohio offensive rebound. Was good to see that energy in such a competitive game.
  19. 2 points
    I've said it before but Mballa is the MVP of this season. I don't know if it's because Brock can't get anything going or Mballa's just really good, but it's night and day with him on the court.
  20. 2 points
    Haven’t looked through all the posts yet obviously Williams had a great game but we need to give credit to Johnson for stepping up bigtime tonight
  21. 1 point
    WMU comes to Alumni sitting at 2-3 in MAC play but beat Kent and have been in every game except for a 15pt loss in Akron. Can't say that I've watched them play but Flowers scores 18+ a game and over the years Bulls teams have been susceptible to big games for individual players. Hope to see our defensive trend of-late continue as wins are going to get harder to come by when we play some of the top of the conference. GO BULLS
  22. 1 point
    Agree. A huge win with a good team effort on both ends of the floor. Good contributions from our bench especially with Malala in foul trouble. WMU beat Kent State tonight. Need to continue our improvement defensively and offensively and from the free throw line. Also the women won a tough game against Eastern Michigan who has a pretty quick and athletic team. Go Bulls!!!!
  23. 1 point
    None of them can win road games against each other so all of them deserve to get in. /s
  24. 1 point
    Refs haven't been brutal, but haven't been particularly favorable to UB. Not sure how that was a charge on Mballa, DiLeo wasn't close to set.
  25. 1 point
    Very good first half. Got sloppy at times but the defense was great. Communicating and helping out. Whitesell did a great job massaging minutes. The bench has been outstanding.
  26. 1 point
  27. 1 point
    Some really good minutes from Brock and Hardnett
  28. 1 point
    Bass Pro Shop Highschool Basketball Tournament Paul VI vs Oak Hill Academy - CBSSports 10 p.m. eastern. Josiah Freeman's Paul VI team beat Booker T Washington 74 - 60 to advance to finals against Oak Hill Academy. Thought I would share as offers a chance to get a glimpse of Josiah in action. Last night he had 9 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=290716
  29. 1 point
    Looks like we should have Fair back. Let’s get back to the basketball we saw in 2019.
  30. 1 point
    I was wondering if Vegas is taking bets on the game. Spoiler alert. It's going to be a nice day, and I'm going to meet Tim Riordan while I'm there.
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  33. 1 point
    I think you can re-watch it immediately after if I’m not mistaken? I just checked and the game is available to re-watch.
  34. 1 point
    Fair looking angry but focused. Extra pass to Christie was assist of the game.
  35. 1 point
    It is actually a 20% increase. Last year $20.83 per game. This year $25.00 per game.
  36. 1 point
    Off-nights, are part of growth. Getting run out of gyms by mediocre teams is what led me to worry and come down hard on the staff. Glad to see him contribute but he also didn't travel with the team for 2 games so there's a chance that the staff was frustrated with him as well...?
  37. 1 point
    Thankfully we shot way better from the FT line than usual. It was the difference in the game.
  38. 1 point
    I rewatched the game from yesterday and it seemed like Antwain Johnson woke up a bit on that first dunk of his. A lot of rage went into that dunk. The guy has got to be so frustrated with himself to this point. HOWEVER, what a good performance from him yesterday. Best offensive performance by far from him and he was good defensively. Stepped up big while Graves had an off shooting night. You have to imagine Johnson is relieved. Credit to him for continuing to work at it and get better. I have been harsh as hell on here about him but last night he showed me a lot and what he is capable of. For me, the star of the show was Jeenathan Williams and for good reason. That huge game winning bucket. Great offensive showing by him getting 26 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. He still needs to work on his jump shot and at times can be a liability on defense, but my god, what a step forward he has taken. Both Williams and Segu have taken a great step in the right direction and have improved mightily since last season. I hope that we can soon get Josh Mballa help inside for the purpose of rebounding and giving him the ability to play the 4 position. The guy has been so solid for us to this point and last night came close to another double double. He has had at least 5 games this season where he’s come so close to getting a double double, on top of his already 4 double double games.
  39. 1 point
    He’s having a strong season for Park and is set on going to prep school next year to be able to start college as a more polished product
  40. 1 point
    Great games by Johnson and Williams. Ohio had no answer for Williams in the second half. It seemed like he scored at least 10 straight points for the Bulls. Last game’s stars, Graves and Segu, were sub par today. Good team win.
  41. 1 point
    Yeah Bulls! That's more like it. A tough, tough win tonight. They played sloppy in the first half but somehow were only down 5 at halftime. I thought the intensity was higher second half, and they clawed into a lead down the stretch. I loved the competitiveness today, I loved hitting shots in the paint, I loved better free throw shooting (even when Graves tried to miss at the end!). This team has plenty of ups and downs (more to come), but they have responded after a bad game or two so far. Enjoy the ups right now. Williams - he's moving so much more smoothly with the ball this season. Taking a huge leap forward as a sophomore and becoming a more consistent player. Both ends of the court. Uses that long reach to get around defenders at the net. Graves - a frustrating night for him but a big defensive play at the end to seal it. Jordan - I expect a lot from him because he's a senior. And he makes a bunch of dumb turnovers and bad shots a game that you'd expect from a freshman. Then a couple really smooth buckets. I was upset that he was getting repeatedly torched by a sophomore who looked like he's 12. Come on man. Mballa - didn't get a ton of points today but was so active under the net. Johnson - credit when credit is due - he competed today, he hit a couple shots, double digits, well done Grant - credit when credit is due, earned a charge at a time when they needed it first half Brock - needs to box out if he wants to get more of those rebounds Ohio - they have two players. But they're really good. Preston and Vander Plas are the real deal, and they're going to be a problem for us for a while. Vander Plas can shoot from anywhere, and Preston had an annoying propensity for hitting layups from weird angles. Ogbonda (transfer from Georgia Tech) wasn't as much a factor as I thought, though he was a big body inside. I love beating Ohio, I'm still growling about some high profile losses in the past. Crowd - a decent showing on a weeknight. Props to a couple students who showed up and tried making some noise, I heard and saw you. I don't like to do this too much, but those refs were awful tonight. Hesitant on calls, perplexing on many of them. That foul near the end on Mballa that we all thought was a clean hit out of Ogbonda's hands, I was afraid those 2 points were going to decide the game. Enjoy this tonight, this was a good, tough MAC win.
  42. 1 point
    What a game by Williams, exactly who needed the ball there. Give the guy the ball with the hot hand.
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  44. 1 point
    Credit to Johnson. He looks like the player we wanted him to be tonight
  45. 1 point
  46. 1 point
    Gabe Grant actually providing good minutes. Playing with energy and solid defense. That’s what role players do. Johnson also playing well.
  47. 1 point
    Would live to see more minutes for Brock after a productive last game. Segu at this point is starting to surpass Johnson and Segu should be getting more minutes. Maybe Johnson being on the bench can provide a spark for him. Hopefully we can get some production from bench guys like Hardnett or Nickelberry.
  48. 1 point
    Nice work on the list. Add Mike Mennenga who was with Reggie, now at Oregon.
  49. 1 point
    Don’t look at the thread then? If you don’t like it, don’t click? Easy fix for you.
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