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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. 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
  3. 5 points
    Can we just play Segu/Jordan/Graves/Williams/Mballa 40 mins per game?
  4. 5 points
    These bullfan-on-bullfan attacks are useless. Sure...call him out for saying things like "He's terrible at basketball" if you want (it was over the top), but you are naive if you don't think he meant for you to infer that it was in relation to some standard. I know there are some fans that tend to exaggerate in their frustration. I view it as passionate. We need as many passionate people on the bandwagon as we can get. There are always room for passionate bulls fans.
  5. 5 points
    I'll get it started: The Bulls will win by a higher differential than last year (39, 110 - 71) Segu will double - double again Mballa with 4 blocks
  6. 5 points
    It takes a while for the next shipment of AOL CDs to make their way to Olean. 500 free hours!
  7. 5 points
    Committed. Good scoop @trueblue32 https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwh35s0BjT_
  8. 4 points
    commitment incoming, not that it’s too much of a shock
  9. 4 points
    Great point. Enough cannot be said about the job this coaching staff did to have non of our players transfer out during the coaching change. Shows how close to this group both Whitesell and JQ are. These kids believe in this staff and more importantly they believe in the system and culture that has been created here. They can feel the momentum building and want to continue to ride the wave that is UB basketball!
  10. 4 points
    Yes. Our school colors happen to include blue, the community seems to rally around the blue collar ethos, and Whitesell seems to be all about it (maybe it was his idea?) I, for one, don't care what Hodgson does or says in Alabama.
  11. 4 points
    That's because a team meeting wasn't called. The AD called a team meeting and that is when the team was informed. One or two athletes walking into the office and asking Oats why he and Hodgson were packing up all their things is not telling the players that you're leaving. It is getting caught trying to duck out of town.
  12. 4 points
    I’ve convinced myself that Murray is the guy. I apologize to anyone who agrees with me because this probably means we won’t hire him.
  13. 4 points
    This is really irrelevant to the title, but also nice reminder. Mark Few went to the sweet 16 four times in 15 years. Took him 15 years to get past that hump and made it to the elite 8 and then 2 years after that went to the title game and lost. I guess if we are patient enough, better things to come than the second round! (I'm really just trying to distill hope in everyone)
  14. 4 points
    Looks like he enjoyed his visit. Hopefully Hawkins did too!
  15. 4 points
    I had a dream last night that UB played Gonzaga in the final four. Unfortunately we lost 151 to 150 in OT. Afterward the announcers were calling it the greatest game in the history of NCAA basketball. By the way, Harris hit a clutch 3 to send the game to OT.
  16. 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.
  17. 3 points
    Antwain Johnson the last 2 games has been playing well and it’s exactly what we need.
  18. 3 points
    Here is a Bonafan quote from after the game that just makes you feel sooooooooooooooooo good about this win! 😆 There is no point in the existence of UB. You would get the exact same education from listening to lectures on youtube. They print out 50,000 diplomas a year and frequently win their high school level league and still can't get anyone to care unless it's free t-shirt night It's a soulless commuter state school that no one on Earth cares about. The only people that wind up there are international applicants that don't realize they're not going to NYC who become shitty pediatricians and local pizza shop employees/bar backs who have to sign up for 6 credits a semester so they can continue to live rent free in the house their mom kept in the divorce. UB is inherently transactional and irrelevant even to its own alumni. An embarrassment to what higher education should be. Free Lester.
  19. 3 points
    Now that we have first commitment, I thought I would start a general thread about 2020 recruiting. I was curious on people's opinions regarding how we utilize the two remaining scholarships. I had hoped that either Kedrian Johnson (commit to West Virginia) or Vincent Cole (commit to St. John's), both JUCO SG who had good stats in the freshman campaign might be options. By my account (and verbalcommits.com), here are the current open offers.
  20. 3 points
  21. 3 points
    Call me boring but I love our blue and white jerseys. Those are our school colors. The blacks are awesome as an alternate road jersey. But nothing like seeing us demolish Arizona in our blues.
  22. 3 points
    I’ve been on vacation with very limited internet...I open and read all this wonderful news. Can’t wait for the season to begin. What a job coach Whitesell and the staff has done. I’ve already forgotten about Oats and the hiring process. Let’s play some basketball. Great incoming class. When you look at it we recruited what 10 players to UB this season. And we’ve gotten a jump on future seasons. UB might be a household name at this point. Let’s keep winning!
  23. 3 points
    One thing that can’t be overstated is retaining all of the players from last year. There were hundreds of players that entered the transfer portal this year (from teams that lost their coaches and teams that retained their coaches). I’m sure the coaching staff is using that as a major selling point. All of our players like UB enough and like/trust Whitesell to the point that they didn’t even want to hear from other schools.
  24. 3 points
    According to a team source, Mika is heavily considering UB and the sit down went very good today.
  25. 3 points
    Well that bozo also called us overrated and said ASU would win so 🤷🏼‍♂️
  26. 3 points
    Just give the job to Whitesell and call it a day.
  27. 3 points
    Perkins just got a spot on the NABC game! That's the top talent in the country playing in a game! I hope this increases his draft credit. I'd love to see him, Jeremy, and CJ get drafted!!
  28. 3 points
    TT's length killed us, they are scary good on the defensive end. Thank you to all the seniors who have worked your tails off throughout your careers. I will be hoping some of you can make the NBA and will continue to cheer you on at the next level. You have mad Buffalo a nationally recognizable name and changed the culture of the program. You will forever be legends of Buffalo basketball.
  29. 3 points
    60% of which was us checking the news reports everyday for new articles, haha
  30. 3 points
    Let's play Syracuse at home every game but play it at Key Bank (with no rental fees) and make tickets $10. Problem solved!
  31. 3 points
    This whole year has been fun to watch. Almost all year in top 25, MAC Championship, UB on the map who would have thought this. Go Bulls
  32. 3 points
    Let's not turn every recruiting thread into an argument about arbitrary details/word choice. We know how this process works.
  33. 3 points
    So what? That’s their problem to deal with. Why should we constraint ourself to please them? Unless there’s some hard rule to me it’s foolish to not pay our coach bc it will “piss off other ADs.” Results speak and right now Oats is delivering results.
  34. 3 points
    Survive and advance season... Duke by 1 at home against a team 7 games under .500 (yea no zion, but we have a banged up CJ and had no Jordan for a lot of the game) Kentucky by 4 over Ole Miss Purdue lost to Minnesota Kansas lost by 13 to Oklahoma LSU is struggling at Florida right now Marquette is in a free fall finally we're in just win baby season. If we win 8 more by a total of 8 points we'll all be happy.
  35. 3 points
    If you don't have them now, get them ASAP.
  36. 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!
  37. 2 points
    Williams is actually shooting above 30% as well, which is pretty shocking after he shot 10% last year. Who would have thought that he would be better from downtown than both Johnson and Grant.
  38. 2 points
    You are correct in that Coach LL cancelled practice only for the first full day down there. It was sitting in the high 80s, and the practice field is garbage. If you want to use the term "blew off", apply it to Coach Healy and "Club Lotte". Cancelled all of their practices, didn't hold a walk through the day before the game. While our players had curfews that saw them in their rooms progressively earlier each night, Charlotte had no curfew. The night before the game, we were walking through the casino at the resort at about 12:30 a.m.. A number of the 49ers were in there. Coach Healy needs to grow up and realize that he's their coach, and quit trying to be one of the boys.
  39. 2 points
    And his condescending tone is growing tiresome.
  40. 2 points
    MAC has geography for fans. Have to get a lot more prestige for us to give that up. CUSA does not provide that.
  41. 2 points
  42. 2 points
    To Nate (and the coaches) credit, UB had some players that really bought in to what he and his staff were trying to do. They committed (for the most part) on the defensive side and embraced the team ahead of the individual -- especially the leaders. It may take some time with Alabama. Heck...he may not even have the right guys (yet) for what he wants to do.
  43. 2 points
    Maybe taking the trip up here to commit and do the jersey photo shoot thing that they do for social media
  44. 2 points
    Since when is not getting Joe Jones, a kid who several local high schools turned down due to academics when he was younger, make it worth reconsidering Whitesell vs Lanier? Who's to say that we even wanted him? There's thousands of quality players across the country, they'll find the ones that they want, who want to be here with us. Our coaches are doing just fine. The fact that they kept the current roster intact while adding 3 new guys (so far) makes me feel just fine with it.
  45. 2 points
    We are now a true fan base.
  46. 2 points
    ASU fan here, just decided to check out your board. Much like ours, lots of confidence on their own team winning on Friday. One thing I will say, this game should be easy to call within the first 3-5 minutes of the game. We are either engaged or not, and there is ZERO in-between. Predicting ASU games is impossible and nobody should be betting on this game unless its an emotional hedge. What to watch for from us: 1. If we are heaving 3's in the first 3-5 minutes, that is a good sign for Buffalo 2. If we have less than 2 assists in the first 5 minutes that is a really good sign for Buffalo (even if we are ahead). It means the team has abandoned everything its learned in practice and its time for hero ball which Remy, Dort, Cherry, Edwards LOVE to do. Its their favorite thing, and CBH does his best to reign it in, but its tough. 3. If Buffalo has at least 2 completely open 3 pt looks in the first 3-5 minutes (regardless of success), that is a great sign for you. Our 3pt D is awful, and we allow some a lot of uncontested 3's. 4. FT Shooting: some games weve gone 25-33, like last night, others we have gone 15-31. We are yet to put back-to back strong FT games together, which bodes well for UB. if you guys press Remy/Dort we are in trouble, as we really can only rely on Remy as our sole ball handler and overall best player and he is at about 60%.
  47. 2 points
    If only the women could shoot the FTs for the men, the men’s team would be unstoppable.
  48. 2 points
    Another fantastic national article with much of it about Nate and team. Included with the likes of Gonzaga, Duke, Virginia and Nevada. https://apnews.com/132961652b2e4b48b3936e880923234f?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=AP_Sports&utm_source=Twitter Get out and vote!! Voted twice today and will vote again now that I’m home.
  49. 2 points
    Frank Spencer is absolutely the worst ref out there. Always have felt that way with him. He should in no way be officiating games, especially Q1 games with NCAA tournament possibilities on the line for both teams. The moment I saw him, I knew it was going to be bad...it always is when he's around. Great wins this week. 5 out of 7 on the road and now 10-2 in league. The ass-kicking this team takes from many on here day in and day out was put to shame with this win tonight. I don't want to hear how "horrendous the first half was" or anything like it. It's a 40 minute game, and the better team ended up winning, on the road, in each game this week. Now they can finish up with 4 out of 6 at home and hopefully get some momentum heading into neutral court games at the Q, where they are going to win 3 days straight. This team has to endure constant "highest attendance of the season" from their opponents in every game in league this year. They get their opponents (and fans) best when they step in to the gym. There's a reason why home court is worth like 8 points in the projections. We'll get those 8 points on our side for 4/6 now, that's a 16 point swing for the non-mathematicians out there. In Cleveland, it's no advantage, so our numbers should be heavy on the positive side, with regard to projections. I'm proud of this team. Harris has struggled with his shooting. I hope it picks up over the next month, but regardless, his rebounding has greatly improved to pick up for his low shooting %. Graves had some man sized rebounds early in this game, and is very consistent with his efforts. Dontay has been a beast, on both ends. Davonte can't seem to hit the FTs, but made a big 3 from the corner tonight. CJ wasn't his normal self, but hit a couple 3s in big spots tonight, playing with 3 and 4 fouls (soft ones, I might add). Montell was playing way above the rim. Perk, huge, huge, huge tonight. Jeenathan had 2 coast to coast plays that showed why he was rated highly. Rondo provides a few spot minutes to keep the speed up and let the others stay fresh for the big 2nd halves that we need (he and Jeenathan are still growing into the D-1 play). I look forward to the next many weeks watching and relishing this top-25 ranked team, something that we may have never thought would come around. What, 15 straight weeks next week? That's damn nasty, especially for a "just a MAC team". Big game tomorrow, go support the girls! Go Bulls!
  50. 2 points
    If the voters watched our previous 3 games, UB would of been dropping, not rising in the polls. The ‘bias’ works both ways.
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