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1  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Nice article on Ikenna on: February 09, 2016, 04:36:38 PM
Has his brother committed anywhere?

Plays on Jalen Harris' AAU team. Interesting
2  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Eastern Michigan on: February 06, 2016, 08:36:59 PM
Thoughts: Thompson is a great player but he's pretty easy to frustrate. If EMU wants to keep him on their roster then they better start winning. He's a kid who ended up at EMU in part due to character concerns. He will be looking real good to high major teams as a transfer with one year of good behavior at EMU. I don't see him sticking around for 4 years for a losing program.
3  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Open Scholarship on: February 02, 2016, 06:39:54 AM
13 scholarships are allowed per NCAA. For 2016-17 that leaves:

1. Raheem Johnson (SR)
2. Willie Conner (SR)
3. Blake Hamilton (SR)
4. David Kadiri (SR)
5. Lamonte Bearden (JR)
6. Ikenna Smart (SO)
7. Nick Perkins (SO)
8. Nikola Rakicevic (SO)
9. CJ Massinburg (SO)
10. Stefan Duric (FR)
11. Quate McKinzie (FR)
12. James Jones (FR)
13. Brock Bertram (FR)

So no open scholarships that I can see. I think Duric took the scholarship available when Harris decommitted.
4  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Kent State on: January 08, 2016, 08:34:21 PM
Well played and well coached game. Great win.
5  UB Sports / Basketball Recruiting / Re: BN: Bulls sign Canadian National player Duric on: December 30, 2015, 04:07:27 PM
Oats said in the post-game that he'll most likely be red shirting. I take that to mean that he IS red shirting and will only play in an emergency case where they need to burn his redshirt.

Tough to see Diane leave since he had such potential, but he clearly wasn't getting play time any time soon.
6  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Duke on: December 05, 2015, 10:56:24 PM
The highlight for me were all of the freshmen. Massinburg was obviously excellent, Perkins (even with the turnovers) was tough down low. Smart was efficient and strong in the paint. Niko played well and didn't make mistakes in the minutes he was given. I'm perfectly fine with the outcome today. Playing these teams will hopefully prepare us well for the conference play as it seemed to last year.
7  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Duke on: December 05, 2015, 06:40:01 PM
Skeete needs to see a lot more bench until he works this out. Dumb quick shots all year. I'm usually all for having a shooter ride out a poor shooting streak and I gave the benefit of the doubt to him vs. St Bonaventure after hitting the bucket that our us into OT against Canisius, but he's hurting more than he's helping right now.
8  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Javon on: November 28, 2015, 08:55:21 PM
Stay tuned. They may be some pretty big news in the next few days.

Also notable that McCrea was in the arena today for the Bulls win.
9  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: UB to play in "Hall of Fame Tip Off Tourney" on: November 16, 2015, 09:14:23 PM
UB is 10.5 pt dogs tonight.  That is a bit much.  Interested to see how they compete tonight....
Uhhhhhhh....According to ODU announcers, our problem is our socks don't match.

Funny. The non-matching socks/shoes didn't seem to hurt us last year. Wonder why they're so detrimental this year.
10  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Tonight's game on: November 14, 2015, 09:20:21 AM
The only takeaway I had from this game: Christian Pino was credited with a block.
11  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Poetic Justice! Hurley bites it in opener on: November 13, 2015, 11:53:11 PM
I don't wish anything bad on Hurley or ASU, but how great would it be to find out that the reason for UB's success last year was actually the work Oats was putting in as an assistant?
12  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: So who's going to the Daemen game? on: November 07, 2015, 07:25:41 AM
Massinburg made some really impressive shots all night. He wasn't just hot from three, he was really effective driving to the basket. My concern is that I think this performance may have even surprised the coaching staff and I'm not expecting that kind of contribution from him this season, but I really like to know he's capable of doing it.

I really really like Nick Perkins. Big body who didn't hesitate to shoot from deep and hit both of this threes. Also a thunderous dunk in the first half. He's going to be a good one and it wouldn't surprise me to see him starting at the 4 or 5.

I was really happy to see Diane get play time. His shooting from deep was obviously not dialed in but I liked his confidence shooting. I honestly think he will make an important contribution moving forward since he can do a little bit of anything as a guard.

Connor I thought was really good. He looked like a starting calibre MAC SG. Good decision making and strong in going to the basket. Good size.

Smart has good size but still needs a lot of time and work. Still he looks headed in the right direction. I was disappointed in Hamilton. Hope it's just an off night.

After seeing what I saw last night, my ideal lineup would be:

Starting: Bearden/Skeete/Conner/Wigginton/Perkins (if not starting, then they should still get the most minutes on the team)
Subs: Massinburg/Diane/Hamilton/Kadiri/Johnson
Deep bench: Rakicivec, Pino, Smart, DiSalvo, Moffe
13  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Crystal Oats on: November 03, 2015, 04:10:43 PM
It seems Coach Oats and his wife have been dealt a rough hand. Crystal has apparently been diagnosed with a form of cancer. Apparently she wants her husband to continue coaching and he will. They have three young daughters. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  And let's support the Oats family and the team like never before. Let's start now, continue Friday night and throughout the difficult times ahead.

Coach posted on Facebook where you can get more info. Here's a link to Coach Oats' Facebook post.

He found out 11 days ago, meaning the day of or the day before the Bulls Madness event. I can't imagine what he was going through being there that night. His family is in my thoughts.
14  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Starting lineup? on: October 22, 2015, 10:03:13 PM
Oats said in a recent video that Perkins will be called on to play heavy minutes. He also made it sound like Conner would be starting. He said Perkins was 6'8 260 ( lists him at 225) and isn't as athletic as Moss/McCrea (what big is?) but he's a better shooter, particularly from the outside. Based on his size I can't imagine him playing the 4 with another forward on the court. Wondering if we could see Bearden/Skeete/Conner/Wiggington/Perkins to start.
15  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Starting lineup? on: October 21, 2015, 06:11:18 AM

It's been a weird off-season but I'm excited to see all the new pieces. Bearden should be expected to play 30 minutes a night. Off the bench I see Connor and Hamilton getting heavy minutes subbing in. Because we have four wing players on the team now I think there will be situations where we can play 3 guards, a wing and a forward. Supposedly Connor and Rakicivic can both hit threes at a good clip. I'm actually expecting Mory Diane to make a significant contribution this year. Don't forget he came in almost as highly recruited as Bearden and he looked great in the few minutes he got last year prior to being declared ineligible. As for the freshmen, I am really excited to see Perkins and I think he'll be productive in his first year. Rakicivic should be ready to get minutes given his heavy international experience.
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