Outside of Kentucky, we will probably be favored in every November game, right? Jackrabbits at home, Canisius without Baron, we should expect at least 5-2 if not 6-1 before December.
I wouldn't bank on that Canisius game without Billy Baron as some kind of guarantee UB will win we will see. Canisius will still have the coaching advantage experience wise with Jim Baron in this game you know a type of experience coach UB basketball should have hired in the first place which is huge in college basketball in my opinion.
While I'm not going to say that UB can't lose to Canisius this year, they should be the superior team. Baron is a huge part of their loss, but they lost the good Heath brother and Manhertz, more or less decimating their front court.
I like Zach Lewis at guard just fine and I really like Phil Valenti, but this is a team that has really only 4 bodies they can put in at the forward position in Heath, Valenti, Crumpton, and Bleeker, and out of those only Valenti is a proven commodity. They better hope their guards can carry them, and there's no guarantee of that since Zach Lewis is the only guy that got any meaningful play time last year out of that group.