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1  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Akron game on: February 25, 2015, 10:02:05 PM
3 games to go for everyone now. NIU upsets Toledo at Savage Arena. Big win for them. CMU is now alone in first place.

11-4 CMU: @Northern Illinois, TOLEDO, @Western Michigan
10-5 Toledo: BALL STATE, @Central Michigan, @Eastern Michigan
10-5 Kent: BUFFALO, @Bowling Green, AKRON
10-5 Bowling Green: @Miami, KENT, @Buffalo
9-6 Buffalo: @Kent, OHIO, BOWLING GREEN
8-7 Akron: OHIO, @Miami, @Kent
8-7 Western Michigan: EASTERN MICHIGAN, @Northern Illinois, CENTRAL MICHIGAN
2  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Akron game on: February 24, 2015, 10:10:29 PM
Remaining Schedule update for the 1-4 seed hopefuls:

11-4 CMU: @Northern Illinois, TOLEDO, @Western Michigan
10-4 Toledo: NORTHERN ILLINOIS, BALL STATE, @Central Michigan, @Eastern Michigan
10-5 Kent: BUFFALO, @Bowling Green, AKRON
10-5 Bowling Green: @Miami, KENT, @Buffalo
9-6 Buffalo: @Kent, OHIO, BOWLING GREEN
8-7 Akron: OHIO, @Miami, @Kent
8-7 Western Michigan: EASTERN MICHIGAN, @Northern Illinois, CENTRAL MICHIGAN

With Kent's loss, CMU and Toledo seem poised to take the top 2 seeds. A win vs. Kent State would also draw UB in a tie for the 4th seed (and 3rd seed depending on Bowling Green @ Miami), and Bowling Green/Kent State still have to play each other. We just have to focus on winning our games and the rest should take care of itself. If Miami keeps playing the way that they do, then Bowling Green is going to have a real tough stretch of games to finish out the year.
3  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: A few interesting nuggets on: February 23, 2015, 07:15:18 PM
I don't think it's completely ludicrous for any A10 fan to think they could potentially nab Hurley out of the MAC, but I don't see it happening in this case. UB should be good again next year so if the right job doesn't open up this year Hurley can pursue something next year if that's something he even wants. I can say with some certainty Fordham is not the right job worthy of cutting and running now.
4  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Jumping the gun, but it's getting late. Buffalo vs. BG on: February 21, 2015, 09:56:39 PM
Akron is no games ahead of the Bulls. They lost to Miami today.

Remaining schedules:

10-4 Toledo: NORTHERN ILLINOIS, BALL STATE, @Central Michigan, @Eastern Michigan
10-4 CMU: @Eastern Michigan, @Northern Illinois, TOLEDO, @Western Michigan
10-4 Kent: @Miami, BUFFALO, @Bowling Green, AKRON
9-5 Bowling Green: @Ohio, @Miami, KENT, @Buffalo
8-6 Akron: @Buffalo, OHIO, @Miami, @Kent
8-6 Buffalo: AKRON, @Kent, OHIO, BOWLING GREEN

Toleo, CMU, and Kent all seem pretty likely to get 3 of the 4 byes. Bowling Green, Akron, and Buffalo seem most likely to be vying for that final bye. Bowling Green and Akron both have 3 road games left to play and both have to play Buffalo. Buffalo is the only team still vying for a bye that has 3 home games left. Mathematically I'm not sure if we control our own destiny at this point (depends on tie breakers with Bowling Green), but I think there's a pretty good chance that 4 wins would get us there.
5  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Jumping the gun, but it's getting late. Buffalo vs. BG on: February 21, 2015, 04:13:41 PM
Great win. Really nice to see Evans and Skeete hit two huge 3s late to really put the pressure on BGSU to answer (which they didn't). Great job picking two up on the road after two disappointing home losses. We are right back in the thick of the hunt with one game to play against each of the teams in front of us. We still control our own destiny for a top 4 seed.
6  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: WTF bobby on: February 07, 2015, 09:34:36 PM
Yeah, not sure what that was about.

Can't be too upset about the loss, though. They fought hard. Akron gave us chances late but we didn't sink shots. All in all I thought both teams played well.
7  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Free T-Shirts for 1000 Students on: February 05, 2015, 10:50:11 AM
This is my favorite promotion since Byron Mulkey Bobble Head night.
8  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Next up: Ball St on: February 04, 2015, 09:50:43 PM
We've got an intense stretch of games coming up. The next 7 games will be played against teams with a combined record of 102-48 (68%) with an in-conference record of 38-25 (60%).

We're going to have to really earn a good seed from here on out.
9  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Next up: Ball St on: February 04, 2015, 09:16:12 PM
very shaky at the end here, missing too many free-throws that could seal the game.

up 8 with 30 to go

Now up 2 with 11 to go.
10  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Next up: Ball St on: February 04, 2015, 08:58:34 PM
Moss fouls out. Down to a 6 point game with Ball State shooting the and 1 attempt.
11  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Next up: Ball St on: February 04, 2015, 08:27:18 PM
This is an absolute joke. Ball State in the bonus 4:30 into the second half. Technical assessed on both benches. These referees are out of control, and I'm not one to complain about referees.
12  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Next up: Ball St on: February 04, 2015, 08:17:29 PM
I've never seen a referee call a game so terribly, yet so equally terrible for both teams.
13  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Justin Moss flourishing at Buffalo despite serious heart condition on: February 03, 2015, 02:30:36 PM
Just got the note about a great article on CBS Sports about Justin:

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/25027729/justin-moss-flourishing-at-buffalo-despite-serious-heart-condition

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Justin Moss flourishing at Buffalo despite serious heart condition
February 3, 2015 1:28 pm ET

It was during his freshman year of college, after a physical uncovered a serious heart condition, that Justin Moss was told he could theoretically become the next Hank Gathers.

Only problem?

Justin Moss had never heard of Hank Gathers.

So the news didn't register the way you might expect.

Still, Google and YouTube are at pretty much everybody's fingertips these days, point being that videos of Gathers, an All-American from Loyola Marymount, collapsing and dying on a basketball court aren't hard to find. They're everywhere, actually. So Moss, then a first-semester student-athlete at Toledo, soon grasped exactly what he was hearing.

"I've now seen the videos -- and not just of Hank Gathers. Other people too," Moss said. "And not just basketball players, either. Other sports too. Players just pass out and … die."

It didn't take long for Toledo to deliver the unfortunate news. School officials told Moss he could remain on athletic scholarship, if he wanted. But, no matter what, he'd never be cleared and allowed to play for the Rockets with this diagnosed heart condition.

Moss spent the subsequent months as a de facto student-assistant.

There was no guarantee he'd ever play basketball again.

****
It's called an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator.

(ICD for short.)

Justin Moss had one inserted into his chest in November 2011.

The ICD is designed to perform cardioversion, defibrillation and pacing of the heart, and it's capable of correcting most life-threatening issues created by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is the condition Moss was diagnosed with in July 2011. It's also the condition that killed Hank Gathers in 1990 and, three years after that, Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis. So hypertrophic cardiomyopathy's place in basketball is scary and tragic.

But a lot has changed since the early 1990s.

Technology has come so far that athletes with ICD implants are routinely cleared to compete in sports, basketball included. Regardless, Toledo officials still declined to clear Moss in 2011, presumably because a Toledo player had died during a workout in 2006.

"Toledo didn't want to take the risk because, I think, they'd had a situation where a kid died on the court," Moss said "So they didn't want to take the risk, and I don't blame them."

Consequently, Moss transferred from Toledo to Indian Hills Community College, where he played and averaged 9.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in the 2012-13 season. He then transferred to Buffalo, which is, like Toledo, a Mid-American Conference school. And now the 6-foot-7 forward is leading the league in both scoring (18.3 points per game) and rebounding (9.5 rebounds per game) heading into Wednesday's contest at Ball State.

That ascension in sport and life -- from being told at Toledo you can't play because of a serious heart condition to leading Toledo's league in scoring and rebounding -- is amazing independent of anything else. But it's even more impressive when you consider that Moss was last season merely a bit player, a reserve who averaged just 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds at Buffalo. In other words, Moss is averaging 14.5 points and 6.3 rebounds more per game as a junior than he averaged as a sophomore, meaning he is, statistically speaking, college basketball's most improved player.

And how in the world did this happen?

Some of it, frankly, is because Javon McCrea, a 6-7 forward who was last season's Mid-American Conference POY, exhausted his eligibility and thus cleared the way for Moss to contribute significantly. But, keep in mind, opportunities are created for players all over this country every single year, and they rarely capitalize the way Moss is capitalizing.

"Last year Justin got a chance to practice against Javon, and battling with him day in and day out helped prepare him, and he just became a different kid when Javon graduated," said Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley. "Javon knew there was an opportunity, and he just went after people in workouts. I kept hearing how good he was doing, and I kept seeing it when I had him in the gym. He put in the work. So part of me is a little surprised by how productive he's been, but it was only a matter of seeing it translate to when the lights are on."

The best part of this story?

Justin Moss hasn't had a single incident or scare since the ICD was inserted.

Not one.

Regardless, Hurley acknowledged he still thinks about the tragic possibilities literally every time Moss is on the court, which is a byproduct of being a star at Duke when Gathers died at Loyola Marymount and a rookie with the Sacramento Kings when Lewis died during an offseason workout with the Celtics. Those stories, for better worse, linger in Hurley's mind, and that's why he called the decision to initially enroll Moss a "moral dilemma."

"There are some studies that show Justin is no more at risk playing basketball than he'd be if he didn't play basketball, and I understand that," Hurley said. "But still, in the back of my mind, every time he's out there on the court, I do think about it."

Moss, on the other hand, swears he never thinks about it.

He's too busy scoring and rebounding and dunking on Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein, which is the highlight that's garnered the most attention to date. Where Moss' career goes from here, who knows? But he's already gone from being told he couldn't play basketball at one school to flourishing at another, and that's a pretty cool career in and of itself.

14  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Kent beatdown on: January 31, 2015, 01:07:06 PM
For what it's worth...

Not only is Buffalo listed as the biggest gainer, but Kent is also the biggest loser. 

http://www.teamrankings.com/ncaa-basketball/ranking/predictive-by-other

Right behind Dan Hurley's Rhode Island. Wonder if he and his brother will be interviewing for jobs against eachother in the future.
15  UB Sports / Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: How will the team respond this week against WMU then Kant State? on: January 28, 2015, 06:16:33 AM
I don't know if UB has ever had a better step-back jump shooter than Moss. I'd wager he's one of the best in the NCAA. It's really not a shot that many college players develop; it seems like it's mostly developed at the professional level (except for 5* blue chip prospects who have pretty much every shot type in their arsenal). I love that he's got that shot available to him since WMU really sold out at times to keep him out of the paint.

I thought Bearden played a great game and I was surprised to see his 1/8 stat line shooting. His defense has really come along. Skeete played great defense as well.

Ford has earned his place in the starting lineup at the 4, but I really like what he brings as our 6th man. I think Hurley was just looking for a bit of a different look against WMU and wouldn't be surprised to see Regan start again on Friday. He's a spark on both offense and defense. I've heard about what a hard worker he is, so to see it really paying off makes me happy.

Hurley was hilarious to watch tonight. There was one moment in the second half where the referees finally called the WMU guard on a push off of a Buffalo defender, and Hurley raised his arms in sarcastic shock and walked all the way to the other end of the bench as if refusing to believe they actually called one. He also motioned for the crowd to get into the game several times and applaud after a few big UB runs towards the end. He still hasn't been called for a technical this year, and while he's still prone to getting into referee's faces, I think he controls himself a lot better and uses his emotions more appropriately. I think he's going to be a big time coach in the NCAA and if he has his ambitions set for a high major coaching job, I don't think he'll have to wait very long.
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