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  1. This has to be a troll job right? We complain when we schedule 3 D2 teams and now we are gonna complain about a tough non conference schedule? Come on. The goal for this team is to grow and be better come February into Cleveland. Expect bad nights. Many of them. There’s a lot to figure out as many have already said. But I rather play a difficult non conference. That’s how you grow. Not playing cupcakes and developing bad habits.
    7 points
  2. And UB Horns up did not have a comment about Firing everyone in UB sports. Let's keep it up A win all around
    5 points
  3. This could be good for the guys. Fly home happy, we led at halftime in every game. We need to learn to finish, but every game we had a new player step up. Curt Jones is our bell cow. He's the most consistent. Today Adams showed what the coaches must have seen. This is a good win. Hopefully the betters lost their ass!
    5 points
  4. UB has been ranked in MBB and football in the last 5 years, and S16 for WBB. We, by far, have the most MBB success over the last decade in the conference and arguably had the most WBB success in the same timeframe. Downgrading non-football sports would mean go independent in football which will lose us more money. Nate Oats, the best MBB coach in recent history, was a high school teacher before he came here and was cheap on his first contract. Just because JW isn't working out doesn't mean that we can't get a good coach in, or more importantly that paying more money means you get a better coach. Just ask ASU, who is paying over $2 million for Bobby Hurley to go under .500 in conference and not win a NCAA tournament game in 6 opportunities. Have a couple mediocre to bad years and people act like the sky is falling. JW got UB to the MAC finals in 2021. Bowling Green hasn't won the MAC auto bid since 1968 Northern Illinois hasn't made the finals since 1981 The last time a MAC West team other than WMU won the finals was 2003 Things don't look good, but they could be WAY worse.
    5 points
  5. You know…..I have always let you say your piece, and have at times stuck up for you when others make your posts the brunt of their jokes. You have your opinions and you’re entitled to them, and God knows UB needs as many passionate fans as it can get…….: BUT……take this with all the respect it can muster……this take is way off base. I’m 99% sure that UB had absolutely no say in whether this game was going to be played this week. I can guarantee you the writing was on the wall when Akron Equipment truck was within a half hour of here and was told to turn around, on Thursday. and that didn’t stop people at UB from trying to keep the game on by keeping the field cleaned off and continuing to prepare for the game as if it was still going to be played. And I can also guarantee you that people would have been out there today, clearing snow to have the field ready for today. IMHO, the last entity to take any blame in this is UB.
    5 points
  6. He's just the shiny toy everyone points to thinking that he is Nate Oats 2.0. As I have said, no other D1 teams have been ringing his phone either, which tells me something.
    5 points
  7. Nightmare scenario for the Orange. Boeheim is on the phone right now helping Dino out of the situation. Imagine the mean things UB Football players say on the field.
    5 points
  8. I'm going to update the link to our show every week here so I don't need to start new threads. Fast forward to the 15:00 mark for some UB talk. We discuss their challenging upcoming slate of games and breakdown their recent victory over Canisius. We started the show this week discussing St. Bonaventure's win over Notre Dame if you want insight on the Bonnies and spent some time near the end breaking down Nate Oats recent success at Alabama.
    4 points
  9. While I agree with your sentiment wrt modern college hoops as a whole, UB under Whitesell has done a solid job protecting its roster against the threat of the portal. Skogman is the only real loss in three years. Mballa essentially graduated and was never coming back this year. The other loses have been disciplinary or mutual partings. We kept our entire 2021 freshman class intact after the four played little to no playing time. Plus the staff still gets credit from me for keeping the band together after Oats skipped town, despite that group never reaching it's full potential in the following years. And that's not to mention the roster additions from D1, D2, and JUCO transfers. The new transfer portal has been a net positive for UB from where I sit.
    4 points
  10. Go piss off. Beating that dead horse isn’t going to change anything. You obviously have zero context of college basketball attendance from any of our peers. This team is fun to watch and beat a quality opponent. The crowd tonight was energetic and into the game. My son and I had a great time. There will for sure be ups and downs but I’m excited to see how this season progresses.
    4 points
  11. Hey that was a lot of fun tonight! A good crowd, and a team that grew into the game as it went on. I really, REALLY liked how they stepped up down the stretch on both ends of the floor, the focus and the competitiveness. This group is going to be a work-in-progress most of this season, which means some bad turnovers and missed defensive assignments. What needs work: defense and rebounding. Colgate moved really well off the ball, especially off picks and screens, and the Bulls need to do better at boxing out. But they did so enough times at the end to take this one. The stats on this one were wacky - for a long time, UB had way more fouls, Colgate way more foul shots. UB way more steals, Colgate way more turnovers. UB had more shot attempts. All of these things added up to an even game. Guys are much more willing this year to fake someone out and take the jump shot. Powell - like last time, some really nice confident plays and finishes, and a couple lapses. But stepped up in the second half. Curtis Jones - he's got several things working for him, adding to last year. A good floater shot in the lane; getting better at rebounding; willing to take charges (that one he got when Colgate was on a 3 on 1 was awesome); and hitting some from outside. Adams - hit a couple from outside and was it him with a big block towards the end or was that Smith? Jo Smith - needs to get tougher and own that position underneath Jack - found out that he needs to work on his defense a little more, but had a nice drive and layup in the first half. Hardnett - great to have him back, he made a couple nice defensive plays and that basket underneath on a nice look from Foster at the end Foster - some nice drives but sometimes down the stretch it seemed like he was trying to do a little too much. Blocker, Kanye Jones - didn't feature much but they will in other games. I like that depth right now. Caesar - so fast! A cool weapon off the bench Colgate - a slick team that moved off the ball really well This was a great game to have at this stage, to see how they could compete and who could step up when the game was on the line. Against a smart team that has been in the NCAA's a few times recently. Bulls need to get better on defense but today was a good step forward.
    4 points
  12. Colgate is a good disciplined team with offensive sets, etc. I am impressed with our guys so far this half. I hope they can pull this one off, would be a great confidence boost to start the season
    4 points
  13. MAC Champs! Dominating game to match a dominating string of wins this season. So sweet after the heartbreak last season, our 2nd MAC title, first since 2014.
    4 points
  14. First impressions, against a D2 team (albeit a good, well coached one) - so keep that it mind. I don't want to say I have low expectations - just no preconceived ones. This is essentially a completely new team. It feels like the year after Hurley left, but even more so - so many new faces, you go in with no expectations and see how it goes. They might be good! It's going to take time to figure it all out, and the more games they play the better. The Bulls are playing the same style as in previous seasons. What they need to figure out is: what is their starting 5, plus next couple guys off the bench; do we have a lock-down defender that we can match up against star guards (like Dontay was); do we have anyone on this team who is a dead-eye outside shooter (that was missing the past couple years); do we have any clutch player(s) you can count on when the game is on the line. Curtis Jones - he looks like the one guy who has a year of working knowledge of the plays and the system. He showed good composure inside today to hit some little floaters and jump shots. Blocker - has a good quick first step past defenders. Foster - he's a smooth, polished player, as he should be at this age. Jo Smith - the site says he's 6'9" but he looked taller. He seemed a head taller than anyone on Daemen. He's spindly but will be effective if he has good touch and positioning underneath. Adams - showed glimpses of being the kind of guy who's physical on D and hard to the basket. Willing to shoot from outside Caesar - the dude is FAST. Literally zoomed past everyone all the way down the court when he chose to. That's an interesting quality to have in the lineup. Powell - good and bad. Hit some shots, finished some layups, and for a while was the guy they had bringing the ball up the court (I had assumed they'd have Curtis doing that). But got called for traveling twice in the first half and had a giveaway on defense right under the basket. Jack - that guy looks interesting. Decent footwork already, works hard, really physical. Not quite totally confident with the ball yet but he's a freshman. When he gets purposeful with his movement (think, Nick Perkins) going to the hoop, and develops that hook shot, he'll be good One of the main problems last year (and probably the year before) was poor shooting percentage. The coaches can draw up whatever play and get someone open, but that doesn't matter at all if they can't hit the shot. Daemen made it a game in the first half because they were hitting 3's and UB wasn't. Whatever they said at halftime corrected that (until the very end) because the Bulls roared out of the gate, shut down the outside shots, and made their trips count, opening up a lead that was never threatened again. After today, considering we haven't seen Chatman yet (and who knows Hardnett's status, he was hurt a lot last year), I would say my starting five would be: Curtis Jones, Foster, Jo Smith, Adams, and I don't know, Blocker. Caesar coming off the bench for Jones; Powell for Foster; Jack for Smith. But as I said to start - very early first impressions, with a small sample size.
    4 points
  15. Like most on here I’m trying to remain realistically optimistic throughout this season that is sure to be a roller coaster ride. Granted, it’s hard not to turn to the pessimistic side when winnable games like Howard and Drake slip away in the final minutes. Also hard not to play the game of what if? As in, we could easily be 4-2 if not for those 2 late-game collapses, and talking about exceeding expectations and doing damage in the MAC. Instead, we’re 2-4 but there is hope and we’ve seen potential of what this team can do if they continue to grow as the long season wears on. Either way, the players need all the support they can get from those who call ourselves fans. Go Bulls! 🤘
    3 points
  16. Nice win. Good to see the Adams we hoped for, hopefully we can see this more consistently. The team has had a different guy/guys play decent every game. We can see the talent is there, now they just need to put it together as a group. Other than the stinker vs JMU and a bit of being a little overmatched vs UConn, they've gone 2-2 against teams that are basically toss up games. For the early season, it's just good to see some growth after today's win, especially considering they could've won each of the first two games in paradise, before letting them slip away. It'll be nice to see how they do against Canisius, as they should beat them handily (although likely won't, but hopefully will at least pull out a nice W).
    3 points
  17. We just look like a young inexperienced team that needs time to gel. Definitely have some talent on the team. Seem to have a pretty good ceiling. But I’m guessing it’s going to be a very volatile year. Need to be better situationally down the stretch and work on breaking the press. But regardless, I enjoy the intensity they play with. Even if it’s not a great year in the win department, I’ll enjoy watching them this year! Which is more than I can say for the last two years!
    3 points
  18. There is no way he is fired. 0% chance. Would prefer Alnutt is shown the door first. Let new AD make the hire. Both Alnutt and Whitesell had so much momentum coming in and they have absolutely lost it.
    3 points
  19. Despite being 1-3 there are definitely some things I like about this team. I have no idea what they'll look like come MAC schedule but seems like it could be a fun group to see grow. It's tough being in a down/"rebuild" and not being a top pick in the MAC for the first time since Hurley took over, but is what it is.
    3 points
  20. C. Jones tied for the team lead in ppg and rpg and leading in apg. Also a decent assist to turnover ratio at 3.3 to 1.7. Very early, but Curtis is one of our better shooters from 3 at 30%. Team shooting just 25% (15/60), need to raise that into the low 30’s at least to be somewhat competitive. Work in progress!
    3 points
  21. Update on our guy: For the Eagles: TE Tyree Jackson was activated from the PUP list Entering 2021 training camp, Jackson was thought of as an intriguing developmental player who was transitioning from quarterback to tight end. At 6'7, 249 pounds, Jackson has excellent size for the position, and athleticism to go along it with. However, being new to the position, it was expected that progress would come along slowly. Dallas Goedert was placed on the IR and a door of opportunity opened.
    3 points
  22. In Oats first month as UB head coach, UB lost by 19 to Old Dominion, lost by 22 to St. Joe's, and squeaked a win over Canisius by 2 in overtime. I'm pretty glad we didn't fire him.
    3 points
  23. We have 1 RETURNING PLAYER from a MAC Championship team. FLJ absolutely gutted out program, so in reality, the last 10 years never really happened. The cupboards were basically empty. Coach Burke has won at every level she has been at, including starting a program from scratch. She has a LOT of rope with me. It's not like she decimated a MAC Championship ready team, FLJ did that. Her recruiting class for 2023-24 is complete with 7 players coming in. I wish they looked better, but I'm hopefully she gets them into shape for the MAC and we can go .500 or better. Firing after 2 games based upon where she is starting is laughable. Put the torches and pitchforks back in the closet for a bit.
    3 points
  24. No question UB MBB has regressed since Whitesell took over. In my opinion, this was inevitable when Oats left for Alabama. Could we have paid more and ended up with a better coach, possibly, but not a given. At this point, what are the prospects of winning MAC with Whitesell, my instinct says 1 in 10, compared to a ideal (and realistic) goal of 1 in 3 or 1 in 4. Whitesell's contract runs though end of 24-25 season, buyout after this year is 500k dropping 100k each year. You can't ignore fincial considerations. This year is a rebuilding year. At this point in time, you have prospect that team develops and is competing for MAC next year. At the end of this season, you have to assess progress or lack thereof, to determine if worth 500k to start over. I expect the prospects for 23-24 will be good enough that he remains through 23-24, but if we have more JMUs this season, then maybe time to cut the ties. Hoping the team plays well enough that Whitesell gets to stay another year.
    3 points
  25. If the James Madison game becomes a theme of the season I think everyone will be on the same page However while that game sucked, the team fought and put forth effort throughout the entire game. That tells me they trust and believe in the coaching staff It was a team that's played 1 game together vs a team returning 4 starters couple that with a putrid shooting night and you get a massive blow out
    3 points
  26. I am with you on that, especially quitting mid-season. I don't know how your teammates couldn't view you as anything other that a quitter.
    3 points
  27. Very bad game. We were sleepwalking and JMU looked every part of an intense veteran mid-major who should complete for an NCAA birth. But we mostly had no real expectations going into the year and yet some are right back in the panic room after one bad loss. It was always expected to be a roller coaster of a year, especially early on. So while this one stung, especially in person, moving forward I still take just as much if not more from the Colgate game. We clearly need to figure out roles within the rotation. Guys didn't know where to be and with JMU's trapping it was a mess. Disappointed that we didn't have better coaching adjustments to deal with that. Adams looks rough so far, hoping he's not another transfer in the Antwain Johnson/Gabe Grant mold, as he does come with more pedigree. I'd like to see more of Ceaser and even Zaakir, although the rotation may be too deep as is. Need to run at every chance and steal points until the half court gets tuned up. Also find ways to get Powell running downhill at the rim, better spacing should help. All in all, still very interested in this season if only a bit lesas optimistic after today. Solid crowd.
    3 points
  28. That was epic, in a pathetic disgusting way. First half, they knocked that defense off the line, opened holes, and controlled the line of scrimmage. Second half, they didn't. Second half, plain and simple, CMU was playing harder. That call to go for it on 4th, at your own 38 yard line with 13 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter, was so idiotic it's beyond comprehension. Cole was terrible today. They stopped playing intense, and got out worked and out played second half.
    3 points
  29. OK, where the hell was that the last 2 seasons? The defensive intensity was phenomenal. Quick hands all over the place with 12 steals on a team that moves the ball pretty well. The counter attacks were impressive too. It felt like a Buffalo basketball game from a few years ago. The only difference was our half court offense seemed a bit out of control and our shooting (despite a misleadingly high % from layups) was pretty mediocre with a bunch of missed runners. They'll get better as the season goes on but WOW I was beyond impressed with the first showing. It's only 1 game but if this keeps up I'll gladly say I was wrong about Whitesell. One more thing, if Yazid Powell continues to play like that he will be up for MAC POTY.
    3 points
  30. UB sports don't have a big enough dedicated fanbase to fill the arena/stadium unless they are a very good team. It is what it is. Hopefully the fact that it was a Monday night lowered attendance more than what it would be on a weekend. As we saw with those Top 25 teams, if you win, they will show up.
    3 points
  31. Whitesell lost 4 of the best seniors to ever play here and an entire recruiting class going into his first year. Williams and Segu were good on paper but hadn’t played much at all at that point. The roster was not what you think it was. Graves was good, not great and Cocoa couldn’t shoot and was a huge liability to be in close games down the stretch. No way did it compare at all to 18-19. He’s not the best coach in this league, I don’t think anyone is arguing that. He’s not compensated like he is either. He’s also far from the worst.
    3 points
  32. News flash, there isn't a coach in the country who wants to build a program like Buffalo up for the long term. Every single one of them would move up if given the chance. Stop screaming at Mo. He's actually been pretty impressive imo given the train wreck he inherited.
    3 points
  33. I think the Bulls win by 10 today. Time to put this "rivalry" to bed with this new squad.
    2 points
  34. Gotta feel good for Matt, local kid comes up big on senior day
    2 points
  35. I’ll take a W any day. 2 things that drive me nuts are the free throws and low IQ plays we seem to be making at times. The rest I can deal with. Perfect example, think we were up 6-7 at the end and Adams jacked a 3 super early in the shot clock. He made it, thankfully, but that is the reason teams have been able to come back on us. That said, constructive criticism is much better with the W in the win column. Let’s get after the Griffs.
    2 points
  36. Good win. 2-4 obviously isn't great but not concerned about the record really. Some things to like about this group. Interested to see how to look come MAC schedule with the toughish ooc
    2 points
  37. In my opinion the Akron Zips were literally not even in the state so UB Bulls football would have only been able to play itself Cole Snyder vs Matt Myers with bum coach Mo coaching both teams then getting fired from losing team horns up let’s go Buffalo
    2 points
  38. Forfeit if they can't make it.
    2 points
  39. UNIVERSITY OF AKRON DRIVERS: DO NOT drive into a lake effect snowstorm. Seek alternate routes to UB, such as I-86 and I-390. Show those Kent State Golden Flashes that Akron knows how to navigate roads better than the other northeast Ohio university that has a 84% acceptance rate!
    2 points
  40. Three games in and what do we know about this team. First, they are extremely inconsistent. This is not unexpected given the turnover of the roster. Second, they are capable of beating a solid team like Colgate. Third, they will have an opportunity to improve throughout the season. If they improve to be more consistently like the team that beat Colgate, they could make some noise in Cleveland. Ball is in their court.
    2 points
  41. We want to a run a transition type system but have zero rebounding that's needed to get out in transition
    2 points
  42. You have to remember, in some cases it was suggested to players that they enter the portal. (not referring to Hudgens here) Coach Mo referred to that as addition by subtraction. Now, if only we could have a transfer portal for posters on UBFan.
    2 points
  43. With just one game as a sample size this team appears to have more players with offensive skill and ability. The main question is their team all mentality and spreading the ball around and of course can they lock in defensively. Should be interesting and hope a lot of fans can have some patience and try and enjoy the ride. Go Bulls!!
    2 points
  44. That was one of the most inexplicable 4th down decisions I've seen in years. Made no sense. At 24-14 the risk/reward was not worth it. And the play call and execution was laughable... like Pop Warner stuff.
    2 points
  45. Our O-line is awful but Snyder has no field awareness and can't tell if receivers are open. He just chucks them up and prays.
    2 points
  46. Been a rough week if you’re a Bulls, Bills and Sabres fan like myself. Six straight L’s and counting. This one tonight was the rug getting pulled out. Just brutal.
    2 points
  47. Interestingly, Coach Burke has her first game for real the same place where Coach Jack had hers, at Canisius. After seeing the women that night, I thought that they would be lucky to win a game that year. They won a lot more. I knew from that Coach Jack was good. Hopefully, a big W tonight.
    2 points
  48. Good news on the travel. These are the types of games I bet on. I ask myself, "how much would I pay for a UB win?" and I go bet that amount on the opponent. That way I win no matter what!
    2 points
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