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  1. Jayvon has signed with the Austin Spurs, the g league affiliate of San Antonio. Good luck to him, rooting for his success!
    7 points
  2. Sick of the bills and sabers excuse. I call bullshit on that. The reason we don’t draw is cause the school lacks culture and tradition. Alumni hardly stay connected with the school. Most the out of town alum leave and never come back. The commuters hardly ever were on campus to begin with. We need to invest heavily in creating a student culture that sticks. Create real pride in the school, it’s programs and the athletics. All of it. Very hard to do, but that is what needs to be worked on. Otherwise we will be having the same discussion 50 years from now.
    4 points
  3. Honestly don’t understand the obsession with the conference thing. Ideally would we love to compete for national championships with Ohio State and Alabama one day? Of course. But that isn’t the vision SUNY has for us. The MAC is by far the best fit. We’ve raised our stock tremendously over the last 7-10 years competitively in conference play. A lot of work still to do but let’s focus on what we need to do to improve ourselves where we are. Honestly nobody knows what college sports will look like in 50 years. We just need to put ourselves in a position to be considered if there are more massive changes. But unless you are one of 3-5 programs in the country your outlook really is the same. You’re gonna get out spent for coaches and everything else when one of the blue bloods wants something. Vanderbilt is in the SEC…kind of. But still widely considered one of the worst CFB programs in the country.
    4 points
  4. This is the UB we'd hoped to see all season.
    3 points
  5. Problem is, for so long, UB was just mediocre in basketball. The Lack of a good product for so long creates a void. Yeah we’ve been a good program for probably 8 years now. It’s going to take time and constant consistent success for basketball, and even football to become popular. All of us here commenting are responsible too. We and every UB alumni has got to attend games and show our support, I make it a priority to attend games in person as much as possible every year. If you’re able to go, then go. Buy merchandise that supports athletics. Become a donor. So many options that we as individuals can do to get the program to grow. It’s gonna take some time though. As long as the athletics is good, then little by little the programs should grow. As far as non alumni fans go? Constant success is the only way to attract fans for basketball. Then when you create a fan out of someone they want the team to be successful and to be a great product and you have to maintain maintain maintain a good product. We as fans too have to maintain standards that we are better than pre Hurley era and we should expect MAC championship games yearly and should get back to the tournament.
    3 points
  6. They have to keep it going with opening up the offense as they did in the 2nd half last week. Finally airing out to TE's and receivers even when Williams wasn't getting open. Fully expecting McDuffie to grind out over 100 again and help him potentially to a 1000 yard break-out season.
    3 points
  7. The reason I personally want to move to a different conference is it just raises the floor of the athletic department. The number of G5 schools that have had sustained success in FBS football OR basketball is small. The number of G5 schools that have had sustained success in FBS football AND basketball is smaller. The number of G5 schools that have had sustained success in FBS football AND basketball on MAC exposure/budget/fan support is 0. It's a nice theoretical to say let's just hang around the MAC and dominate until the end of time but UB isn't the first MAC school to have a string of successful seasons, and all of those other "dynasties" have since ended. There are several things that lead to success, but recruiting is king. Recruits are interested in fan support, facilities (budget), exposure, and success. Obviously these things are all tied together, and moving to a better conference automatically raises the first three, and should in turn raise the fourth. It takes one bad hire to torpedo UB's image of success in the mind of a 17 year old recruit and then we're left with really nothing exceptional in the fan support, facilities (budget), and exposure categories. The issue for us is there's not really a strong group of regional G5 teams, with Temple and UMass pretty much being the only options without pushing further south. I would have hoped we would have gotten in the AAC as there's really not much potential for UB to move up without P5 conferences completely blowing up, and us ending up in a completely new conference with the leftovers: Syracuse, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, BC, etc.
    3 points
  8. Hoping for a commit soon
    2 points
  9. Not a huge fan of the non d1 games but I do like the placement of both games, right after a tough stretch to begin the season which happens to before a tough bonnies game and then another near the start of conference play
    2 points
  10. Team scrimmages Colgate today. I’m guessing some reporter will have the stats and result at some point. Will be interesting to see how they do.
    2 points
  11. Hard to compare ticket sales between NHL and CBB, since only a handful of teams draw over 12k. But UB local ratings for nationally televised games beat the local Sabres ratings. Sabres don't have the Bills clout, just a lot more games for WGR to talk endlessly about. UB has our Northtowns niche, with better coverage than ever. My how times change as now NU and CC fans say UB steals all the oxygen from BN and tv coverage. Bona hype is mostly in Olean at this point.
    2 points
  12. Me either. I hate that narrative. Buffalo is a city that is starving for winners. A city tired of being a lovable loser. I don’t see why we don’t get more support. It’s a good product. I understand when there’s a schedule conflict. Example: when basketball goes up directly against the Sabres. Which happens too often for my liking. But in general we should be getting more support from the community and student population.
    2 points
  13. I don't know why the fans cant support both. They never play at the same time
    2 points
  14. Why do these kids even bother? Is it for Twitter likes? Just wait until you are sure. It makes everyone (including yourself) look back. On to the next one, good luck to him. Must have gotten some chirpers in his ear that he can do better.
    2 points
  15. Some hubbub about Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee to the MAC.
    2 points
  16. Our goal should be to move up in conference. We wont compete for a national championship, but we would have higher TV revenue, and playing big names on TV would help a lot with recruiting which would make us more relevant. FBS is splitting between the "haves" and the have-nots." The MAC is clearly a have-not conference. We are barely spoken about and our TV revenue/athletic expenditures show it. You want bigger and better facilities? A better conference would help pay for that. As far as basketball, being in a multi bid conference would help us get quality conference opponents. We are struggling to fill our OOC schedule because no one wants to play us. We also would have a much easier time making the tournament than only by having to win the conference tournament. Recruiting would also be boosted just by being in a P5, as would basketball. I am surprised buffalo hasn't been mentioned at all either. I hope we move up sooner rather then later or we will end up further behind.
    2 points
  17. Boeheim says it's because we talk too much smack on the court.
    2 points
  18. Everyone here is making it seem like this team turned down a bunch of road opportunities to play these non-DI games. I don't believe that is the case. The P5 schools don't buy teams like Buffalo because they know there is a chance they could lose them.. A $75K check and a loss isn't a good look when they can go ahead and play CMU or WMU instead and get the win. As for the home game scenario, it again I think one comes down to money. A D-I Q4 game probably costs UB about $50k to bring them in. They can bring a non-D1 in for $5K. And again a home win over a Q4 probably drops you about 15 spots in the NET rankings...The non-D1 doesn't factor in to the NET.
    1 point
  19. Of course you need to win. If this team does as expected, 3-6 in quad 1 / 2 games...they will be ranked around 80 and would have to win MAC to get into tournament. To get a sense at what an at large bid would take, I looked at the profile of Indiana (#30). This resume would imply UB would need to go 1 -1 against St. Bonaventure / Michigan. Then they would likely need to go 5-2 in quad 2 games and 18-2 rest of games. This is a very tall order and I am not personally expecting it. However, I do feel the schedule pushes the team and will prepare them well for MAC.
    1 point
  20. Another must-win for Buffalo this week to keep their MAC East hopes alive. Bulls taking on an Akron team that struggles on both sides of the ball but especially on defense. Zips are 125th out of 130 teams in scoring defense, allowing 38 points per game. Their stats are a little distorted since they played Auburn and Ohio State but make no mistake, Akron is a bad team. They’ve been okay in MAC play, defeating Bowling Green but they also lost by 17 to Ohio. I have Buffalo winning 31-21.
    1 point
  21. Winless BGSU is next week. Assuming we win that, can we get one more win from Miami, NIU or Ball St? That'll be 6 wins.
    1 point
  22. If Kansas somehow hangs on to beat #3 Oklahoma, they should erect a Lance Leipold statue tonight. 10-7 KU midway through the 3rd.
    1 point
  23. I agree 100%, I would rather have seen them schedule two quad 4 games. I was trying to look for a silver lining. I think even people involved with team would have preferred. My hope is they did spend the last few weeks trying to find someone other than Point Park. I think announcing on Friday afternoon shows they aren't thrilled with adding two non-D1s.
    1 point
  24. Because of the Vaccine mandate that is now in place, masks are no longer required in the seats for football. They still "ask" that they be worn in enclosed areas in the stadium. I don't understand the Covid worry any more. Get vaccinated and the threat goes way down. If there's a breakthrough case, it's usually quite mild.
    1 point
  25. I don't understand the lack of support for the basketball team or why people in buffalo continue to put the sabres over ub basketball. Ub basketball since Hurley has been a good product. Fun entertaining and winning Not to mention cheaper too
    1 point
  26. We're bringing in like 12k fans per game coming off a top-25 season...there's nothing attractive about that. The success of the Bills is the death of the Bulls.
    1 point
  27. I think the most likely scenario is Marshall and Southern Miss jumping to the Sun Belt. Conference USA is on life support. They’re trying to court Liberty and James Madison. Sun Belt also wants JMU. If CUSA misses out on Liberty and JMU, they’d need to look at FCS programs to stay alive or merge with another conference. That potentially leaves Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky, Old Dominion, UTEP, FIU and Louisiana Tech looking for a conference. WKU and MTSU make the most sense for the MAC geographically and have decent basketball programs. I had tweeted about wanting the MAC to pursue Temple and Marshall. I still believe they should check in with both schools but don’t think either is a strong possibility at this moment from what I’m gathering online.
    1 point
  28. From what I've read it seems to me every "official" outreach regarding AAC membership was all about the schools and ESPN. The MWC are CBS/Fox schools and had the AAC option and balked, CUSA is CBS/Stadium so ESPN likely worked with the AAC committee to shore up East and Central Texas and take the best CUSA schools. UB is already under ESPN so that's why we likely were not even targeted.
    1 point
  29. Absolutely not. It’s a step down even before they get pillaged
    1 point
  30. I’m torn on this. Bc I agree from a football standpoint. But then look at what Cincy has done. And we are knocking on the door of making deep runs when it comes to basketball. For example…had we beaten Kentucky a few years ago the way that bracket opened up we could’ve been in the Final 4. We aren’t far off in basketball. So what I want is bigger and better facilities and consistent winners. Do that and the rest should follow. I don’t mind staying in the MAC and dominating but let’s upgrade UB.
    1 point
  31. I disagree, KenPom Tier A/B games serve as a decent proxy for Q1/Q2 games on an NCAA resume. We have 2 A tier and 2 B tier games as of now with the potential of playing Saint Louis as a likely B tier, possible A tier game. We also have two spots still open on the schedule. It lacks the P5 names but that’s the price of recent success. This is the best schedule imo we’ve been able to put together since we were Top 25. I also think the UC Irvine and the return WKU games are the most interesting home games (non-con/non-Big4) since probably South Dakota St in 2014
    1 point
  32. Was looking at my football tix and saw this listed as well. WBB has an exhibition against Daemen on 11/4, and MBB (presumably) had an un-announced exhibition that day as well. Went to the Daemen MBB schedule to see if it was against them and they do have the exhibition listed
    1 point
  33. Someone else pointed out to me a couple minutes ago, 2 wins were by an idiot backup QB on ODU running onto the field and an idiot lineman on Ohio offsides on the final kick. However - a win is a win, and it feels great when they come back at the end like this. I had a lot of fun as one of 2 people most of the time up in 326. At the end of the first quarter I thought, was there a gas leak in the locker room? The whole team was sleep walking. I can't recall an opponent rounding the end and going all the way untouched on UB like that since Donald Brown for UConn in the International Bowl. I think Vantrease is a bang-average QB. No more, no less. I thought the pick he threw was probably due to the fact that the WR didn't cut back. I really appreciate and commend the leadership and character the team showed down the stretch - hopefully that is something they and the staff build upon. I'd like to see this team put together a whole game - not just play okay for half of it. This came out more negative than it should've (or would've, had they lost). It was fun to see a win today, however it came about.
    1 point
  34. Looks like we made the top eight for tristen Sion, cornerback out of Florida. 3 star prospect. Seems kind of neat to even be there along with LSU, Wisconsin, ole miss, Georgia tech, Michigan state, West Virginia, and FAU
    1 point
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