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Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: UB vs. Cincy Live
« on: Yesterday at 10:14:10 PM »
Last- I had the volume off. Did Bertram get hurt?

Bertram hurt his knee. He already had 4 fouls at the time, so I don't know if his staying on the bench was due to one or both of those factors.

In all I think they acquitted themselves well tonight. It was a gritty sometimes ugly game and they never let it get too far out of reach doing just enough at times to keep us in at the end. Had you told me before the game UB would be down by 4 points with 30 seconds to go I'd have happily taken that.

The team looked well prepared to face a very physical and talented team. I'd be curious to see what our in the paint shooting percentage was tonight because I'd have to imagine it's about as low as it's been in years. No easy buckets.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Jacksonville
« on: November 16, 2017, 08:16:26 AM »
One more thing from the way back machine . . . When Oats was hired and UB was bringing in Maurice O'Field, Torian Gram (who was already on campus sitting out due to transfer rules) and Nick Perkins in their recruiting class, Oats hired Brian Hodgson as an assistant.

At that time, Hodgson came from Midland College from where we had recruited Maurice O'Field. The thought (or at least my thought) at the time was that this was in part an effort to assuage Maurice O'Field to keep his commitment to UB since he was a high profile recruit at the time.

Well, we all know how that ended up. O'Field followed Hurley to Arizona State along with Shannon Evans and Torian Graham. I think people felt a bit cheated and wondered maybe if bringing in Hodgson was a gamble that already didn't pay off. UB responded by bringing in Willie Conner from the same league Hodgson coached in along with recruiting Blake Hamilton late to replace some of the defections, and we got Nick Perkins commitment to stick. UB returns to the NCAA tournament in Oats (& Hodgson's) first year. Maurice O'Field's path since then has been less rosy. In 2 years at Arizona State, O'Field played a grand total of 195 minutes, averaging less than 1 point and 1 rebound per game on 32% shooting. He has since transferred to Nichols State where in his first 2 games he's averaged 12 minutes per game and 6 points per game.

All this is to say that I really underestimated Hodgson and his abilities as an assistant coach and recruiter. This 2018 class which should be the best in UB's history has his finger prints all over it.  If UB returns to the tournament this year, I think there's a good chance that we'll have either Oats or Hodgson back for 2018-19 but likely not both.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Jacksonville
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:15:26 PM »
As nice as it would have been to have Wes Clark for the entire year, UB may benefit in the long run from getting Jordan all these early season minutes. I'm immensely impressed by the progress he's made.

I kinda love that the first time starters were subbed out the lineup became Jordan-Graves-Reese-Harris-Bertram. That's 3 freshmen, 1 newcomer and 1 guy who averaged 14 minutes last year but there was no seeming lack of chemistry. Harris hasn't found his stroke yet but I would encourage him to keep taking shots: he looks close and he's making smart decisions. Bertram put in solid minutes today battling down low. Graves looks a step slow right now but he's not a liability on the court. I really liked that Oats had the confidence in Reese's defense to put him out on the court in the last 20 seconds when a 3 would have really put JSU back into it and Reese rewarded that confidence by battling for the rebound and getting fouled. Everybody in the rotation puts in good minutes. I think Oats is very confident in this roster and with good reason.

One last thing: UB played 9 players, got 44 rebounds and didn't have a player over 7 rebounds. Every starter got between 4-7 rebounds. That's excellent team basketball. I'm really excited to follow this team's progress this year.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Canisius predictions
« on: November 11, 2017, 03:57:37 PM »
I was impressed with Canisius today. They came ready to play and really did a great job shutting down our transition buckets by getting back on D really quickly. Molson and Reese are great newcomers and Crumpton always works hard. I think they'll be a lot better in the MAAC than people expect.

Good effort from both teams today. I was thoroughly impressed by Jordan. I kind of thought I knew what to expect from his game from his obvious limitations on offense last year but it's clear he really worked on it over the off-season. As long as he focuses on protecting the ball I think he's going to be a very respectable rotational PG for us and more than serviceable until Clark is eligible.

Perkins looks like the type of player that the MAC awards POTY to. 26 points, 6 rebounds and outstanding defense on Crumpton all day. I love how diverse his offensive game is.

Jacksonville State is going to be a very tough test. I'm looking forward to seeing this team in action all year. Keeping our forwards out of foul trouble is going to be key.

Now that they have 3 signed letters of intent, UB can focus on the 2019 class which is going to be pivotal. Perkins, Massinburg, Harris, Smart, Caruthers, and McRae will all be graduating at the end of the 18-19 campaign, which means the only big on our roster right now past 18-19 is Bertram, and I'm guessing Perkins/Harris/Massinburg will likely account for a figure somewhere around 60% or more of our overall scoring this year. It's going to be a lot to replace.

One of the themes of Williams and Segu's reasons for coming to UB seemed to be the attention UB paid to them early and often. Getting this class done now allows them to devote their attention to big men for 2019. I'd expect probably 2 JUCOs at forward for '19.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / The Buffalo News article on CBB transfers
« on: November 10, 2017, 09:54:30 AM »
The Buffalo News just wrote an article with an interview from all four Big 4 head coaches regarding the frequency of transfers in college basketball and I think it's worth a read:

Nate Oats is quoted regarding a recent situation and he discusses without getting into specifics:

Oats: We had one significant transfer, and I agree with Chris 100 percent. Parents are the ones we dealt with getting it done here. When it became time to decide whether he was going to leave or not, it was somebody in his ear. His parents were adamantly against him leaving and didn't want him to leave. It was somebody else who convinced him that he could get X, Y and Z from somewhere else. He listened to them and, I think, regrets it. He tried to call back and come back, but at some point kids need to grow up and be their own man and not listen to mom and dad. Sometimes, the hammer changes, kind of like Chris said.

I'd have to imagine the "one significant transfer" he's referring to must be Bearden. I don't see any evidence Evans regrets his transfer (he just put up 50 points in ASU's exhibition game by the way) and I don't think McKinzie really had any other alternative. Interesting to hear a little more behind the scenes about what could have occurred.

Segu/Hamlet/Jeenathan William SIGNED (don't have to get audited again) today - shoring up a GREAT three man class.

Only problem? Who isn't suiting up next year? Still one too many scholarships.

I'm figuring a senior. Its not Dontay. He told me that "UB has an extra scholarship". He didn't elaborate what that means. Has to be Smart post injury right?

Well, it was just announced that James Jones left the team. So I don't know if that is the extra scholarship we knew about but you don't have to worry about whether or not we'll have one available now.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: UB women's coaching staff
« on: November 07, 2017, 04:10:38 PM »
Carter was initially hired as director of basketball operations. Then whatever happened to Zuber, Carter replaced Zuber as one of the assistant coaches. Moss was hired to replace Carter as director of baskeball operations. I am still wondering why information can't come out from UB where Zuber went!!!!

I believe she was working on getting her PhD or some other advanced degree from UB while she was coaching. Perhaps she decided to pursue a different career?

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Rhode Island game
« on: November 02, 2017, 07:22:01 PM »
Kenpom heavily weights home court advantage which is why we lose to Niagara by 2 at Niagara and to Bona by 2 at home.  Also his preseason rankings are always sketchy because he can't really factor in recruiting classes.  Some of our likely best players this year (Harris and McRae) are incoming so I think his rating of us should significantly improve once he gets data from this year.  On another note, also worth mentioning that Ikenna Smart didn't play at Rhode Island due to a back injury.

I caught a bit of the pre-season show tonight on 1520. Apparently he had back surgery and is out until at least December. Massinburg has apparently been out for a month so far with this knee sprain. I think he's nearing a return though.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: UB Picked 1st in MAC East Poll
« on: October 29, 2017, 11:09:33 AM »
UB came up short in overtime 80-72 against Rhode Island yesterday but by the sounds of it they held their own admirably. Rhode Island is a very good team (played without EC Matthews) and UB played without CJ Massinburg, Wes Clark and Ikenna Smart - haven't heard anything about why they sat out but I haven't heard anything concerning either. Great shooting percentage for UB who played tight defense. Of note in this exhibition they modified rules so that there was no fouling out, which explains the total foul count and some of the crazy foul #s on UBs side. Harris, McRae, and Reese appear to be immediate impact players and Harris may be our best player already. UB could be go small ball and be incredibly deadly with a lineup like Clark/Massinburg/Reese/Harris/Perkins.

I don’t think there’s any “might” in my mind. He’s got the size, speed, great hands, and he can adjust his body and catch in traffic. I dont think I’m capable of judging how he is as a route runner, but as a pass catcher he’s the most NFL ready WR I’ve seen play for Buffalo. And that’s coming from someone who’s favorite UB player ever is Naaman Roosevelt.

He’s really fun to watch. Just throw it up near him and let him climb the ladder and grab it.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Sr. Forward Gabe Agorgie - Final Spot
« on: October 11, 2017, 01:17:51 PM »
Hello, this is Nathan LeClair, CEO of Verbal Commits (and UB Class of 2016).

Certain messages have been popping up incorrectly in the Recent Activity box. I have been trying to get the webmaster to correct this error but he does not have the bandwidth to do so.

The messages may be wrong on occasion but the chart is correct. Agorgie is listed in purple, which indicates he's a walk-on.

Clark was a walk-on while sitting out last year and we've been unable to confirm whether he's received a scholarship for this coming season.

I had no idea Verbal commits had a UB connection! That’s great. I love using your site far more than any other recruiting source.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Sr. Forward Gabe Agorgie - Final Spot
« on: October 09, 2017, 05:54:18 PM »
I'm about 90% sure he's a walk-on

Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: Drew Anderson - QB1
« on: October 07, 2017, 07:35:59 PM »
I don’t know what Tyree’s health status will be next weekend but I don’t know how you bench a guy a week after setting the single game passing record.

I wouldn't overlook Graves, either....another possible option at either guard spot.

Caruthers will be a senior in '18 and Jordan a Junior too. Of course we could have departures, but it's looking like we'll have no shortage of ball handlers. I could easily see the return of a 2 PG type set that we saw with Evans/Bearden with a couple of these guys.

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