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Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Jacksonville
« on: November 16, 2017, 01:18:53 PM »
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.

Excellent observations. I would add that Oats first year in replacing all the defections, recruiting fill ins at the last second, the diagnosis of his wife's cancer, winning the MAC and returning to the Big Dance is very likely the finest coaching job in UB sports history.

One last observation from last night. The first half was an excellent display of high quality basketball. The second half, not so much mostly due to the over officious refs who must have called at least 30 fouls, 1.5/minute.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Jacksonville
« on: November 15, 2017, 10:10:17 PM »
Impressive win!

JSU is an excellent team. They will likely win their conference again this year. I’d bet dollars to donuts that there is absolutely no team in the MAC that as athletic, plays as stout defense and attacks the boards like JSU.

A little anxiety on those inbound passes Jeseph and likely a mistake by Perkins to take the ball for the inbounds pass.

Once again impressed with Perkins. If you noticed Saturday, Canisius’ Crumpton got awful antsy having not scored 4-5 minutes into the game and started pressing as a result. Consequently he had an awful game. When you’re an upperclassmen, expected to be teams best player and you’re looking to pad your stats it’s really easy to have things go south quickly as happened to Crumpton and closer to home Javin in the MAC tourney. Those are just two examples. Perk tonight could have easily started pressing not scoring most f the first half. Rather than press he stayed patient and had an all MAC performance in the second half. Great job!!!

Very happy for CJ! He’s a great kid and we’re lucky to have him at UB. Great to see him bounce back against some excellent defenders. That will only give him confidence moving forward.

I thought Brock gave us some great minutes. He’s still growing into his body and should be unrecognizable in 2-3 years. He missed a couple chippies but he was in the right spot, did the right thing by rolling to the hoop and just rushed a couple shots.

The other freshmen are getting quality minutes. They’ll benefit greatly because of it.

Harris will be quite good. He just needs to find his footing and he’ll take off. He hit a nice runner down the stretch at a time we needed a bucket.

Another good game for Davonta hitting a big 3 down the stretch.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Jacksonville
« on: November 13, 2017, 10:18:40 PM »
Jacksonville shellacked Richmond today 94 - 61 at Richmond. Bulls will have their work cut out for them on Wednesday.

I don’t know anything about Richmond this year but by all reports Jacksonville is tremendous. I can’t wait. This will be a great test. It will only help get our guys battle hardened and prepared for the rest of the year.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Canisius predictions
« on: November 11, 2017, 05:35:01 PM »
I have to add a couple of points: 1. Crowd was large, enthusiastic, and as enrique pointed out almost completely for the Bulls. 2) the UB band turned in another super performance. 3) the UB women who sang the Star Spangled Banner provided the best rendition of our national anthem that I have heard in a long time, possibly ever!

Excellent observations.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Canisius predictions
« on: November 11, 2017, 05:28:39 PM »
Whewwwww! Almost had to have some shoe leather for dinner tonight. Give canisius credit, much better than anyone could have anticipated. The Molson kid is a rock star in only his first college game.

Perkins and Davonta absolutely studly. Night and day difference in Davonta from last year. His several weaknesses have all turned into strengths. What a transformation!!!! Kudos to that young man for putting so much time in. He obviously spent tons of time in the gym transforming himself. That is so great to see someone be rewarded for that tireless effort.

The defensive effort gets a D and would have been an F but for some exceptional plays by Davonte down the stretch. Oats needs to drill the team on the concept of help defense and cutting off the lane. Good news that can be improved.

The team is a work in progress. They need to learn how to play together and in rhythm. They will get better.

Despite the shoddy defense that was a fun game to watch. Nice crowd! Had to be 5k.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Texas A&M
« on: November 10, 2017, 10:26:33 PM »
Niagara 77
Bona     75

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Canisius predictions
« on: November 10, 2017, 09:07:02 PM »
I’m not expecting much from the Griffs tomorrow. They’re young and inexperienced with the exception of Crumpton. We’ll see some uneven play from the Bulls as they learn each other’s tendencies but I expect them to win handily. My prediction 87-68.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Texas A&M
« on: November 10, 2017, 09:01:46 PM »
They may well be.

Meanwhile the purps are leading bona at the half 34-25. Bona is without jaylen Adams. But Niagara is not the same punching bag they’ve been.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Daemen
« on: November 04, 2017, 10:34:26 AM »
Squire my friend I believe you’re trying to read too much into an exhibition game. It’s way too early to see these guys at their best. Too many new parts working to find their rhythm. As an example we barely squeaked by last year yet we were within a point or two of going to the dance after another successful season. We are quicker and more athletic this year. We have young players that will only get better as the year progresses. We will likely have the best point guard/player when Wes Clark suites up. CJ will go back to his natural 2 guard spot. While we’ll need our big guys to step up basketball for better or worse has become a guards game I like to be cautious but my sense in watching each player last night was that we w likely have more talent, at the potential to have them we possibly ever have in the last twenty years. Of course the onus will be on the coaches and players to make it work. I have confidence that they will come through. I’m looking forward to the canisius game. It will be great to Reggie back but I think we’ll see a big win.

As for Daemen they have a quality squad. And don’t forget they knocked off the Billy Baron squad a few ears back so they aren’t the little sisters of the poor. Bruce Pearl was just saying that the top D2 teams are better than the low D1 teams so don’t let the D2 label fool you. They have a well coached team. Last night they were outclassed athletically and as I pointed out earlier that easily could have been a huge blow out if we were dialed in and playing our best.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Daemen
« on: November 03, 2017, 11:37:15 PM »
I think Reese will be tremendous. He very much looks like the real deal. He didn’t have to do much tonight but he’ll be there in the thick and thin of the season. Graves will be excellent. He’ll need a little seasoning. But he too looks the part. He has an excellent demeanor on the court. That will serve him tremendously well. Bertram will hopefully grow into a dominant ford by his RS junior year. He has the tools just has to work at it and he could very well be the equivalent of the big dude from Akron a few years back who too took a few years before he blossomed.

As far as the game goes, pretty lackadaisical. I felt if our guys were truly dialed in defensively we could have won this one by 40* because our athleticism was several levels beyond what Daemen could possibly bring. As an example, Daemens Redband scorched is for 24 or so last year. Tonight he couldn’t get a shot off while his feet were set and he was in balance. He only scored 5 tonight.

Lastly I got promising inside info tonight. Word is Wes Clark will likely be the best player in the MAC head and shoulders above the rest.

Fasten your seat belts boys and girls!!

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Rhode Island game
« on: October 31, 2017, 11:53:51 AM »
I haven't looked at the box score or any game replays. Nevertheless I think it fair to observe that it's too early to draw any real conclusions. As I recall, many were thoroughly unimpressed with Blake Hamilton early on. He looked out of place early but blossomed into a terrific player. CJ will be back soon. Wes Clark is one the way. I think we'll be very good at pg. And we need to keep in mind that we have a lot of new players so it will take a while to gel, this being imo the most important ingredient for a fabulous season as we sure seem to have some very good basketball players. Lastly, we did play a pretty darn good opponent so all in all I'd say we're off to a great start.

So who's going Friday night? I'll be there. Go Bulls!

General Discussion / Mack
« on: October 25, 2017, 08:03:27 PM »
There’s an article in TBN on him. They paint a picture where he’s become aloof to some former teammates and boosters. Anyone have any idea what’s happening?

Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: Colgate game
« on: September 20, 2017, 07:27:52 PM »
2010 - URI - 16,273
2011 - Stony Brook - 21,933
2012 - Morgan St - 15,570
2013 - Stony Brook - 24,013
2014 - Duquesne - 20,329
2015 - Albany - 20,872
2016 - Albany - 18,657
2017 - Colgate - 11,546

So the average for the prior seven years is ~19,600. The mean is a shade above. So Colgate attendance was 8k+ off the average of the prior seven years and 7k off last year. That would appear to be statistically significant. If so, the reason likely goes beyond WNY being a pro sports and not a college town.

UB should follow the Buffalo Bisons model. Lower ticket prices and raise concession prices.

Buffalo Bulls Football / Re: Colgate game
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:03:46 AM »
Does anyone know what opening game attendance was the last several years?

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