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Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: 2018-2019 Schedules
« on: August 01, 2018, 10:53:13 AM »
No Purple Chickens listed.  Maybe it hasn't been confirmed yet?

Yet again, except for maybe Southern Illinois, no one big is willing to come here.

General Discussion / Re: - your feedback is needed
« on: March 24, 2018, 01:12:49 AM »
I prefer to contribute to a forum like this, rather than Bull Run, which I've always felt had a dominant underlying view that took precedence over open discussion.  Internet forums will get heated from time to time, especially until our society re-learns how to disagree with each other.  And UB athletics has gone through some turbulent times with strongly held, varied opinions about who we are and where we're going (and how to get there).  I think the concern here is about the pace and volume of discussion, which may not be what it once was.  Thus, how to re-energize it.

I value the insights on recruits and little news tidbits on here.  We are all better informed with them.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Odds on keeping FLJ and NO
« on: March 24, 2018, 12:59:35 AM »
I want to believe that a person sticks by their word - and I feel that by agreeing to that extension, that was Oats giving us his word that he was staying for at least another year.  I think it would've been rotten to do that and turn around and do otherwise.  As we've all seen the finances involved aren't enough to scare anyone from a bigger conference away.  To me it was the symbolism of it, from both sides.  So I remain confident about this for now.

At the end of this game I was just so proud of this team - how hard they fought, how they took this program to the next step.  Warrior Wes Clark.  They started cold from the floor and every time they almost caught up, Kentucky would hit a couple shots.  Nothing but pride in fighting their hardest against a really good opponent.

All season we grumbled even during wins that they were good, but we know they have the potential to be better.  Last night you saw that potential, in all it's glory.  We all knew it was there, the team knew it was there, it was a sight to behold.

Nobody, NOBODY game them a chance.  How bout them Bulls!  What a performance.  And except for a couple shots in the second half, it wasn't lucky, it wasn't fluky, they played their game.  Everything was perfect.  They played where they were strong and didn't force it where they weren't.  What a game, what a feeling, what a team.

Don't worry, I'm well aware the numbers are not the same.  Oats' extension is well earned and well deserved. 

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: father Dan Dakich
« on: March 11, 2018, 12:17:40 PM »
Oh PLEASE send this clown to cover a game at Alumni next season.  We're not nearly done heckling him after he completely bungled that game here at the end of his BGSU tenure.  We had to settle on "Bowling Green cheats!" for a few years, when what they deserved was "Run, Dakich, Run!"

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: 2018 MAC Champion Buffalo Bulls
« on: March 11, 2018, 01:56:06 AM »
When the Bulls brought in Clark, I thought "do they really need another guard?"  Today the answer was: absolutely.  On a night when CJ was cold, Perkins was off underneath, and Harris wasn't on fire, Clark led the team.  Can't say enough about his propensity for big buckets at big times over the half season he played. 

Credit to Toledo, they played it well - try to slow down the game, get back in transition.  I was frustrated with Perkins' play underneath tonight but he came through with a big 3 down the stretch.  McRae had a couple good defensive plays in the second half.  On a night when they weren't shooting as well as usual, they found a way. 

That winning feeling never gets old.  Great job, Bulls.

Alright, further forward.  The Bulls kept their focus for the most part in the second half, whenever Kent made a couple baskets they answered well.  Harris just keeps getting better, he's so good at using his reach.  See you all in Cleveland tomorrow.

Very happy to hear that both sides want to make this ongoing commitment to keep a good thing rolling.  I suppose it doesn't forestall an "offer he can't refuse" from a bigger stage but that's what you always have to live with at the mid-major level. 
I imagine folks from the baseball, soccer, diving and crew teams are rightly wondering where the money in the athletics budget came from to do this.

Totally agree with you guys.  When there's an expectation of winning, winning starts to feel like "meeting expectations".  2016 was more fun for me than 2015.  Excited nonetheless.  Sure beats the opposite.

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Akron Game (2/27 - 7:00pm) *Senior Night*
« on: February 28, 2018, 09:18:06 AM »
First off - can I say, everyone is thankful for all the sponsorship that helps support the program.  (Though I do question advertisements for a casino during a student-athlete contest).  And Santora's makes a good pie, even though I think they're a bit on the pricey side.  Do they realize that downgrading the half-court shot prize to 12 MEDIUM pizzas is not good publicity for them?

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: Akron Game (2/27 - 7:00pm) *Senior Night*
« on: February 27, 2018, 10:29:08 PM »
I went in today hoping for the Bulls to humiliate Akron - because they deserve it.  But a part of me lamented missing what was always a big game, a hard fought game.  So we saw a win, and it was a good game.  The Bulls need to be pushed right now because they get sloppy too easily at both ends when they're not.  I can't believe how unsure I am going into the tournament with a 22 win team because I don't think they've been playing their best for a while.

I thought Akron's movement was better, especially in the first half.  They worked that back door cut a few times, CJ picked it off early but they scored on a few after that.  Drained a lot of three's that were contested.  Akron played that zone and quickly swarmed around Perkins when he got the ball.  Groce took timeouts every time UB made a big bucket, to kill any momentum.  I wanted to give Groce a lot of credit for this, despite being a wild loud-mouth, until he lost his mind at the end.  It wasn't Dan Dakich-level crazy but it was up there.  I couldn't tell if he's just a wild eyed angry guy, fired up, or sick and tired of his team's mistakes.  Groce has been in the MAC before, he should know how it is.

You don't like MAC refs?  No one does.  In the end you hope that they don't decide the game and that the bad calls even out.  Akron had a lead because they were hitting three's; they lost that lead because they weren't anymore.

I thought that too often UB makes individual forays toward the basket without other movement, and that may be why Oats changed out all 5 players at one point.  I know, I know, I'm always the one saying that good things happen when you go to the hoop.  But this game turned around when three of the big names CJ, Wes, and Harris put the game on their backs and took over. 

Perkins - as I said, dealt with that swarming closing zone, but when he had 1-on-1's they had a hard time stopping him. 
Harris - maybe the smoothest shot we've ever seen here. 
CJ - does what he does, makes big shots when it matters.  Especially when it's time to kill a rally.
Wes - ditto. 

Does anyone know why the senior presentations were done after the game?  Most people are leaving then.  I felt they didn't get the attention they deserved this way.  Crowd - another solid crowd for a weeknight that seems low on the energy you'd expect from watching a team that wins all the time.  The student zone was pretty full again but they still haven't been able to coax any noise out of most of them.  Like there isn't as much fun watching a game you expect to win, rather than one you're positive but anxious about.  I'm not knocking winning - winning is fun.

Oh and what a great shot by that guy from half court to win.....twelve MEDIUM pizza's.  Really Santora's?

Akron - they'll be good again in a year or two.  Groce's mental collapse at the end was a fitting end to a game I didn't get to yell at Dambrot for the criminal element he always carried.  They had a good game plan and competed well tonight.  Kostelac - that guy was hapless out there, but he's just a freshman.  Duvivier looked like he was going to cry every time he was sent to the bench.

"You live in Akron," clap, clap, clap-clap-clap

Buffalo Bulls Basketball / Re: BG Game (2/16 - 7:00pm)
« on: February 16, 2018, 10:57:31 PM »
How is it possible to be so agitated, so angry at times, in games the team is winning by double digits? In a season where they've already clinched a tournament bye and wrapped up the division?  Are we spoiled?  Cranky?  No idea what else to do with ourselves in games we assume they'll win?

I think we're all just afraid they'll blow another game like they did at Kent and at NIU.  You can see it possibly happening.  And we're afraid that for all the good play we've seen, all the potential, it could disappear quickly in a game in Cleveland.  That's what is probably in the back of our minds.

Is there a gas leak in the home locker room at halftime lately?  The Bulls habitually build up a double digit halftime lead, then proceed to let it drain away as the other team comes out firing.  I think the defensive intensity is there, but they're allowing too many easy drives to the hoop for my taste as well as some problems dealing with an inside player kicking it back outside.  I liked how Oats put out a lineup with Reese, McRae, Carruthers, and Graves for a minute or two in the second half to change the intensity. 

I don't usually say anything about the refs but man, that crew blew their whistles a lot. It seemed like they called a lot of weak fouls early and a lot of off-the-ball fouls on offense, and as the game wore on they lost the ability to call some others by comparison.  Bulls did a good job hitting their foul shots tonight, at least it seemed so.

Perkins - 3 fouls on offense tonight.  Hit a big three down the stretch as well as the one at the end of the half.  Had another big game statistically when you kinda still think he can play better.  I loved how they started working that drive and roll to Perkins in the second half.  I kinda feel like he's very careful on defense these days - will get his position but isn't going nuts, can't afford to get in foul trouble.
Clark - a lot of guys need movement to open up their shots; Wes will just step right up and hit it. 
CJ - back to the good old CJ tonight.  When he gets on a roll, the other team doesn't know what hit them.  Hit his shots from the line.
Harris - you almost assume now that his shots are probably going in.  He has this little shimmy move he does with his shoulder when he drives, just a little, that gets the defender momentarily going the wrong way.  He and Clark have the ability to answer with a three at the right times.
Smart - just needs to be tougher underneath.  He's good for a layup or two on a put-back every game.
Graves - showed he could fly on a couple alley-oops
Carruthers - it seems like he just never is out there enough to get into the flow of things.  Even just to be as aggressive as he wants, he probably needs to read a guy's moves enough to do so.  Hit one of those wide-open threes that you say the guy is so open, you have to make this.

Nice crowd tonight, one that continues to reinforce the equation "Friday night game = big crowd".  I wish UB could figure out how to move traffic out of there quicker afterwards, maybe make it two lanes going either way from the lots?  I mean they're constrained by the fact that someone designed all those lots to empty into a two-lane road, while a 4-lane highway sits nearby.

As for BG - you were just slightly ahead of Bona in line when they handed out team colors.  At least make more use of the orange.  Frye - your dad a big donor?  Is your uncle the school president?  Did you get into the team as a legacy like Flounder got into Delta House?  I mean, four air-balls.   And what does that say about the other guards on the bench, that you can't get minutes in a game over a guy who flung up FOUR air-balls?! 

What I would pay to see Dakich on that bench again.  Even just a replay of that game - we inquired with MSG to see if they'd gotten the tapes from Empire Sports, but I never heard back any further.

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