Spring Sports Guide
A list of upcoming events for UB Athletics
Men’s Basketball (16-6, 8-1 Mid-American Conference) vs. Western Michigan, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.
The new semester brings big games and events for UB sports. The semester starts this week with a Friday game for the men's basketball team. They welcome the Western Michigan Broncos (13-9, 5-4 MAC) to Alumni Arena on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Bulls and Broncos were both selected by the MAC coaches to win their respective divisions.
The Broncos received more tournament champion votes but the Bulls took down the Broncos in an early January showdown that saw the Bulls secure a 10-point victory in Kalamazoo. UB Athletics is hoping to sell-out Alumni Arena by spreading “#Operation6000” on social media.
Buffalo is coming off their first loss of 2018 and first in conference play so they will be looking to recapture the rhythm they had during their nine-game win streak.
Wrestling (5-8, 2-3 MAC) vs. Northern Illinois, Feb. 11 at 12 p.m.
UB wrestling closes out their conference schedule this month when the Northern Illinois Huskies (2-7, 0-4 MAC ) come to Alumni Arena for a daytime dual. The Huskies are currently the bottom-dwellers in the MAC. Buffalo should be able to impress in front of the home crowd.
Redshirt junior Bryan Lantry has been dominant at 133 pounds and is ranked nationally. Redshirt junior Jake Gunning has also been having a great season at 285 pounds with a 12-4 overall record and 3-0 in the MAC. He also recorded a victory in Buffalo’s match with nationally-ranking Cornell.
MAC Basketball Tournaments, March 5-10
Both the men and women’s (16-3, 7-1 MAC) basketball teams will be looking to make it to the MAC tournament again this year. Both teams lead their divisions and should be able to make it.
Junior guard CJ Massinburg leads the team in points –– 17.8 per game –– and rebounds –– 7.6 per game. Senior guard Wes Clark became active over the break and is averaging 14.2 points per game and a team-high 5.7 assists in his 12 games.
For the women, junior guard Cierra Dillard will get her first shot at the MAC tournament. She has stepped in as the primary scorer in her first year in Buffalo and is averaging 15.1 points per game.
The tournament kicks off March 5 for seeds eight through 12 with the top seeds hosting on their home courts. The top eight teams will then head to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland March 8-10.
MAC Men’s Tennis Tournament, April 27-28
The UB men’s tennis team (1-2, 0-0 MAC) is the defending MAC tournament champion and will have a chance to defend that title in Buffalo when they host the MAC men’s tennis tournament. With only one player graduating from last season, the team is well positioned to take another MAC crown.
Oozefest, May 5
This is a less traditional athletic event but fun for everybody, not just sports fans. Teams take to the mud pits on St. Rita’s Lane on UB’s North Campus. Players stand up to their ankles in mud for one of the most chaotic volleyball tournaments around.
Whether you partake in the festivities or attend as a spectator, students have been enjoying this event for years. UB’s annual tradition is over three decades old and comes perfectly placed before exams. It’s a good chance to blow off some steam before the 24-hour library lock-ins begin.
Daniel Petruccelli is the sports editor and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org