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Buckets under the tree

12/07/17 4:58am | By JEREMY TORRES

The NBA season is in full effect and after opening day the next slate of games comes on Dec. 25. As NFL football is to Thanksgiving, NBA basketball is to Christmas. This year is no different. Here are the best Christmas games.

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The Edge: Buffalo vs. Canisius

12/07/17 1:30am | By THOMAS ZAFONTE

The Bulls are coming into their game against the Canisius Golden Griffins after going 1-1 at the Arizona State Classic. They had a strong game in their last outing beating the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels 80-53.

The Bulls (5-1, 0-0) look like the better team on paper heading into Thursday’s home game. The Bulls have been able to get results on both sides of the ball unlike the Golden Griffins (2-5, 0-0), and it shows in both teams’ records.

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The rundown

12/04/17 2:45am | By Sports Desk

Men’s Basketball vs. Niagara Purple Eagles (3-5) 106-87

The Bulls scored over the century mark on Wednesday night for the first time this season.

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The edge: Buffalo vs. St. Bonaventure

11/30/17 3:04am | By JEREMY TORRES

The men’s basketball team is hoping to make the jump into the elite category of MAC teams. Predicted to win the MAC East, the team has already picked up some hard fought games.

The Bulls continue their season Saturday at home when they take on St. Bonaventure. Like the Bulls (4-2, 0-0), the Bonnies (3-2, 0-0) run a three-guard attack. They will match up well against the Bulls and challenge them throughout during a high scoring, fast pace affair.

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Taste of history

11/20/17 1:55am | By JEREMY TORRES

Former Buffalo Bills player and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas spoke at the Buffalo History Museum Thursday. He debuted “Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports,” named “The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Gallery” due to a donation of $600,000 by the Wilson family. The gallery displays significant moments and athletes in Buffalo’s history.

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'Harder, better, faster, smart-er': Basketball player recovers from injury

11/20/17 1:53am | By DANIEL PETRUCCELLI

Ikenna Smart suffered from the latter. The junior forward had soreness in his back that nagged him last season. Six feet 10 inches and 241 pounds is a lot of body to support with a bad back. Smart had surgery on his back during the offseason and is expected to return to the court for the Bulls by the end of December. He plans on being better than he was a season ago now that he’s healthy.

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Getting the shot back

11/16/17 4:03pm | By THOMAS ZAFONTE

Cierra Dillard had to sit out the first basketball season of her UB career.

Dillard was the top scorer at UMass Amherst averaging 15.5 points a game and having 60 steals in her 2015-16 season. She had to sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Dillard made her return on Nov. 3 in an exhibition game against the Bloomsburg Huskies (1-1). She went 1-5 recording 2 points in the Bulls 64-32 win.

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Who’s on point?

11/16/17 4:00pm | By DANIEL PETRUCCELLI

Former UB point guard Lamonte Bearden threw a curveball at the men’s basketball team last summer. Bearden, who led the team to their second Mid-American Conference title, announced he was transferring.

The team has never truly established a point guard since.

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Q&A with Bulls Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack

11/16/17 2:03am | By THOMAS ZAFONTE

The Bulls (2-0, 0-0 MAC) are only two games into the season and already look impressive on both sides of the ball. Much of that success should be attributed to head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and the coaching staff.

The Spectrum met with Legette-Jack to talk about the upcoming season, the team’s previous success, her process on becoming the Bulls’ head coach and more.

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Q&A with Bulls Head Coach Oats

11/16/17 1:55am | By DANIEL PETRUCCELLI

Buffalo lost their leader in points and assists, Blake Hamilton. They retained two preseason all-MAC selections­­: junior guard CJ Massinburg and junior forward Nick Perkins. With only seven returning players, the team will be relying mostly on their new players to help them reach those projected results.

The Spectrum spoke with Bulls Head Coach Nate Oats about his thoughts on the season.

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The rundown

11/13/17 7:39pm | By Sports Desk

Football (4-6, 2-4 MAC)

UB football got things back on track when they beat the Bowling Green Falcons (2-8, 2-4 MAC) 38-28. Tyree Jackson had his second straight game with a career-high in passing yards. The redshirt sophomore quarterback finished with 406 yards and three touchdowns.

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On the cusp of greatness

11/13/17 11:45am | By THOMAS ZAFONTE

The Bulls (15-12, 8-8 MAC) did not have an easy end to their season.

They were pitted against the Bowling Green Falcons (17-10, 13-3 MAC) and the Miami (OH) Redhawks (21-8, 13-3 MAC) this past weekend in their final home and regular season games.

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Replace and reload: A preview of the upcoming men’s basketball season

11/09/17 10:38am | By DANIEL PETRUCCELLI

UB men’s basketball was the MAC coaches preseason pick to win the Mid-American Conference East Division, but they have to replace three of their top five scorers from last season.

The Bulls only have seven players still on their roster from last season; three of them were selected to all-MAC squads. This includes reigning MAC sixth man of the year, junior forward Nick Perkins, and the current MAC defensive player of the year, junior guard Dontay Caruthers.

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The waiting game: The club rowing team continues to wait for SUNY decision on former Division I team equipment

11/09/17 10:29am | By THOMAS ZAFONTE

SUNY officials remain tight-lipped about whether they’ll allow UB’s club rowers to use tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment that formerly belonged to the Division I rowing team, which the university eliminated last year.

UB is looking to resolve the situation soon, with the situation entering its eighth month and the club’s fall season already over.

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