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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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Liisa Ups

UB women's basketball is undefeated no more

12/04/15 1:20am | By Jordan Grossman

Hofstra (6-1) defeated the Bulls (6-1) 79-36 in Hempstead, New York Thursday, which ends Buffalo’s six-game winning streak to start the season. It was Legette-Jack’s first game against her former team, which she coached from 2002 to 2006, since coming to UB in 2012.

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Felisha Legette-Jack

UB women’s basketball off to 6-0 start

12/01/15 8:46pm | By Jordan Grossman

The chemistry of the women's basketball team and head coach Felisha Legette-Jack, evident in a recent team trip to Universal Studios, is one reason the Bulls (6-0) defeated Central Florida and Clemson of the Atlantic Coast Conference for it’s best start since the 2000-01 season.

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Don't count out the champs

UB's Joe Licata is 'Buffalo Joe'

12/01/15 8:26pm | By Jordan Grossman

It’s fair to say there’s been little stability in the UB football program over the past few seasons. The Bulls have had a coaching change. They’ve seen the highs of a bowl game in 2013 and the lows of back-to-back five-win and bowlless seasons the past two years. But through it all there has been one constant – Joe Licata, a local high school quarterback who stayed local and shattered most of the passing records at UB.

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Joe Licata family

UB quarterback Joe Licata plays for the name on the front - and the back

11/29/15 7:16pm | By Tom Dinki

Joe Licata's played every single game of his college career with family in the stand, and they were there once again for his last game Friday despite wind, rain and a heart-breaking season-ending 31-26 loss to Massachusetts. His father Gil and mother Paula have never missed a game – home or away – while his three sisters have only missed a few.

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UB Bulls defeat Vermont, claim Springfield Bracket Championship

11/23/15 10:30pm | By QUENTIN HAYNES

Four months out from the Mid-American Conference Tournament, the Buffalo men’s basketball team added another tournament championship to its résumé. 

The Bulls (3-2) defeated Vermont (2-3) 77-71 in Uncasville, Connecticut Sunday to help claim the Springfield Bracket Championship of the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic. After blowout losses to Old Dominion and St.

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Ron Willoughby

Gridiron report card: Akron defeats UB Bulls 42-21

11/22/15 12:25am | By Jordan Grossman

The football team (5-6, 3-4 Mid-American Conference) is still a win away from bowl eligibility after a 41-21 loss to Akron (6-5, 4-3 MAC) at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field Saturday. Buffalo will now need a win over Massachusetts (2-9, 1-6) in its season finale at UB Stadium on Friday for any chance at the program’s third bowl game since returning to Division I in 1999.

Here’s how The Spectrum graded the Bulls’ performance Saturday.

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Akron downs UB Bulls 42-21

11/21/15 10:15pm | By QUENTIN HAYNES

Akron (6-5, 4-3 Mid-American Conference) defeated the Bulls (5-6, 3-4 MAC) 41-21 at InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field Saturday, which sets up an all-important season finale against Massachusetts next week for Buffalo. The Bulls will try for their sixth win of the season, which could mean a bowl invite.

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UB volleyball season ends with loss to Ball State in MAC Tournament

11/20/15 3:48pm | By QUENTIN HAYNES

The No. 7 seeded Bulls (7-22, 6-10 Mid-American Conference) lost to No. 6 seed Ball State (15-16, 8-8 MAC) 3-1 in the first round of the MAC Tournament in Athens, Ohio Thursday night. The Bulls won the second set to pull the match even, but proceeded to drop consecutive sets. The Cardinals meanwhile advance to the MAC Quarterfinals against No. 3 Kent State (19-9, 13-3 MAC).

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Tom Dinki

Danny White brought quick success, but future is questionable

11/20/15 12:05am | By Tom Dinki

A Mid-Major like UB needs to think long-term. Nothing is a quick fix. You have to slowly inch your way up the college athletics landscape. You don’t, as White always liked to say, build “America’s next big-time college athletics brand” in three years.

White could move up a conference and get a larger budget to play with in three years. UB cannot.

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Who has the edge: UB Bulls vs. Akron

11/19/15 11:13pm | By QUENTIN HAYNES

In a Mid-American Conference matchup between two teams vying for bowl eligibility, the Buffalo football team (5-5, 3-3 MAC) and Akron (5-5, 3-3) face off in the second-to-last game of the regular season Saturday.

The Spectrum decided who has the edge at each position.

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