The monkey that has been clinging to the Bulls' back has evolved into a full-blown gorilla. In the four consecutive years Buffalo has been in the MAC they have failed to win a match in conference.
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If this year's recruiting class is anything like last year's, the Bulls will be in business. While it is too early to predict the success of the newcomers, it is safe to say they come with solid reputations and enough promise to keep fans interested during the off season.
It would have been a shame for Baby Joe Mesi to suffer his first defeat in front of the biggest crowd to ever attend a boxing match in Buffalo. Sugar Ray Leonard and the rest of the Mesi camp may have had that in mind when they scheduled 6-foot-6, 221-pound Tennessee Turkey Keith McKnight.
With the Sabres breathing in their last breath of playoff air this season, Buffalo sports enthusiasts are left with only one viable option Friday night. The question is: are they ready to rumble?
UB Director of Athletics Bob Arkeilpane knew he hit the jackpot when he attracted EPSN 2's "Friday Night Fights" to Alumni Arena for a Friday April 5 bout featuring Buffalo favorite son Joe Mesi challenging 31-year-old New Zealander Keith McKnight in the main event, an event that sold out in record time.
While a select 16 teams are battling it out for a national championship, the UB Bulls can rest at home, knowing they are in good shape for seasons to come. After all, they have undisputedly the best freshmen class in the nation - in the classroom.
For several mid-major teams such as the MAC's Ball State, Butler from the Horizon and Utah State from the Big West, selection Sunday represented a day of March sadness. It was the day they were voted off the island and exiled to the NCAA's version of basketball purgatory, otherwise known as the NIT (National Invitation Tournament). Never have three letters carried the same stigma and ominous sense of foreboding since . the BCS (Bowl Championship Series).
Buffalo's second game against Miami of Ohio in nine days shared many similarities with the first. Once again, it was a physical game where loose balls and turnovers made the difference. Once again, Miami went on a big run to open the second half, putting UB in a hole they could not climb out of. And just like the other two contests, Buffalo's solid 50-percent shooting from the field was offset by Miami advantages in rebounding and turnovers.
One could easily expect the game would mean something special to the members of the Bulls' senior class. It was senior night, the team's final regular-season home game, and the class was given an emotionally charged pre-game ceremony involving an assortment of players, friends and coaches.
The men's basketball team is beginning to relate to Dorothy, clicking their heels while saying, "There's no place like home." UB (11-15, 6-9 MAC) lost their fourth straight game away from Alumni Arena Wednesday night, suffering their worst offensive output of the season while falling 54-42 to the Toledo Rockets before 3,954 at Savage Hall. The news is not all bad, however.
It's raining threes, Hallelujah.
If it's true that when it rains it pours, then it's coming down in buckets on the UB men's basketball team. This time it wasn't two extra seconds on the clock that did the Bulls in; they were dominated for the entire 40 minutes in a 87-63 thumping at the hands of the Ball State Cardinals in front of 6,130 fans at the John Worthen Arena.
This is the second of a two-part series examining the life of a UB men's basketball player.
Wide right, no goal, forward lateral; these phrases are all too common in the Western New York community. Now UB basketball has one more you can add to that list: time expired.
This is the first of a two-part series examining the life of a UB men's basketball player. Next Wednesday's issue will deal with the topics of 'Student-athlete or Athlete-student' and 'After the Glory.'
The University at Buffalo wrestling team came into Alumni Arena this past Saturday looking for momentum. After suffering two-straight losses to rivals Kent State and West Virginia, a win was in order.
After the acts of Sept. 11, millions of Americans are proud to call themselves Patriots. Right now, 52 men may be a little prouder than most.
When opportunity comes knocking, you'd better be there to answer it. Saturday night, at home against the Big Ten's Northwestern Wildcats, the Bulls held up a "Do Not Disturb" sign every time opportunity approached.
Over the turn of the New Year, the play of the UB men's basketball team was more in tune of A Christmas Carol. While no one is comparing UB Head Coach Reggie Witherspoon to Ebenezer Scrooge or Gabe Cagwin to Tiny Tim, Buffalo at times looked like they did in seasons past, such as when they squandered several opportunities to win at home against Ohio, or when they lost at the buzzer on the road at Northern Illinois.