The wrestling team set out to do something that no other wrestling team has ever done at UB; win a Mid-American Conference championship. The Bulls (9-8, 2-3 MAC) may have fallen short of their ultimate goal at the 2011 MAC Wrestling Championships, but four wrestlers left Northern Illinois with individual accolades. Sophomores Andrew Schutt and Mark Lewandowski, and juniors Desi Green and John-Martin Cannon won MAC Championships in their respective weight classes.
For the first time in school history, the men's swimming and diving team is the Mid-American Conference champion. The Bulls (6-2, 1-1 MAC) won the 2011 MAC Swimming and Diving Championships, breaking countless records and finishing the three-day meet with 763.5 points.
It's been 40 days since the men's basketball team won a game on the road. With the Mid-American Conference Tournament less than a week away, the team is going to have to find a way to make things happen away from Alumni Arena. On Saturday afternoon, the team played arguably its worst game of the season. The Bulls (17-12, 8-8 MAC) wrapped up their regular season schedule in disappointing fashion, falling to Bowling Green (13-18, 8-8 MAC) 73-63 in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicated. The Falcons dominated the Bulls in every facet of the game in the last contest ever to be played at Anderson Arena.
Even though Wednesday was Senior Night at Alumni Arena, it was the play of a junior that helped the men's basketball team escape with a win. The Bulls (17-11, 8-7 Mid-American Conference) snapped their four-game conference-losing streak with a 59-49 win against Miami (Ohio) (15-15, 10-5 MAC). Both teams struggled shooting in the game, but the Bulls were able to play better defense down the stretch to dispose of the RedHawks. Junior forward Mitchell Watt added more content to his season-long highlight reel over the course of the game.
The women's basketball team surrendered 16 3-pointers on Wednesday night and suffered its worst loss in the final game of the regular season. The Bulls (15-14, 8-8 Mid-American Conference) took a beating from Bowling Green (25-4, 13-3 MAC) despite 32 points from senior forward Kourtney Brown.
Parity has made the Mid-American Conference more competitive than ever before, and the men's basketball team is learning that lesson this season. From the outside looking in, it may seem that the team is faltering down the stretch of a long and grueling MAC schedule, but according to head coach Reggie Witherspoon, the team is starting to receive the message he's been delivering all season long. The Bulls (16-11, 7-7 MAC) have dropped their last two games and have extended their conference-losing streak to four games after Saturday night's 69-60 loss to Akron (19-10, 9-5). With only two games remaining and a home game in the opening round of the MAC Tournament up for grabs, Buffalo is going to have to be perfect the rest of the way. Miami (Ohio) (15-14, 10-4 MAC) will visit Alumni Arena on Wednesday night.
The baseball team was burned by more than the sun during its season opener in New Mexico over the weekend. The Bulls (0-4) traveled to New Mexico State (8-0) to compete in two doubleheaders, and lost all four games, 20-12, 15-3, 23-11, and 19-13.
The women's basketball team took an opportunity to honor its seniors and beat down a conference rival all in the same night. Saying that this game was exciting would be an understatement, as Buffalo (15-13, 8-7 Mid-American Conference) overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Ohio (7-21, 3-12 MAC) by the score of 70-65. The Bulls' secret weapon, senior forward Bridgette Kendricks, showed why she is just that as she came out scoring Buffalo's first five points and collecting the team's first four rebounds.
The men's and women's track team brought its pens to Ohio this weekend and rewrote the record books. Juniors Becky O'Brien and Rob Golabek, along with senior Russell Cameron, all claimed titles in this weekend's Mid-American Conference Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio. O'Brien stunned the competition in shot put with two far-reaching throws.
The future of the women's swimming and diving program looks bright despite a disappointing end to the 2011 season at the Mid-American Conference Championships. The women's swimming and diving team (7-2, 2-1 MAC) broke five school records and earned NCAA B Cuts in several events.
With the clock to the Mid-American Conference tournament winding down, the men's basketball team seems to be in a rut. The Bulls (16-11, 7-7 MAC) traveled to Ohio to meet conference rival Akron (19-10, 9-5 MAC) on Saturday night.
Amar'e Stoudemire's talent has been crucial for the New York Knicks all season long. With the addition of Carmelo Anthony, some fans have been extremely quick to say that the Knicks already have a shot at the title. However, people like me still remain somewhat apathetic about the lackluster franchise. Basketball interest has been revived in the city, and even though I hail from Brooklyn, I'm not that thrilled.
With the Mid-American Conference Tournament quickly approaching, the women's basketball team had to find the winning formula it lost in the last couple of games. Even though the Bulls (14-13, 7-7 MAC) came away with a victory at Alumni Arena on Wednesday night, it still remains to be seen if they'll be able to keep that momentum going into March. The Bulls nearly blew a 15-point lead in the final minutes against Miami (Ohio) (10-17, 2-12 MAC), but stood tall in the last seconds to walk away with a 77-74 win. The game's final moments were unforeseeable because of Buffalo's strong performance in the first half.
Buffalo has been craving a championship for years, and recent developments have given the city hope that its thirst might finally be quenched. Everywhere you turn, there is a member of the Sabres faithful buzzing about how the team's new owner, Terry Pegula, is going to save the franchise.
What was just supposed to be a tune-up meet for the men's and women's track and field team on Saturday turned into a multi-record-breaking event. The Bulls traveled to the Marc Deneault Invitational at Cornell University to compete in their last meet before the Mid-American Conference Championships.