While UB students are getting ready to welcome in the New Year, the women's basketball team will be preparing for one of its toughest challenges of the season. The Bulls (4-3) are participating in the 14th Annual Lehigh Christmas City Classic, where they are set to play Mississippi State (3-1) in the opening round. After a tough 2009-10 season in which they finished 7-23 (3-13 Mid-American Conference), Buffalo has come out with a vengeance this season.
The women's basketball team traveled 10 minutes down the road looking to repeat what the men's team did earlier this year ? run Canisius out of its own gym. Buffalo (4-3) utilized a dominating second half performance to rout its Big Four rival 79-50 on Wednesday night. Both teams came out playing at a fast pace from the opening tip.
The longest losing streak in college football this season was snapped last Friday afternoon. However, the Bulls' (2-10, 1-7 Mid-American Conference) skid will continue into next season. Buffalo fell 17 yards short of sending its seniors out with a come-from-behind victory in their final game of the season.
While most students enjoyed turkey and stuffing with family and friends over Thanksgiving break, the men's basketball team hit the road to start its longest stretch away from Alumni Arena this season. The Bulls (3-2) split the two games.
The men's basketball team has had no problem scoring in its own gym so far this season. The Bulls (2-1) came out firing in the first half and held off a late rally to pick up their second win at home this season with an 87-76 victory over the Towson Tigers (1-2) on Saturday night. Junior guard Zach Filzen led a balanced offensive attack, which resulted in five players reaching double figures.
Sometimes a team has to experience the pain of failure before it can reach its full potential. In some regards, this season was a success for the Bulls (18-16, 5-11 Mid-American Conference) even though they fell to Ohio (18-11, 10-6 MAC), 3-0, in the quarterfinals of the MAC tournament. Bulls head coach Todd Kress thinks that despite exiting the tournament in the quarters for the second straight season, it could end up being a stepping stone for the team. "I have to give the credit to this team for the year we had," Kress said.
Despite a rough travel week, the volleyball team picked up a much-needed victory with its season on the line. The Bulls (18-15, 5-11 Mid-American Conference) traveled to Akron (15-14, 7-9 MAC) for the first round of the 2010 MAC Tournament.
With the Mid-American Conference tournament in the back of its mind, the volleyball team looked to finish its regular season on a winning note last weekend. The Bulls (17-15, 5-11 MAC) outlasted Akron (15-13, 7-9 MAC) 3-2 on Thursday night but were shut out 3-0 by Toledo (11-14, 6-10 MAC), the MAC West's last place team, on Saturday night. Against the Zips, the match came down to the final set as both teams captured two sets en route to the final set showdown. The Bulls came out firing in the final set and jumped out to a 10-4 lead.
It was a David versus Goliath matchup as the men's soccer team went up against the No. 3 ranked team in the nation on Friday night. The underdog did not prevail on this night. The Bulls (7-10-1, 4-2-0 Mid American Conference) were knocked out of the MAC tournament by the eventual champion, the Akron Zips (18-1-1). The 3-1 loss was a crushing one that ended the 2010 season. "The effort was most certainly there," said head coach John Astudillo.