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.
Remember that joke from almost all the episodes in the Charlie Brown cartoon? Lucy holds a football for Charlie to kick but pulls it away before he boots it, causing the clumsy kicker to fall on his back time and time again. That segment pretty much sums up Buffalo sports. For the past four years, I have heard Buffalonians become excited and hopeful for the Sabres and Bills, and every time they head into the offseason shaking their heads and wondering what happened. That led me to wonder: how could someone be a fan of Buffalo Bills? A friend tried to explain it to me.
"Wats Up?" That is the name of sophomore point guard Tony Watson's season-long blog about the men's basketball team. The blog was passed down from former Bull Sean Smiley, and not just because it could be given this clever title. With the departure of six seniors, Buffalo is now one of the youngest teams in the Mid-American Conference, and the sophomore guard has emerged as one of the leaders of the squad. Due to the large group of seniors on the team, Watson only averaged 4.2 minutes per game during the 2009-10 campaign.
$23,444,104. That was the athletic department's budget for the 2008-09 academic year. Between SUNY budget cuts, the delaying of UB 2020 and the rise in student tuition, this figure, at a glance, may shock and upset many. But the breakdown of how the money is spent tells a much different story. Athletic expenses include everything from scholarships and salaries, to team travel and equipment.
Last week, Jerry Davis said he was ready to lead his team. His Saturday night performance told a different story. Questionable play calling and the relentless defensive pressure of Central Florida forced the sophomore quarterback into mistakes throughout the game.