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Bucky Gleason

Bucky Gleason is senior sports columnist for The Buffalo News. He has covered sports on all levels since 1992. He is a terrible golfer who remains undefeated in match play on the 19th hole. He lives in Hamburg with his wife and four children.


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DALLAS – Sure it crossed his mind. How could it not? Jaylen Adams had missed his first eight shots in the biggest game of his career. He had spent his lifetime working toward and fantasizing about playing in the NCAA Tournament. It came true after a spectacular senior year at St. Bonaventure. Adams was playing against UCLA, the most storied program in history with its 1…

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DALLAS – Mark Schmidt did everything he could after the celebration began and the moment arrived. Schmidt knew the long and sometimes sordid history behind St. Bonaventure's win over UCLA. He had been part of the struggle, too, after accepting the coaching job against the advice of others. Schmidt is nothing if not prepared. He has been known to sit in his office for ho…

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DAYTON, Ohio –  Courtney Stockard had been terrific heading into the game, so it wasn't like his performance Tuesday came out of nowhere. You just never know how a player is going to perform under the bright lights of the NCAA Tournament against a storied program like UCLA, especially when he's coming off an injury. But the true measure of a player is whether he shows u…

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DAYTON, Ohio – Back in December, in the first home game Arizona State played after beating No. 2 Kansas and opening the season with nine straight victories, Bobby Hurley flashed back his second year of coaching UB when he walked into Alumni Arena for a game against Kent State. "It was the 'Blackout Game,' " Hurley said Tuesday while his team prepared for a First Four ga…

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You'll rarely hear me say anything positive about the NCAA, which has shamelessly made billions of dollars off the backs of college kids and remained one of the more hypocritical and corrupt enterprises in sports. But I must admit we have one thing in common: An affinity for a great story. It must have come into play Sunday evening while the Selection Committee huddled …

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ALLEGANY – Mark Schmidt manufactured a happy face and positive spin after digesting the situation, knowing it could have been considerably worse. St. Bonaventure is going to the NCAA Tournament after receiving an at-large invitation. The Bonnies will be matched up against storied UCLA. It's all good, but players and fans reacted like they believed it deserved better Sun…

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WASHINGTON – St. Bonaventure didn't wait until the end of the Atlantic 10 Tournament to invite supporters to a watch party. The plan rolled out late Friday called for season ticket-holders and students to gather in the Reilly Center on Sunday for the NCAA Tournament Selection Show. The Bonnies have some of the most passionate fans in college basketball, as anyone who ha…

WASHINGTON – Matt Mobley sat before his locker stall 30 minutes after the game Friday night searching for the right words. Shooters for generations have tried to explain the impenetrable mental state that washes over them when everything is perfect and almost every shot falls into the basket. Mobley made a visit to The Zone early in the second half, broke the Atlantic 1…

WASHINGTON – St. Bonaventure will play Richmond in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament quarterfinals Friday night after the seventh-seeded Spiders beat No. 10 Duquesne, 81-68, Thursday evening in Capital One Arena. Jacob Gilyard, a 5-foot-9 guard, scored a game-high 20 points for the Spiders. Richmond was in control for nearly the entire game and cruised in the second…

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WASHINGTON – The timing was strange Thursday given that UB was hours removed from a victory in the middle of its conference tournament, but university officials deserve credit for a wise decision. They recognized it was never too early to give Nate Oats a pay raise and a long-term contract. Oats was given a five-year extension after the Bulls reached the Mid-American Co…

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ALLEGANY – Two years later, it remains an open wound for the four players who contributed that season. Jaylen Adams and Idris Taqqee were sophomores who played pivotal roles for a St. Bonaventure team that won 22 games while freshmen LaDarien Griffin and Nelson Kaputo came off the bench. The Bonnies earned a share of the Atlantic 10 title in 2015-16, the best year to th…

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St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams and Davidson forward Peyton Aldridge, two key figures in the Bonnies' win over the Wildcats in triple overtime last week, were named co-Players of the Year in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Adams was one of three Bona players to be honored Tuesday. Adams averaged 20.5 points and 5.3 assists per game and led the Bonnies to a 24-6 record ov…

Bills

Sports are like politics in the sense that they're populated with skilled speakers who rarely say a darned thing. Circumventing the truth without actually lying has evolved into an art form, one that requires trained eyes and ears to interpret nuance in their message and translate it into simpler terms. If you’re in this business long enough, you learn to listen for sub…

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No matter how many successful surgeries are performed or how much chemo is pumped into the body, or how many tests come back negative, or how many days life becomes normal again, or how many prayers are answered, cancer rarely surrenders and never disappears for good. Even survivors who whipped the disease and returned to full health would concede it remains in the mind…

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ALLEGANY – Jaylen Adams remembered his first visit to the Reilly Center like it was yesterday. He was finishing his senior year of high school in 2014 and scrambling for a scholarship when St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt convinced him to visit the campus with students on summer break. Adams poked his head into the empty gymnasium. When the bleachers were folded in pl…