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ALBANY -- According to a report in today's paper here, the Albany folks are interested in hosting the MAAC Tournament on a permanent basis. Albany has hosted the most tourneys by far and is a convenient site for most of the schools. The Times Union Center is a terrific venue for college hoops at this level, and the place really rocks when Siena is playing a big tournament …

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Charron Fisher is dropping in close to 28 points per game.                                                 Photo by John Hickey/Buffalo News The battle for MAAC men's Player of the Year came down to two players, Ni…

ALBANY -- With a 35-25 halftime lead, the Canisius women's basketball team is in a much better offensive groove against Niagara then when we last saw these two play last Saturday. After a slow start, the Griffs were able to score on a few drives to the basket, then advance to mid-range jumpers. Warmed up, Brittane Russell and Amanda Cavo hit 3-pointers which gave the Grif…

ALBANY -- The first-round game between Canisius and Niagara in the women's MAAC tournament is scheduled to start on time -- a minor miracle for this event. For all the history these two schools have with each other, they have only met once before in the MAAC tourney. That was back in 2005 when Canisius defeated Niagara, 71-68, in the semifinals in HSBC Arena. Canisius wen…

This one will send shock waves throughout the Mid-American Conference: UB 96, Bowling Green 50 on March 4. A week before the conference tournament and mere days after it was drilled by 20 at Akron, UB was never threatened against a Bowling Green team that defeated Kent State last weekend, knocking the Golden Flashes out of the Top 25. So where did this come from? It’s …

I often wondered when Syracuse was finally going to honor Billy Owens by retiring his number and it's coming on Saturday when the Orange plays Marquette. He didn't have the NBA career a lot of people envisioned, but his productivity on the college level is unquestioned. Owens' number 30 will join the jerseys of Dave Bing (22), Derrick Coleman (44), Sherman Douglas (20), V…

As I looked over how the top 25 fared this week, there were plenty of chances for a shake-up in the No. 8-13 portion of my poll. Only, everyone had a loss. The top 15 teams in the country can be a toss-up at times while it is no longer unusual to have unranked women's teams knock off quality ranked teams. And so, hardly anything changed in my top 25 poll this week. Tha…

Below are Niagara's MAAC Tournament scenarios. The Purple Eagles host Canisius today while the MAAC Tournament begins next week in Albany: Niagara (11-6) --Can finish between # 3 and # 5 --Finishes # 3 if they defeat Canisius AND Marist defeats Loyola AND Saint Peter’s defeats Siena AND Fairfield defeats Rider.  They would finish in a five way tie for first place…

Seems like new Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is saying all the right things while attempting to restore the fractured state of Cornhuskers football according to this article in the New York Times. AD Tom Osborne said he chose Pelini because embraced the values of all Nebraskans. Moreso than Turner Gill? --Rodney McKissic

Not much changed in my AP poll this week. The top 10 remained the same, though I dropped Cal one spot for losing to Standford, giving Baylor a deserving bump to No. 8. While George Washington is the only Atlantic 10 team in the poll, consider how deep the conference is this year. Games at the end of the season not only matter, they're taking on a tournament-type atmospher…

MAC Report Online.com just finishes its recruiting rankings for football, and the University at Buffalo finished seventh behind Ohio, Toledo, Temple, Western Michigan, Kent State and Central Michigan. Brian Golden break downs the entire conference here. --Rodney McKissic

OLEAN - You can almost rule out St. Bonaventure qualifying for the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. With five games left, the Bonnies are three games behind Fordham, who currently holds the 12th and final spot to qualify for the tournament. That leaves the Bonnies and defending champ George Washington on the outside looking in. Bona, who lost to Temple at home on Wedne…

Granted, the defensive effort of the University at Buffalo women's basketball team has been lacking the past few games. The 84-55 loss to Miami (Ohio) Wednesday marked the most points given up by the Bulls this season, along with back-to-back games where opponents have dropped 80 on them. But what's more concerning is that opponents seem to be more comfortable shooting in…

A sports Web site, the Love of Sports, recently profiled Niagara as part of its "the Love is Live" tour. It is currently on the site' s home page. Here is the favorable review of the Niagara basketball experience. Have anything to add? What are your favorite parts of attending games at your neighborhood college, current school or alma mater? ---Geoff Nason

There is plenty to be excited about up in Lewiston. Not necessarily storm-the-court type of excitement -- more on that later -- but Niagara has moved into a four-way tie for first in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s basketball standings. Because of the way tiebreakers shake out, if the Purple Eagles can win at Siena (no easy task) and at home versus Canisius,…