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No need to drown in over-analysis of the Anthony Solomon era at St. Bonaventure. It's all pretty simple: Nice enough guy to the media but totally over his head as a first-time head coach. Openly derided by players, no semblance of an offense, huge dropoff in attendance. Brutal record. See ya. Now comes the important part -- finding a real coach. Most Bona alums regard new…

Still shaking my head about how brutal things were for the MAAC Tournament in Bridgeport, Conn. Too bad they can't lift the Arena at Harbor Yard and move it somewhere else. So while the MAAC spends more time pondering where to go (since it refuses to do the smart thing and just go to Albany every year), I've got a suggestion: Give Atlantic City a try. I took a detour th…

I'm a voter in the weekly AP Top 25 and this week I'm taking a beating in the email box from Maryland fans. Seems they're peeved I had Duke No. 14 and Maryland No. 20 on my ballot last week. The vote was caught because the AP web site lists each of the 72 ballots. Baltimore Sun columnist Rick Maese noticed as well and we had an e-mail exchange which led to a neat column t…

----For the second time in three years, Niagara  has received an anonymous $15,000 donation to help with the student travel to the NCAA Tournament. Students got a relatively low priced charter flight to Tucson, Ariz., two years ago and will probably have a similar arrangement this time. ----Have you looked closely at the ESPN Championship Week ads? Watch the very end…

NEW YORK -- Greetings from the World's Most Famous Arena, where the basketball is great but a wireless Internet connection has been thus far unattainable. So in the 25th anniversary of the Big East Tournament in Madison Square Garden, we're turning the clock back to oh, 1998, by comandeering a phone so we can post a few blogs via Mother Dialup (feel our shame). Lots to ta…

As I thumb through the UB media guide, it's hard to find a more productive big man in the Bulls' history than Yassin Idbihi. In 123 games, more than any player, Idbihi finished in the top five in eight different statistical categories in the school's modern era (since 1991), including points scored (1,514), rebounds (844) and blocked shots (103). The only other big man wh…

      Toledo's the No. 1 seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. No. 2 Akron, featuring two of LeBron's old high school teammates, is the people's choice. But watch out for Kent State, a young squad that plays tenacious defense and keeps excelling under the league's most accomplished coach, Jim Christian.       Christian mig…

Byron Mulkey made more than a few UB fans cringe when as he committed a career high eight turnovers on Wednesday in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. But before fans start begging for the return of Eric Moore, Mulkey did score 19 points and has a new fan in Central Michigan point guard Giordan Watson. Watson taught Mulkey and the young UB backcourt a few lessons to …

Here's how quickly things can change on a college basketball team, particularly when it comes to young players. Here's why college coaches find the task of molding young men both exasperating and enthralling: Back in early December, after a UB victory over Niagara, I wrote a column on Bulls sophomore guard Eric Moore, who’d stepped up to a starting role after an uninspi…

I know they have a weak RPI, but it's hard for me to imagine Niagara being seeded 16th in the NCAA Tournament. In fact, any No. 1 seed that draws Niagara as a first-round opponent should scream bloody murder, because the Purple Eagles are much better than a customary 16th seed. A top seed deserves better. Niagara's offensive talent is scary good. They have the weapons of a…

UB likes its chances in its Mid-American Conference first-round matchup against Central Michigan on Wednesday. Here are a few keys to victory for the Bulls: - Defense: Central Michigan has two primary scoring threats in Sefton Barrett and flashy guard Giordan Watson, who combined for 37 points in their last meeting, and the Bulls can't give them good looks at the basket. …

While Niagara has kept Big 4 men's basketball on the radar screen for another few weeks, the local women's teams all quietly went home  early. The brightest spot was St. Bonaventure, which finished with its first winning season in nine years.At 16-15, the Bonnies tied the program record for number of wins at Division I. They also won their first Atlantic 10 tournamen…

It looks like Utah and New Mexico wants to play with the big boys. Both schools are in the market for new coaches and are using headhunter Bob Beaudine to make it known they are willing to pay incentive-laden contracts in the neighborhood of $1 million for their next coach. Utah is 25-33 since its Sweet 16 appearance two years ago, which led to the resignation of Ray Giac…

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Niagara learns its NCAA Tournament fate Sunday night but we can already give you a little insight into the where and when: ---As a host in HSBC Arena, NU is not eligible there. Because the school is hosting games on Thursday-Saturday, its team will play in a Friday-Sunday subregional. That means the Purple Eagles are going to Columbus, Chicago, New Or…

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- When Niagara's players and coaches shared a private moment in their locker room after winning Monday's MAAC title, they presented a game ball to Rev. Joseph Levesque, the university's president. First-year athletics director Ed McLaughlin has routinely praised Levesque for his guidance during the team's September chaos after the hoopsters' celebrated …