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Akron coach Keith Dambrot has been around long enough to know that whenever his teams come to Buffalo, it's going to be physical. There was plenty of grabbing and shoving on Saturday in the Bulls' 76-68 loss to the Zips. "That's just the way they play,'' said Zips guard Nick Dials. "They play hard. They come at you every night and you have no choice but to respe…

OLEAN -- St. Bonaventure let a double-digit second half lead slip away in a 72-61 loss to LaSalle. The Exploreres entered the game on a five-game losing streak and it seemed like the perfect home court match up for the Bonnies to get an Atlantic 10 win. They didn't. Granted, LaSalle is better than their 5-9 record would have you believe. In that five-game losing streak,…

A national ESPNU audience saw what Niagara's Charron Fisher, the nation's leading scorer, is all about. Fisher scored a game-high 31 points and pulled down seven boards in the Purple Eagles' 94-84 loss to Siena on Friday night. But Fisher, who came in averaging just over 27 points a game, wasn't pleased with his performance which included 9 of 21 shooting overall and 3 of…

So the Niagara hockey team lost its annual battle with Canisius two weeks ago, 4-3, at the Buffalo State Ice Arena. That was bad news for Robert Morris. The Colonials were on the receiving end of a renewed aggression by Niagara, which resulted in a 7-2 pounding at Dwyer Arena Friday night. Though Niagara dropped a pair of games at Cornell last weekend, the lesson was le…

As reported in article in today's Cincinnati Enquirer, Xavier declined to receive a national player of the week award because it was designated as a "Mid-Major" award. Xavier officials believe the term "mid-major" is derogatory. Used often by Rivals.com and ESPN, it is supposed to differentiate between schools in traditional "power conferences&quo…

ESPN’s Andy Katz produced a strong list of the 10 greatest individual seasons in college hoops, although I want to make a case for Duke’s Johnny Dawkins who wasn’t on the list. During his senior year in 1985-86, Dawkins averaged 20.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists while shooting nearly 55 percent from the field. The Blue Devils won their first 16 games of that season d…

With the college football season over, the final Sagarin ratings are out, updated through the bowl games. Here they are. As you can see, the University at Buffalo (5-7) finished ranked No. 115th in the country and sixth in the Mid-American Conference ahead of the likes of Miami (Ohio) and Toledo. Syracuse University is the lowest rated program in the Big East, and 113th…

The Mid-American Conference didn't have a favorable showing in the postseason, going 0-3 in bowl games, and the league's lack of defense has apparent. Central Michigan, Ball State and Bowling Green were outscored 166-85 and allowed 1,744 yards of total offense, an average of 581.3 yards a game. If the league wants to gain more respect nationally the programs have to empha…

LSU showed its superiority in beating Ohio State, 38-24, in the BCS championship game. But LSU's status as the best team in college football is debatable. Southern California and Georgia were the two best teams at the end of the year, and I'd take my chances with USC against anyone in the nation right now. The uncertainty over who is really No. 1 is why major college foot…

When Stanford defeated Tennessee in overtime, the Cardinal replaced the Lady Vols at No. 2 in the national poll. This week, I dropped Stanford down to No. 5 after the team lost twice to unranked teams -- UCLA and USC. Tennessee meanwhile seemed to find its groove after the Stanford loss and has dominated every facet of the game in ways it didn't early in the season. And…

When Rhode Island and Dayton meet on Wednesday it will mark the first time in Atlantic 10 men's basketball history that two nationally ranked teams will meet in their respective conference openers. The last time two ranked A-10 teams met in the regular season was on Feb. 22, 2003 when No. 14 Xavier edged No. 25 Dayton, 73-72. The A-10 seems to be back to national form t…

Even though tonight's 65-62 St. Bonaventure win was the first meeting between Bona and Bucknell in 12 years, the two programs have a few interesting connections. Bona athletics director Steve Watson is the brother of John Watson, a 1989 Bucknell graduate and a four-year letterman in the basketball program. John was a two-year captain and helped lead Bucknell to two NCAA T…

Hats off to former Bona coach Jim Baron, who has Rhode Island ranked in the Top 25 and a 14-1 record, the program's best start in 61 years. In the two seasons before Baron was hired in 2001, Rhody won just 12 games. Not long after he arrived, the program was hit with NCAA sanctions which occurred under former coach Jim Harrick that cost the team scholarships and recruitin…

Last night was the first night in her collegiate career that Candace Parker was out of the starting lineup for Tennessee. The reigning national Player of the Year was benched for the first half of the Lady Vols 102-68 win over DePaul Wednesday night. Parker sat after violating team rules, specifically missing curfew on New Year's Eve. First, it was good to see Pat Summit…