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Before the season the Big 4 men’s basketball coaches were asked whether the NCAA Tournament should be expanded. The majority responded in the affirmative – and they could have an opportunity to get their wish. Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Atlantic Coast Conference will propose expanding the tournament field from 68 to 72 teams via “the idea of having tw…

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Canisius coach Reggie Witherspoon knows running a college basketball team is as much a mental battle as it is a tactical one. His team beat the Fairfield Stags Monday night at the Koessler Athletic Center by a lopsided final score, 81-63. It wasn't always that distant though, as the teams played a back-and-forth first 20 minutes and entered the halftime break tied at 43…

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After Canisius overcame a sluggish start to beat Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon, 71-64, coach Reggie Witherspoon was asked for some perspective on his Griffs making history, reaching their best-ever record in MAAC play – 11-2 – despite limited expectations for this season, which included being picked ninth in the league’s preseason coaches poll. Witherspoon’s brain qu…

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If you haven't seen Jermaine Crumpton in a year, you'd barely recognize him. Canisius men's basketball's star forward trimmed down by 30 pounds in the offseason, a stark change in such a short time span. With the muscle needed to play big man minutes at the Division I level, it's about as much as he could lose. "A lot of people around me are asking me, 'How did I do …

Canisius won its second consecutive game at the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase in Stockton, Calif., beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 81-58, late Saturday night. On Friday, Canisius outlasted Texas State, 68-62. Against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Isaiah Reese and Takal Molson each scored 19 points for the Golden Griffins (3-3), and the Canisius shot 55.8 percent from the fi…

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Isaiah Reese had 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half as Canisius earned a 68-62 victory against Texas State on Friday night in the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase at Pacific's Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif. Canisius (2-3) shot 68.2 percent in the second half of the school's first game in the state of California since a 1989 matchup against Princeton a…

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University at Buffalo forward Nick Perkins carries plenty of weight on his shoulders. After winning the MAC Sixth Man of the Year last season, he's expected to move to a full-time starting role and excel. That's not just a standard his coach put on him, but all the coaches in the MAC. The Ypsilanti, Mich., native is one of two Bulls picked to the Preseason MAC East firs…

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Reggie Witherspoon has only been on the University at Buffalo campus a handful of times since the school fired him in 2013. He lives close, just eight minutes away, and used to drive his daughters occasionally when they were students there. Saturday afternoon his visit will hit a bit closer to home, as the 56-year-old head coach will do his craft in the building he spen…

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Team: Canisius Golden Griffins Affiliation: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach: Reggie Witherspoon, 2nd year (18-16) Last year: 18-16, 10-10 (6th) Reggie Witherspoon did an admirable job in his first season as Canisius's head coach, leading the Golden Griffins to a winning record and a 10-10 mark in the MAAC. As is often the case though with the start of …

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Jim Kwitchoff spent a career coaching other people’s kids. As much as he enjoyed it, it’s always great when he has an opportunity to coach his own. Instead of roaming the sidelines as a top aide to Reggie Witherspoon at the University at Buffalo, Kwitchoff is coaching his sixth-grade son, Ty, and the 12U North Tonawanda Nighthawks team that will be competing for a sp…

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The West Virginia Mountaineers are relentless. They lead the nation in steals and offensive rebounds. You know who the University at Buffalo could use Friday afternoon? Turner Battle. "Oh, I don't know!" Battle said by phone Friday from Louisville. "Shannon Evans is doing a hell of a job, a great job. He's making No. 11 look really good right now." Ef…