*Just over six years ago -- Dec. 18, 2000 -- St. Bonaventure was 27th in the AP poll. Five years ago next Wednesday -- Dec. 28, 2001 -- the Bonnies won by 18 at Connecticut. It seems like 50 years ago. Think of that while you're watching this year's wretched edition take the floor in the Koessler Center today against Canisius.
*If you want a local hoop fix, today is your last chance of 2006. After today's Bona-Canisius and Siena-UB games, there are no Big 4 men's or women's contests at home until Jan. 3.
*Former Canisius star Kevin Downey has taken a job as an assistant coach at Nazareth College in his native Rochester. Downey, fellow ex-Golden Griffin Brian Dux (currently playing in England) and former UB star Turner Battle (now assisting at Sweet Home High School) were the kind of cerebral players who probably will make great head coaches someday.
-- Mike Harrington