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College Power 10: Depth of UB women to be tested

The University at Buffalo women’s basketball team will have to navigate a WNBA-like schedule this week in order to preserve its undefeated record.

The Bulls (9-0) play three games in three days, starting with a trip to New York City for the Fordham Holiday Classic Thursday and Friday. The Bulls again top this week’s College Power 10.

1. UB women’s basketball. UB stands No. 16 in the nation in the Ratings Percentage Index, a key factor in the NCAA Tournament selection. That’s a tad misleading at this point in the season, however, because UB’s non-conference strength of schedule is 98th.

Nevertheless, UB’s fast start is impressive by any measure. The Bulls are eighth in the nation in rebound margin, out-boarding foes by a whopping 13.2 a game. UB is 19th in the nation in three-point defense and 43rd in field-goal percentage defense.

UB gets a chance for a couple quality wins this week. It meets Fordham (9-4) at noon Thursday. Fordham is picked for sixth in the Atlantic 10 Conference and stands 98th in the RPI. Fordham beat a quality Duquesne team by 13 at home. UB beat Duquesne by two on the road.

Harvard (9-1) plays UNC-Asheville (6-3) in the other first-round game. Harvard stands 48th in the RPI and is 22nd in the nation in rebound margin.

UB opens defense of its Mid-American Conference title with a home game at 6 p.m. Saturday against Miami Ohio. The RedHawks (5-7) were picked for fifth out of six in the MAC East. UB will need its deep bench to produce over the three days.

2. Canisius men’s basketball. Isaiah Reese earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rookie of the week after his 22-point effort in the Golden Griffins’ 106-101 overtime win at St. Bonaventure. Reese is a 6-5 guard from Miami. Canisius (8-5) plays a big MAAC game against Siena at 2 p.m. Monday at the Koessler Athletic Center. Siena (4-8), picked second in the MAAC, is better than its record indicates. The Saints’ schedule ranks 68th in the nation.

3. Bona’s Jaylen Adams. The junior point guard ranks fifth in the nation in scoring (23 ppg), 12th in assists (6.58 per game) and 14th in percentage of minutes played (91.5). Adams and the Bonnies (8-4) open Atlantic 10 Conference play Friday at Massachusetts (9-3).

4. Buffalo State men’s hockey. The Bengals (9-3-1) closed the first semester ranked No. 9 in Division III in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll and No. 10 in the poll.

5. Erie CC men’s hockey. The Kats stand 13-2-1.

6. Niagara CCC basketball. The Thunderwolves’ women’s team is 12-1. The men are 11-2.

7. Daemen men’s basketball. Daemen stands 7-4 entering a non-conference home game at noon Saturday against the College of St. Rose.

8. Niagara men’s basketball. The Purple Eagles (4-9) earned a good win over LIU-Brooklyn (7-6) last week. Niagara moved up to 259th in the nation in the Pomeroy ranking, its highest standing since January 2015.

9. Fredonia State women’s basketball. The Blue Devils (8-1) play host to Alfred on Friday.

10. Villa Maria women’s basketball. The Vikings improved to 7-5 with a 96-54 win over Sheridan College. Armoni Jordan (South Park) had 29 points and 13 rebounds. Shaquana Owens (Tapestry Charter) had 28 points and 16 rebounds.


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