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Big 4 Roundup: UB men's basketball starts practice, UB women's soccer and Bona cross country

Forget Midnight Madness in mid-October. The University at Buffalo men's basketball team has already gotten to work. The Bulls held their first practice Thursday, coming off an impressive season which included winning the Mid-American Conference championship and upsetting Arizona in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

"I told our guys we beat Arizona not in March but on a random day in September when we practiced twice as hard as they did," UB coach Nate Oats said. "We beat them on a random day in October and a random day in November. That’s when you win March tournament games.

"We’re expected to win (the MAC) now so we've got to practice like that every day and know that we've got a bull's-eye on our backs."

UB has an exhibition game against Daemen on Oct. 26 and opens the regular season at home on Nov. 6 hosting St. Francis (Pa.)

Big weekend for UB soccer

UB's women's soccer team has a pair of challenging matches at UB Stadium, hosting Central Michigan (4-6-0, 2-0-0) at 7 p.m. Friday and Eastern Michigan (6-5-0, 1-1) at noon on Sunday.

The Bulls saw their seven-game win streak snapped in a loss at Western Michigan last weekend. That had been the second longest winning streak in school history and the longest winning streak for games decided in regulation in program history.

Carissima Cutrona leads the Bulls with six goals and seven assists.

UB is 7-2-0 overall and 1-1 in Mid-American Conference play.

Bonnies earn rookie honors

St. Bonaventure freshmen Logan Caruso and Theresa Dristle were named the men's and women's cross country rookies of the week by the Atlantic 10 after strong performances at the Anderson Invitational.

Caruso helped the Bonnies to fourth-place finish in the 21-team field with an 8K time of 27:23.4.

Dristle helped the women to a fourth-place team finish out of 18 teams. She ran a personal best 5K time of 19:43.8.

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