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'It's been like a roller-coaster ride'

---Nick Fairley's ride is only beginning.

---Jake Locker sticks by his decision to stay in school.

---T. Boone Pickens understands UConn donor's anger.

---Northern Illinois readies for Dave Doeren's first recruiting class.

---Kent State football coach Darrell Hazell has added three more coaches to his staff.

---After Louisville's Charlie Strong has gotten his latest recruiting class to sign on the dotted line, athletic director Tom Jurich expects to start talking to Strong about signing a new contract of his own.

---Were the 2007 5-star recruits worth the hype?

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Jimmer Legend

Jimmer-fredette-col-ap ---After scoring 43 points in last night's win over San Diego State, BYU's Jimmer Fredette, pictured right, is in position to win, a scoring title, player of the year honors and add to his growing legend.

---Is BYU the Duke of the West?

---UMass isn't likely to forget its trip to St. Bonaventure anytime soon, which made its impressive 78-69 victory over the Bonnies on Wednesday night more gratifying than usual.

---Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, the godfather of the triple double, has joined a class-action antitrust lawsuit over the use of his image and likeness from his college days.

---Seth Davis writes about missing puzzle pieces of 12 tournament teams.

---Coach K helps out the family of the Rutgers Director of Basketball Operations.

---Robbie Hummel feels his injuries have cost Purdue two Final Fours.

---Rupp Arena could be undergoing a face lift in the near future.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

2011 Heisman hopefuls

---Here's a list of 2011 Heisman hopefuls, including a former pizza delivery guy.

---Phil Steele lists the returning starters for college football teams next year and has UB last among MAC teams with 12.

---Is South Florida president Judy Genshaft attempting to keep Central Florida out of the Big East?

---New Ball State football coach Pete Lembo has had an opportunity over the past month to catch glimpses of what his players are capable of doing on the field, and his analysis has been mixed.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

UMass-St. Bonaventure game analysis

Game analysis: UMass’ dribble drive offense was difficult to contain and its 3-2 zone defense difficult to crack, and the Minutemen defeated St. Bonaventure, 78-69.

How St. Bonaventure lost: The Bonnies are going to win many games with Andrew Nicholson scoring 11 points. The 3-2 zone forces the offense to play further away from the basket than usual but the A-10’s second-leading scorer needs to shoot more than 11 times. St. Bonaventure also shot 28 three-pointers and made only nine.

Turning point: A block by Nicholson ignited a fastbreak layup by Marquise Simmons off a feed from Matthew Wright with 14:35 left to pull the Bonnies within two at 45-43. But Anthony Gurley scored seven points during a 12-2 UMass run that expanded the lead to 57-45. The closest Bona got again was seven points with 22 seconds left.

Player of the game: UMass coach Derek Kellogg is a disciple of John Calipari, who made the dribble drive offense trendy when he was at Memphis. So it’s not a surprise that Gurley dribbled drove his way to a game-high 28 points.

Stat of the game: The Bonnies got 28 points from their bench.

He said it: “The two keys to winning in the Atlantic 10 is that you have to defend and you have to rebound. When we win, [George Washington] for instance, we do a good job defending and we do a good job rebounding. We didn’t defend and we didn’t rebound.’’ – St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt.

What it means: The Bonnies are now in 10th place after falling to 10-9 overall and 2-4 in the A-10.

In the house: 3,332 at the Reilly Center.

Next up: 1 p.m. Saturday at Fordham

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Smoke forces team plane to land

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---On their way for a game at St. Bonaventure, smoke in the cockpit put a scare in the UMass basketball team, which was forced to make an emergency landing in Albany.

---UB gets another win on the road due in part to an offense that's 'a beautiful thing.'

---After round one in the East Division in yet another Mid-American Conference season, the coaches have watched their respective teams take turns at beating the tar out of each other.

---At last count, 24 NBA scouts had requested seats to attend tonight’s BYU-San Diego State basketball game.

---Andy Katz has come up with 11 BracketBuster matchups the he believes should take place.

---Jerry Palm provides his prediction on the field of 68.

---At the 'Cuse, bad things come in threes.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Round 'em up

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---Since Jeff Quinn, pictured above, and his staff arrived, UB has shifted philosophies in the recruiting game by wrapping up large numbers of players before their senior seasons even begin.

---Early enrollments change approach to recruiting.

---Is Central Florida blocking its way into the Big East?

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Buffalo State gets historic win

With a 55-50 win over Brockport in the Sports Arena Tuesday night, the Buffalo State women's basketball recorded its 600th program win.

The women's basketball program began in 1965 at Buffalo State and the Bengals (formerly Lady Bengals) have won more than 60 percent of their games.

Barb Kiliszek (Lancaster) led Buffalo State with 14 points, adding six rebounds and four steals as the Bengals improved to 9-6 overall, 4-5 in State University of New York Athletic Conference Play.

In other local college news from Tuesday, Medaille junior Nick Johnson (Canisius) was named the national player of the week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Johnsonled the Mavericks to a 5-0 start to the season with 89 kills while hitting .394. Medaille is ranked 15th in the nation and hosts Nazareth at 7 on Thursday.

National rankings continue to be the norm for Erie Community College as the Kats' men's basketball team continued to be No. 3 in the NJCAA Division II poll. The Kats improved to 16-1 overall with a 96-58 win over Alfred State Tuesday night. God's GIft Achiuwa, the Region III Athlete of the Week, had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

The ECC men's hockey team is ranked fourth in the latest NJCAA poll andhosts No. 2 Hudson Valley Community College at 3:15, Satuarday, at the Cheektowaga Recreation Center Ice Rink.

-- Amy Moritz

Ohio corner commits to UB

---According to sources, UB landed its 20th verbal commitment from the Class of 2011 in Mike Brown, a 5-11, 175-pound cornerback from Pickerington, Ohio. Brown also received offers from Air Force, Eastern Michigan and Brown. The Bulls have two more scholarships to give.

Here's a scouting report on Brown on ESPN.com:

Brown has corner size with a safety mentality between the white lines. Will likely still get recruited at safety and may project best in a hybrid type role (similar to high school) with added size and strength. Excels in heavy pressure schemes and is a very productive underneath defender. Flashes good reactive athleticism and a quick first step. Shows good closing and attack speed coming off the edge and makes a lot of stops near the line of scrimmage. Angles are sharp and direct to the ball, shows little wasted motion. Pursues with a high motor and is a good chaser from the backside. Gets through trash well and is a solid openfield tackler when breaking down in space. Transitions quickly breaking underneath on the pass in front of him and can effectively jam in zone schemes but is not as smooth when flipping his hips to run vertically in man-to-man. Allowed to blitz and come off the edge freely and lacks read and diagnosing experience as a true high-point safety. Marginal size is a concern with his aggressive playing style. Overall, Brown may not possess ideal size and speed measurables on paper but he's a fast and relentless pursuer who could be falling under the radar at the mid-major level for teams who deploy a heavy pressure, attacking defense with hybrid defenders.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Freshmen can play like old men

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---The late Al McGuire is credited with delivering the famous line: "The best thing about freshmen is they become sophomores. But for UB's Javon McCrea, pictured above, that isn't neccessarily true.

---San Diego State faces challenges when compared to other top programs.

---Dave Omen believes all a team needs is a few good wins in order to get into the NCAAs.

---In his Three-Pointer's column, Mike DeCourcy dishes on Georgia's tough week, Belmont as an at-large bid, and the ACC.

---Andy Glockner has this week's Bubble Watch.

---Seth Davis provides his top-10 candidates for Coach of the Year. Ohio State's Thad Matta should be higher on this list. He lost the national player of the year but the Buckeyes are unbeaten and No. 1.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Recruiting 101

---Here are seven things you need to know about recruiting.

---Limiting teams to 28 signees from Feb. 2-May 31 won't eliminate practice of oversigning.

---CollegeFootballNews.com analyzes the new head coaching hires.

---While the coaching carousel appears to have stopped this offseason after 21 new coaches were hired, the coordinator carousel still is spinning.

---Chuck Landon writes that Central Florida isn't a lock for the Big East.

---Q&A with NCAA president Mark Emmert.

---Are Utah State and San Jose State headed for the Mountain West.

---T.J. Simers writes UCLA's extended period of football mediocrity shows no sign of ending.

---Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton is working with QBs coach George Whitfield Jr. leading up to the NFL combine.

---Herschel Walker believes he can play in the NFL, but he won't.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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About Campus Watch

Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

@TBNDicesare | bdicesare@buffnews.com


Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.

@RodneyMcKissic | rmckissic@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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