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Syracuse faced different styles in the ACC

By Rodney McKissic

Before Syracuse entered the ACC, the Orange heard they would have to change its style because their new league was more finesse than physical. Not true according to C.J. Fair.

“I think the physicality of the ACC was underestimated or underrated I should say,” Fair said. “You got some teams that have similar styles like Virginia has a similar style to Pittsburgh. You play against Duke, they’re more up and down. It’s just you get a taste of everything in the ACC, not just one style.”

Bayr Moussa Keita agrees.

“Everybody told us it’s a run and gun type of play, but we play different teams, and they have a different style of play. You play Boston College and they’re going to make you hold the ball and work the defense. If you play Duke, they’re going to go up and down. So I think I underestimated it.”

Audio from Nashville: McKissic, DiCesare postgame analysis

NASHVILLE -- Rodney McKissic and Bob DiCesare break down St. Bonaventure's 66-63 loss to Florida State in the NCAA Tournament:


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Bona-Florida State pregame/postgame chat, in-game blog

Slideshow: Bona-Florida State game preview

The News' Brian Meyer compiled this slideshow as Rodney McKissic and Bob DiCesare preview this afternoon's game:

"We got no pressure on us."

---The Bonnies appear loose and carefree, apparently because they've heaped all the pressure on Florida State.

“Florida State is supposed to win,’’ Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt said. “They got the pressure on them. Going into the Atlantic 10 Tournament, we weren’t supposed to win that. I think when you go out there and play like it’s a pickup game, you have a better chance. You don’t have that monkey on your back. We’ve got some good players that play well together but when you play loose, you have a better chance. That’s not to say we’re going to win, but no one has expected us to be here.’’

The Bonnies are currently six-point underdogs.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Audio from Nashville: McKissic, DiCesare preview Bona-Florida St.

NASHVILLE -- Rodney McKissic and Bob DiCesare preview Friday's NCAA Tournament matchup between the No. 14 seed St. Bonavanture Bonnies and No. 3 seed Florida State Seminoles:


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Earlier today, McKissic and DiCesare reported about the atmosphere at the Bonnies' practice.

Bona vs. Dayton Live

Draft night

Mack-kemba ---Seth Davis provides draft profiles for 40 of the top NBA draft prospects in the country like UConn's Kemba Walker and Butler's Shelvin Mack, pictured right.

 ---The dreams of the members of this draft class are on hold, for reasons completely out of their control.

---Can Jimmer Fredette be an explosive scorer?

---Eric Williams off-season at Niagara has been rather painful.

---Former Binghamton coach Kevin Broadus has been hired by Georgetown as a special assistant coach.

---Boston University has finally hired a new coach.

---Former UCLA stars Ed O'Bannon and Baron Davis will be returning to Westwood this summer in order to complete their studies and recieve their degrees.

---Jason King details Mike Rice's efforts to resurrect Rutgers.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Which teams will go 12-0 or 11-1?

---Phil Steele examines which teams he thinks can go 12-0 or 11-1 this season, a few of which are UB opponents.

---With an $11.4 million cut in state appropriations looming, regents will vote on Eastern Michigan's annual budget. Combined with a possible $12 million increase in expenses, the school could face a $23.4 million shortfall.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Source: Bonnies to play N.C. State in Rochester

---St. Bonaventure will host a game at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial in Rochester for the third consecutive season, this time against North Carolina State, The Buffalo News has learned. The game is scheduled for Dec. 20.

The game will be St. Bonaventure's seventh appearance at Blue Cross Arena since 2000. Last year, the Bonnies erased an 18-point lead against Virginia Tech but lost in OT, 76-68. In 2009 against St. John's the Bonnies trailed by seven points in the final three minutes but fell in the final seconds, 69-68.

St. Bonaventure is 1-5 at Blue Cross Arena. Virginia Tech is the sixth different team to visit Blue Cross Arena to take on the Bonnies. Prior to the last two meetings with the Hokies and Red Storm, the Bonnies hosted West Virginia (2005), Syracuse (2003), Charlotte (2002) and Saint Louis (2000).

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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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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