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.”
---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.’’
---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.
---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).
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.
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.
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.