After Princeton UB Returns home to take on cross town rival Canisius. The Griffs had a ton of potential last season and despite a mediocre finish in 2011 they are a program who seems to have put some of their worst days behind them. 30 wins over the past two years, 15 each year, is something that Coach Tom Parrotta hopes to build on.
What he won't have to build with are five key players from last years squad who graduated. Canisius returns just one player who averaged more than ten points a game last season. Point guard Gaby Belardo averaged 10.3 points per game but his ratio of 116 assists and 87 turnovers takes some of the shine off of the Griffs lone veteran who has made significant contributions.
The wild car might be David Santiago who is finally active after his transfer from American.
Home game, UB has the bugs worked out, and Canisius will either be a mediocre team, or a cosmically bad one this season. This is UB's fist code green game of the year. Basically the Bulls are catching the Griffs with their pants down. I suspect in the next few years they might start making some noise in the MAAC but this is a rebuilding year.
This series goes all the way back to 1915, during UB's inaugural basketball season. Coach Art Powell twice faced the Griffs and beat them both times. Several years later Powell did it again, taking down the Griff's back to back. The teams would not play again until the fifties, and from that point on Canisius went on a 25-2 run against UB.
Recent History, however, has favored the Bulls. Since joining the Mid American Conference UB has eight of the 13 annual meetings, including six of the last seven.
|Saturday, November 22, 2011|
|2011 Record||15-15 (9-9)|
|All Time Head to Head||Buffalo 14||Canisius 25|
|Last Game||2011 Buffalo 84 at Canisius 64|
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