Usually Mondays are our slowest days in basketball season, but yesterday we put together a surprising number of posts. Of course, that meant we still hadn't rested from a busy weekend, and if you want to view a low point in Bull Run's quality, you only need go watch John and I tiredly ramble about Olympic Sports last night.
Tonight in Bull: It's GAMEDAY, rematch time, and a huge men's basketball showdown with Toledo. Really all the Bulls need to do to clinch the #2 seed in the MAC Tournament is hold serve at home, but this week's games against Toledo and Ohio would all but secure a top-four spot and quarterfinal bye, because UB has really take hold of ALL the tiebreaker advantages.
Regardless, Nate Oats' crew may not be able to blitz the Rockets tonight as they did ten days ago, but Alumni Arena is a hard place to play in February. If you're in town, get there and make some noise.
Yesterday: Again, Men's Hoops is in amazing shape. All they need to do is win at home. Outside of their own control, I looked at tiebreakers and tonight's games around the MAC. Robby and I got our customary takeaways up from Women's Hoops tight loss to Ball State, while Drew took a look at incoming Men's Basketball recruits Brock Bertram, Quate McKinzie, and James Jones. Robby previewed tonight's faceoff with the Rockets, and John and I stumbled through a low-energy recap of the Olympic Sports weekend on our weekly podcast.
From the Fanshots: Some days I find five or six things to throw up, and lately it's only been one. But yesterday it was a good one, as 247's Steve Wiltfong has an absolutely fawning piece on Lance Leipold and his program-building process here at UB.
On the Docket: Outside of the gamethread and ultimate recap for MBB, I'm not sure. Tim is working on a piece to further illustrate how big an opportunity this week's home games are, but no one else has much after we published a lot yesterday. The Softball season preview will come this week, but it won't be today.
This Day in Bulls History:
2011: Former UB diver Meili Carpenter, who finished her senior season with UB in 2010 as the UB record holder and reigning MAC Champion in both the 1 meter and 3 meter dives, as well as Honorable Mention All-America status, qualified for the US Olympic Trials.
2009: In retrospect, we'd see a lot of this from then-sophomore Kourtney Brown, but UB's greatest Women's Basketball player was named MAC East Player of the Week after her best game to date against Ball State, which featured a career-high 31 points and 4 blocks to go with 11 rebounds. It had been the first time in six years a Bull scored 30. In the seven years since that's gotten a little more frequent.
Boston College won the Beanpot for the sixth time in seven years with a 1-0 shutout of BU. Say it with me: Sucks to BU. It's the first ever 1-0 final in Beanpot history, and Thatcher Demko set the Eagles record for shutouts in a season with his ninth. He's three away from the NCAA record. BC goes for the Beanpot sweep tonight when the 29-0 BC Women take on Northeastern.
Otherwise, John is better at finding elsewhere stuff than I am, so enjoy some gifs of Lamonte Bearden's jaw-dropper late against EMU Saturday: