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By Mark Gaughan » 3:45 PM

There’s usually at least a little rebuilding to be done when a basketball team wins a conference championship. A top scorer graduates. New leaders need to step up. The team chemistry must be rebuilt. Not so with the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team, which went to the NCAA Tournament in March with a... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » 9:23 AM

St. Bonaventure is staying "within the family" for its new women's basketball coach. The Bonnies have picked Bona graduate and Bowling Green assistant coach Jesse Fleming to succeed Jim Crowley, who ended an outstanding 16-year run to take the job at Providence College. Fleming arguably was the leading candidate... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

St. Bonaventure was picked to place eighth entering last season but finished in a three-way tie for first in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Expect a similarly low poll forecast for the Bonnies entering the 2016-17 season. But once again, don’t sleep on Mark Schmidt’s team. The roster looks pretty good, especially... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

University at Buffalo fans can study the men’s basketball depth chart all offseason and dream about the possibilities. The more you look at it, the better it gets. Look at the size across the board. Look at the depth. It’s good to be defending champions with almost everyone back and prime recruits in the fold.... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, May 23, 2016

Niagara has 10 players on scholarship and three available roster spots. Four more players opted to leave the team, bringing to 12 the number who have transferred under coach Chris Casey. The rose-colored glasses view? The roster looks better than it did a year ago at this time, and there are potentially some prime... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Monday, May 23, 2016

The Canisius Golden Griffins head into their coaching search with a roster that includes 10 scholarship players. There are three scholarships available. The man who replaces retiring Jim Baron may want to look to the junior college ranks for a quick fix to bolster the front court for the 2016-17 season. 2015-16... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, May 20, 2016

Canisius College basketball coach Jim Baron has decided to retire. The announcement, which will come at a news conference at 1:30 Friday afternoon at Canisius, represents a change of heart by the 61-year-old coach. Baron agreed to a contract extension with Canisius in early March that ran another three years, through... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Friday, May 20, 2016

Nate Oats has a long-term contract and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances on his resume at the University at Buffalo. The UB men’s basketball coach said he sees the Bulls’ recruiting efforts making a big step forward as a result of the program’s two straight Mid-American Conference... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Niagara University men's basketball signed a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from one of Long Island's top high school teams. The Purple Eagles confirmed the addition of Shane Gatling of Baldwin High School in Nassau County. Gatling earned second-team Class AA all-state honors after averaging 18 points, five rebounds and... Read More

By Mark Gaughan » Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The University at Buffalo and head men's basketball coach Nate Oats have agreed on a new five-year contract, UB Director of Athletics Allen Greene announced. The new deal extends through the 2020-21 season. Oats took UB to a second-straight Mid-American Conference championship and an NCAA Tournament berth in his... Read More

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and covered the Bills from 1992 through 2014. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America.

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.

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