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Bring on the Baron: Canisius fills head coaching vacancy

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It’s official. Announced in a press release today from the Canisius College Athletics Department, former Rhode Island Rams head coach Jim Baron has agreed to a five-year deal to coach the Canisius Griffins men’s basketball team. Baron replaces Tom Parrotta, who was fired two days after the Griffs fell to Niagara in the first round of the MAAC…

Canisius denies Baron rumors

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Though multiple sources reported this morning that Jim Baron has been offered the head coaching position of Canisius’ men’s basketball team, the school says it absolutely has not made anyone an offer at this point.

Baron was fired after 11 seasons at Rhode Island University following a 7-24 record this year. He has Western New York ties,…

Changing winds: Eyeing UB basketball’s future

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Photo courtesy of Don Nieman from UB vs. Ohio game

How do you measure the success of the UB Bulls men’s basketball season? Is success determined by 20 wins and a national TV appearance for the ESPN BracketBuster? What about Mitchell Watt’s selection as MAC Player of the Year? Or is the barometer simply one thing: did the Bulls reach the glory land of the NCAA Tournament?

Buffalo fell to Ohio in…

The power of five

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In a life or death situation, what situation would be scarier: outswimming a big, ferocious shark or outrunning an equally big and vicious bear?

Now this may seem like a silly debate, but these are the types of philosophical questions that a certain group of five guys on the men’s basketball team ponder. When the group gets together and analyzes…

Five reasons why the NCAA Tournament is batty

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I’ll never forget Harold “The Show” Arceneaux. When some school named “Weber State” stunned #3 seed and perennial power North Carolina in the first round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament—behind Arceneaux’s unreal 36-point performance—the crazy nature of the college basketball post-season really hit home. Nothing is guaranteed, and UNC guard Ed Cota’s…

The way only a child can

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I walked out of Tom Parrotta’s house on Tuesday while his son Mikey and his friend were shooting hoops in the driveway.

“Are they done interviewing him?” the friend asked.

“Almost. Just finishing up.”

Then the friend got curious and asked a question in the way only a child can, where he says one thing that means so much more on levels he can’t…

Mitchell Watt earns MAC Player of the Year

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Photo courtesy of Don Nieman from the EMU game

University at Buffalo center Mitchell Watt has been chosen as the Mid-American Conference’s Player of the Year by a panel of 24 MAC News Media Association members.

Watt, the 6’11 starting center for the MAC Tournament’s #2 seed, finished fourth in the conference in points per game (16.0), fourth in rebounding (7.4 rpg) and second in blocks (2.4…

Canisius’ Parrotta out after six seasons

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Photo by Dave Marino

Canisius College Director of Athletics Bill Maher announced last night that men’s basketball head coach Tom Parrotta will not return for a seventh season.

Although there were rumblings about Parrotta’s job security for much of the season, the move was finally made three days after the Griffins lost to Niagara for the third time this season, the…

Canisius tries to avoid third strike against Niagara tonight

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Photo by Nate Benson

Even though they’re the lowest seed in the MAAC Tournament, the Canisius Griffins start from a blank slate for tonight’s first round clash against local rival Niagara. The Purple Eagles beat the Griffs twice this season, most recently a 60-57 overtime win at NU Feb. 15, but they’re not necessarily a shoo-in for a third consecutive win in the…

Watt, Watson help Bulls sweep Zips

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Photo by Dave Marino

Behind Mitchell Watt’s 22 points and Tony Watson II’s six-for-six free throw shooting in the final minute, the UB Bulls won a colossal road game 74-70 over the conference-leading Akron Zips.

With the win, the Bulls (11-4) move to within one game back of Akron (12-3) for the MAC regular season crown with one game to play. Buffalo hosts the Bowling…

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