AMHERST, N.Y.-Wednesday UB's Alumni Arena will host a college basketball doubleheader.
The doubleheader tips off at 5-pm with the UB women's team hosting Duquesne. The Bulls are 1-5 and coming off an 89-72 loss to Eastern Illinois. Duquesne is 4-1 and coming off a 64-38 win over North Dakota.
The men's game against Temple will follow the women's game. The Bulls are off to a 2-5 start and coming off a 76-57 win over Mansfield last Saturday.
Temple comes to Alumni with a 3-0 record with their wins coming at Kent State, and at home against Rice and Delaware. Temple is 3-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign, when it finished 24-13 and reached the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight.
UB is not off to the kind of start they hoped for but it wasn't totally unexpected. The Bulls are replacing four key players from last year's team. Mitchell Watt, Titus Robinson, Dave Barnett and Zach Filzen have all moved on and its time for younger less experienced players to step into expanded roles. With the rocky start to the season Bulls head coach Reggie Witherspoon told Two On Your Side's Stu Boyar "we're getting better in small increments we're getting better. Statistically we've out rebounded all our opponents so statistically the answer is rebounding but the most positive thing is that we're getting better and we seem to be getting a little healthier so I think this is a stretch where I think you have to go through as an inexperienced team and in order to gauge it we got quality opponents that are helping us with that a little bit."
UB will haveits hands full with fifth year senior Scooty Randall. Witherspoon said "Scooty Randall does a lot of things. He handles the basketball, he shoots it well, he rebounds it for them. He's a big strong guy that can play around the basket, that can play away from the basket and the biggest thing is he makes decisions like a guard buthe's sized like a post player. This team might be the bestteam we've played. They're extraordinary."
The Bulls expect to have senior guard Tony Watson back in the lineup after he missed some time with an injury. Watson told Stu Boyar that guarding Randall will be a team effort. "We mightplay a little zone, a little man here and there we just gotta make it uncomfortable for all of them whether its Randall or Wyatt (Khalif). They've told us they are dominant on the perimeter so it is a challenge for all of us. And we will all have a hand in guarding their perimeter so I think its more of a team effort than an individual effort keying in on one guy and as long as we work together we'll have a good game."