Nate Oats and his staff have swiftly navigated the MAC waters thus far
The 2017-2018 UB Bulls season has already been a crazier roller coaster than any you'd find at Darien Lake or Fantasy Island.
From the opening wins over Canisius and Niagara with a 6-point loss to #6 Cinci sandwiched in, to narrow losses at Syracuse and #21 Texas A&M. Then to MAC play where they've surged past opponents in virtually every game leading to an 8-0 conference start.
Naysayers will say they are skidding here in February. They are 2-2 in their last 4 but not only did both losses come in tough road environments at Kent State and Northern Illinois, the Bulls led by double digits in both affairs.
The Bulls biggest issue in 2018 (and it's a great problem to have) is playing with a lead, and it's not just isolated to those two games. Against Eastern Michigan at home they were up by 29 in the second half and only won by 14, with EMU shooting 8-21 from the charity stripe.
This isn't this year's team. Pretty great photo though.
The body of work this season is a credit to the program from top to bottom. The coaching staff has kept the team focused and on track in the craziness that is a college basketball campaign. The roster has responded with an arsenal of steady and consistent scoring with 4 players averaging over 14 ppg.
With just 6 games left in conference play, it seems the only team that can stop the Bulls in the MAC is themselves.