UB men’s basketball won’t face Canisius, Niagara this season

The four-year contract between UB and Bona, obtained by The News through a Freedom of Information Act request, states that the nonconference game is scheduled for Dec. 5 at the Reilly Center in Allegany, but can be rescheduled by both schools.

The changes in the schedule for UB come in a year in which schedules have been condensed and in some cases overhauled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. College basketball season is scheduled to begin Nov. 25; its original start date was Nov. 10, but was pushed back 15 days to coincide with winter breaks at colleges around the country. Many colleges have opted to end in-person classes prior to Thanksgiving, and switch to remote learning through the remainder of the fall semester.

Bona said Niagara and Canisius are on its tentative nonconference schedule, along with UB.

None of the Big 4 teams – UB, Bona, Canisius and Niagara – has released its nonconference schedules yet, though Alnutt anticipates UB will release its schedule by the end of the month.

Alnutt also said UB’s men’s basketball schedule will be primarily a regional schedule, and that UB is also considering playing in a MTE (multi-team event) in Connecticut, in lieu of the Paradise Jam. Both UB and Bona withdrew from the eight-team tournament, which was scheduled for Nov. 20-23 in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Stadium.com reported last week that the MTE will include UB, Iona and Vermont, and is scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.