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WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT THE BULLS

"Reggie Witherspoon pulled several rabbits from his hat in 2003-04 by winning 17 games despite a 9-11 start. Winning 17 shouldn't be as hard this time around. With five returning starters and a disruptive homecourt that virtually assures a win, the Bulls loom as a distinct threat to win their first league championship. . . . It's a delightful prognosis for the Bulls, who potentially have their best team in school history." -- Athlon Sports

"Basketball people Witherspoon knew and respected told him Buffalo never could be a winner. . . . Fan interest. A star player. A solid supporting cast. Pretty good for an impossible job." -- ESPN.com

"If you have a dominant point guard (Turner Battle), a post player (Yassin Idbihi), a mismatch at one other position (Mario Jordan) and an experienced supporting cast, you should be NCAA Tournament-worthy. That's Buffalo this season." -- Street & Smith's

"For Witherspoon, a native Buffalonian, this is a dream come true. His team is a legit contender for the East Division title and overall championship. No doubt, there were nights during those long bus rides . . . he wondered if it could ever happen." -- Blue Ribbon Yearbook.

"First-place hype is rarified air for the Bulls, who should surge behind five returning starters." -- Sporting News.

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