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UB to face two Final Four teams

The University at Buffalo’s men’s basketball non-conference schedule for the 2014-15 season will include two games against reigning Final Four teams and a marquee Big Four matchup downtown.

The Bulls will take on last season’s national runner-up, Kentucky, Nov. 16 in a 10-day, multiple-team event. UB will also travel to take on Wisconsin, which lost to Kentucky in a Final Four matchup in April, Dec. 28.

According to second-year coach Bobby Hurley, the program was looking for a more challenging non-conference slate after winning its first-ever outright Mid-American Conference East Division title in 2013-14.

“We wanted to challenge ourselves in the non-conference season and we certainly accomplished that,” Hurley said in a press release. “These are the types of games that the guys we are recruiting expect to play each year as we move forward.”

For the second year in a row, the First Niagara Center will play host to UB and Canisius as the two will face off Nov. 29.

The Bulls will also take on Big Four rivals St. Bonaventure and Niagara Dec. 3 and Dec. 19, respectively. UB will host the Purple Eagles and travel to take on the Bonnies.

UB will open the season with a women’s and men’s doubleheader against South Dakota State as a makeup for last year’s weather-related postponement.

Other non-conference opponents include: at Texas-Arlington (Nov. 18), at Montana State (Nov. 21), Grand Canyon (Nov. 25), Robert Morris (Dec. 7), Drexel (Dec. 16), Binghamton (Dec. 30) and Cornell (Jan. 3).

The Bulls will also host an exhibition against Wheeling Jesuit Nov. 6.

The Mid-American Conference schedule is set to be released later this summer. Season tickets will go on sale July 21.

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