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NCAAs in Buffalo: West Virginia vs. Bucknell

NCAA Tournament first round

4-West Virginia vs. 12-Bucknell

Thursday at KeyBank Center, Buffalo (follows 12:15 p.m. Notre Dame-Princeton in afternoon session).

WEST VIRGINIA

Location: Morgantown, W.V.

Miles from Buffalo: 321 miles driving.

Student population: 28,776.

Nickname: Mountaineers.

Colors: Blue and old gold.

Conference: Big 12.

Record: 26-8.

Tournament appearance: 28th.

How they made it: At-large bid; lost conference championship to Iowa State.

Coach: Bob Huggins (10th year at WV, 227-118 record; 32nd year overall, 745-304 record … eighth NCAA Tournament with WV, one Final Four; 23rd appearance overall, two Final Fours.)

Fun fast fact: West Virginia eliminated UB from the NCAA Tournament in 2015, 68-62.

Fast WNY fact: Former Jamestown standout and News Player of the Year Jaysean Paige spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons West Virginia.

Avi Toomer (11) and the Bucknell Bison head to Buffalo for the NCAA Tournament. (Getty Images)

BUCKNELL

Location: Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Miles from Buffalo: 221.

Student population: 3,624 as of 2014.

Nickname: Bison.

Colors: Bucknell Blue and Bucknell Orange.

Conference: Patriot League.

Record: 26-8.

Tournament appearance: Seventh.

How they made it: Automatic bid as the champion of the Patriot League Tournament.

Coach: Nathan Davis (43-22 record in two years, all at Bucknell … first NCAA Tournament appearance.)

Fun fast fact: To maintain the image of a charging Bison, Bucknell keeps its logo is set on a 6.5-degree angle from the horizontal baseline anywhere it is displayed.

Fast WNY fact: Accoridng to Bucknell's website, its Bison mascot was originally proposed in 1923 due to the school's location in Pennsylvania's "Buffalo Valley" region. Lewisburg is policed by the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department.

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