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Bucky Gleason is senior sports columnist for The Buffalo News. He has covered sports on all levels since 1992. He is a terrible golfer who remains undefeated in match play on the 19th hole. He lives in Hamburg with his wife and four children.

On the day North Carolina State fired its basketball coach, Archie Miller's name soared up the list of candidates to replace him. He was a natural choice as a former point guard and assistant coach for the Wolfpack, and his coaching record at Dayton made him a hot commodity. N.C. State was a big-time school from a power conference, but for Miller that didn’t equate to…

For decades, the NFL viewed Las Vegas as a city of degenerates that would infiltrate its wholesome product and compromise the sanctity of the league. It was all hogwash on many fronts, of course, starting with fears that a franchise in Sin City would lead the league into a betting scandal. NFL owners, in meetings Monday, were set to incorporate common sense – or was i…

The Sabres came up for oxygen over the weekend in their 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs, a gasp before they sink beneath the surface and drown in another lost regular season. Math soon will officially confirm what has long been obvious, that the playoffs are out of reach yet again. Buffalo teams have missed the postseason 12 consecutive times since the Pegulas' first f…

Nine teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference were invited to the NCAA Tournament, reasonable considering its place on college basketball's landscape. The ACC was the top-rated conference based on RPI, which uses a formula calculating record, strength of schedule and other factors. Numbers don't lie, but statistics often fail to tell the whole truth in tournament play. …

A few months ago, somebody suggested tracking down people who had direct and indirect connections to the Duke-Kentucky epic in the 1992 NCAA Tournament East Region final. The greatest game in history ended with Christian Laettner taking a long pass from Grant Hill and hitting the winning shot at the buzzer. It was a natural story for Buffalo. Laettner grew up in Ango…

The Bills have had enough problems identifying NFL-caliber players who played college football, so I doubt they've spent much time scouting Atlantic 10 basketball players for their next tight end. If they have any questions, they would be wise to call St. Bonaventure and inquire about Mo Alie-Cox. Alie-Cox played football his freshman year in high school before transfer…

OK, so you didn’t survive the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament without your bracket getting blown to smithereens. You're drowning in regret while bracing for co-workers who can't wait to pounce and turn you into a punchline, the way they did last year with Mary from accounting. If you're looking for someone to rub your forehead and tell you everything is going to …

Jevon Carter wasn't completely dismissing his team's trademark after the game Saturday because defense will be the top priority. Bob Huggins is the coach after all. His philosophy hasn't changed much after 32 years in the business, and he's not going to loosen up any time soon. Carter wasn't the most talkative guy in the locker room after West Virginia advanced to the S…

West Virginia has played the same way for so long that people automatically turn to its defense for its success over the years. It's an accurate assessment, but so much has been made over "Press Virginia" that the Mountaineers never seem to get enough credit for their ability to score. WVU played with its usual in-your-face intensity on defense, but they were terrific f…

Bo Farrell couldn't help but laugh Friday while recalling his parents' reactions when they walked down the basement stairs to assess the damage. He and his younger brother, Matt, known nationally as Notre Dame's point guard, often played one-on-one Nerf basketball while growing up in New Jersey. As anyone with brothers or sons would attest, it was a matter of time befor…

Lamont West didn't know what to expect when he showed up last season for his first practice at West Virginia and sized up Nathan Adrian. With his long hair and beard, the 6-foot-9 forward looked like he came straight from central casting to play the lead in Jesus of Nazareth. This guy was a basketball player? West quickly found out who carried the cross for the Mountain…

Bob Huggins took responsibility for the debacle in Brooklyn last season, when West Virginia practiced poorly going into the NCAA Tournament before Stephen F. Austin sent the Mountaineers home after one game. Upon review, he determined his team made the cardinal sin of overlooking an opponent. It was uncharacteristic for Huggins-coached players to get full of themselves,…

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Christian Laettner doesn’t need the 24-second video, which has been replayed nearly 1.1 million times on YouTube alone, to revisit the pinnacle of his career. And the iconic photo, the one with his arms raised in victory and his mouth agape? He has a framed copy stashed away in storage. In a world in which perception of Laettner doesn’t agree …

Jay Wright took a seat Wednesday and began with the usual respectful tone reserved for coaches making their opening remarks. He was happy to be back in Buffalo. He mentioned how he loved Western New York, how his top-ranked Villanova team was excited to start the NCAA Tournament. At first, Wright sounded like a nomadic rock star who needed to be reminded where his band …

PITTSBURGH – St. Bonaventure knew what was coming Friday against Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals. It wasn’t as if Rams coach Danny Hurley had some secret game plan stashed away in a vault at the Federal Reserve. Plan A: Get the ball inside. Plan B: See Plan A. Rhode Island flexed its muscles and exploited its distinct advantage before …