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Jerry Sullivan

Jerry Sullivan grew up in Newport, R.I., though some would dispute the grown-up part. He is a professional skeptic, thanks to 16 years as the lead columnist on the Bills. He loves the NBA, Strat-o-Matic baseball, Tom Waits and reading novels, along with the usual periodicals.


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ALBANY – There was no arguing with the scoreboard, no denying that the journey of a lifetime was coming to an end. So with 41 seconds left in UB's loss to South Carolina, coach Felisha Legette-Jack took out her senior point guard, Stephanie Reid, and let her soak in the cheers of the UB fans one more time. Reid walked toward the UB bench, where Legette-Jack was standing…

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ALBANY – Nate Oats isn't going anywhere, at least in the immediate future. Oats confirmed after the UB women's 79-63 loss to South Carolina on Saturday that his agent had spoken with Pittsburgh about its open head job but indicated that the talks were dead and he looked forward to staying in Buffalo. "There's nothing going on," said Oats, who sat among the UB fans wi…

ALBANY – Early in Friday's shootaround, while posing for the photographers at the Times Union Center, Felisha Legette-Jack was joking about her playing days at Syracuse. She said her shooting range was limited and she'd get pulled out of the game if she attempted a shot outside the lane. Later, with cameras rolling, Legette-Jack took a one-handed shot from midcourt. She…

ALBANY – When Buffalo and Central Michigan, a couple of lowly No. 11 seeds from the Mid-American Conference, both won two games to reach the Sweet 16, Geno Auriemma couldn't help feeling a glow of satisfaction. "I think that's the best thing that ever happened," the legendary Connecticut head coach said. Maybe Auriemma hadn't ruined women's basketball, after all. Tha…

ALBANY – UB head coach Felisha Legette-Jack let the basketball world in on a team secret. One of her top recruiters is a bald-faced liar, a purveyor of fake news – or at least, of exaggerated weather reports. "I have a coach who isn't always so truthful, – Cheri Cordoba," Legette-Jack said Friday at the Times Union Center, where the Bulls will take on defending national…

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BOISE, Idaho – Well, it was a ball while it lasted. The UB men's basketball team had the week of its life, taking Buffalo fans, an adoring Boise crowd and much of the nation along for the ride. But as so often happens with Cinderella teams in the NCAA Tournament, reality came crashing down and put it to an abrupt end. We enjoyed some unforgettable moments this week, wit…

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BOISE, Idaho – I'm not sure where Saturday's second-round game ranks in the annals of the NCAA Tournament. But most of the media here in Boise would tell you that John Calipari-Nate Oats is one of the best talking matchups they've seen. Just wind these two guys up and turn on the recorder. Oats has been on virtually every talk show in America since his UB team stunned A…

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5-Kentucky vs. 13-Buffalo 5:15 EST Saturday at Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho (CBS) One group of Wildcats down, one to go. UB is playing with house money against mighty Kentucky on Saturday, looking to become only the seventh 13th seed ever to advance to the Sweet 16. The Bulls stunned Arizona on Thursday, 89-68, shooting 50 percent from 3-point range and pulling awa…

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Here are some quotes from UB coach Nate Oats in the locker room after Thursday night's 89-68 win over Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He had said all year this team could better than the NCAA teams of two and three years ago: "That's what I had in mind, yeah. We needed to get everybody clicking at the same time and we finally did. We got CJ (Massin…

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BOISE, Idaho – The moment when I really began to believe it could happen came early in the second half. Arizona, which had trailed by two at halftime, seemed determined to assert itself as the favorite coming out of the locker room. But when UB scored on the break early in the second half, announcing that it had no fear of the mighty Pac-12 favorites, Sean Miller called…

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BOISE, Idaho – Gonzaga coach Mark Few said he felt fortunate, and it was true enough. The defending NCAA runners-up ran into a determined foe in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, a UNC-Greensboro squad that missed all 13 of its 3-pointers in the first half and battled back to take a two-point lead with 1:49 to play. But the Zags persevered Thursday afternoon at Ta…

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BOISE, Idaho – Ikenna Smart isn't a star. He starts for UB's basketball team, but plays only around 12-14 minutes a game. You would think that Smart would be in awe of Arizona's 7-1 DeAndre Ayton, who is regarded as the best player in the nation and the likely No. 1 pick in the next NBA draft. You would be mistaken. "I'm not worried," Smart, a 6-10 junior said Wed…

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Jerry Sullivan, as he does every year, walked us through his bracket, region-by-region. (See links below). He made no apologies for loving underdogs and mid-majors, and it is reflected in his final four, which includes some Western New York flavor in Michigan coach John Beilein, his Wolverines' main rival in Michigan State, one of last year's Buffalo sub-regional tea…

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College basketball is in a crisis nowadays, reeling from an FBI investigation into corruption that has knocked Rick Pitino out of a job and is threatening to take down a number of other prominent coaches. But it's nice to be reminded of what can be good in the sport, especially when it involves one of Buffalo's own. Penn won the Ivy League tournament on Sunday, earning …

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Quick, do you remember which two teams came out of the Buffalo subregional at the KeyBank Center last March? It was Wisconsin, which stunned No. 1 seed and defending national champ Villanova; and West Virginia, which knocked off Bucknell in the first game and Notre Dame in the second. Both are back this year and on a collision course  at the East regional semifinals nex…