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Before the season the Big 4 men’s basketball coaches were asked whether the NCAA Tournament should be expanded. The majority responded in the affirmative – and they could have an opportunity to get their wish. Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Atlantic Coast Conference will propose expanding the tournament field from 68 to 72 teams via “the idea of having tw…

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With high expectations for the 2018-19 season, the University at Buffalo men's basketball team is putting together an aggressive non-conference schedule. UB will travel to West Virginia and Marquette, a source confirmed after recent reports. The game in Morgantown against the Mountaineers will be a rematch of the 2015 NCAA Tournament first-round game. UB rallied but …

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The College Power 10 ranks the top performers each week in Western New York collegiate athletics. 1. Ricardo Ruiz Martinez: The junior  set a Daemen men's tennis record for singles victories in a season, winning for the 14th time in the Wildcats' 8-1 loss to Southern New Hampshire. Ruiz Martinez defeated Ricardo Marreiros in three sets to earn his sixth victory in his l…

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After Rhode Island men's basketball coach Danny Hurley decided to take the job at UConn, Pittsburgh turned the attention of its coaching search to University at Buffalo coach Nate Oats and Washington's Mike Hopkins, according to a report from Adam Zagoria of SNY. Oats, who led UB to the NCAA Tournament twice in the last three years, recently signed a five-year contract …

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University at Buffalo men’s basketball coach Nate Oats boosted the stock of his program and his own name with a strong showing in the NCAA Tournament. Success on the national stage can turn coaches such as Oats into hot candidates for lucrative job openings around college basketball in the coming weeks. So it would seem that UB did well to lock him up with a five-year e…

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Here is what UB coach Nate Oats and players had to say during news conferences Friday in Boise in advance of Saturday's NCAA Tournament game against Kentucky. Q. Have you heard back from former President Obama yet? Any apology for him picking against you? CJ MASSINBURG: No, I haven't heard any response from Obama yet. We actually haven't had our phones, we got them bac…

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Before members of the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team finished applauding their draw for the NCAA Tournament, coach Nate Oats turned to forward Nick Perkins and told him he had better be ready. UB, and Perkins in particular, will have its hands full with fourth-seeded Arizona in their first-round game Thursday in Boise, Idaho, which will begin at roughly 9:4…

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You could almost see a trail of dust follow the University at Buffalo basketball players into the locker room at halftime of Saturday's game against Ohio University. Whoosh. UB kicked its offense into high gear with five minutes to go in the half and turned a tie game into a 14-point intermission lead. The score-in-a-hurry Bulls kept their foot on the gas and blew ou…

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The University at Buffalo men's basketball team clinched the MAC East division title and set program records in Friday night's 95-82 win over Bowling Green. But don't expect them to be, like, impressed with it. "That’s like a small little goal that nobody ever talked about around here," third-year UB coach Nate Oats said of winning the division. "Like, we got way big…

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After University at Buffalo athletic director Allen Greene left for Auburn last week, men's basketball coach Nate Oats sat down with school president Satish Tripathi to talk about the future. Oats was given an extension in May 2016 that keeps him under contract through the 2020-21 season. But if his Bulls keep beating up on Mid-American Conference opponents at their cur…

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University at Buffalo men’s basketball is truly firing on all cylinders. The Bulls are 3-0 in the Mid-American Conference heading into Saturday’s home matchup with the Miami RedHawks (9-7, 2-1). They’ve won their last two games in dominant fashion, defeating Ball State by 20 on Saturday and Akron by 22 on Tuesday. The conference opener was closer, a 10-point deficit,…

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The University at Buffalo just kicked off its Mid-American Conference men's basketball schedule, but the team is already battle tested. "We've pretty much seen it all," Bulls forward Nick Perkins said. That's not an exaggeration. The Bulls faced the seventh strongest non-conference schedule in Division I basketball according to the RPI. They've gone to battle with No…

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University at Buffalo forward Nick Perkins carries plenty of weight on his shoulders. After winning the MAC Sixth Man of the Year last season, he's expected to move to a full-time starting role and excel. That's not just a standard his coach put on him, but all the coaches in the MAC. The Ypsilanti, Mich., native is one of two Bulls picked to the Preseason MAC East firs…

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Reggie Witherspoon has only been on the University at Buffalo campus a handful of times since the school fired him in 2013. He lives close, just eight minutes away, and used to drive his daughters occasionally when they were students there. Saturday afternoon his visit will hit a bit closer to home, as the 56-year-old head coach will do his craft in the building he spen…

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Team: University at Buffalo Bulls Affiliation: Mid-American Conference Coach: Nate Oats, 3rd year (37-30) Last year: 20-15, 10-8 (3rd) A few years out from the University at Buffalo's first trip to the NCAA Tournament, coach Nate Oats and the Bulls have accomplished something even more elusive than a bid to the big dance: consistent success. It's set a new tone…