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The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team will play in the second annual Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic in Northern Ireland, organizers made official Tuesday. UB’s participation had been previously reported by The News and other media outlets. The field has expanded to eight schools, arranged in two four-team brackets. Games will be played in the Unite…

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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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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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No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 11 University at Buffalo Tipoff: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Tucker Civic Center, Tallahassee, Fla., ESPN2 Can Buffalo do it again? The Bulls are coming off their first NCAA Tournament win in program history and they nabbed that win with style, a 102-79 victory over South Florida. That also made them the second program in Big 4 women's basketball hi…

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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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CNN's Wolf Blitzer was among the many UB alums relishing the Bulls' upset victory against Arizona in the NCAA Tournament. Blitzer, a Kenwore West and UB grad, posted a "Breaking News" on Twitter, noting that UB "absolutely demolished" the Wildcats on Thursday night. He ended with this, "The Bulls send clear and very decisive message to Kentucky: You’re next." You …

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Through the First Four, teams from New York state are 2-0 against teams from the Pac-12. The Pac-12 has one more team remaining – Arizona – and the Wildcats face the University at Buffalo on Thursday night in Boise, Idaho. First, St. Bonaventure beat UCLA, 65-58 on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. Then, Syracuse beat Bobby Hurley-coached Arizona State, 60-56, on Wednesday in…

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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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Call it March Scheduling Madness. The odds of two Western New York college basketball teams qualifying for the NCAA men's tournament have been pretty long over the past half century. The University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure qualified this March for the field of 68 to give the region two teams in the tournament for the first time since 1970 when Bona and Niagara …

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Bobby Hurley's former team, the University at Buffalo, knew it was heading to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Hurley's current team, Arizona State, had to sweat things out as an at-large team and were squarely on the bubble. Hurley invited the team over to his house to watch Sunday's Selection Show. And when the Sun Devil…

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University at Buffalo men's basketball is a No. 13 seed in the South Region and will play fourth-seeded Arizona in Boise, Idaho, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. UB earned an automatic bid to the tournament by defeating Toledo in the Mid-American Conference Tournament title game on Saturday in Cleveland. This is the Bulls' third trip to the NCAA…

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It's Selection Sunday and as the hours tick down to the field of 68 being revealed, the University at Buffalo knows it's in and awaits its destination and St. Bonaventure awaits its fate. Remember, the selection show has a new format and new time: 6 p.m. on TBS (not, CBS). Here is what the leading bracketologists expect for UB and Bona as of Sunday morning: ESPN's…

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The University at Buffalo has advanced to the semifinals in the Mid-American Conference Tournament in men's and women's basketball. The UB men (24-8 overall, 15-3 MAC) are the top seed and face No. 5 Kent State (17-16) on Friday at 6:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. UB advanced with an 89-74 victory against Central Michigan in the qu…

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In his latest Bracketology, ESPN's Joe Lunardi has St. Bonaventure as a No. 10 seed and University at Buffalo as a No. 13 seed for the NCAA Touranment. Lunardi projects that the Bonnies will face seventh-seeded Houston in Nashville in the West Region with the winner meeting either No. 2 North Carolina or No. 15 UC Davis. In his projections a week ago, Lunardi had St.…