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The University at Buffalo women's basketball team deserves a larger TV audience for its NCAA Tournament game against Florida State at 6:30 Monday on ESPN 2 than it received for its first-round victory over South Florida early Saturday afternoon. UB's 102-79 upset of South Florida had between a 2.1 and 2.3 preliminary local rating on ESPN 2. That was about one-seventh…

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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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BOISE, Idaho – The University of Kentucky showed why it has 27 players in the NBA and more on the way in beating the University at Buffalo Saturday. The Wildcats' team of freshman soon to turn pro shredded the UB defense inside and outside in scoring a 95-75 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. "You've got to give Kentucky a ton of credit," said UB coa…

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BOISE, Idaho -- Does the running, gunning University at Buffalo basketball team have enough offense to shock the world for the second time in three days in the NCAA Tournament? The Bulls rank sixth in the nation in scoring and are coming off an 89-68 rout of Arizona on Thursday. But UB faces an even tougher offensive challenge against Kentucky Saturday in the second rou…

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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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University at Buffalo coach Nate Oats was on ESPN's late edition of SportsCenter early this morning after his basketball team pulled the early upset of the NCAA men's basketball tournament over Arizona. "I've arrived, I am on 'The Scott Van Pelt Show,'" said UB's quotable coach. "You arrived because you beat Arizona," responded Van Pelt. They were both right. U…

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University at Buffalo student Kyle Hughes received Internet notoriety earlier this season after hitting a half-court shot to win ... 12 medium pizzas. SportsCenter played the clip on repeat that night. So how did Hughes respond to UB's big upset of Arizona in the NCAA Tournament? In the most Buffalo way possible: by going through a folding table, of course. Here's th…

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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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4-Arizona vs. 13-Buffalo Approx. 9:45 p.m. Thursday at Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho (CBS) The University at Buffalo felt it deserved better than a 13-seed. Drawing Arizona feels like a double-whammy. The Wildcats went 27-7 overall and 14-4 in the Pac-12, winning both regular-season and tournament titles. They are a highly regarded team that was ranked third in the As…

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CJ Massinburg turned to Jeremy Harris midway through the University at Buffalo's Mid-American Conference championship game and made a pledge. "I told Jeremy, 'Hey, my shot's not falling but I promise you guys I'm going to make a big play to help you out this game,' " Massinburg said. Massinburg, UB's leading scorer, made just 1 of 7 shots from the field in the 76-66 …

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Highlights from the post-game news conferences Saturday night after the University at Buffalo defeated the University of Toledo, 76-66, for the Mid-American Conference championship: Q: Coach, we haven't seen a run of titles like this since I think 2002 with Kent State. How much pride do you take in this consistency you've had the last couple years? Nate Oats: It star…

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CLEVELAND -- There is a new boss in the Mid-American Conference. The University at Buffalo captured its third MAC men's basketball championship in the last four years Saturday night by outlasting Toledo, 76-66. UB became the first MAC team to reach three NCAA Tournaments in four years since Kent State from 1999 to 2002. Even better news for UB fans: The Bulls will…

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GAMEDAY PREP MAC Final: No. 1 UB (25-8) vs. No. 2 Toledo (23-10) 7 p.m. Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena. Radio 1520 AM. TV: ESPN2. The Set-Up: The two best offensive teams in the MAC square off in what should be an entertaining offensive show. UB won a wild offensive game, 104-94, at home on Jan. 2. How they got here: UB rolled to two big wins. Toledo had tw…

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CLEVELAND – The University at Buffalo showed off its deep roster of athletic defenders Friday night and rolled into the Mid-American Conference championship game. UB shut down Kent State, 78-61, in a relatively stress-free MAC semifinal at Quicken Loans Arena. The Bulls were in control from start to finish thanks to holding the Golden Flashes to just 34.4 percent shooti…

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GAME-DAY PREP: UB vs. Central Michigan MAC Quarterfinal, Cleveland Noon Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena Radio: 1520 AM. Online: ESPN3. Records: UB (23-8, 15-3). Central Michigan (19-13, 7-11). First meeting: UB won, 88-82, at Mount Pleasant, Mich., in the lone regular-season game between the two teams. The Set-Up: UB is the No. 1 seed and Central Michigan…