COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Justin Moss wishes University at Buffalo's next basketball season began tomorrow.
UB's breakthrough campaign ended Friday afternoon in Nationwide Arena, where it succumbed to West Virginia, 68-62, in the NCAA Tournament.
"We lost, but I think we gained a lot of people's respect for how good of a program we are and how good we can be," Moss said. "Everybody we play has to respect how tough we are."
The Bulls were terrific and should get significantly better for 2015-16.
"Our potential is crazy," Moss said. "It'll be crazy to see what we can do as a program."
Friday's leading scorer, Xavier Ford, and Nichols alum Will Regan are the only seniors who won't return. Moss is the reigning Mid-American Conference player of the year and has a year left to play. Guards Shannon Evans and Lamonte Bearden are underclassmen.
University of Houston transfer Torian Graham and junior-college star Maurice O'Field will be eligible next season. UB's prep recruiting class is considered strong.
Despite the heartbreaking conclusion Friday, the first March Madness experience should be a building block for the Bulls.
"Something happened on this run," Regan said. "This program's on the rise, and it's going to continue to get better."