University at Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley reiterated that his heart is in Buffalo and talked about the way to try to beat undefeated Kentucky in an interview Tuesday on Colin Cowherd's ESPN radio show.
Hurley essentially said the same things he has been saying since late in the season about interest in his services from bigger college basketball programs. Asked what it's like to draw interest from other schools, Hurley said:
"I think it’s a testament to what our kids accomplished. A kid like Justin Moss, he went from three points a game to 17 a game and was player of the year in the conference this year. He’s a junior, and we’ve got him coming back. Shannon Evans as a sophomore averaged 15 a game. He’s second-team all-league. Lamonte Bearden, I started a freshman point guard who just got better and better as the year went on. These guys really delivered and put Buffalo on the map for the first time in school history playing in the NCAA Tournament, and that’s why this stuff is going on."
"But my heart is here in Buffalo with this group of kids coaching that I’m coaching, and that’s what I plan to do moving forward.”
Hurley was pursued by DePaul last weekend. DePaul wound up hiring a lower profile coach, Dave Leitao, who previously coached the Blue Demons and was an assistant at Tulsa.
UB lost at Kentucky in November and at Wisconsin in December. Those two meet in the national semifinals. Hurley on how to attack the No. 1-ranked Wildcats:
"We led them by five at halftime and led them by two with 13 to play. Our kids were fearless. My players attacked their pressure. We were able to score some points before they could set their defense. Because their athleticism and mobility and the interchangeable parts they have on defense, just separates them really from any team I’ve seen in college basketball from a defensive standpoint."
"You’ve got to take care of the basketball, which Wisconsin does. They don’t turn the ball over. They’re very fundamentally sound and well-coached."
"The last thing is you’ve got to rebound. You’ve got to be physical. You can’t let those guys kill you on the glass. . . . I would anticipate it being a close game."