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UB men's basketball team to play at Syracuse

The University at Buffalo men's basketball team will play Syracuse for the first time since 2001 next season.

The Bulls will visit the Orange for a non-conference game on Dec. 19, UB announced Tuesday.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for our team to go down the road and play a program with the pedigree of Syracuse," UB coach Nate Oats said. "We hope that some of our fans will make the trip and watch a high-level basketball game inside the Carrier Dome."

UB previously announced it will play Cincinnati, which ranked No. 18 last season, in a tournament in the Cayman Islands in November. The Bulls have played the second toughest non-conference schedule in the Mid-American Conference each of the past two years.

Syracuse went 19-15 last season and went to the National Invitation Tournament. The Orange figures to be young, with only two starters returning, but the offseason brought a load of strong recruits. UB, 17-15 last year, again figures to fight for one of the top positions in the MAC. It's the third straight year UB has visited an Atlantic Coast Conference team. UB went to Pittsburgh last year and Duke the year before.

St. Bonaventure also is expected to play at Syracuse, but no official date has been announced for the game.


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