TULSA, Okla. — Nate Oats didn’t need to outsmart Bobby Hurley, the person who gave him his shot as a college basketball coach, then made him his top choice as his successor.
The University at Buffalo men’s basketball coach needed to utilize a quick yet comprehensive study of the opponent. Then, the sixth-seeded Bulls steadily dissected the 11th-seeded Sun Devils for a 91-74 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at the BOK Center.
Now, they face No. 3 seed Texas Tech for a shot at advancing to the Sweet 16.
Read our pre-game scouting report on predictions, outlooks and what's at stake, Mike Harrington's fascinating column on the history of Big 4 basketball and how UB rushed the national basketball scene.
Story topics: NCAA Tournament