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When the news first broke Monday morning, it was a stunner. It seemed like Michigan was going to be the last stop on John Beilein's long and winding coaching road. At age 66, he was the program's winningest head coach with 278 wins – more than the likes of Maize and Blue legends Johnny Orr, Bill Frieder and Steve Fisher. He had job security. He had money. He also had he…

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This is another edition of What WNY is Watching, mostly sports edition: The Frozen Four not only had trouble getting college hockey fans into the seats at KeyBank Center because of high prices. It also had a problem in Western New York and nationally getting people in their comfortable seats watching at home practically for free – as part of the cost of their cable, …

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Catching up with names in the news while I was out of the country: Nancy Sanders: A local legend in media circles who has worked behind the scenes at all three local news departments, Sanders left her job as news operations manager at WIVB-TV (Channel 4) this week and is getting social media love from those she has mentored in a 45-year broadcasting career. She deser…

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My friends and relatives who know I love basketball were stunned that I left the country on vacation during March Madness. It was almost as unimaginable to them as the successful seasons that the University at Buffalo men’s and women’s basketball teams achieved that helped capture the attention of more Western New York fans than usual. Full disclosure: I tried to fin…

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Bryan Hodgson, who has been an assistant coach at the University at Buffalo for four seasons and has been one of the program's primary recruiters, told the News on Thursday that he wants to be considered for the vacancy at UB. “I want the job at Buffalo,” Hodgson said. “I can keep the continuity in recruiting.” Former UB coach Nate Oats was introduced as Alabama's co…

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University at Buffalo women's basketball star Cierra Dillard, a day removed from her performance in an NCAA Tournament loss to Connecticut, posted a lengthy heartfelt message on Twitter about her time at UB and in the city. "Buffalo will forever be in my heart and be a home," she wrote with a prayer emoji and two exclamation marks. You can read the full message below…

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University at Buffalo coach Nate Oats and CJ Massinburg and Nick Perkins addressed reporters in Tulsa, Okla., following Sunday's 78-58 loss to Texas Tech in the NCAA Tournament. Here is what they said: Nate Oats: Not the way we anticipated ending the season. You know, try to look at the positives. We got 32 wins. That's the most tied with Houston. Obviously they play la…

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TULSA, Okla. — CJ Massinburg and Nick Perkins stepped to the risers, and both wore long faces as they prepared to answer questions about the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team’s most lopsided loss this season. Nate Oats’ brow was furrowed, as if the Bulls' fourth-year coach braced to absorb the shock of being ushered out of the NCAA Tournament. Or the shock of …

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TULSA, Okla. – The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team ran through its nonconference schedule in November and December. It stormed through its Mid-American Conference schedule, save for two blips in losses at Northern Illinois and at Bowling Green. The Bulls needed three games to win the Mid-American Conference tournament last weekend in Cleveland, and appeared …

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TULSA, Okla. — The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team has prided itself on its defense. Now, the Bulls get to defend against Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver, the Big 12 Player of the Year and a likely NBA Draft pick in June. But Culver isn’t the only player that UB has to shut down when the sixth-seeded Bulls face third-seeded Texas Tech in a second-round NCAA …

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By Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press DES MOINES, Iowa — John Beilein came to Michigan in 2007 just hoping to get the school's name called on Selection Sunday. Nearly 12 years later, he's blitzed by that goal — and just about everything else. No. 2 Michigan got 19 points from Jordan Poole and clamped down on No. 10 Florida for a 64-49 win Saturday at Wells Fargo…

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No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 6 Buffalo Tipoff: 6:10 p.m., BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. TV: TNT Latest line: UB +3.5 (Texas Tech -3.5) What's at stake?: The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team meets Texas Tech for the first time in program history, and the stakes are high: only one team will continue its season after Sunday. UB coach Nate Oats and his team ha…

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TULSA, Okla. — Nate Oats watched how Jeremy Harris attempted to fight through an offensive lull. At one point this season, the senior guard on the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team, went through a stretch of 10 games in which he averaged 9.2 points per game. It was a significant drop from Harris’ pace of 14.9 points per game in the first 2 1/2 months. Oats,…