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The NCAA basketball tournament returns to KeyBank Center next week, bringing the same challenge as it did three years ago:  How to best move people back and forth from the arena to area restaurants, breweries and bars during the 90-minute intermissions between the two sets of games on March 16 and March 18. It'll take volunteers and social media, Visit Buffalo Niagara o…

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Buffalo’s KeyBank Center will be one of the eight first- and second-round sites for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament March 16 and 18. Here’s the latest rundown on what the “bracket experts” are saying about who’s coming to Buffalo. All agree on defending champion Villanova as Buffalo's top team. We'll find out for sure on Selection Sunday (March 12). …

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Which teams have punched their tickets for the 2017 NCAA men's basketball tournament? This tracker will keep you updated. There are two ways to get into the NCAA Tournament: Receiving an automatic bid, or receiving an at-large bid. Teams receive auto-bids by winning their conference tournaments. At-large bids are given out on Selection Sunday, March 12. Here are the …

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UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball quickly evolved into one of the nation’s best players and a likely finalist for Player of the Year. He’s a 6-foot-6 point guard, a complete player who was averaging 14.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game. He’s a certain NBA lottery pick, a baller. If you haven’t heard of him, just ask his father. LaVar Ball has been running his mouth…

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Orange fans, here's a bobblehead for you. A bobblehead commemorating Syracuse's 2003 championship in which they defeated Kansas 81-78 is one of 10 being released by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame ahead of the March Madness tournaments. The other schools in the series are: Arizona Wildcats (1997), Arkansas Razorbacks (1994), California Golden Bears (1959), Georg…

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There's a one in eight chance that a city hosting first-weekend NCAA Tournament games will prove the starting point for the eventual national champion. Buffalo has defied the odds. The Queen City has hosted first-weekend games on five occasions and twice seen the national champion emerge from the fray. Here's how the Buffalo survivors have fared moving forward: 2000 …