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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,…

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The University and Buffalo pulled off the daily double with victories by the men's and women's basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament. Those games -- much to the chagrin of UB supporters -- were played at the same time Friday, with the men beating Arizona State, 91-74, in Tulsa and the women beating Rutgers, 82-71, in Storrs, Conn. So, what do the TV networks have i…

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TULSA, Okla. — Nick Perkins needed only a few minutes to kick the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team into gear in the early minutes of a 91-74 win against Arizona State. The senior forward watched from the bench as the 11th-seeded Sun Devils muscled their way to an early 10-8 lead against the No. 6 Bulls, then leaped to action as he was called to replace Montel…

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The University at Buffalo women's basketball team beat Rutgers, 82-71, Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Here is what coach Felisha Legette-Jack and players Cierra Dillard and Summer Hemphill told the media. Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack Opening Statement – “So funny, as we’re coming up the stairs, the gentleman at the bottom of the stairs said, “Yo…

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Here is the transcript from the UB news conference in Tulsa following a first-round victory against Arizona State: THE MODERATOR: We're going to ask the coach to make a statement on the game and then we will go to questions for all four gentlemen from Buffalo. NCAA Nate, please. NATE OATS: I'm really proud of our guys. They showed their experience. We kind of settled…

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You weren't the only one who noticed announcer Brad Nessler mistakenly call the University at Buffalo Bulls' men's basketball team the Buffalo Braves during a live broadcast of the NCAA Tournament game between UB and Arizona State on TNT. Twitter confirms this. The Buffalo Braves left Buffalo in 1978. Click here to read more about the timeline of the Buffalo Braves y…

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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 9…

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The University at Buffalo men's basketball team will face Texas Tech in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday in Tulsa. UB, the sixth seed, beat 11th-seeded Arizona State on Friday, and Texas Tech, the No. 3 seed, downed No. 14 Northern Kentucky. Overhaul: Texas Tech made the Elite Eight last season, but lost six of its top eight scorers from that team. The …