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As the University at Buffalo's interim men’s basketball coach and as a candidate for the opening vacated by Nate Oats, Jim Whitesell knew he needed a plan. Even before he was named UB's coach April 6, Whitesell understood recruiting would be a significant challenge. In his 10-day tenure as UB’s interim head basketball coach, he had already started assembling a list of p…

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Nate Oats, former head coach of the University at Buffalo men's basketball team, is putting his classic Tudor-style home on Grand Island up for sale as he departs for the Crimson Tide of Alabama. The three-story house on West Oakfield Road, which has waterfront views, a 60-foot pool and a vintage bowling alley, drew plenty of interest when Oats bought the home in August…

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When Nate Oats and his family purchased a home on Grand Island last summer, it included a dock with a boat cover that fit a 50-foot yacht and was more than enough to fit a 300-horsepower, triple-hull pontoon boat the family owned. "It's big enough, so we could have the team out," the former University at Buffalo men's basketball coach told The News last summer of the bo…

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The University at Buffalo athletic department has spoken with at least three candidates about the school's head men's basketball coaching position. The News learned Turner Battle, a former UB player, interviewed by phone Monday with a search panel. Buffalo native Carlin Hartman spoke with UB administrators Monday, The Oklahoman reported. The Miami Herald reported that U…

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University of Miami assistant basketball coach Chris Caputo has been contacted about the opening at the University at Buffalo, the Miami Herald reported. Caputo is a high-level recruiter, and a veteran assistant coach who has worked with highly respected Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga for 17 seasons at Miami and at George Mason, where he helped Larranaga coach the Patri…

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Raymond Hawkins will play for Nate Oats at Alabama. Hawkins, a three-star center from prep school powerhouse Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, announced his decision Saturday night. Hawkins, who is 6-foot-9, had the University at Buffalo among his five finalists until Oats left the school Wednesday. Hawkins had a scholarship offer from Alabama by Wednesday night, hours afte…

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Less than a week ago, Andre Allen, a 6-foot-9-inch forward for Arizona Western, was getting the University at Buffalo logo shaved into his head to celebrate March Madness. Now, following the departure of coach Nate Oats, Allen is requesting a release from UB from his signed letter of intent. Allen averaged 10.1 points and 5.7 rebounds for Arizona Western this sea…

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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 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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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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University at Buffalo men's basketball coach Nate Oats and players Jeremy Harris, CJ Massinburg and Nick Perkins met reporters in Tulsa in advance of Friday's NCAA Tournament game against Arizona State. Here is what they had to say: Q. This question is really for any of you. Looking at the matchup, obviously the big story line is Nate Oats going up against Bobby Hurley.…

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Arizona State beat St. John's, 74-65, on Wednesday night in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio, to officially set up the matchup that University at Buffalo fans have been looking forward to since the NCAA Tournament brackets were announced Sunday. Former UB coach Bobby Hurley and the Sun Devils face the Bulls on Friday in Tulsa, Okla. Hurley was the one who brought Nate …

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Raymond Hawkins, a three-star center who has the University at Buffalo among his final five, will announce his college decision on March 30, he wrote on Twitter. The 6-foot-7-inch Hawkins, who plays for prep powerhouse Findlay Prep in Nevada, revealed his final five in February: UB, Arizona State, DePaul, Mississippi State and Arkansas. He’s rated the No. 2 prospect …

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CLEVELAND – The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team clinched two more trophies, a day before the Bulls set foot on the court in the MAC Tournament. The MAC on Wednesday announced Nate Oats as the MAC coach of the year, and CJ Massinburg as the conference player of the year. In Oats’ fourth season at the helm at UB, the Bulls are 28-3 and won the regular-seaso…