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The NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championships begins Friday as 16 teams compete to finish their seasons in Buffalo as the national champions. The Frozen Four will be held at KeyBank Center on April 11 and 13. American International College, which defeated Niagara, 3-2, in overtime Saturday at Harborcenter for the Atlantic Hockey Association championship, drew a tough as…

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No. 10 Buffalo vs. No. 2 Connecticut Tipoff: 7 p.m., Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. TV: ESPN Latest line: UConn (-24 1/2) What's at stake?: This is likely Buffalo star guard Cierra Dillard’s last game in a Bulls uniform. UConn has won 93 consecutive home games dating to 2013 and doesn’t figure to drop this one to Buffalo. UConn (32-2) has advanced to the Final …

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STORRS, Conn. – Felisha Legette-Jack is an excellent coach. She revived Cierra Dillard’s career, turning a player who nearly chose to stop playing basketball into one of the top guards in the country. She led the University at Buffalo women’s basketball program to the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four seasons, guiding last year’s experienced group to the Swee…

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STORRS, Conn. — Summer Hemphill missed the season opener. She missed the home opener. She missed trips to face then-No. 3-ranked Oregon and crosstown rival Canisius. But most of all, she missed her teammates. The University at Buffalo junior forward was academically ineligible for the first semester, which caused her to miss the first eight games of the season. Hemph…

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Here is a transcript from Saturday's University at Buffalo women's basketball news conference in Storrs, Conn.: UB coach Felisha Legette-Jack Opening Statement: “It is just an honor. We are having fun, we are young, we are trying to grow buffalo, grow a city, grow it all. To come out and play so well against Rutgers, my heart is so full with this team, I am just e…

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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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STORRS, Conn. — Cierra Dillard didn’t think about the possibility that she was playing her final game in a University at Buffalo uniform. Not during the game, at least. Not while 10th-seeded UB was battling for an 82-71 victory against No. 7-seeded Rutgers on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at Gampel Pavilion. But that doesn’t mean th…

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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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STORRS, Conn. — Summer Hemphill hadn’t even received the pass and point guard Hanna Hall was already screaming, “Shoot the ball!” So was University at Buffalo women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack, and seemingly the entire bench. “So I’m like,” Hemphill paused, reenacting a sigh. “ 'I’ve got to take this shot.’ So I took it and it went in and I shot it with c…

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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 …

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The #HornsUp spirit was all over Buffalo on Friday leading into the University at Buffalo basketball teams' games in the NCAA Tournament. Among those wishing UB well were Bills quarterback Josh Allen, Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, Sabretooth, Celery and Bills coach Sean McDermott, who showed some deft shooting touch in a video tweeted by the Bills. …

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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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No. 10 Buffalo vs. No. 7 Rutgers Tipoff: 4:30 p.m., Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. TV: ESPN2 Latest line: Rutgers (-2 1/2) What's at stake?: The University at Buffalo women’s basketball team is back in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons, but don’t mistake the Bulls for an experienced group. Senior guard Cierra Dillard is the only returning s…

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University at Buffalo women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack and players Cierra Dillard and Summer Hemphill spoke with reporters in Storrs, Conn., on Thursday in advance of Friday's NCAA Tournament first-round game against Rutgers. Here are highlights from what they said: Head Coach: Felisha Legette-Jack On being back in the tournament: “It’s a true honor. We…

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STORRS, Conn. – When coach Felisha Legette-Jack learned her University at Buffalo women’s basketball team would face Rutgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the first thing she mentioned about the opponent, of course, was her respect for C. Vivian Stringer. The 71-year-old, Hall of Fame coach has been on a health-related leave of absence since Feb. 14, and wi…