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STORRS, Conn. – University at Buffalo sophomore point guard Hanna Hall started every game this season until mid-February, but after a six-point loss at Bowling Green, coach Felisha Legette-Jack had seen enough. Hall had her playing time dialed back considerably. She came off the bench in each of the final seven games of the regular season, with redshirt freshman Finess …

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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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The game of Spades came to an abrupt halt, and that’s when her family knew this was serious. This was the moment. The decision had been made. Cierra Dillard was coming off a transformative couple of years. After transferring schools and sitting out a season, she had rediscovered her love of the game. She had helped the University at Buffalo women’s basketball team…

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Once Bob Lanier and his wounded knee missed St. Bonaventure's run to the Final Four in 1970, it took a long time for college hoops to become relevant around here again. But we're finally there. Now, there were some memorable years at Canisius in the 1980s and 1990s. And we enjoyed the amazing double-overtime NCAA loss by St. Bonaventure to Kentucky in 2000 and two NCAA …

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Before Buffalo’s name was revealed on the NCAA Tournament brackets, a Buffalonian received a shoutout during the Selection Sunday broadcast. “Jordan Nwora led the Cardinals in scoring and rebounding, he’ll be on display,” CBS host Greg Gumble said after announcing Louisville’s No. 7 seed in the East Region. Nwora, a two-time All-Western New York performer for the Park Sc…

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University at Buffalo athletics director Mark Alnutt was among those racing to Alumni Arena after ESPN mistakenly broadcast the NCAA women’s basketball tournament bracket hours before it was intended. “So I’m hustling over here from campus, and as I walked in my office, that’s when they flashed that we were playing Rutgers,” Alnutt said. “And then the first thing I noti…

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The University at Buffalo women's basketball team will face Rutgers at 4:30 p.m. Friday in Storrs, Conn., in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Here are five things to know about the Scarlet Knights, who enter the game at 22-9: 1. Legendary coach sidelined. C. Vivian Stringer, one of the icons in women's basketball coaching, is on a health-related leave of absen…

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The NCAA women's basketball selection show does not begin until 7 p.m., but Monday afternoon, a number of viewers caught what appears to be the women's field of 64 on ESPNU. However, it seems like the bracket is legit because ESPN has moved the start of the show to 5 p.m. Blake DuDonis of High Post Hoops tweeted several screenshots of the bracket. So if this is th…

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So what are the chances that the University at Buffalo men's basketball team wins the West region or wins it all? According to analytics website FiveThirtyEight.com, UB has a 69 percent chance of winning in the first round against either Arizona State or St. John's, a 25 percent chance of winning in the second round, a 9 percent chance of winning in the Sweet 16, a 3 pe…

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How far will the University at Buffalo men's basketball team go in the NCAA Tournament? The News' Mark Gaughan writes, "Go ahead, dream big. Dream of a deep run."  ESPN's Rece Davis, during the network's NCAA special Sunday night, projected that UB would reach the Elite Eight in the West region. That would set up a matchup with top-seeded Gonzaga, which enters the te…

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The University at Buffalo men's basketball team doesn't know who it will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, but it knows when. CBS announced that the UB game against the winner of Wednesday's play-in game between Arizona State and St. John's is scheduled for approximately 4 p.m. ET at BOK Center in Tulsa. The game will air on TNT. Jim Jackson, …

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NEW YORK – The Bonnies were so close to dancing, once again. But their magical late-season run ended in frustration. St. Bonaventure raced to an early 15-point lead but managed just 19 points in the second half as Saint Louis rallied and hung on for a 55-53 victory in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament championship game Sunday, sucking the wind out of thousands of…

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CLEVELAND — Whether it was a win or a loss in the conference title game, the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team was going to make the NCAA Tournament. The Bulls won the Mid-American Conference tournament championship with an 87-73 win against Bowling Green on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena. The MAC tournament winner earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournamen…

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The University of Maryland-Baltimore County knows about historic upsets. The Terriers basketball team became the first No. 16 seed to upset a No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history when they topped Virginia 74-54 last March. The school athletic department Twitter feed has noted big upsets in the making with a shoutout to the Twitter account of the team trying to pull …

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The first ever meeting between Canisius and the Minnesota Golden Gophers in baseball was one to forget for the Golden Griffins. Minnesota scored five times in the second inning to take control and did not let up en route to beating Canisius, 10-1, Friday night in an NCAA Tournament contest at Siebert Field in Minneapolis. The defeat means the Griffs must win today’s …