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Canisius College men's lacrosse was a heavy underdog to even make the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Griffins were the lowest seed in the four-team Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament, an accomplishment in itself considering the Griffs were picked to finish sixth in the preseason coaches' poll. Two overtime winners later, the Golden Griffins are hosting an NCAA t…

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University at Buffalo men’s basketball coach Nate Oats boosted the stock of his program and his own name with a strong showing in the NCAA Tournament. Success on the national stage can turn coaches such as Oats into hot candidates for lucrative job openings around college basketball in the coming weeks. So it would seem that UB did well to lock him up with a five-year e…

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CNN's Wolf Blitzer was among the many UB alums relishing the Bulls' upset victory against Arizona in the NCAA Tournament. Blitzer, a Kenwore West and UB grad, posted a "Breaking News" on Twitter, noting that UB "absolutely demolished" the Wildcats on Thursday night. He ended with this, "The Bulls send clear and very decisive message to Kentucky: You’re next." You …

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Through the First Four, teams from New York state are 2-0 against teams from the Pac-12. The Pac-12 has one more team remaining – Arizona – and the Wildcats face the University at Buffalo on Thursday night in Boise, Idaho. First, St. Bonaventure beat UCLA, 65-58 on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. Then, Syracuse beat Bobby Hurley-coached Arizona State, 60-56, on Wednesday in…

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St. Bonaventure University and University at Buffalo fans are going to party like it is 1970 tonight as both play in televised games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Regrettably, the majority of the two games are expected to be played at the same time so fans are going to have to be creative to watch them simultaneously. They can do so by watching one of the …

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BOISE, Idaho – Ikenna Smart isn't a star. He starts for UB's basketball team, but plays only around 12-14 minutes a game. You would think that Smart would be in awe of Arizona's 7-1 DeAndre Ayton, who is regarded as the best player in the nation and the likely No. 1 pick in the next NBA draft. You would be mistaken. "I'm not worried," Smart, a 6-10 junior said Wed…

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Call it March Scheduling Madness. The odds of two Western New York college basketball teams qualifying for the NCAA men's tournament have been pretty long over the past half century. The University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure qualified this March for the field of 68 to give the region two teams in the tournament for the first time since 1970 when Bona and Niagara …

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No. 11 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 6 Florida Tipoff: Approx. 9:57 p.m. Thursday, American Airlines Center, Dallas. TV: TruTV. Announcers: Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore, Ros Gold-Onwude. St. Bonaventure is on to the first round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating UCLA in Dayton, Ohio, for the program's first tourney win since 1970. The Bonnies earned a dat…

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Kate Welshofer has made a quick positive impression on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) viewers since arriving in late January. Now she gets a chance to impress a national audience. Welshofer, who primarily has appeared on Channel 2's "Daybreak" as a feature reporter and occasional co-anchor since arriving from an Albany cable station, will be one of four co-hosts next week on th…

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4-Arizona vs. 13-Buffalo Approx. 9:45 p.m. Thursday at Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho (CBS) The University at Buffalo felt it deserved better than a 13-seed. Drawing Arizona feels like a double-whammy. The Wildcats went 27-7 overall and 14-4 in the Pac-12, winning both regular-season and tournament titles. They are a highly regarded team that was ranked third in the As…

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St. Bonaventure is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. The path hasn't been easy. And with Tuesday night's First Four game against UCLA, the path was not easy for a bus of students hoping to get to Dayton before the 9:10 tipoff. According to the Twitter feed of the student managers, a bus with Bona students got a flat tire at around 5:45 p.m. The bu…

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St. Bonaventure small forward Courtney Stockard will be a "game-time decision" for Tuesday's NCAA Tournament First Four game against UCLA, coach Mark Schmidt said Monday. Stockard suffered a hamstring injury in the Bonnies' Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinal victory against Richmond, which forced him to miss the semifinal loss to Davidson. "Hopefully he'll be out th…

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They took nothing for granted. Last year they went 22-10 and advanced to the Mid-American Conference semifinals. But when Selection Monday came around, the University at Buffalo women's basketball was left out of every postseason tournament. No NCAA bracket. Not even a sniff at the WNIT. So even with their body of work this season, a 27-5 mark and a close loss to Centra…

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No. 11 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 11 UCLA Tipoff: 9:10 p.m. Tuesday, University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio TV: TruTV Announcers: Spero Dedes, Steve Smith, Len Elmore, Ros Gold-Onwude St. Bonaventure didn't get the draw it was hoping for, but the Bonnies can't complain too much about earning their first NCAA Tournament bid since 2012 and their first at-large bid…

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Bobby Hurley's former team, the University at Buffalo, knew it was heading to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Hurley's current team, Arizona State, had to sweat things out as an at-large team and were squarely on the bubble. Hurley invited the team over to his house to watch Sunday's Selection Show. And when the Sun Devil…