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James Rojas is coming home. Rojas, a 2017 All-Western New York first-team forward from Jamestown, has committed to the University at Buffalo, according to multiple reports. The 6-7 Rojas is in his second season at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College and was viewed as one of the "better forward available in JUCO," according to JUCORecruiting.com. He is averaging 15…

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The University at Buffalo men's basketball team was a unanimous choice to win the Mid-American Conference East Division in the preseason poll released Tuesday and is believed to be the first program with three players selected to the preseason all-conference team. UB received all 35 first-place votes from the league's coaches and media to finish with 210 points in the p…

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High expectations surround the University at Buffalo basketball team. The Bulls are coming off a Mid-American Conference tournament championship and a victory against Arizona in the NCAA Tournament last spring; they return their top three scorers and four of the top five; and they went out and sought tougher competition to form a loaded schedule. Now, UB has received…

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Before he became the “Wizard of Westwood” and won 10 national championships coaching basketball at UCLA, John Wooden found inspiration from watching how another coaching legend, Frank Leahy, ran his Notre Dame football practice. “I thought my basketball practices were well-organized and efficient. After observing Coach Leahy’s practice, I realized more work was needed,”…

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With high expectations for the 2018-19 season, the University at Buffalo men's basketball team is putting together an aggressive non-conference schedule. UB will travel to West Virginia and Marquette, a source confirmed after recent reports. The game in Morgantown against the Mountaineers will be a rematch of the 2015 NCAA Tournament first-round game. UB rallied but …

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Here is what UB coach Nate Oats and players had to say during news conferences Friday in Boise in advance of Saturday's NCAA Tournament game against Kentucky. Q. Have you heard back from former President Obama yet? Any apology for him picking against you? CJ MASSINBURG: No, I haven't heard any response from Obama yet. We actually haven't had our phones, we got them bac…

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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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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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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…