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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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Bryan Hodgson, who has been an assistant coach at the University at Buffalo for four seasons and has been one of the program's primary recruiters, told the News on Thursday that he wants to be considered for the vacancy at UB. “I want the job at Buffalo,” Hodgson said. “I can keep the continuity in recruiting.” Former UB coach Nate Oats was introduced as Alabama's co…

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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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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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By Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press DES MOINES, Iowa — John Beilein came to Michigan in 2007 just hoping to get the school's name called on Selection Sunday. Nearly 12 years later, he's blitzed by that goal — and just about everything else. No. 2 Michigan got 19 points from Jordan Poole and clamped down on No. 10 Florida for a 64-49 win Saturday at Wells Fargo…

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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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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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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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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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Buffalo coach Nate Oats said he wasn’t shocked when Big 4 and crosstown rival Canisius roared to an early 10-point lead against the No. 21-ranked Bulls, who settled down and secured an 87-72 victory on Saturday night at the sold-out Koessler Athletic Center. “They didn’t catch me by surprise,” Oats said. “I kept telling the guys, ‘Literally, this is their Super Bowl.’ L…

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Buffalo needed only about seven minutes to turn an early double-digit deficit into a double-digit lead, storming back to defeat crosstown rival Canisius, 87-72, on Saturday night in its final nonconference game at the sold-out Koessler Athletic Center. Canisius owned a 23-13 advantage before the No. 21-ranked Bulls erupted with 11 minutes remaining in the first half, sc…

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The road from Jamestown to Buffalo snaked through Kansas, at least for James Rojas. Two years ago, the former All-Western New York high school basketball star had captured the attention of the coaching staff at the University at Buffalo with his size, skill, versatility and toughness. But he didn’t academically qualify to play at the Division I level. UB assistant co…

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The No. 14-ranked University at Buffalo men’s basketball team hosts Southern Illinois on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena, the second time the Bulls face the Salukis this season. It’s not terribly common to play a home-and-home against a non-conference opponent. But the series came about because each school had difficulty filling out its schedule, UB coach Nate Oat…

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It was a historic day for the University at Buffalo basketball program. The Bulls made the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in school history and became the first Big 4 team to be ranked since 1971. UB garnered 154 points from the national panel of voters. West Virginia, which had been No. 13 when the Mountaineers lost to UB on Friday night in overtime, is …