Texas Tech-Buffalo gives high-octane guard matchup in NCAAs
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — If you're all about big-time scoring guards in the NCAA Tournament, look no further than the Texas Tech-Buffalo matchup in the West Region on Sunday.
Buffalo meets Texas Tech in Second Round
No. 6 seed Buffalo (32-3) vs. No. 3 seed Texas Tech (27-6)
NCAA Tournament Second Round, Bank of Oklahoma Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Sunday, 5:10 p.m. EDT
C. Michigan, Buffalo meet in MAC semis
Central Michigan (23-10, 12-8) vs. Buffalo (29-3, 17-2)
Mid-American Conference Tourney Semifinals, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland; Friday, 5:30 p.m. EDT
Akron meets Buffalo in MAC quarters
No. 8 seed Akron (17-15, 9-10) vs. No. 1 seed Buffalo (28-3, 16-2)
Mid-American Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland; Thursday, 11 p.m. EDT
Seniors play key role in putting No. 19 Buffalo on the map
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Growing up in Dallas, CJ Massinburg never heard of Buffalo, never mind knew it featured a college with a Division I basketball program.
BG faces tough test vs No. 19 Buffalo
Bowling Green (20-10, 12-5) vs. No. 19 Buffalo (27-3, 15-2)
Alumni Arena, Buffalo, New York; Friday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 19 Buffalo presents a tough challenge for Bowling...
No. 19 Buffalo captures MAC title with 82-79 win over Ohio
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — After Buffalo bombed Ohio with 3-pointers last month, the No. 19 Bulls seemed ready for a repeat.
Buffalo hit eight of its first 11 3-point attempts, but Ohio wouldn't go...
Ohio faces tough test vs No. 19 Buffalo
No. 19 Buffalo (26-3, 14-2) vs. Ohio (13-15, 5-11)
Convocation Center, Athens, Ohio; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 19 Buffalo presents a tough challenge for Ohio. Ohio has...
No. 21 Buffalo beat Miami (OH) 77-69 for share of MAC title
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Buffalo was up by 18 points before the first media timeout, getting baskets as easy as they come. The rest of the night was a slog as the 21st-ranked Bills clinched a share of...
Miami faces tough test vs No. 21 Buffalo
No. 21 Buffalo (25-3, 13-2) vs. Miami (15-13, 7-8)
John D. Millett Hall, Oxford, Ohio; Friday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 21 Buffalo presents a tough challenge for Miami. Miami has...
Massinburg leads No. 21 Buffalo to 77-64 win over Akron
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — It's been so long, senior guard CJ Massinburg can't remember the last time Buffalo lost at home.
Akron faces tough test vs No. 21 Buffalo
Akron (15-12, 7-7) vs. No. 21 Buffalo (24-3, 12-2)
Alumni Arena, Buffalo, New York; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 21 Buffalo presents a tough challenge for Akron. Akron has lost...
Kent State faces tough test vs No. 25 Buffalo
Kent State (19-7, 8-5) vs. No. 25 Buffalo (23-3, 11-2)
Alumni Arena, Buffalo, New York; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 25 Buffalo presents a tough challenge for Kent State. Kent...
No. 25 Buffalo stampedes Ohio for 23rd straight home win
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo coach Nate Oats drew on his experience as a high school math teacher help his team understand the value of a blowout victory.
No. 25 Buffalo shakes off poor start, beats Toledo 88-82
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Buffalo is still in a bit of a 3-point shooting funk — except for Nick Perkins, who lifted the Bulls to an impressive victory in a Mid-American Conference showdown with Toledo.
Massinburg’s 21 helps No. 25 Buffalo hold off Akron 76-70
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Buffalo's run of conference championships, 20-win seasons and a major upset in last year's NCAA Tournament have brought rankings, publicity and high expectations.
Right now, the Bulls aren't meeting them.
CJ Massinburg scored 21 points, Dontay Caruthers added 15 and No. 25 Buffalo slogged its way to a 76-70 win over Akron on Tuesday night, dropping the Zips to 0-31 against ranked teams.
No. 23 Buffalo tops Central Mich. for 22nd straight home win
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Battling through injuries and playing without one of its best players for a half, No. 23 Buffalo was resilient and rallied for its 22nd straight win at home.
Jeremy Harris had 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and the Bulls overcame an 18-point first half deficit, their largest of the season, to beat Central Michigan 90-76 on Saturday.
Bowling Green rallies past No. 18 Buffalo 92-88
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — With a raucous home crowd poised to celebrate, Bowling Green needed to withstand one more 3-pointer by Buffalo star CJ Massinburg.
The shot bounced off the rim, and the Falcons closed out their upset.
"You make some, you miss some," Massinburg said.
Massinburg didn't miss many, scoring 19 of his 26 points in the second half, but it wasn't enough for No. 18 Buffalo. The Bulls wasted an eight-point halftime lead and lost 92-88 to Bowling Green on Friday night.
No. 18 Buffalo cruises past Ball State for 83-59 win
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Coach Nate Oats could overlook Buffalo's cold-shooting offense given how his team's defense smothered Ball State from nearly start to finish.
Defensive specialist Dontay Caruthers scored 21 points and No. 18 Buffalo cruised to its 21st straight home victory, 83-59 over Ball State on Tuesday night.
No. 14 Buffalo survives scare, beats Kent State 88-79
KENT, Ohio (AP) — No surprise, the guys from slippery, snowy Western New York weathered the storm.
CJ Massinburg and Nick Perkins scored 20 points apiece as No. 14 Buffalo pulled away in the final minutes and avoided dropping its second Mid-American Conference game in four days with an 88-79 win over Kent State on Friday night.
Massinburg leads No. 16 Buffalo past E. Michigan, 77-65
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo has so many scoring threats, senior guard CJ Massinburg wondered aloud which players their opponents concentrate on stopping.
"You," coach Nate Oats said, interrupting his leading scorer.
Not on Friday night, when Massinburg shook off a four-game slump to lead the 16th-ranked Bulls to a 77-65 win over Eastern Michigan.
Surging Buffalo adopts Oats’ fearless, unfiltered approach
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Coach Nate Oats stood beneath the basket with his arms folded, watching the chaos of his Buffalo players practice at their usual frenetic pace.
Arms flailed. Rubber squeaked. And then came the thud of bodies colliding and falling to the court, as backup freshman Jeenathan Williams slid past Oats after sinking a layup. Williams immediately jumped up and spit out a profanity, criticizing star guard CJ Massinburg for allowing him to score.
No. 16 Buffalo holds off upset-minded WMU 88-79
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Buffalo was finally challenged in conference play — and coach Nate Oats wasn't thrilled with how his team handled it.
Jeremy Harris had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the 16th-ranked Bulls held off upset-minded Western Michigan 88-79 on Tuesday night, but this game was close throughout after Buffalo won its first three Mid-American Conference games by a combined 70 points.
No. 20 Buffalo rolls in MAC opener, 74-58 over EMU
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Nick Perkins has a good idea of how the rest of the Mid-American Conference feels about facing Buffalo this season.
"When you've got a national ranking, everybody wants to beat you," the 6-foot-8 senior said.
The 20th-ranked Bulls were ready for their first MAC test of 2018-19. Montell McRae scored a career-high 18 points and Perkins added 15 to lift Buffalo to an easy 74-58 win over Eastern Michigan on Friday night.
No. 21 Buffalo improves to 12-1 with 87-72 win over Canisius
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo had a week off to brood over its first loss of the season.
"You get home and I feel like Markus Howard ruined our Christmas," Buffalo's CJ Massinburg said in reference to the Marquette guard who scored 45 points in the Golden Eagles' 103-85 win over the Bulls on Dec. 21. "Family members: 'Hey, it's good to see you. How you let him light you up like that?' That's the next thing their saying."
No. 14 Buffalo beats Syracuse 71-59 to stay unbeaten
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — All Buffalo coach Nate Oats had to do was pull out the tape from last year's game at Syracuse. His rising Bulls did the rest.
CJ Massinburg scored 25 points, Jeremy Harris added 18, and No. 14 Buffalo rallied past the Orange 71-59 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten.
It was the first win over the Orange since January 1963 for Buffalo (11-0), one of only nine undefeated teams of the 353 that play in Division I.
A look at the unbeaten and the winless in college basketball
Just more than a month after the season started, there are only nine unbeaten teams left in Division I men's college basketball. And it's a similar story at the other end of the spectrum: Only five teams have yet to win a game.
Getting this far without a loss is no small feat. Just ask Gonzaga, which knocked off Duke and Creighton before finally losing to Tennessee last weekend.
No. 17 Buffalo rolls past Division II Le Moyne 89-55
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — In wins over Arizona in last year's NCAA Tournament and at West Virginia earlier this season, Buffalo learned what it takes to pull off an upset.
It also learned how to avoid the losing side of one.
"I think it gives us an advantage," Bulls guard CJ Massinburg said, "because we know the recipe for disaster."
Massinburg had 13 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists and four steals, and No. 17 Buffalo used a big second-half run to beat Division II Le Moyne 89-55 on Wednesday night.
No. 21 Buffalo beats Milwaukee in Belfast, Northern Ireland
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Jeremy Harris scored 21 points, Nick Perkins added 20 with nine rebounds, and No. 21 Buffalo beat Milwaukee 96-77 on Friday in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.
CJ Massinburg added 16 points as the Bulls improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 1930-31 season.
Buffalo advanced to Saturday's championship game in the Goliath bracket where they will meet San Francisco (7-0), a 76-58 winner over Stephen F. Austin.
Massinburg returns to lead No. 22 Buffalo over Marist 76-49
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — As quick to shoot as any team in the country, Buffalo takes pride in its willingness to put in extra time on defense.
"We are built on defense here," coach Nate Oats said. "We are built on toughness."
CJ Massinburg scored 21 points, Jayvon Graves added 16 and No. 22 Buffalo brushed off Marist's attempt to slow the pace in a 76-49 victory on Saturday.
Buffalo upsets No. 13 West Virginia in overtime 99-94
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — CJ Massinburg had 43 points and 14 rebounds as Buffalo pulled off another big upset against a power program, stunning No. 13 West Virginia 99-94 in overtime Friday night.
Jeremy Harris added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls in the season opener for both teams. Buffalo grabbed attention last March when the 13th-seeded Bulls blew out No. 4 seed Arizona 89-68 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Massinburg scores 43, Buffalo stuns No. 13 WVU 99-94 in OT
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Maybe that big upset in the NCAA Tournament was only the beginning for Buffalo.
CJ Massinburg had 43 points and 14 rebounds as the Bulls stunned another power program Friday night, beating No. 13 West Virginia 99-94 in overtime.
Buffalo opened eyes back in March when the 13th-seeded Bulls blew out No. 4 seed Arizona 89-68 in the first round of the NCAAs. They were knocked out by Kentucky in their next game — but now this.
Perkins, Buffalo beat Saint Francis in 1st Division I game
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Nick Perkins had 16 points and nine rebounds, CJ Massinburg added 11 points and eight boards, and Buffalo beat Saint Francis 82-67 on Tuesday in the first Division I game of the season.
Jeremy Harris, one of Buffalo's top returners, was held to six points on 3-of-15 shooting. Massinburg enters the season within striking distance of becoming Buffalo's all-time leading scorer.
TIPPING OFF: UMBC upset puts underdogs in NCAA spotlight
The University of Maryland-Baltimore County proved that anything can happen in the NCAA Tournament.
After pulling off the upset of all NCAA upsets, the 16th-seeded Retrievers get a day to rest and recharge following their history-making win over No. 1 seed Virginia.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jeremy Harris scored 22 points and CJ Massinburg scored 14 and Buffalo beat Kent State 78-61 on Friday and advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament title game.
The top-seeded Bulls (25-8) will play Friday night's other semifinal winner between second seed Toledo and No. 3 Eastern Michigan.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jeremy Harris scored a career-high 27 points, CJ Massinburg added 18 and top-seeded Buffalo held off eighth-seeded Central Michigan's rally in the second half for a 89-74 win in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Thursday.
Nick Perkins had 16 points and the Bulls (24-8) made two big 3-pointers in the final 2:17 to put away the Chippewas.
Buffalo plays fifth-seeded Kent State, the defending tournament champion, in Friday's first semifinal.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — CJ Massinburg and Nick Perkins scored 19 points each and Buffalo ended the regular season with a 100-70 defeat of Bowling Green and clinched the outright Mid-American Conference regular-season championship Friday night.
Massinburg, Buffalo pull away late for 80-68 win over Akron
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — CJ Massinburg hit five 3-pointers and had his eighth double-double of the season, Wes Clark scored 18 points and Buffalo beat Akron 80-68 on Tuesday night to secure the No. 1 seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the first time in school history.
Buffalo dominates Ohio in 108-82 win
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Nick Perkins scored 21 points, Dontay Caruthers poured in 19 more and Buffalo pierced the century mark for the third time this season in a 108-82 win over Ohio on Saturday.
Jeremy Harris added 12 points and 11 assists, Wes Clark had 12 points and 10 rebounds and CJ Massinburg finished with 15 points for Buffalo, which shot 53 percent to rack up a program record for points scored in a Mid-American Conference game.
Buffalo clinches MAC East with 95-82 win over Bowling Green
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — CJ Massinburg had 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists and Buffalo clinched the Mid-American Conference East Division title on Friday night with a 95-82 win over Bowling Green.
The Bulls (20-7, 12-2) made 12 of 20 from 3-point range to hold off the Falcons (16-11, 7-7), who were the last team in the East with any chance of matching Buffalo in the final standings. Both teams have four games remaining in the season.
Harris, Clark help Buffalo beat Kent State 84-72
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeremy Harris had 24 points and Wes Clark scored 19, including three 3-pointers, to help Buffalo beat Kent State 84-72 on Tuesday night.
Harris and Clark combined to make 17 of 29 (58.6 percent) from the field. Nick Perkins had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while CJ Massinburg added eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Buffalo (19-7, 11-2 Mid-American Conference).
Harris hits 4 3s, scores 22; Buffalo beats Central Michigan
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Jeremy Harris hit four 3-pointers and finished with 22 points and Wes Clark made 4-of-4 free throws in the final 28 seconds to help Buffalo beat Central Michigan 88-82 on Tuesday night.
Clark finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists. CJ Massinburg added 18 points, including three 3-pointers, and Nick Perkins scored 13 for Buffalo (18-6, 10-1 Mid-American Conference).
Massinburg scores 26, Buffalo beats Western Michigan 92-86
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — CJ Massinburg scored 26 points Friday night and Buffalo shot 59 percent from the field on its way to a 92-86 win over Western Michigan.
Massinburg hit a 3-pointer to make it 84-72 with 1:45 left and made 8 of 10 foul shots in the final minute to help the Bulls (17-6, 9-1 Mid-American Conference) hold on for the win.
Kent State rallies from 18 down, tops 1st-place Buffalo
KENT, Ohio (AP) — Danny Pippen scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Adonis De La Rosa had 20 points, six boards and five assists and Kent State completed an 18-point comeback to beat first-place Buffalo 82-79 on Tuesday night.
Kent State guard Jaylin Walker spun to split two defenders and hit a floater to tie it at 77 with 1:27 to go and Pippen made a layup with 37 seconds left to give the Golden Flashes their first lead since 2-0.
Buffalo wins 8th straight, tops Eastern Michigan 83-69
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeremy Harris scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to help Mid-American Conference leader Buffalo beat Eastern Michigan 83-69 on Tuesday night for its eighth straight victory.
CJ Massinburg added 18 points, Nick Perkins 17 and Wes Clark 13 for Buffalo (15-5, 7-0), which has scored 80-plus points in eight straight games.
Buffalo stays unbeaten in MAC, beats W. Michigan 84-74
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — CJ Massinburg and Jeremy Harris scored 20 points each on Friday night and Buffalo remained the lone unbeaten team in the Mid-American Conference with an 84-74 win over Western Michigan.
Buffalo beats Northern Illinois 95-67 for sixth straight win
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Nick Perkins matched his season-high with 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting and added six rebounds to lead Buffalo past Northern Illinois 95-67 on Tuesday night for its sixth straight victory.
Harris’s double-double lifts Buffalo past Miami (OH) 82-66
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeremy Harris scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds and CJ Massinburg added a double-double and Buffalo pulled away in the second half to beat Miami (OH) 82-66 on Saturday.
Buffalo (12-5, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) led 34-33 at halftime and started the second half with a 16-7 run with Harris scoring eight points for a 50-40 lead. Harris added a dunk and a layup, Jayvon Graves made a 3, and the Bulls extended the lead to 57-42 with 12:44 left.
Buffalo snaps Ball State’s 9-game win streak
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Jayvon Graves and Jeremy Harris scored 16 apiece and combined to hit seven 3-pointers as Buffalo rolled to an 83-63 win over Ball State on Saturday, snapping the Cardinals' nine-game win streak.
Massinburg helps Buffalo pull away late, beat Toledo 104-94
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — CJ Massinburg scored 10 of his 27 points in the final 5:24 to help Buffalo pull away and beat Toledo 104-94 on Tuesday night in a Mid-American Conference opener.
Tre'Shaun Fletcher made three free throws to pull Toledo (8-6) to 84-81. Massinburg answered with a jumper and layup, and was 6-of-6 shooting from the line as the Bulls closed on a 20-13 surge.