Alabama’s Oats completes coaching staff, retains Pettway
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — New Alabama men's basketball coach Nate Oats has filled his staff, including one holdover assistant and one coming with him from Buffalo.
Alabama’s Kira Lewis Jr. announces he’s staying put
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama point guard Kira Lewis Jr. says he's staying put after considering a transfer.
The freshman entered his name into the NCAA's transfer portal after the...
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo has promoted Nate Oats' top assistant, Jim Whitesell, to take over its men's basketball program.
The Mid-American Conference Bulls announced the move Saturday,...
Alabama’s Nate Oats receives $2.45 million deal
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will pay new basketball coach Nate Oats $2.45 million annually under his five-year deal.
The university released a memorandum of understanding with Oats to...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Nate Oats was a high school coach and math teacher making a five-figure salary six years ago.
Then he made a rapid ascent as a Buffalo assistant and head coach and is...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Nate Oats helped turned Buffalo into an NCAA Tournament regular. Now, he's trying to restore Alabama to that status.
The Crimson Tide hired Oats on Wednesday after he...
Looking dangerous, No. 6 seed Buffalo breezes past ASU
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Looking like a No. 6 seed no one wants to play, high-scoring Buffalo breezed into the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
Buffalo coach Oats to face ex-boss Hurley in first round
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Buffalo coach Nate Oats has mixed feelings about facing his former boss.
Oats' sixth-seeded Bulls will face Arizona State and former Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley in an NCAA...
Oats has Buffalo shedding basketball’s mid-major label
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo coach Nate Oats was so caught up in the possibility of facing his former boss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the significance of the West Region's...
CLEVELAND (AP) — Buffalo's hopes for another MAC championship were dangling, and as coach Nate Oats huddled his team during a timeout in the fourth quarter he made a request.
Buffalo coach Nate Oates signs extension through 2024
CLEVELAND (AP) — Buffalo's Nate Oats signed a five-year contract extension that will make him the top-paid coach in the Mid-American Conference.
Buffalo’s Massinburg, Oats named MAC’s top player, coach
CLEVELAND (AP) — Buffalo swept the Mid-American Conference's top regular-season awards with guard C.J. Massinburg tabbed as the best player and Nate Oats recognized as coach of the...
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...
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.
Veteran teams riding experience toward March Madness
Buffalo's coaches spent part of Tuesday morning's walkthrough going over defensive assignments, making sure the players were prepared for that night's game against Ohio.
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.
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.
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.
Harris’ 34 leads No. 19 Buffalo to 110-80 win over Toledo
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Coach Nate Oats put together a challenging non-conference schedule in order to toughen up Buffalo for the start of the regular season.
After spending the past two months knocking off the likes of West Virginia, Syracuse and San Francisco, the No. 19 Bulls have begun rolling over their Mid-American Conference opponents.
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.
No. 14 Buffalo tops So. Illinois 73-65, improves to 10-0
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — After surviving a surprising challenge on its home floor, Buffalo is ready for a challenging road ahead.
Nick Perkins had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 14 Buffalo beat Southern Illinois 73-65 on Saturday ahead of a pivotal trip to face Syracuse and No. 21 Marquette next week.
The undefeated Bulls (10-0) are eyeing a return to the NCAA Tournament after upending No. 4 seed Arizona as a 13th seed last year.
No. 17 Buffalo improves to 9-0; Beats St. Bonaventure 80-62
OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) — After spending time back home consoling his mother, Buffalo guard Jayvon Graves paid tribute to his late grandfather the best way he knew how.
Graves hit a career-best five 3-pointers and scored 19 points in helping the No. 17 Bulls remain undefeated with an 80-62 win at St. Bonaventure on Saturday.
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.
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.
Perkins, No. 22 Buffalo blow out Dartmouth 110-71
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — With a nine-day layoff between games, Buffalo's players challenged each other in practice to stay sharp.
They may have given each other a tougher test than Dartmouth did on Wednesday night.
Nick Perkins had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 22 Buffalo scored the first 15 points and cruised to a 110-71 victory.
TOP 25 THIS WEEK: No. 25 Buffalo earns 1st AP ranking
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Buffalo grabbed headlines for taking down Arizona in last year's NCAA Tournament, then going on the road to hand a ranked West Virginia team its first loss in a home opener in 15 years.
The 25th-ranked Bulls won't surprise anyone now, not with the program's first appearance in the AP Top 25 .
No. 25 Buffalo pulls away for 62-53 win at Southern Illinois
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Ranked in the Top 25 for the first time in school history, Buffalo showed its staying power with another road win.
Montell McRae and Jeremy Harris each scored 11 points and No. 25 Buffalo pulled away for a 62-53 victory at Southern Illinois on Monday night.
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.
Tim Benz podcast: Buffalo-area Pitt coaching potentials and NFL owners meetings updates
On Tuesday's podcast, I'm joined by Sal Capaccio from WGR in Buffalo. He joins me to talk about Nate Oats of Buffalo and Mark Schmidt of St. Bonaventure and their interest — or lack thereof — in the Pitt basketball job. He also gives us an update from the NFL owners meetings.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Buffalo coach Felisha Legette-Jack received two important text messages before her 11th-seeded team faced No. 6 seed South Florida in the women's NCAA Tournament.
The first came from Buffalo men's coach Nate Oats on early Friday after the Bulls upset Arizona in the first round. The second came from Central Michigan's Sue Guevara prior to Saturday's tipoff after the Chippewas pulled off their own upset of LSU.
Buffalo looking for another upset with Kentucky up next
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — No. 13 seed Buffalo (27-8) vs. No. 5 Kentucky (25-10)
Second round, South Region; Boise, Idaho, Saturday, 5:15 p.m. ET.
BOTTOM LINE: Buffalo took down one of college basketball's biggest programs and gets another shot in the second round against Kentucky. The Bulls used pressure defense to fluster Arizona in an opening 89-68 win and is hoping to do the same thing against Kentucky's youngest-ever roster.
No Bull: Buffalo pulls off big upset, knocks off Arizona
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Inside Buffalo's locker room hung a handwritten sign with two words: Ball Pressure.
Coach Nate Oats knew the Bulls had a shot at beating big, bad Arizona, but only if they could put lots of pressure on Arizona's guards and make them shoot from the perimeter.
Bullish: Buffalo wins MAC title over Toledo, NCAA bid
CLEVELAND (AP) — Handed a pair scissors, Buffalo coach Nate Oats began climbing a ladder to cut down another championship net.
As he rose above the floor, the fans below him chanted: "Five more years! Five more years!"
The Bulls are back on top, and they just might stay there for a while.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Men's basketball coach Nate Oats is being rewarded for the University at Buffalo's record-setting season, agreeing to a new five-year contract.
AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Nate Oats can appreciate the skepticism he attracted two years ago, when coaching Buffalo to an NCAA Tournament berth in his first season.
Perhaps, some suggested, he somehow lucked out. Maybe, the success was the result of Bobby Hurley's lingering influence after Oats' renown predecessor left the Mid-American Conference Bulls for Arizona State a year earlier.
Syracuse outlasts stubborn Buffalo 81-74
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse won the game but don't tell Buffalo the Orange are better.
"It's frustrating," said Bulls coach Nate Oats. "They (Buffalo players) think they're as good as them. They really do, and I tend to agree with them. Those three players on Syracuse (Tyus Battle, Oshae Brissett and Frank Howard) are really good. After that, we've got some really good players at the front end, too, but we're deeper and our bench is better."