Buffalo Bulls men's basketball

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Buffalo Bulls
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University University at Buffalo
All-time record633–603 (.512)
Head coach Jim Whitesell (2nd season)
Conference Mid-American
Location Buffalo, New York
Arena Alumni Arena
(Capacity: 6,783)
Nickname Bulls
ColorsRoyal Blue and White [1]
         
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NCAA Tournament Round of 32
2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament Appearances
2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
Conference tournament champions
2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
Conference regular season champions
2009, 2015, 2018, 2019
Conference division season champions
2009, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021

The Buffalo Bulls men's basketball team represents the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, United States. The team currently competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level as a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) East Division. Buffalo began play in 1915 and joined the MAC in 1998. They won their first MAC East Division title in 2009, and won a third MAC East Division title in 2015 along with their first outright MAC Regular-Season championship and first MAC Tournament title to earn the program's first bid to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. The Bulls also have six appearances in the NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship between 1957 and 1965 and two appearances in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Their current coach is Jim Whitesell, who was hired in April of 2019 to replace Nate Oats. Home games are played at the 6,783-seat Alumni Arena, which opened in 1982.

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Conference affiliations

Postseason

NCAA Division I Tournament

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Buffalo Bulls v Kent State Golden in 2014

The Bulls have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament four times. Their combined record is 2–4.

YearSeedRoundOpponentResult
2015 #12First Round#5 West VirginiaL 62–68
2016 #14First Round#3 MiamiL 72–79
2018 #13First Round
Second Round
#4 Arizona
#5 Kentucky
W 89–68
L 75–95
2019 #6First Round
Second Round
#11 Arizona State
#3 Texas Tech
W 91–74
L 58–78

NCAA Division II Tournament results

The Bulls have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament six times. Their combined record is 5–8.

YearRoundOpponentResult
1957 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Capital
Evansville
Kentucky Wesleyan
W 75–64
W 77–75
L 68–72
1958 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
American
Wagner
L 60–77
L 65–72
1959 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Saint Michael's
Williams
L 51–53
W 78–53
1960 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Wabash
Arkansas State
L 65–76
W 53–52
1963 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
South Carolina State
Youngstown State
L 63–80
L 53–65
1965 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Randolph-Macon
Akron
W 81–69
L 58–69

NIT results

The Bulls have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) two times. Their record is 1–2.

YearRoundOpponentResult
2005 Opening Round
First Round
Drexel
Saint Joseph's
W 81–76
L 50–55
2021 First RoundColorado StateL 73–75

Alumni Arena

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Bulls Basketball complex in Alumni Arena
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Victor E. Bull, Buffalo Bulls Mascot, November 5, 2013

The Buffalo Bulls play their home games at Alumni Arena, located in Amherst, New York. The arena seats 6,100 spectators and features a state of the art video-board, sound, and lighting systems.

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:

Retired jerseys

Retired Basketball Jerseys
Curtis Blackmore
52
1970–1973

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Jim Horne
13
1951–1955

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Harold Kuhn
19
1949–1952

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Sam Pellom
50
1974–1978

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Rasaun Young
11
1993–1998

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All-Americans

The following Buffalo players were named NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans:

Academic All-Americans

The following Buffalo players were named Academic All-Americans:

Mid-American Conference award recipients

Player of the Year

Tournament MVP

Coach of the Year

Defensive Player of the Year

Freshman of the Year

Sixth Man of the Year

Academic All-MAC

  • Mark Bortz – 2004, 2005 [9]
  • Turner Battle – 2003, 2004, 2005 [9]
  • Vadim Fedotov – 2009 [9]
  • John Boyer – 2010 [9]
  • Byron Mulkey – 2011 [9]
  • Tony Watson II – 2012 [9]
  • Will Regan – 2013, 2014 [9]
  • Shannon Evans – 2015
  • Nikola Rakicevic – 2017
  • Dontay Caruthers – 2019
  • Brock Bertram – 2020, 2021
  • Tra'Von Fagan – 2021
  • David Skogman – 2021

All-MAC teams

All-MAC First Team

All-MAC Second Team

All-MAC Third Team

All-Freshman Team

All-Defensive Team

  • Willie Conner – 2016 [16]
  • Dontay Caruthers – 2017, 2019 [15]
  • Davonta Jordan – 2018, 2019
  • Josh Mballa – 2021

All-Tournament Team

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