Obama likes Bobby Hurley, picks UB to upset West Virginia

Obama picked UB to upset West Virginia before losing to Maryland.

Obama picked UB to upset West Virginia before losing to Maryland.

By Nick Veronica

President Barack Obama picked UB to upset West Virginia in his annual NCAA Tournament bracket with ESPN.

Obama thinks highly of second-year coach Bobby Hurley, who starred at Duke in the early ’90s when the president was in law school at Harvard.

“I liked Bobby Hurley,” Obama said. “Seeing Hurley, how tough he was … he was not a big guy. But he was tough and scrappy, and that’s reflected in his team.”

(Seems like ESPN took down the video in the tweet. Obama’s full bracket video is here. Some of his quotes appear to be spliced together differently in the full version; the quote above was from the teaser video.)

Obama’s full bracket with ESPN’s Andy Katz will be revealed at 9 a.m. Wednesday on SportsCenter.

UB takes on fifth-seeded West Virginia Friday at 2:10 p.m.

UB draws West Virginia in NCAA Tournament

By Nick Veronica

UB earned a 12-seed in its first-ever NCAA Tournament and will open against 5-West Virginia on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. Tip is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. (game on TNT).

A 12-seed is a good draw for UB. In the last two NCAA Tournaments, 12-seeds have upset 5-seeds six out of eight times.

We could get used to this

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UB held a viewing party at Santora’s for the selection show. Teams like to yell when people say their name of TV:

Here’s more reaction on the draw:

Watch Bobby Hurley dance after UB wins MAC championship

By Nick Veronica

UB is headed to the Big Dance, and Bobby Hurley’s moves are ready.

The second-year coach got down in the locker room on Saturday after UB beat Central Michigan to win the MAC Tournament and clinch the Bulls’ first-ever NCAA Tournament bid.

Watch as the Buffalo men's basketball team celebrates in their locker room at @theqarena! #MACtion

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I don’t know what you call the dance move when you put your fingers on your lips, but I like it. Really helps solve the problem of not knowing what to do with your hands.

Mid-American Conference Tournament bracket released

By Nick Veronica

With Friday’s win, UB earned the 2-seed in next week’s MAC Tournament.

Here’s the full bracket. UB earned a bye into the semifinals and will face the winner of Kent State’s quarterfinal game on Friday, March 13.


Postgame video: UB 77, Bowling Green 75

By Nick Veronica

Postgame interviews from UB’s win over Bowling Green that gave UB the 2-seed in next week’s MAC Tournament:

From left to right, that’s Will Regan, coach Bobby Hurley, and Shannon Evans.

Regan had 17 points and eight rebounds on his Senior Night.

UB has a bye all the win into the semifinals of the MAC Tournament. Here’s the bracket (click for larger view):