BUFFALO, NY – Men's basketball head coach Nate Oats has announced the remainder of his non-conference schedule on Thursday, putting together a challenging slate of 13 regular season contests leading into MAC play.
The year will begin with an exhibition contest on Friday, Nov. 3 when the Bulls will face Daemen College for the third straight year. As announced on Tuesday, the regular season will begin at home on Saturday, November 11 against Big 4 Rival, Canisius. Tip off of that game will be at 1pm and will be part of a weekend that feature women's basketball, men's basketball, and a pair of home volleyball matches
Buffalo will remain in the friendly confines of Alumni Arena on Wednesday, November 15 when they welcome Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Champions Jacksonville State into town. That will then send the Bulls on their first road trip as they head down to the Cayman Island Classic. It was earlier announced that Buffalo would play Cincinnati in the first round on Nov. 20. UB is guaranteed to play three games down at the Cayman Islands Classic with other teams including Iowa, Louisiana-Lafayette, Wyoming, South Dakota State, Richmond, and UAB.
UB returns to Western New York following that trip for Big 4 games that have previously been announced at Niagara (12/29) and home against St. Bonaventure (12/2). The Bulls will then travel down to Delaware on Dec. 6 before returning home for a pair of games against Division II's Central Penn College (12/9) and Robert Morris (12/16).
Buffalo will be back on the road for a challenging week against two Power 5 schools as they travel to Syracuse of the ACC on Dec. 19 and Texas A&M of the SEC on Dec. 21 before heading into a brief Christmas break. The Bulls will then conclude their non-conference slate at home on Dec. 28 when they host NJIT.
The Mid-American Conference schedule will begin following the new year on Jan. 2. Conference games will be announced in conjunction with the league office later this summer.
"I think this will be one of our best non-conference schedules that will allow our fans to come see us play at home as well as challenge us on the road against some national powerhouses," said Oats. "Our goal is a Mid-American Conference title and I believe this schedule will put us in the best position to compete for that goal."
Fans wishing to become new season ticket holders for the 2017-18 season can call the UB Ticket Office to put down their deposit. Renewals for current season ticket holders will be sent out later this summer.