BUFFALO, NY – Now just one of 11 programs unbeaten in the country, the University at Buffalo men's basketball team continues to climb in the national rankings. On Monday, the Bulls moved up to 17th in the AP Poll, while they are now 18th in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Bulls are 7-0 on the season following their two wins in Northern Ireland, clinching the Belfast Classic championship following an 85-81 win over previously unbeaten San Francisco. This is the fourth straight week that Buffalo is in the polls, matching Ball State for the most consecutive weeks ranked in the AP Poll since 2000.
Buffalo moved up four spots this week in the AP Poll with 515 points. Gonzaga continued to hold on to first place in the national rankings, receiving 43 first place votes. Of the 65 voters in the AP Poll, all but one had Buffalo ranked, including some as high as eighth nationally.
The Bulls moved up two spots in the USA Today Coaches Poll from 20th to 18th this week as they received 241 votes, just eight votes shy off of Ohio State for 17th. Gonzaga also holds on to the number spot in the coaches' poll with 788 points and 21 first place votes.
Buffalo also continues to rise in the NET rankings, the new evaluation tool being used by the NCAA. In the most recent NET, the Bulls are 13th, one spot ahead of Kansas. UB picked up its first Quadrant 1 win of the year on Saturday with the victory over San Francisco, as the Dons are currently 29th in the rankings.
The Bulls are also moving up each week in Andy Katz's Power 36, released on NCAA.com. This week Buffalo skyrocketed all the way up to 11th.
Buffalo will have two games this week, both being played in Western New York. UB will host Le Moyne on Wednesday night at 7pm inside Alumni Arena. On Saturday, the Bulls will head to St. Bonaventure.