CLEVELAND, OH – By now, everyone knows what took place Saturday evening in Cleveland so I’m not going to waste your time with a MAC Championship recap. (Buffalo won 87-73)
The question heading into Sunday evening is where UB will be seeded in the NCAA Tournament.
Every metric I’ve looked at points to a five seed, yet some sites including ESPN have them as low as a six. In fact, Joe Lunardi had them as a seven prior to their win over Bowling Green on Saturday.
That would be highway robbery.
Buffalo is 31-3, possessing wins over Syracuse, West Virginia, San Francisco and Toledo (x2).
Digging deeper, they’re 4-1 against top 75 teams in the NET rankings.
That might not look like the greatest profile in the world but you have to factor in that Syracuse and West Virginia both opened the year ranked in the top 25, with the Orange set to receive an at-large bid.
The Bulls are 15th in the NCAA’s official ranking metrics (NET) and 22nd in KenPom.
UB head coach Nate Oats believes his team has a case to be an even higher seed.
“I think we deserve a four, a minimum of five. That’s what I would say,” said Oats.
He continued to plead his case, adding that the Bulls are red hot entering the tournament.
“The committee, they’re also talking about who’s playing the best basketball at the end of the year. There’s somebody out there, I don’t want to start speaking names, but there’s somebody that’s out there that’s lost about three games in the last two or three weeks that’s still ahead of us. I don’t understand that. What have we won now, 12 in a row?” said Oats.
He’s spot on with his thoughts and added one last comment before leaving his presser.
“Anything lower than a 5, I’m going to be really disappointed, to be honest with you,” said Oats.
Bulls fans will be holding their breath as they await the best seed in program history.