By Taylor Nigrelli
The University at Buffalo’s men’s basketball nonconference schedule will include two games against teams who were in the Final Four last year as well as a marquee Big 4 matchup downtown, the school announced today.
The Bulls will take on 2013-14’s national runner-up, Kentucky, on Nov. 16 as part of the Cawood Ledford Classic, a 10-day, multiple-team event.
UB will also travel to take on the Wisconsin Badgers, who lost to Kentucky in a Final Four matchup in April, on Dec. 28.
According to second-year coach Bobby Hurley, the program was looking for a more challenging non-conference slate after winning its first-ever outright Mid-American Conference East Division title in 2013-14.
"We wanted to challenge ourselves in the non-conference season and we certainly accomplished that," Hurley said in a statement. "These are the types of games that the guys we are recruiting expect to play each year as we move forward.”
For the second year in a row, the First Niagara Center will play host to UB and Canisius as the two will face off Nov. 29.
The Bulls will also take on Big Four rivals St. Bonaventure and Niagara University Dec. 3 and Dec. 19, respectively. UB will host the Purple Eagles and travel to take on the Bonnies.
UB will open the season Nov. 14 with a women’s and men’s doubleheader against South Dakota State as a make up for last year’s weather-related postponement.
The Cawood Ledford Classic includes road games for the Bulls against Texas-Arlington (Nov. 18) and Grand Canyon (Nov. 25) as well as a home game against Montana State (Nov. 21).
Other non-conference opponents include: Robert Morris (Dec. 7), Drexel (Dec. 16), Binghamton (Dec. 30) and Cornell (Jan. 3).
The Bulls will also host an exhibition against Wheeling Jesuit Nov. 6. The Mid-American Conference schedule is set to be released later this summer. Season tickets for Alumni Arena will go on sale July 21.
Here is a look at the Bulls' 2014-15 nonconference slate:
Friday, Nov. 14: South Dakota St.
Sunday, Nov. 16: @ Kentucky (Cawood Ledford Classic)
Tuesday, Nov. 18: @ Texas-Arlington (Cawood Ledford Classic)
Friday, Nov. 21: Montana St. (Cawood Ledford Classic)
Tuesday, Nov. 25: @ Grand Canyon (Cawood Ledford Classic)
Saturday, Nov. 29: vs. Canisius (@ First Niagara Center)
Wednesday, Dec. 3: @ St. Bonaventure
Sunday, Dec. 7: @ Robert Morris
Tuesday, Dec. 16: Drexel
Friday, Dec. 19: Niagara
Sunday, Dec. 28: @ Wisconsin
Monday, Dec. 30: @ Binghamton
Saturday, Jan. 3: Cornell
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