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Best of the Bulls: 1930 Hoops vs. 2004 Hoops

This is one of four brackets in a summer long feature on the history of UB Athletics. First all the the candidates will be introduced and ranked. After the entire bracket is assembled a series of polls will help us pick the best teams to ever represent UB.

Some acknowledgment to the fine folks at UBFan who offered some suggestions in putting this bracket together.


1930 Bulls UB OPP
Buff State 54 19
Toronto 44 16
Cornell 49 37
Carnegie 42 31
@ Hamilton 42 18
@ St. Lawrence 46 30
@ Clarkson 52 33
Niagaa 42 27
@ Rochester 48 25
Hobart 54 11
Clarkson 47 24
St. Lawrence 31 28
@Niagara 46 43
Alfred 44 32
Rochester 59 16

The 1930-31 Squad:

Coached by Buffalo Athletics cornerstone, Art Powell, finished 15-0, captained by Bob Harrington, a member of the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. It is the only undefeated team in school history, but its a team that hearkens back to the days when UB was a small private school so some of the opponents might not be names you recognise.

Powell was, as you may know, called on to reboot the athletics departments after it shut down early in the century. In 1915 UB brought in the Syracuse alumni to coach both the basketball. He also replaced Coach Peasant in 1916.

After limited success in football the department allowed Powell to focus on just hoops in 1922. Between the 1922 sand 1932 seasons Powell's teams had just one losing season.

The 1930 season was the second of three 15 win years for Powell (1929 15-1, 1931 15-4).

2004 Squad:

The 2004 Bulls are arguably the best team of the modern era. The team won a school-record 23 games, made it to the MAC championship game and earned a berth in the NIT (first postseason appearance as a Division I program). The Bulls defeated Drexel in the opening round before falling to eventual runner-up Saint Joseph’s.

Turner Battle was named MAC Player of the Year and earned All-America honors.

Were it not for an awful second half during the MAC Championship game this team would have made it to the NCAA tournament.