Syracuse Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim, upset over trash talk by Buffalo in their game on December 19, stated on his radio show:
Buffalo trash-talked the whole game. They were trash-talking after the game. So there’s no way they’re ever going to play here again. We don’t need that and it’s not very representative of what you should do.
In that game, Buffalo led by as many as 16 points before Syracuse took a late three-point lead in regulation, and a three point basket by Buffalo guard Ronaldo Segu sent it into overtime. Syracuse outscored the Bulls 20–9 in overtime to win the ballgame.
Syracuse has been an important opponent on the non-conference schedule for Buffalo in the last several years. In 2018, the year Buffalo went 32–4 and were ranked in the Top 25 most of the season, Buffalo defeated Syracuse 71–59. In 2017, Buffalo lost to Syracuse 81–74. The Bulls all-time record against Syracuse is 6–29.