Buffalo Men's Basketball's quest for a second NCAA Tournament bid took huge a step back today, as senior forward and reigning MAC Player of the Year Justin Moss is no longer on the team or enrolled at UB.
Justin Moss is off the UB BKB team and no longer is a student at UB, the university confirmed. ... Result of his role in campus theft.— Mark Gaughan (@gggaughan) August 24, 2015
It's been five long months since UB claimed its first-ever MAC Championship and trip to the NCAA Tournament on a spring Saturday in March. Though eventually the transfers stopped, new names joined the fray, and the roster was updated, it seems the program just can't shake its turmoil.
Moss' dismissal stems from legal troubles this summer, when he and two other UB students were involved in a theft while working on campus.
The loss of UB's leading scorer and rebounder in 2014-15 will be a big hit for a team already looking to replace Shannon Evans, Xavier Ford, and Will Regan. The harsh discipline comes as a result of Moss' second offense since transferring to Buffalo and despite a recent appeal and Justin needing just six credits to graduate.
Moss was one of two Bulls to start all 33 games last season, and led both the team and the Mid-American Conference in scoring and rebounding en route to MAC Player of the Year honors. The incident is the second such run-in with the law in less than a year for the basketball program after transfer forward Jamir Hanner was dismissed from the team after a late-night assault last October.
We don't expect there to be much more to this disappointing story but if there is we will let you know.