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Buffalo Bulls Men's Basketball to play Creighton Bluejays in 2016-17

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For the first time in nearly 100 years, the Buffalo Bulls men's basketball team will take on the Creighton Blue Jays. Program founder Art Powell was on the bench when the Bluejays beat Buffalo by a score of 36 to 27 back in 1922.

Creighton announced on Twitter moments ago that the Bulls will take a trip out to Omaha, Nebraska on November 29th for a game with the Bluejays. The match will place at the CenturyLink Center, where two seasons ago Creighton finished sixth nationally in home attendance averaging more than 17,000 fans per game.

Last season the Bluejays finished the season 20–15 and 9–9 in Big East, finishing in sixth place. They lost to Seton Hall in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament before receiving an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament where as a #4 seed they defeated Alabama and Wagner to advance to the quarterfinals before being stopped by BYU.

The Bulls are in their second season under Nate Oats and will try in 2016-17 to become the first Mid-American Conference team to win three straight MAC Championships.

UB won their first MAC title under Bobby Hurley in 2015 and when Hurley left for Arizona State the school promote his assistant, Nate Oats. Oats faced huge personnel losses because of graduation, transfers, and recruiting decommitments. He also had to contend with the returning conference player of the year being expelled from the university a month before the school year started.

After securing the #3 seed during regular season play, UB under Oats ran through the MAC Tournament for their second-ever and second consecutive NCAA Tournament berth.