Why Siena and UAlbany Basketball Should Strive To Be Buffalo
In the past four NCAA tournaments, the Bulls have appeared three times. Last year, in one of the biggest upsets in the Round of 64, the Bulls crushed the Arizona Wildcats, 89-68. After never appearing in the NCAA tournament, Buffalo is build a legitimate mid-major contender in Upstate New York.
Why can't Buffalo's success be matched in the Capital Region? Not only do I believe it is possible, it should be what both Siena and UAlbany strive to achieve. The 14th ranked Bulls have six players on their roster that played high school/prep school within three hours of the campus. The Bulls traveled and had success on the road in non-conference games (West Virginia). Plus this week's games against Syracuse and Marquette generate national attention on the Bulls. If Buffalo is successful, potential recruits could regard Buffalo as a future landing spot. The UAlbany Great Danes have not scheduled Syracuse in seven years. The Siena Saints have not scheduled the Orange in over a decade. Traditionally, both UAlbany and Siena basketball have had more success in their program than Buffalo. However neither Capital Region based school has won a Round of 64 NCAA tournament since 2009.
Tip off between the Bulls and Orange is set for 8pm Tuesday night. Do you agree that Siena and UAlbany should strive to reach the recent success of the Buffalo Basketball program? Plus can Buffalo upset the Orange tonight? Let us know your thoughts below.