UB men's basketball ranked in AP Top-25 for first time ever

November 12, 2018 - 1:13 pm

For the first time in the history of the UB men's basketball program, the Bulls have a spot in the Associated Press' Top-25 rankings for college basketball.

It was announced on Monday that the Bulls cracked the Top-25 list as the 25th-ranked team in the nation.

11. Michigan State
12. Kansas State
13. Oregon
14. Florida State
15. Syracuse
16. Virginia Tech
17. Mississippi State
18. Michigan
19. Clemson
20. UCLA
21. TCU
22. LSU
23. Purdue
24. Marquette
25. Buffalo

— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) November 12, 2018

A large reason for the Bulls being nationally ranked for the first time in program history was for the team's big 99-94 overtime win over West Virginia (previously 13th-ranked in the nation) on Friday night in Morgantown, West Virginia. In the win, guard C.J. Massinburg dropped a career-high 43 points on the Mountaineers, which is the second-highest point total by a Buffalo player on the road. Massinburg drained nine three-pointers in the win, and became the first player to score 40 or more points against West Virginia since Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) back in 2014.

With that performance this weekend, along with an 11-point performance against Saint Francis on Tuesday, Massinburg was named the MAC East Player Of The Week. The 21-year-old was also recognized by Andy Katz from NCAA.com as the national Player of the Week.

The Bulls are back in action on Monday night when they take on Southern Illinois at 8 p.m. in Carbondale, Illinois. You can catch all of the action over on ESPN 1520.

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