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2-1, 1st in MAC E
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Bama gets good news: Lewis to return next year

Alabama guard Kira Lewis Jr., the SEC All-Freshman who entered the NCAA transfer portal following the departure of coach Avery Johnson two weeks ago, announced on Monday that he'll return to Tuscaloosa for his sophomore season.

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Buffalo promotes top assistant to replace Oats

Jim Whitesell, the top assistant under Nate Oats as Buffalo made the NCAA tournament three times over the past four seasons, will take over as the new coach of the program.

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Alabama hires Buffalo's Oats as head coach

Alabama has hired Nate Oats as its next coach, replacing Avery Johnson. Oats led Buffalo to the second round of the 2018 and 2019 NCAA tournaments.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas Tech delivered yet another dominant defensive performance, holding Buffalo to 27 points below its scoring average. During one smothering stretch, the Bulls went more than 11 minutes without a field goal. As a result, Chris Beard and the Red Raiders are back in the Sweet 16 for a second consecutive year.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Buffalo's fewest points scored in a half this season had been 30, per ESPN Stats & Info. Texas Tech has held the Bulls to 25 through one half in Tulsa.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Stat of the game so far: Texas Tech has 7 offensive rebounds. Buffalo has 4 rebounds total. Red Raiders imposing themselves in the paint at both ends.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

It's defense vs. offense in the Tulsa regional, with a Sweet 16 berth on the line. High-powered Buffalo averages more than 85 points per game, fourth-most in Division I. On the other side, Texas Tech boasts one of college hoops' most hellacious defenses; the Red Raiders surrender only 59 points a game, third-fewest in Division I.

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BPI favorites were 8-0 in the round of 32 on Saturday despite LSU and Auburn having less than a 55% chance to win. On Sunday there could be less drama as Texas Tech, who has a 71% chance to beat Buffalo, is the most vulnerable favorite per espn.com/bpi .

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

In the aftermath of Buffalo handling Arizona State, Nate Oats was appreciative, while Bobby Hurley was complimentary. Oats, who coached under Hurley before succeeding him at Buffalo in 2015, said just before tip, he thanked Hurley "for everything he's done for my career. ... I just tried not to look down (his) way during the game.” Hurley, who noted he'll be pulling for Buffalo the rest of the way, said Oats' own personality has "rubbed off" on the Bulls in "how hard the team competes."

Farnham, Ellis predicting deep runs for Buffalo (0:56)

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

On the way to destroying former coach Bobby Hurley and Arizona State, Buffalo put up 91 points, tied for third-most ever by a MAC team in an NCAA Tournament game, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Oklahoma is the only other team to score 90-plus this tournament. The Bulls remain on fire, having not lost since the first day of February.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Bobby Hurley's Sun Devils have no answer for his former team right now. Buffalo is controlling the glass and exploding into transition. After a quick start fresh off the flight from Dayton, Arizona State is teetering on the edge of getting blown out.

Bilas: Two of the best non Power-5 teams in West (4:20)

Team Stats

Points Per Game86.726th
Rebounds Per Game42.0Tied-61st
Assists Per Game19.714th
Points Allowed72.0Tied-245th

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Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record0-2
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances2