Buffalo Bulls legends set to apply for TBT 2021

 

By: Gabe Maturo


C.J. Massinburg made the announcement on Monday

Talent, accolades, and a blue collar mentality are what the University of Buffalo has been known for over the past few years of D1 hoops.

The Bulls have won the MAC conference and made the NCAA tournament four times in the last six years.

Now, they’ll look to add another accolade to their program by spawning a team in TBT.

In a talk with Inside TBT, C.J. Massinburg announced that his team of Buffalo alumni will be applying for the 2021 tournament under the name 'Blue Collar U'. 

 

In the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Tournaments respectively, the Bulls lost to 5th-seeded West Virginia and 3rd-seeded Miami by single digits. Both games were close until the end and resulted in a heartbreaking loss.

Skip a year and those daunting memories would be rewritten.

The 2018 team upset a 4th-seeded Arizona squad led by Deandre Ayton, who was the number one pick in the draft that same year.

The best part of that upset? The score. They beat the Wildcats by 21 points, despite facing a team with three future NBA players.

 

Things would only get better.

Just a year later in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, Buffalo defeated 11th-seed Arizona State by double digits. 

Fast forward to present day, and the alumni squad set to play in TBT will feature five starters from those 2018 and 2019 squads.

C.J. Massinburg, a forever legend at Buffalo, was the 2019 MAC player of the year. That season he averaged 18.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

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Wes Clark, who started for the Bulls in 2018, was the MAC Tournament MVP that same year.

Nick Perkins was a two-time First-Team All-MAC and a three-time MAC Sixth Man of the Year Award winner at Buffalo. 

Jeremy Harris started for the Bulls in both 2018 and 2019, the latter of which he was named MAC Tournament MVP. That same year, he averaged 14.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.

 

Though Devonta Jordan started on both of those successful NCAA Tournament squads, he had his best year in 2020, taking home MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Also joining this roster will be Dontay Caruthers and Blake Hamilton.

Caruthers was a very important role player for the Bulls from 2016-2019.

Hamilton also had a successful career in Upstate New York, scoring 1,000 points in two years from 2015-2017.

These accolades alone will have teams scratching their heads and fill fans with nostalgia.

Will the winning culture that these guys established carry over to TBT?