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Bulls report: Notes, quotes

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--This is Buffalo's third postseason appearance as a Division I program. The Bulls played in the NIT in 2005 and the CBI in 2009. Buffalo is playing in the postseason for just the third time in Division I history. The Bulls played in the NIT in 2005, beating Drexel in the first round before falling to St. Joseph's in the second round. Buffalo lost at Wichita State in the first round of the 2009 CBI.

--Buffalo won its 18th game of the season against Central Michigan. It marks the sixth time in the past eight years the Bulls have won 17 or more games.

--Quinnipiac is one of three schools from the Northeast Conference Buffalo has never played (Mount St. Mary's and Bryant). Buffalo is 15-31 against NEC opponents. Under Witherspoon, the Bulls are 2-3 against the NEC, going 1-0 against Robert Morris and 1-3 against Fairleigh Dickinson.

--One area in which the Bulls have improved in recent games is with turnovers. Buffalo has had 11 or fewer turnovers in four of the last six games and is averaging 12.3 turnovers over the same six games. Over the first 25 games of the season, the Bulls averaged 16 turnovers per game.

COACH
Reggie Witherspoon, 12 years at Buffalo, third postseason appearance (first CIT)

KEYS TO VICTORY
Buffalo lost to Kent State because only Javon McCrea was aggressive offensively. The backcourt of Byron Mulkey and Zach Filzen -- and perhaps Mitchell Watt up front -- need to be able to put the ball in the basket. That's going to be challenging considering Quinnipiac is defensive minded.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"To be invited to play in this event is big for us. It's a reward for the year and we're looking forward to it. It's a big-time challenge. But there have been some very good programs in it." -- Buffalo coach Reggie Witherspoon.

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