The Buffalo Bulls cracked the top 25 in the most recent men’s basketball AP poll, released today. This is the first ranking in school history and the first time a MAC team has been ranked since Kent State in 2008. Obviously I think the Bulls could be ranked a little higher since two of their last three wins were against teams ranked 12 in the AP poll. However, this is still great news for the Bulls and the entire conference as a whole.
The rest of the opponents on the non-conference schedule for the Bulls are all beatable. Arguably the toughest test will be a game on ESPN 2 against 15th ranked Syracuse on Tuesday, December 18th. The following game will be against a ranked Marquette squad that Friday. Normally, I would bemoan such back to back games, however this could work in Buffalo’s favor. If all three teams are still ranked, and the Bulls split, it is likely they will remain ranked when the poll come out the following week. If the Bulls manage back to back wins, then look for the Bulls to become the darlings of college basketball, even if they slip up once or twice before then.
On the Women’s side, CMU missed out on a ranking, gaining 26 votes, short of the 41 that the 25th ranked team received. The Buffalo women also received 1 vote in that poll.