Fans celebrated at Alumni Arena when it was revealed that women’s basketball (25-8) will head to Knoxville, TN for a Saturday matchup against the Tennessee Volunteers (23-8) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Bulls will enter the tournament as a No. 13 seed while the No. 4 seed Lady Vols will have home-court advantage at Thompson-Boling Arena.
UB earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Mid-American Conference Championship in Cleveland on Saturday. The Bulls defeated Ball State, 79-75, to earn the program’s third conference championship and fourth NCAA Tournament bid under head coach Felisha Legette-Jack.
The Vols enter the NCAA Tournament as the No. 19 team in the most recent AP Top 25 Poll after falling to Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Tournament semifinals.
Historically, the Bulls have never defeated an SEC opponent. UB is 0-6 all-time against SEC opponents, the most recent being an 88-60 defeat to South Carolina last November.
UB’s last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2019, when the Bulls defeated then-No. 7 seed Rutgers but eventually fell to then-No. 2 seed Connecticut in the second round.
The winner of UB-Tennessee will face the winner of No. 5 seed Oregon and No. 12 seed Belmont in the second round.
The Bulls will take on the Lady Vols at 3 p.m. Saturday on ABC.
It’s the first appearance on network television in program history.
Anthony DeCicco is the senior sports editor and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and @DeCicco42 on Twitter
Anthony DeCicco is the Editor-in-Chief of The Spectrum. His words have appeared in outlets such as SLAM Magazine andSyracuse.com. In 2020, he was awarded First Prize for Sports Column Writing at the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards. In his free time, he can be found watching ‘90s Knicks games and reading NFL Mock Drafts at 3 a.m.