March 19th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

The success of the U.B. men’s and women’s basketball teams is creating a bull market inside Alumni Arena. With the regular season wrapped up, and both teams preparing for the NCAA Tournament, athletic officials are crunching some numbers. Since March 10th, data compiled by the school’s staff shows more than 1,500 stories have been posted online about the men’s team, reaching more than 2 billion people. Athletic Director Mark Alnutt calls that “tremendous”. The big spike in coverage came last Thursday, the day the U.B. men played Akron in a MAC Tournament Quarterfinal matchup. That same day, coach Nate Oats signed a contract extension through 2023-24. The athletic department’s data shows more than 350 stories about the men’s team were posted online, reaching nearly 600 million people. The men will open up their NCAA Tournament on Friday against either Arizona St. or St. John’s. For the last few weeks, it has been all about Buffalo, as Legette-Jack has requested. Alnutt says proof is in the data. – Chris Horvatits, wivb – Read More

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