The University at Buffalo’s storybook season came to a close with a Sweet 16 loss to South Carolina. After upsetting No. 6 South Florida and No. 3 Florida State in the first two rounds, the 11th-seeded Bulls couldn’t keep it going against the defending national champs.
So ends one of the great stories of the tournament thus far. Buffalo was the first MAC team to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament since 1996, the Bulls were on the bubble after losing to Central Michigan in the conference tournament final. Going in as an underdog from the start, UB earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament victories and should be able to capitalize on this Sweet 16 appearance with continued strength in an improving conference—that Central Michigan team made the Sweet 16 as well.
While there’s so much to unpack about this Buffalo team—their senior class included a pair of identical twins, an excellent point guard in Stephanie Reid, and contained two of the top three and three of the team’s top five scorers—one of the great aspects of this team is the breakthrough success of head coach Felisha Legette-Jack.
Now in her sixth season as the Bulls’ head coach, Legette-Jack played her college ball at Syracuse, where she finished her career as the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. She started coaching at a nearby high school right after graduating with a double major in 1989. After two years there, she made her way to the Division I bench, serving as an assistant at Boston College, Syracuse, and Michigan State before getting a head coaching opportunity at Hofstra in 2002.
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