The Red Storm face the Sun Devils in Dayton on Wednesday night.
Although a lot of this game's narrative revolves around Hurley's unlikely reunion with Oats and Buffalo, Hurley is insistent that the game be about his players, and the work they have put in all season to make it this far. We can tell you it is leaning over, but it also has a strong against the spread pick that hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. "We're definitely focused, but we're enjoying the moment". "I thought our kids played hard and they had exhausted legs, and we definitely didn't want to give up inside play". With Zion Williamson back in the lineup, the Blue Devils won the ACC tournament, knocking off teams like the University of North Carolina and Florida State Seminoles.
"So, that's where my thoughts are", Hurley said.
BT Sport's coverage of Arizona State vs St John's on TV means the match is also being streamed online.
Buffalo will meet third-seeded Texas Tech in Sunday's second round. The Sun Devils improved slightly from beyond the arc, finishing the period going 3-of-13 on three-pointers, yet it was all for naught, as the Bulls' cohesiveness and proficiency on both ends of the floor was just too much for ASU to overcome. "I don't want to coach against him". Also included are TruTV, TBS and CBS (live in select markets), meaning you can watch every other NCAA tournament game. "And his kids play extremely hard and they have a chip on their shoulder". Sophomore guard Jayvon Graves added 13 points.
Nick Perkins and Jeremy Harris each had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the win while CJ Massinburg added 18 points and six rebounds. Northern Kentucky forward Drew McDonald was the Horizon League Player of the Year after averaging 19.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
Oats - a two-year assistant - assumed duties at Buffalo, bringing 11 years of experience from Romulus High School in MI, where he led the Eagles to a state title in 2013 and four semifinal appearances. Sweeping rival Arizona. Finishing second in the Pac-12. "But I say the most tough part about it was just leaving straight from the game".
Though Buffalo has the higher seed against Arizona State, the Bulls still feel they need to prove themselves.
"We did an unbelievable job guarding the three-point line", Oats said.
"We're continuing to try and take steps as a program, and when you're in the NCAA Tournament, we've made it now back to back, I think the guys are enthusiastic to play tomorrow and we're trying to advance and continue to play", Hurley explained.