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Although the first official U.B. basketball season is 1915-1916 when Coach Art Powell took over, there were several earlier successful teams.

The first newspaper records for U.B. basketball are from December 1905 when U.B. lost it's very first home game to Cornell University 27-23. The following year the team beat Cornell as well as Niagara and Dickinson on its way to a six win, two loss season.

The program gained national recognition under Coach Powell. Powell had a 198-190 record, including 28 straight wins and 45-5 for three seasons (1929-32), with triumphs over Pitt, West Virginia, Syracuse and Yale. Powell's 1930-31 team was 15-0, the best mark in UB history.

1905-1915 | 1915-1920 | 1920-1929 | 1930-1939 | 1940-1949 | 1950-1959
1960-1969
| 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-2009 | 2010-Present


Early Years

  • 1905 - 1906 - First Season - On December 1, 1905, the first U.B. basketball team played Cornell University at Convention Hall in Buffalo with Cornell winning by a score of 27 to 23. A crowd of about 400 witnessed the contest including many members of the local Cornell Alumni Association. Buffalo also plays Niagara University for the first time but a scheduled match against Canisius College was canceled. (read more)

    COACH: Dreher
    FINAL RECORD: 1-3
  • 1906 - 1907 - An Odd Ending - Buffalo beats Cornell University but almost the entire team fails to show up for a scheduled game against Niagara University in Niagara Falls tainting an otherwise successful campaign. (read more)

    MANAGER: J. Edward Cooney
    COACH: Alfred Heerdt
    FINAL RECORD: 6-2
  • 1912 - 1913 - A team is organized and plays a limited schedule that included Canisius College.
  • 1913 - 1914 - Baby Steps - With Dr. Froeber engaged as Coach and Manager Dodge of the Dental School arranging games with the likes of Cornell University and Canisius College, the team makes progress in returning athletics to the university. (read more)

    MANAGER: Dodge
    COACH: Dr. Edward G. Froeber, D.D.S.
    FINAL RECORD: 2-4 (?)
  • 1914 - 1915 - With Manager Mike Maher arranging games against Cornell, Canisius & Niagara, the team struggles to find any success. (read more)

    MANAGER: Maher
    FINAL RECORD: 0-5(?)

First Official Season

  • 1915 - 1916 - Basketball Officially Begins - Art Powell, who starred in basketball, baseball and football at Syracuse University in the early 1900s and served as the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball for one year (1913), takes over as the head coach of the University of Buffalo basketball team in December of 1915 as U.B. basketball officially begins. (read more)

    MANAGER: Tom Atkins
    COACH
    : Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 7-4
  • 1916 - 1917 - The Bulls upgrade their schedule to include such major teams as Yale, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Carnegie Tech. Season highlights included a 34-29 victory over Pittsburgh in Buffalo. (read more)

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 6-8
  • 1917 - 1918 - Despite wartime conditions and the loss of several players to the military, Buffalo coach Art Powell leads the 1917-1918 Buffalo basketball team to a respectable record against quality opponents. (read more)

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 6-2
  • 1918 - 1919

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 8-5
  • 1919 - 1920

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 9-1

1920

  • 1920 - 1921

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 12-6
  • 1921 - 1922

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 5-7
  • 1922 - 1923

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 7-5
  • 1923 - 1924

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 7-6
  • 1924 - 1925

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 7-6
  • 1925 - 1926

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 11-6
  • 1926 - 1927

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 11-4
  • 1927 - 1928

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 8-8
  • 1928 - 1929

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 7-11
  • 1929 - 1930

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 15-1

1930

  • 1930 - 1931 - Perfect Season - Art Powell leads the team through a 15 win, 0 loss campaign, the only undefeated season in U.B. history. (read more)

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 15-0
  • 1931 - 1932

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 15-4
  • 1932 - 1933

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 10-9
  • 1933 - 1934

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 5-10
  • 1934 - 1935

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 3-9
  • 1935 - 1936

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 0-13
  • 1936 - 1937

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 4-10
  • 1937 - 1938

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 4-9
  • 1938 - 1939

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 2-12
  • 1939 - 1940

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 1-10

1940

  • 1940 - 1941

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 4-9
  • 1941 - 1942

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 2-8
  • 1942 - 1943

    COACH: Art Powell
    FINAL RECORD: 7-6
  • 1943 - 1944

    No Team
  • 1944 - 1945

    No Team
  • 1945 - 1946

    COACH: Robert Harrington
    FINAL RECORD: 5-10
  • 1946 - 1947

    COACH: Malcolm S. Eiken
    FINAL RECORD: 12-5
  • 1947 - 1948

    COACH: Malcolm S. Eiken
    FINAL RECORD: 13-8
  • 1948 - 1949 - A 20 game schedule included four games at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium with a marque match against the University of Georgia Bulldogs. (read more)

    COACH: Malcolm S. Eiken
    FINAL RECORD: 11-9
  • 1949 - 1950

    COACH: Malcolm S. Eiken
    FINAL RECORD: 15-10

1950

  • 1950 - 1951

    COACH: Malcolm S. Eiken
    FINAL RECORD: 13-8
  • 1951 - 1952

    COACH: Malcolm S. Eiken
    FINAL RECORD: 18-6
  • 1952 - 1953

    COACH: Malcolm S. Eiken
    FINAL RECORD: 10-9
  • 1953 - 1954

    COACH: Malcolm S. Eiken
    FINAL RECORD: 15-8
  • 1954 - 1955 - The team won 16 games as Jim Horne ends his college career with 11 school scoring records, including most points in a game (41) and career (1,833). (read more)

    COACH: Malcolm S. Eiken
    FINAL RECORD: 16-6
  • 1955 - 1956 - Mal Eiken's 10th year and last season as head coach of the basketball Bulls ending his UB career at 140 won and 73 lost for a .657 winning percentage. (read more)

    COACH: Malcolm S. Eiken
    FINAL RECORD: 17-3
  • 1956 - 1957

    COACH: Len T. Serfustini
    FINAL RECORD: 18-7
  • 1957 - 1958

    COACH: Len T. Serfustini
    FINAL RECORD: 17-5
  • 1958 - 1959

    COACH: Len T. Serfustini
    FINAL RECORD: 16-7
  • 1959 - 1960

    COACH: Len T. Serfustini
    FINAL RECORD: 15-6

1960

  • 1960 - 1961

    COACH: Len T. Serfustini
    FINAL RECORD: 18-5
  • 1961 - 1962

    COACH: Len T. Serfustini
    FINAL RECORD: 14-7
  • 1962 - 1963

    COACH: Len T. Serfustini
    FINAL RECORD: 16-7
  • 1963 - 1964

    COACH: Len T. Serfustini
    FINAL RECORD: 14-8
  • 1964 - 1965 - The team won 19 games and was awarded a berth in the 1965 NCAA College Division Tournament in the Mid-East Regional in Akron, Ohio. (read more)

    COACH: Len T. Serfustini
    FINAL RECORD: 19-3
  • 1965 - 1966

    COACH: Len T. Serfustini
    FINAL RECORD: 14-8
  • 1966 - 1967

    COACH: Len T. Serfustini
    FINAL RECORD: 9-11
  • 1967 - 1968

    COACH: Len T. Serfustini
    FINAL RECORD: 11-10
  • 1968 - 1969

    COACH: Len T. Serfustini
    FINAL RECORD: 12-9
  • 1969 - 1970

    COACH: Len T. Serfustini
    FINAL RECORD: 11-11

1970

  • 1970 - 1971

    COACH: Edwin D. Muto
    FINAL RECORD: 9-13
  • 1971 - 1972

    COACH: Edwin D. Muto
    FINAL RECORD: 12-12
  • 1972 - 1973

    COACH: Edwin D. Muto
    FINAL RECORD: 16-8
  • 1973 - 1974

    COACH: Leo Richardson
    FINAL RECORD: 5-20
  • 1974 - 1975

    COACH: Leo Richardson
    FINAL RECORD: 8-17
  • 1975 - 1976

    COACH: Leo Richardson
    FINAL RECORD: 10-16
  • 1976 - 1977

    COACH: Leo Richardson
    FINAL RECORD: 5-21
  • 1977 - 1978

    COACH: V. William Hughes
    FINAL RECORD: 6-18
  • 1978 - 1979

    COACH: V. William Hughes
    FINAL RECORD: 7-18
  • 1979 - 1980

    COACH: V. William Hughes
    FINAL RECORD: 17-10

1980

  • 1980 - 1981

    COACH: V. William Hughes
    FINAL RECORD: 12-15
  • 1981 - 1982

    COACH: V. William Hughes
    FINAL RECORD: 13-17
  • 1982 - 1983

    COACH: Kenneth Pope
    FINAL RECORD: 12-15
  • 1983 - 1984

    COACH: Daniel J. Bazzani
    FINAL RECORD: 14-13
  • 1984 - 1985

    COACH: Daniel J. Bazzani
    FINAL RECORD: 5-19
  • 1985 - 1986

    COACH: Daniel J. Bazzani
    FINAL RECORD: 14-11
  • 1986 - 1987

    COACH: Daniel J. Bazzani
    FINAL RECORD: 15-10
  • 1987 - 1988

    COACH: Daniel J. Bazzani
    FINAL RECORD: 14-13
  • 1988 - 1989

    COACH: Daniel J. Bazzani
    FINAL RECORD: 16-14
  • 1989 - 1990

    COACH: Daniel J. Bazzani
    FINAL RECORD: 14-13

1990

  • 1990 - 1991

    COACH: Daniel J. Bazzani
    FINAL RECORD: 13-14
  • 1991 - 1992

    COACH: Daniel J. Bazzani
    FINAL RECORD: 2-26
  • 1992 - 1993

    COACH: Daniel J. Bazzani
    FINAL RECORD: 5-22
  • 1993 - 1994

    COACH: Tim Cohane
    FINAL RECORD: 10-18
  • 1994 - 1995

    COACH: Tim Cohane
    FINAL RECORD: 18-10
  • 1995 - 1996

    COACH: Tim Cohane
    FINAL RECORD: 13-14
  • 1996 - 1997

    COACH: Tim Cohane
    FINAL RECORD: 17-11
  • 1997 - 1998

    COACH: Tim Cohane
    FINAL RECORD: 15-13
  • 1998 - 1999

    COACH: Tim Cohane
    FINAL RECORD: 5-24
  • 1999 - 2000

    COACH: Tim Cohane/Reggie Witherspoon
    FINAL RECORD: 5-23

2000

  • 2000 - 2001

    COACH: Reggie Witherspoon
    FINAL RECORD: 4-24
  • 2001 - 2002

    COACH: Reggie Witherspoon
    FINAL RECORD: 12-18
  • 2002 - 2003

    COACH: Reggie Witherspoon
    FINAL RECORD: 5-23
  • 2003 - 2004

    COACH: Reggie Witherspoon
    FINAL RECORD: 17-12
  • 2004 - 2005

    COACH: Reggie Witherspoon
    FINAL RECORD: 23-10
  • 2005 - 2006

    COACH: Reggie Witherspoon
    FINAL RECORD: 19-13
  • 2006 - 2007

    COACH: Reggie Witherspoon
    FINAL RECORD: 12-19
  • 2007 - 2008

    COACH: Reggie Witherspoon
    FINAL RECORD: 10-20
  • 2008 - 2009

    COACH: Reggie Witherspoon
    FINAL RECORD: 21-12
  • 2009 - 2010

    COACH: Reggie Witherspoon
    FINAL RECORD: 18-12

2010

  • 2010 - 2011

    COACH: Reggie Witherspoon
    FINAL RECORD: 20-14
  • 2011 - 2012

    COACH: Reggie Witherspoon
    FINAL RECORD: 20-11
  • 2012 - 2013

    COACH: Reggie Witherspoon
    FINAL RECORD: 14–20
  • 2013 - 2014

    COACH: Bobby Hurley
    FINAL RECORD: 19-10