WVU buses to Buffalo for NCAA Tournament ahead of winter storm

WVU will be taking on Bucknell in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. (WCHS/WVAH)

With a massive snow storm affecting much of the east coach, the term March Madness could be applied to the weather as much as it could basketball.

In an attempt to stay ahead of the winter storm, the WVU mens basketball team made the nearly 4.5 hour bus trip to Buffalo, N.Y., arriving late Monday night.

Coming off a loss in the Big 12 championship game for the second consecutive season, the Mountaineers will be in Buffalo for its first game of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

The fourth seeded Mountaineers (26-8) will begin play in the west region on Thursday afternoon against the 13th seeded Bucknell Bison (26-8). The Bison earned a berth in the tournament by winning the Patriot League championship.

When it tips off Thursday, WVU will be looking to avoid an opening round loss for the second consecutive season. Last year, the Mountaineers fell to Stephen F. Austin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Mountaineers are already at work in Buffalo, practicing at Daemon College.

In 2010, WVU also started its NCAA Tournament in Buffalo. The Mountaineers are hoping they have the same fortune this year after they advanced through the south region before losing to Duke in the final four.

If WVU defeats Bucknell, it will take on the winner of Notre Dame and Princeton in the second round.

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