UB’s ‘insane underdog’ Team is Off to the Final Four – in Video Games

May 13, 2018
UB students, from left, Marc Coiro, 22, of Brooklyn; Robert Sands III, 20, of Orchard Park; and Allen Hu, 19, of Queens. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)
UB students, from left, Marc Coiro, 22, of Brooklyn; Robert Sands III, 20, of Orchard Park; and Allen Hu, 19, of Queens.

When the University at Buffalo men’s basketball won a first-round NCAA Tournament game, ecstatic Bulls fans flocked to Twitter and Facebook to revel in the victory.

When the women’s hoops team made it to the Sweet Sixteen, a large group of supporters lined the lobby of Alumni Arena to give them a spirited send-off. And the women’s tennis team got a similar boost when they left campus this week for the start of their NCAA Tournament.

Now, another team of UB students has reached the final four of a major collegiate competition, but their feat has largely gone unnoticed.

Why? They’re playing video games.

UB is one of four schools left in an e-sports contest that drew 200 teams from across the United States and Canada.
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