The group is back for UB, St. Bonaventure at the Basketball Tournament | University sport
Both teams are in the Columbus region of 16 TBT teams at the Covelli Center in Ohio State. Brown and White is a 13-seeded and opens TBT at 4pm Friday against 4-seeded Team Hines. Blue Collar U – a nod to a UB tradition in which players are awarded “points blue collar “for plays such as shot charges or offensive rebounds – is a six-seeded and opens TBT at 6 p.m. Saturday against The Nerd Team, an 11-seeded.
Blue Collar U and Brown and White are independent from each school, but many players on each team have helped their college programs evolve into NCAA-caliber programs over the past 10 years. Former Bona forward LaDarien Griffin said the idea of having two teams from the same region in the tournament helps showcase the profile of college basketball in western New York.
“It shows how over the years this rivalry hasn’t garnered as much love nationally, but you can see how talented these two schools are over the years,” said Griffin, who played in professional basketball in Finland this season. “It is a treat for Bonaventure and Buffalo fans that they can be proud of.”
Blue Collar U’s roster includes several notable Bulls alumni, including forward Nick Perkins, point guard Wes Clark and little forward Jeremy Harris. Two former UB coaching staff who are now in Alabama hold coaching and administrator positions: Adam Bauman, the former UB basketball operations manager who now has the same role in Alabama, is the head coach, and Crimson Tide assistant Bryan Hodgson, who was an assistant at UB, is the general manager of Blue Collar U.