Buffalo head coach Bobby Hurley yells to players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Central Michigan in the championship of the Mid-American Conference tournament Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Tony Dejak
March 15, 2015

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia will face first-time NCAA Tournament participant Buffalo on Friday in Columbus, Ohio, in an intriguing 5-12 matchup in the Midwest Region.

The fifth-seeded Mountaineers (23-9) went 11-7 in the Big 12, arguably the nation's toughest league, before falling to Baylor in the league tournament.

Buffalo (23-9), under the direction of former Duke star Bobby Hurley, won the Mid-American Conference tournament to earn the league's automatic bid. The Bulls matched a school record with 23 wins this season and are 42-19 in two years under Hurley.

The Mountaineers have been to a pair of Final Fours, including a run in 2010.

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