SportsPulse: Saturday was all chalk for the most part with Ja Morant and Murray State bowing out of the tournament. Trysta Krick recaps the action and looks ahead to Sunday’s slate. USA TODAY

TULSA, Okla. — It’s hard to define the biggest sign that things are different this time around for Buffalo, that winning in the first round of the NCAA tournament is no longer a novelty but instead, they hope, a necessary first step.

It might have been the postgame locker room Friday afternoon, where after a dominating win against Arizona State, what was remarkable was the sheer lack of emotion.

“We celebrated a little bit,” senior guard CJ Massinburg says, almost in protest.

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