#562 State University of New York at Buffalo Bullsvs.#561 Miami University Redhawks
Written by Adam Rauzino
Miami Ohio Redhawks (10-16; 12-10-1 ATS; 12-11 O/U) vs. Buffalo Bulls (14-12; 13-7-2 ATS; 12-9 O/U)
NCAAB: Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 3:30pm EST
Line: Buffalo -14
The red hot Buffalo Bulls will host the Miami Ohio Redhawks in MAC East action Saturday afternoon from the Alumni Arena. The Redhawks are coming off a 76-72 road loss to Kent State on Tuesday night, and the Bulls tallied an impressive 99-93 road win Central Michigan in their latest action. Miami edged Buffalo by a 75-74 score earlier this season. Nick Perkins scored 20 points for Buffalo, and Marcus Weathers tallied 18 points for the Redhawks.
The Miami Ohio Redhawks fought hard but conceded 51 points in the second half in their 76-72 road loss to Kent State on Tuesday night. The Redhawks shot a decent 46% from the field, and held Buffalo to 41% shooting, however the Bulls sank 18 of 20 free throws. Michael Weathers put forth a valiant effort in the loss, scoring 22 points along with seven rebounds and seven assists. The freshman guard is an outstanding talent, scoring a combined 40 points over his last two games, and is now up to a team-leading 16.8 points per game. Michael Weathers twin, Marcus Weathers also played well, collecting 18 points and added ten rebounds for his second double-double of the season. The freshman is a great talent as well, now averaging ten points along with 5.8 rebounds per game. The young Redhawks are having a rough season, losing five out of their last six games, and are last in the MAC East with a 3-10 conference record. They are currently ranked at 281st overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings.
Miami Ohio is now averaging 72.3 points per game, ranking them 209th overall, and are shooting 43.7% as a team. The Redhawks are weak defensively, now allowing an average of 75.2 points per game, ranking them down at 255th overall.
The Buffalo Bulls continued their offensive onslaught with a solid 99-93 road win over Central Michigan on Tuesday night. The Bulls shot 44% on the night and went 14 for 29 from three-point territory, and held Central Michigan to 44% shooting. Willie Connor led the offensive charge with a 22 point effort on 7 for 13 shooting which included four three-pointers. The senior forward has really stepped up over the last month, and is now up to 13.2 points per game. Bulls leading scorer Blake Hamilton was not quite at his best in the win, going a weak 4 for 18 from the field, but still finished with 12 points and added eight rebounds. The senior forward has scored 19 or more points in four out of his last six games and is now up to 17 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The Bulls are peaking at the right time, currently riding a five game winning streak that has put them in a second place tie in the MAC East with Ohio with a 8-5 record. The Bulls have been scoring a ton of points which has made them hard to beat. They are currently ranked at 116th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings.
Buffalo is red hot offensively, now averaging 78.3 points per game, ranking them 68th overall, and are shooting 45.2% from the field. The Bulls are conceding an average of 74.5 points per game, placing them 238th overall.
The Miami Ohio Redhawks are:
The Buffalo Bulls are:
I have to go with Buffalo in this contest. Buffalo is unstoppable offensively right now, averaging a remarkable 90 points over their last six games, and Miami Ohio plays poor defense so I expect big points from Buffalo again in this one. Miami Ohio has not been scoring a lot of points either, averaging only 66 points over their last six games, and they have played terrible basketball on the road, so I am confident Buffalo takes this one in convincing fashion.
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