Miami (Ohio) and Ball State will both be looking to build on wins when the two teams square off on Saturday afternoon. The Redhawks are coming off a 77-74 win against Kent State on Tuesday night. Ball State picked up a 69-52 victory against Eastern Michigan on the road on Tuesday.
Redhawks snapped losing skidMiami snapped a three-game losing skid with Tuesday’s win. The Redhawks lost consecutive road games to Central Michigan and Bowling Green. They followed those performances up with a narrow home loss to Buffalo last Friday. Their losing skid came to an end with a 77-74 win against Kent State on Tuesday. Miami jumped out to a 31-21 lead at halftime and held off the Golden Flashes in the second half. Kent State tied the game with 2:09 to play, but Miami responded to grab the late win.
The Redhawks are led by junior guard Nike Sibande, who is scoring 14.5 points per game, grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game and dishing out 2.1 assists per game. He has been decent from beyond the arc, making 19 of 58 attempts for a 32.8 percent clip. Junior forward Dalonte Brown is the only other scorer in double figures, adding 12.9 points per game and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game. He has been good from deep, making 22 of 64 from downtown. Sophomore guard Mekhi Lairy has been the best outside shooter, draining 38.5 percent of his 52 attempts.
Ball State winners of four out of fiveBall State has been playing well, winning four of its last five games. The Cardinals picked up wins against Portland, Toledo and Buffalo before losing to Akron last Friday. They bounced back with a convincing performance against Eastern Michigan, grabbing a 69-52 win on the road in Tuesday’s bout. Ball State left no doubt, jumping out to a 32-14 lead at halftime. The second half was fairly even, as Eastern Michigan outscored the Cardinals by one point. For the Eagles, it was their fourth loss in a row.
Tahjai Teague's 23-point, 17-rebound effort in last night's win at EMU was the first 20 & 15 performance by a BSU player since Majok Majok in 2014.— Ball State Basketball (@BallStateMBB) January 15, 2020
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The Cardinals are led by senior forward Tahjai Teague, who is scoring 14.7 points per game and is nearly averaging a double-double with 8.6 rebounds per game. He has struggled to find his stroke from beyond the arc, making just 8 of 33 from downtown. Junior guard Ishmael El-Amin has also been a serious scoring threat, pouring in 14.6 points per game. He is dishing out 2.7 assists per contest. El-Amin is an excellent 3-point shooter, making 43 of 93 from beyond the arc for a 46.2 percent clip. Senior forward Kyle Mallers is also in double figures, scoring 10.2 points per game and grabbing 4.1 rebounds per game.
Miami (Ohio) is:
- 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games overall
- 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games vs. a team with a winning record
- 1-5 ATS in its last six road games
Ball State is:
- 4-0 ATS in its last four home games
- 4-1 ATS in its last five games overall
- 4-1 ATS in its last five games vs. a team with a losing record