RedHawks snap four-game slide
The RedHawks snapped a four-game losing streak on Tuesday night, knocking off conference-leader Buffalo at home 84-81. Nike Sibande finished with a team-best 21 points, while Dalonte Brown and Isaiah Coleman-Lands scored 17 points apiece to hep pace Miami (OH) on offense. The Redhawks shot 70.7 percent from inside the arc and forced 17 Buffalo turnovers on the night to come away with the win.
The RedHawks enter the weekend scoring 103.9 points per 100 possessions during conference play (6th in the MAC), while allowing just 102.0 points per 100 possessions on the defensive end of the floor (4th in the MAC).
Miami (OH) does a good job of limiting second chance opportunities on the offensive glass and keeping their opponents off of the free throw line.
Opposing teams have managed an offensive rebounding rate of just 25.2 percent (3rd in the MAC) and a free throw rate of 27.5 percent (3rd in the MAC) against the RedHawks’ defense through 15 conference games.
Utomi leads Zips to much-needed win
The Zips knocked off Bowling Green on Tuesday night 81-79 to earn their fifth conference victory of the season. Daniel Utomi scord a game-high 29 points, while Malcolm Duvivier added 14 to help the Zips snap a two-game slide.
The Zips enter the weekend scoring 103.3 points per 100 possessions (9th in the MAC), despite shooting more three-pointers than anyone else during conference play. The Zips have taken 45.3 percent of their total shot attempts from three-point range (1st in the MAC) during league play, while making 35.0 percent of their three-point attempts (4th in the MAC). The three-point shot has accounted for 38.5 percent of the team’s total points so far during the MAC season (1st in the MAC).
Defense has been a major issue for John Groce’s squad all season long. The Zips have not been able to consistently get stops on the defensive end of the floor against MAC opponents either. Akron has allowed MAC teams to score 113.8 points per 100 possessions this season (12th in the MAC). Opposing teams own an effective field goal percentage of 55.4 percent (12th in the MAC) and a free throw rate of 44.8 percent against the Zips’ defense (12th in the MAC) through 15 conference games this season.
- Red Hawks are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Red Hawks are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Zips are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Mid-American.
Miami has actually been better than their record indicates this season. They just knocked off conference-leader Buffalo and their previous four losses came by an average of just 4.5 points. Their point guard, Darrian Ringo, does a good job of taking care of the basketball and orchestrating the team’s offense, while Sibande has emerged as a legitimate scoring threat from the perimeter. Until Akron proves it can get stops on defense, they won’t be an easy team to back. Take the RedHawks to cover the spread on the road in this MAC matchup on Saturday afternoon.