Buffalo (10-15) at Miami-Ohio (8-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 3:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Millett Hall (6,400) -- Oxford, Ohio. Television: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. Home Record: Buffalo 7-4, Miami 5-6. Away Record: Buffalo 3-8, Miami 3-9. Neutral Record: Buffalo 0-3, Miami 0-0. Conference Record: Buffalo 5-6, Miami 3-8. Series Record: Miami-Ohio leads, 22-9.
GAME NOTES: The Buffalo Bulls attempt to notch their third win in a row as they journey to Millett Hall for a Mid-American Conference tilt with the Miami-Ohio RedHawks.
This will be a revenge game for the Bulls, who suffered a heartbreaking, 58-57, setback to Miami-Ohio on Jan. 12. The RedHawks' victory in the first meeting of 2012-13 gave them a 22-9 lead in the all-time series. Allen Roberts paced Miami with 22 points and made a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to lift the team to victory. Javon McCrea produced a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds in that contest for Buffalo.
Reggie Witherspoon's Bulls coasted on their way to a 75-60 decision over Toledo on Wednesday. The easy win lifted Buffalo to a 10-15 overall record and put it in a three-way tie with Bowling Green and Kent State for third place in the East Division standings. McCrea has been a consistent force at forward for Buffalo to produce team-high averages of 17.0 points and 7.8 rebounds. In MAC games only, the Bulls are sixth in the league in scoring (65.6) but just eighth on the other end of the floor with 67.5 points allowed per tilt.
McCrea registered his eighth double-double of the season versus the Rockets with 14 points and 16 boards, which he accompanied with four blocked shots. Tony Watson spearheaded the Buffalo charge with 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting while Jarryn Skeete went 6-of-11 from the field to net 17 points. The Bulls struggled initially this season after losing their steady floor general Jarod Oldham, but Will Regan (10.2 ppg) along with Watson and the improving Skeete's recent improvement has turned the team into a competitive unit each time it steps onto the court.
After very tight losses to Toledo (65-64) and Akron (54-50), Miami was dealt an 87-70 defeat at Kent State to mark its third straight setback and seventh loss in eight games. The recent slide has dropped John Cooper's squad to 8-15 including its dismal, East Division worst 3-8 MAC record. Roberts is leading the team in scoring with 12.9 ppg and Will Felder posts 11.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per outing.
The RedHawks nearly handed Akron its first MAC loss of the season last weekend, as they held a 25-16 halftime lead over the Zips. After allowing Akron to rally back and escape with a four-point win, Miami lost by 17 points to Kent State after allowing the Golden Flashes to connect on 57.9 percent of their field goal tries. Roberts tallied 16 points for the RedHawks in the loss while Geovonie McKnight and Will Felder combined for 22 points.
Miami gave a spirited effort against Akron and it will most likely do the same against Buffalo. Despite being on the road and having lost the first meeting between these schools, Buffalo has a great chance of coming out on top if it continues to get solid contributions from Watson, Skeete, and Regan.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Buffalo 65, Miami-Ohio 60
02/16 10:34:42 ET