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NCAA Basketball - Buffalo Bulls vs Miami RedHawks

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Game 16: UB (11-4, 2-1) vs Miami (6-10, 1-2)
Date - January 17th Last Meeting (1/7): UB 79 - Miami 72
Time - 7:00 PM
MAC Standing - T-9th
Venue - Alumni Arena Opponent Rankings - RPI (288)

Just ten days ago UB went to Miami and led the Hawks wire-to-wire en route to a 79-72 win. Now the Redhawks, who pressed hard late in that game, will make a trip to Amherst hoping to trip up the 2-1 Bulls.

In the win UB looked fantastic in the first half but were a mediocre-to-bad team in the second frame. In the second half Miami hit 62.5% of their shots from inside the arc; had they shot there free throws well they very easily could have led the game down the stretch.

After the game Buffalo took their slumping play into Kalamazoo where they were throttled by the Broncos. Miami's next game saw the RedHawks a spot visiting Eastern Michigan team 23 points before they roared in the second half to steal an overtime win.

Since conference play started nobody has been better at generating assists than Miami. Through three games the Hawks are dishing out just over 15 per game.

Eric Washington's six assist were a big part of the comeback over Eastern but his clutch shooting got the attention. Of Washington's 18 points against EMU 8 came inside of the last 31 seconds and six came on back-to-back three points shots at 11 seconds and the shot which tied the game with 3 ticks left.

Buffalo is playing back to back home games for just the second time this season. They used the home court to get back on track when NIU came to town on Wednesday and are 18-1 since the beginning of last year at Alumni.

The Bulls got a solid performance from Jarryn Skeete who seems to be over an ankle injury he suffered last month in practice. After the game he said that the ankle was "97%". After a slow start UB had came back to within 1 (12-13) when Skeete hit three consecutive tree point shots to kick off a 17-2 UB run.

In the game UB committed just a single turnover to go with 7 steals and 8 assists. Meanwhile, NIU coughed up the ball nine time, had 0 steals and only 4 assists.

The Bulls are sitting at #22 in the Mid Major 25 and while a win against Miami is not going to move the needle a loss will almost certainly drop UB out. Other than Binghamton, who is laughably bad, UB has yet to put together a completely dominating performance. There is no better time to start than Saturday.

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