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Buffalo Bulls Men's Basketball Preview: Miami (Ohio) Redhawks

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Four games into MAC play and Buffalo is at .500 with a 2-2 record. Looking back, it wouldn't take much for this team to be 4-0 in conference play but the past is the past. Last time around, this Bulls basketball team took down a struggling Central Michigan team without leading scorer Lamonte Bearden. This could happen again as they take on the Miami Redhawks tonight on the road. Miami is on a seven game losing streak and are having a tough time putting together the scoring necessary to win a lot of these games.

Quick Facts

Opponent: Miami (Not Florida)

Head Coach: John Cooper (41-70, 4th year with Miami (Not Florida))

Date/Time: 1/19/16, 7:00 PM

Home/Away: Away

Opponent's Mascot: A Red Hawk

Current Record: 6-11 (0-4 MAC)

2014-15 Season Record: 13-19 (8-10 MAC)

Postseason: Did not receive postseason bid

All-Time Series: Miami (Not FL) leads 22-14

Opponent's Roster and Stats

Player Position Height MIN PPG RPG APG FG% FT% 3P%
Eric Washington G 5'10" 32.2 15.8 3.2 4.2 0.464 0.833 0.429
Geovonie McKnight G 6'3' 32.4 12.9 4.1 2.3 0.421 0.75 0.154
Jere Vucica F 6'9" 13.8 6.8 3.5 0 0.469 0.625 0.167
LJ Livingston F 6'10" 19.6 6.1 4.3 0.1 0.661 0.625 0
Rod Mills F 6'7" 17.7 5.3 2.1 0.4 0.388 0.733 0.317
Abdoulaye Harouna G 6'5" 16.6 4.2 1.4 0.2 0.365 0.706 0.389
Logan McLane F 6'9" 12.2 4.2 2.5 0.5 0.393 0.667 0.438
Chris Bryant F 6'8" 14 4.2 3.3 0.1 0.49 0.739 0
Zach McCormick G 6'2" 15.6 3.9 1.1 0.7 0.323 0.615 0.214
Willie Moore G 6'3" 19 3.6 2.9 1.4 0.246 0.731 0.241
Kalif Wright F 6'7" 11.2 3 2 0.1 0.519 0.222 0
Dion Wade G 6'6" 12.8 2.4 2.9 0.6 0.228 0.75 0.214
Totals -- 65 32 11 0.411 0.732 0.309

Miami has struggled this season, primarily as of late. They play deep as there are only two guys who seem to score a lot. Eric Washington is the guy UB will have to worry about. Last year he gave us a lot of trouble and scored 17 when he came to Alumni. They shoot the ball ok except from three. UB is really doing well at perimeter defense and held a Central Michigan team who thrives from the three point line to 25%. That means if all goes right, Miami shouldn't be a problem from beyond the arc.

Notable Opponents

  • Lost to Xavier
  • Won against UCF (Danny White's new home)
  • Lost by a point to a good Dayton team

Can We Win?

If there's a road game to steal during MAC play, it's this one. Miami is the bottom feeder of the MAC in this one and if UB doesn't win, I will be surprised.