Miami (OH) at Buffalo
|Date & Time||Saturday January 12, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)|
Buffalo Bulls -17 -- Over/Under: 155.5
CBS Sports Network
The Miami (OH) RedHawks will travel to Alumni Arena to take on the 19th ranked Buffalo Bulls this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Miami (OH) RedHawks lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 8-7 (0-2 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Illinois Huskies, 83-70, this past Tuesday. Miami (OH) struggled defensively agianst the Huskies and couldn’t fight back after Northern Illinois took a 70-60 lead with 3:33 left in regulation. Miami (OH) allowed Northern Illinois to shoot 57.7% from the field & 50.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the RedHawks was Darrian Ringo who had 14 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 6 steals, and a block.
On the season, Miami (OH) is averaging 75.9 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The RedHawks are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Miami (OH) has been led by Nike Sibande (16.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.5 apg), Dalonte Brown (15.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg), Dam Bowman (9.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg), and Jalen Adaway (7.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg).
Defensively, Miami (OH) is allowing their opponents to average 71.0 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The RedHawks have a rebound margin of 4.4 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
The 19th ranked Buffalo Bulls won their 3rd straight game and improved to 14-1 (2-0 MAC) on the season after defeating the Toledo Rockets, 110-80, this past Tuesday. Toledo was looked upon as one of the few MAC teams that could give Buffalo trouble, however, the Bulls has no problem handling the Rockets and easily cruised to victory after taking a 80-54 lead midway through the 2nd half. Buffalo shot 51.8% from the field & 50.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulls was Jeremy Harris who had 34 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assits, and 4 steals.
On the season, Buffalo is averaging 85.3 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Bulls are averaging 9.9 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Buffalo has been led by CJ Massinburg (17.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.4 spg), Jeremy Harris (15.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.1 spg), Nick Perkins (13.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg), and Davonta Jordan (6.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, Buffalo is allowing their opponents to average 69.7 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Bulls have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of 4.8.
The RedHawks are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS loss.
Miami (OH) has been solid offensively this season as they rank 127th in scoring offense & 47th in three-pointers per game, however, the defense can struggle as they rank just 175th in scoring defense & 269th in defensive FG%. Buffalo has an explosive offensive that ranks 12th in scoring offense, however, don’t overlook the Bulls defense as they rank 72nd in defensive FG% and 8th in turnover margin.
Buffalo is an outstanding team and is the clear-cut favorite to win the MAC this season, however, this is a huge line against a Miami (OH) team that shouldn’t be overlooked. Miami (OH) played competitive on the road against solid teams in Montana, Wright State, & Northern Kentucky earlier this season and actually defeated that great Buffalo team last year at home. I don’t think the RedHawks are going to pull an upset here, however, this is a line that I think is a bit inflated due to the recent performances of both teams, and I think the RedHawks will be able to do enough in this one to get us a cover with the points.