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The Miami-Ohio Redhawks (8-7 – 0-2 MAC) come to Alumni Arena as big underdogs when they take on the #19 ranked Buffalo Bulls (14-1 – 2-0 MAC) on Saturday in upstate N.Y.
The Redhawks arrive to show expected to lose by two TDs and a FG as they.. wait, no, that’s +17 points and we’re talking hoops now, so QB Gus Ragland isn’t likely showing up to save the day, is he?
Okay, well the Redhawks were winners of 5 of 6 games to pull themselves to 8 – 5 as non-conference play came to a close. The Miami-Ohio defense has suddenly fallen apart and started their MAC schedule 0 – 2 while giving up 167 points along the way.
The Bulls are one loss away from perfection and now carry a modest 3-game win streak into this home game after the loss to Marquette on December 21. CJ Massinburg is having a tremendous final campaign in a Bulls uniform, and he and his teammates have plans to get back to the big dance again.
The Hawks Hit The Road For 3 Of Their Next 4 MAC Affairs
The Redhawks have picked the worst time to be struggling defensively, as they have opened up MAC play with back-to-back losses while allowing 84 points to CMU and 83 to NIU last time out.
Miami-Ohio now ranks 270th in the nation allowing teams to shoot 45.1% from the floor, and the Bulls might just eat them alive tonight.
We can make as much as we want about what Miami-Ohio has accomplished this year so far, and point out the good points they have to show for their efforts, but it won’t change the fact that Buffalo can score, and then they can score some more.
The Redhawks are undoubtedly aware that they are huge underdogs on the road to a 14 – 1 Bulls squad that is playing lights out as MAC play goes on. These two will meet again on March 2nd in Ohio, and we will see where the Redhawks are with just a few games left to play at that point.
Miami-Ohio is not unlike many programs that have an extremely thin bench to look down for production, and it showed again against Toledo last time out. The Redhawks did have four starters score in the double-digits on the night, but 2nd-year head coach Jack Owens basically only called on 2 players in the loss, and they didn’t bring all that much to table with only 11 points between them. Freshman guard Mekhi Larry scored 7 points in 19 minutes, and senior Abdoulaye Harouna added 4 points, and there is your pine-production in a nut shell.
The Bulls Look To Improve On An Already Impressive 14 -1 Record
Buffalo Head Coach Nate Oats has 2 NCAA Tournament appearances under his belt in 3 years with the Bulls, and this team is following up a 27 — 9 (15 – 3 MAC) conference championship run from a year ago. Of course, Buffalo ended up with a loss to Kentucky in the first weekend of the big dance, but it has obviously left this team hungry to get right back there and then some.
The Bulls are ranked for the eighth straight week as they check in at #20 in the latest @AP_Top25 poll.
— UB Men's Basketball (@UBmenshoops) December 31, 2018
If you haven’t heard the name CJ Massinburg yet, I mean, what rock do you live under dude? I am pretty sure that when he dumped 43 on West Virginia, his name found its way to a few more dinner tables.
Oats knew that he would have plenty left in place from last year’s team, and his upper classmen have not disappointed, as 7 of the top minute getters were on this team last season.
Senior forward Nick Perkins has been a huge spark off the bench lately, and he grabbed 21 points last time out in the 110 – 80 thumping of the Toledo Rockets. Perkins put up back-to-back double-doubles against Southern Illinois and Syracuse, and has been a double-digit scorer in the last 3 Bulls’ victories.
Senior guard Jeremy Harris had a 34-point night effort against Toledo, which now has him averaging 15.1 PPG in his final campaign at Buffalo.
• Home team is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
• Over is 13-6 in Bulls last 19 vs. Mid-American.
• Bulls are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Mid-American.
• Red Hawks are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 road games following three or more consecutive home games.
• Over is 8-1 in Red Hawks last 9 road games following three or more consecutive home games.
• Over is 6-0 in Red Hawks last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Okay, why not? The Bulls might dump a dollar or more on the Redhawks at home, and it will have me on Buffalo to cover the -17 and the total to go over the number as well.
Play it accordingly.
Buffalo -17 is your 4* Play on the Side.
Prediction: Buffalo -17
Full-Game Total Pick
Nothing to be afraid of here kids, so come on in the water’s fine!
Buffalo goes over the century mark and ends up winning this game 102 – 79.
That gives us room on that big line towards the Bulls to cover, and easily smashes this total.
The Over 155 is your 4* Play on the Total.
Prediction: Over 155