Preview: Miami vs. Buffalo


Who: Miami (5-8, 0-1 MAC East) at Buffalo (5-10, 0-1 MAC East)

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Alumni Arena, Buffalo, N.Y.

Radio: 1450, 1230, 980, 101.3

Probable Miami starters: Will Felder, 6-7, Jr., F, 10.1; Quinten Rollins, 6-0, Jr., G, 5.7; Allen Roberts, 6-3, Jr., G, 12.6; Reggie Johnson, 6-1, Fr., G, 10.3; Will Sullivan, 6-3, So., G, 4.2

Probable Buffalo starters: Will Regan, 6-8, So., F, 11.0; Javon McCrea, 6-7, Jr., F, 15.6; Richie Sebuharara, 6-0, Sr., G, 1.6; Jarryn Skeete, 6-3, Fr., G, 3.9; Auraum Nuiriankh, 6-6, Jr., G, 5.7

About Miami: The RedHawks lead this series 20-9, though they’ve lost their last four games in Buffalo. Their last win at Alumni Arena came on Feb. 16, 2008 (64-55). … Miami is 1-6 on the road this season, winning at William & Mary (72-59) on Nov. 21. … MU and Buffalo have one common opponent this year. Both played at Evansville, with the Bulls winning 56-50 on Nov. 15 and the RedHawks losing 94-68 on Dec. 5. … The RedHawks are shooting 66.5 percent from the foul line. They’ve cracked the 70-percent mark one time in their last seven games (71.4 percent against Massachusetts on Jan. 2). …

Felder has scored in double figures the last four games, raising his average into twin digits for the first time this season.

About Buffalo: The Bulls have lost three of their last four games. … Plagued by injuries at the guard position, Buffalo is averaging 16.4 turnovers per contest. … McCrea is tied for fifth in scoring (15.6) and tied for eighth in rebounding (6.5) in the MAC. … McCrea (52.2) and Regan (54.6) have strong field-goal percentages. Cameron Downing, a 6-9 junior center who averages 12.7 minutes per game off the bench, is shooting 71.1 percent from the floor. 

Coach John Cooper on Buffalo: “They have possibly the best post player in the league in McCrea. He is a man. Their post players are skilled and good passers, they run their continuity offense and execute it, and they rebound the ball. They’re coming off a tough defeat at Ohio, so they’re going to be hungry and trying to protect their home court. Our hands will be completely full."


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