Miami men at Buffalo at 7:00 Friday on ESPN+

For us this is for “all the marbles”. Win and we are in as the #8 seed, we would have a 5 game winning streak and all kind of momentum. It is also possible but not probable that we could lose and BG, EMU, and CMU would all lose and we would still get the #8 seed. Let’s just win.

We beat Buffalo in Oxford in January 91-80 giving Miami a 28-26 all time lead over the Bulls. Buffalo is very fast and wants to run up and down the court and crash the boards, but they are not as good at doing it as their past 8 or 9 teams. Miami is 12-18 ( 6-11) while Buffalo is 14-16 (8-9). They have 4 guys averaging between 10 and 15 ppg: 6-5 SOPH Curtis Jones is their star, 6-4 JR Zid Powell, 6-6 JR Isaiah Adams, and 6-8 SR LaQuil Hardnett.

Mekhi Lairy was the MAC POTW last week and moved into 4th place in all time scoring at Miami. The RedHawks are 10th in the nation in FT% and that has been a huge factor in putting away our last two opponents late in the game. Our NET is still not good, but is at a season high 288. Also, Kamari Williams deserves some praise for his production the last 3 games. He is starting to play up to his potential.

MAC standings
Toledo 15-2
Kent 14-3
Akron 13-4
Ball ST 11-6
Ohio 9-8
Buffalo 8-9
Northern 8-9
Miami 6-11
BGSU 5-12
Central 5-12
Eastern 5-12
Western 3-14

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We have to win. Leaving it to chance isn’t an option. There’s no easy way out. There’s no shortcut home.

Miami +8 @ Buffalo
CMU +4.5 @ WMU
EMU +6 @ NIU
BG +10 @ OU


Emu vs niu at noon today. So we will know that result

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I’m a bit surprised at the +8 spread. Assumed it wouldn’t be worse than +6 street we beat them by double digits game 1.

Noon central, 1 pm eastern

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10 am on the west coast.

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Excellent scene setter, Dick. Thank you.

If both MBB and WBB lose they will have identical records correct?

If we win, do they still sell tickets by team section for the MAC tournament? Will those be available through Miami?

A win tonight gets us the coveted John Cooper 13 Win Award.


I was totally thinking that the other day.

Destiny…it’s our “magic” number!


Eastern about to go down.

85-66 Final. NIU over EMU.

Yes and Yes, at least in the past.

5-3 UB at the first media TO. Mabry with a long 3 is our offense. We have not had a good look yet. Lewis, in particular, was struggling on offense. Their leading scorer, Curtis Jones, is not feeling well and did not start.

Morris with two great blocks!

We’re getting open 3s moving the ball inside out. Not hitting. Defense is doing a great job.

11 minutes to go and it is 9-9. Our entire offense has been jacking up 3’s. Miami 23%, UB 26%.