Tourney Preview: #3 Miami vs #14 Buffalo

REGION: South

DATE: Thursday, March 17

TIME: 6:50 p.m. ET

TV CHANNEL: TNT

POINT SPREAD: -14 Miami

UP NEXT: The winner will play either sixth-seeded Arizona, 11th-seeded Vanderbilt or 11th-seeded Wichita State in the Round of 32 on Saturday, March 19.

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Get to know Miami:

RECORD: 25-7 (13-5)

CONFERENCE: ACC

COACH: Jim Larrañaga

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

1. Angel Rodriguez, RSr., Guard (11.8 PPG, 4.31 APG, 2.5 RPG)

2Sheldon McClellan, RSr., Guard (15.8 PPG, 1.68 APG, 3.2RPG)

3. Davon Reed, Jr., Guard (11.5 PPG, 1.21 APG, 4.0 RPG)

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Get to know Buffalo: 

RECORD: 20-14 (10-8 MAC)

CONFERENCE: MAC

COACH: Nate Oats

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

1. Lamonte Bearden Soph. (13.6 PPG, 4.2 APG, 1.6 SPG)

2. CJ Massinburg Fr. (11.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.1 SPG)

3. Blake Hamilton Jr. (13.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.4 SPG)

Game Analysis/ Tourney Preview: The Miami Hurricanes, the No. 3 seed in the West region, come in having won nine of their last 11, while the Bulls took the Mid-American Conference tournament championship for the second straight season.

Miami sports a balanced offense, with four players averaging in double figures – led by Sheldon McClellan (15.8 points), Angel Rodriguez (11.8) and Davon Reed (11.5), each of whom hit more than 40 3-pointers this year. The Hurricanes are also solid defensively, holding opponents to 66.6 points on 43 percent shooting from the field.

Buffalo became the first team in 14 years to defend its MAC tournament title despite being the No. 3 seed, upsetting top-seeded Akron on Saturday. The Bulls also feature four double-figure scorers, with Lamonte Bearden and Blake Hamilton leading the way at 13.6 and 13.1 points, respectively.

The Bulls weren’t expected to come back to the NCAA Tournament, especially early in the season under first-year head coach Nate Oats, but the team seems to be coming together at just the right time and could give the Hurricanes a tough go. “Nobody was predicting this back in October, November,” Oats told reporters. “So I can’t say enough about the character of these guys. We got hot at the right time. It’s the best basketball we played all year. And we picked the right time to do it, for sure.”

If Buffalo is to pull-off the upset, creating offense in the transition game will be key. Bearden is one of the fastest players end-to-end in the entire tournament and the Bulls thrive in a fast-paced up and down game. Miami prefers to slow the pace of the game, only allowing opponents to score 66.8 ppg against them.

Prediction: Miami 72 Buffalo 63

 

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