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BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Miami University men’s basketball team concludes its two-game road swing with a trip to Buffalo on Saturday. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. and it can be seen live on ESPN3. An audio broadcast can be heard on the Miami Sports Network from IMG College.
ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR Marcus Weathers: Freshman forward Marcus Weathers recorded his second double-double of the season when he scored 18 points and brought in 10 rebounds at Kent State on Tuesday. He also had 18 points and 12 rebounds in an overtime win over Grambling State on Nov. 30. Weathers has established himself as a third scoring option for the RedHawks, now 10.0 points per game to go along with 5.8 rebounds per contest.
MICHAEL WEATHERS NEARS FRESHMAN SCORING RECORD: After scoring 22 points at Kent State on Tuesday, freshman guard Michael Weathers is now at 436 points for the season. He is closing in on Miami’s single-season freshman scoring record that is currently held by Trimill Haywood, who scored 462 points in 1987.
ABOUT BUFFALO: The Bulls are 14-12 overall and 8-5 in the MAC. They are arguably the league’s hottest team at the moment, having won five straight contests. That includes a 99-93 victory at Central Michigan in their last game on Tuesday. Buffalo has four players averaging in double-figures scoring, led by senior guard Blake Hamilton. He is averaging 16.8 points per contest. The other key players are sophomore guard CJ Massinburg (14.6 points per game), sophomore forward Nick Perkins (13.4 points per game) and senior guard Willie Conner (13.3 points per game). A strong rebounding team, the Bulls outrebound their opponents by an average of 5.3 caroms per game.
THE SERIES WITH BUFFALO: The RedHawks hold a 24-16 lead in the all-time series with the Bulls. Miami used a dramatic comeback to earn a 75-74 victory in their first meeting on Jan. 24 in Oxford. Trailing 54-43 with 11:46 to go, the Red and White slowly chipped away at the advantage until a layup from freshman forward Marcus Weathers finally gave them the lead at 68-66 with 2:55 remaining. Tied at 74, redshirt junior guard Dion Wade was fouled with 1.4 seconds to go. He hit one free throw, allowing Miami to come away with the win.
UP AHEAD: Miami returns home for its final two home contests of the regular season. First up, the RedHawks host Ohio for the “Battle of the Bricks” Tuesday at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on ESPN3, while an audio broadcast will be available on the Miami Sports Network from IMG College.