Bowling Green (6-9) at Miami-Ohio (6-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 16, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Millett Hall (6,400) -- Oxford, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: BGSU 5-2, Miami 4-2. Away Record: BGSU 0-5, Miami 2-6. Neutral Record: BGSU 1-2, Miami 0-0. Conference Record: BGSU 1-1, Miami 1-1. Series Record: Miami-Ohio leads, 76-51.
GAME NOTES: The Bowling Green Falcons will try to notch their first true road win as they head to Millett Hall for a Mid-American Conference tilt with the Miami-Ohio RedHawks.
The Falcons are coming off of a 46-44 decision over Eastern Michigan that served as their first MAC victory of the season. The win also snapped a five- game losing streak and improved their overall record to 6-9. So far, coach Louis Orr's squad is winless in five true road tests this season with the latest setback coming in its MAC opener at Central Michigan. Bowling Green feeds off its inside-outside combo of Jordon Crawford and A'uston Calhoun. Crawford, a 5-6 senior point guard, is pacing the team with 16.9 points and 3.9 assists per contest while Calhoun's work from the forward slot yielded 15.7 points and a team-best 7.6 caroms per outing.
Miami is also coming off a thrilling win as it edged Buffalo, 58-57, on Saturday to end a two-game losing slide. The RedHawks' decision also gives them a 1-1 MAC standing as part of their 6-8 overall record. Coach John Cooper's unit does not have a pair of dynamic scorers like BGSU, but it features a solid all-conference caliber guard in Allen Roberts, who is leading Miami with 13.3 points per game on 38.8 percent shooting from the field. The junior guard willed the team to win by pouring in 22 points versus the Bulls. Will Felder (10.2 ppg) and freshman guard Reggie Johnson (9.6 ppg) are both capable of filling it up on occasion as well.
These schools are very familiar with one another on the hardwood. The RedHawks own a 76-51 all-time series lead. However, Bowling Green swept the season series a year ago.
Despite Crawford and Calhoun finding ways to be effective consistently, Bowling Green has the third worst scoring offense in the conference at 61.3 points per contest. However, defensively it has the third ranked scoring defense with only 62.8 allowed points per outing. The Falcons' ability to stifle the opposition was exhibited their last time out as Eastern Michigan went 15-of-52 from the field (28.8 percent) and committed 17 turnovers. Crawford struggled for the majority of the contest. The senior floor general's stat line was not impressive as the game winded down, as he went 3-of-15 to score eight points and committed nine turnovers. Despite the poor performance to that point, Crawford still had the confidence to take and make the game- winning 3-pointer with seven seconds left. Calhoun scored a team-high 17 points in the contest.
Felder and Johnson will need to provide more support in the scoring column for Miami as it has the worst scoring defense in the MAC with an allowed average of 70.4 ppg. Offensively, the RedHawks are a middle of the road team with 66 ppg, but that number could be higher if they cut down on their 14.8 turnovers per game. Despite winning their last time out, they committed 20 turnovers and grabbed 10 less rebounds than Buffalo.
Crawford has been a RedHawk killer throughout his career and Miami would love nothing more than to ruin his final visit to Millett Hall. Roberts submitted a tremendous performance his last time out, but Felder will need to match Calhoun inside to give Miami a chance.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Miami-Ohio 66, Bowling Green 60
01/16 10:46:45 ET