Miami (Oh.) at Bowling Green (MAC)
Anderson Arena - Bowling Green, OH
7:00 PM EST
Tonight in the Mid-American Conference, a battle between two teams in an Eastern Division that could literally be won by any of the six competing teams. Miami head coach Charlie Coles, who's been through over a decade's worth of these fights, said last weekend that this year's MAC East has a "level of craziness that's unmatched. There are five teams we don't want to play."
Well, tonight Miami (9-6, 2-1) has to take on Bowling Green in venerable old Anderson Arena, an arena where the conference's most respected journalist
says the fans are "so close they can pick the hair off your legs." That's the last thing the RedHawks need -- a follicle injury. The team has already had its hopes diminished with two key losses: Kenny Hayes
is out for the season with wrist trouble, leaving Miami without its second-leading scorer as well as true leadership from the point guard position. He'll redo his senior season in 2009-10. Antonio Ballard
is also out for what's expected to be six weeks; he's a 6-3 guard who efficiently crashed the boards to the tune of 6.4 rpg. The rest of the RedHawks are hanging in well, and are coming off a big 11-point win at Kent State
Bowling Green was originally tabbed to be the surprise team out of the MAC, a designation bestowed by a strong finish out of a group of juniors in 2007-08. And with three senior double-figure scorers led by 6-1 guard Brian Moten
, Louis Orr's Falcons have thrown a scare into Ohio State
and managed an 8-8 overall record (1-2 MAC). The team's major strengths are its ball control (12.8 topg) and rebounding (35.4 team rpg is first among MAC teams), which is seriously undermined by often-horrid shooting and a defense that doesn't force turnovers and has given up 10 more points than it's scored since MAC play began. Expect a game in the low sixties, and some picked-clean legs. Ploink!Basketball State Preview/Box
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