CLEVELAND – Two opponents who enter the postseason on a roll will provide the opposition for the University at Buffalo men’s and women’s basketball teams in quarterfinal games of the Mid-American Conference Tournaments today in Quicken Loans Arena.
The No. 7 seed UB women (11-19, 8-8 MAC) will face No. 6 Miami (19-11, 10-6 MAC) at 2:30 in a quarterfinal game (Radio 1340 AM). They advanced with a 56-46 first-round win over Northern Illinois. The No. 8 seed UB men (13-19, 7-9 MAC) will meet No. 5 Ball State (15-14, 8-8 MAC) at 6:30 p.m. (Radio 1230 AM).
Both assignments promise to be tricky. Miami comes into today’s game with five wins in its last six games. Ball State’s men have won seven of their last eight, including the last five.
UB’s women split their regular season games with Miami. Each won on the other’s home court.
UB starts two juniors, two sophomores and freshman Mackenzie Loesing, who is the team’s leading scorer at 11.4 points per game.
Senior guard Courtney Osborn, the leading career scorer in Miami history, paces the RedHawks with a 19.1 ppg average.
First team All-MAC selection Javon McCrea of UB will contest the paint against Majok Major, Ball State’s 6-9, 245 pound junior center. UB defeated the Cardinals in Muncie, Ind., 66-63, on Jan. 23. McCrea made 10 of 12 shots for 24 points. Majok played only 19 minutes because of foul trouble and had 13 points.
Ball State’s leading scorer is 6-2 senior guard Jauwan Scaife, who scored at a 19.9 pace against MAC opposition.