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BGSU MBB vs Miami (OH) preview: Falcons looking for season sweep against RedHawks

BG can clinch a spot in the MAC Tournament with a win and a Ball State loss
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Following their biggest win of the season on Friday, an upset victory against Toledo in the Battle of I-75, the Bowling Green men’s basketball team closes a two-game homestand against Miami (OH) on Tuesday.  

With a win, the Falcons would secure back-to-back victories since wins against Miami and Western Michigan on Jan. 16 and Jan. 20, respectively.  

A Bowling Green win would also mark the first season series sweep against Miami since the 2016-2017 campaign.  

The Falcons can clinch a spot in the MAC Tournament for the first time since the 2020-2021 season with a win against the RedHawks and a Ball State loss against Central Michigan. 

Matchup History  

Tuesday’s matchup will mark the 152nd all-time meeting between the two teams, with Miami leading the series, 90-60.  

However, the Falcons won the last matchup against Miami, defeating the RedHawks 78-73 on Jan. 16.  

Scouting Miami   

Miami enters the contest in sixth place in the Mid-American Conference (MAC), holding a 13-14 overall and 7-7 conference record.  

The RedHawks are coming off an upset victory over Central Michigan on Saturday, 88-60.  

Miami possesses one of the better offenses in the MAC.  

Although they rank just eighth in the conference in points scored per game, 72.4, the RedHawks shoot 45.4% from the field and 37.1% on three-pointers, ranking fourth and second in the MAC, respectively. Miami’s three-point percentage ranks 29th in the country.   

Ball movement is vital for Miami. The RedHawks average over 15 assists per game, the best mark in the conference.  

Miami has also been one of the better defenses in the MAC this season.  

The RedHawks hold teams to just 70.4 points per game, 43% shooting from the field and 31.8% on three-pointers, the third-best marks in the conference.  

However, Miami has been one of the worst rebounding teams in the MAC this season.  

The RedHawks grab just 33.1 combined rebounds and 8.0 offensive rebounds per game, ranking last in the conference.   

MU is outrebounded by 2.5 boards per game, ranking last in the MAC.  

Scouting Bowling Green  

Bowling Green enters the contest in fifth place in the MAC with a 17-10 overall and 8-6 conference record.  

Although BG has lost three of their last four contests, the Falcons are coming off an upset victory over their rivals on Friday, an 86-78 win over Toledo at the Stroh Center.  

BGSU’s offense has not been the most efficient this season.  

Although the Falcons score 75.2 points per game, the fourth-best mark in the MAC, they shoot just 43.6% from the field and 29.8% on three-pointers, ranking eighth and 11th in the conference, respectively.  

Bowling Green’s defense has been solid for most of the season.  

BG holds opponents to 44.3% shooting from the field and 71.9 points scored per game, ranking fifth and sixth in the MAC, respectively.  

However, the Falcons allow opponents to shoot 36% from beyond the arc, the third-worst mark in the conference.  

Bowling Green’s biggest strength may be their rebounding.  

The Falcons lead the MAC with 38.3 combined rebounds and 27.2 defensive rebounds per game.  

BG also outrebounds teams by 2.6 boards per game and grabs 11.1 offensive rebounds per contest, ranking second and third in the conference, respectively.  

The Falcons have also been one of the better teams in the MAC in terms of ball security.  

BGSU turns the ball over just 11.4 times per game, the fourth-best mark in the conference.  

Falcon Four Players to Watch  

Marcus Hill (Bowling Green #0)  

The junior guard is coming off of one of his best performances of the season on Friday night. Hill finished with 31 points, six rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal against Toledo, shooting 11-24 from the field and 9-11 on free throws in 39 minutes.  

The Rockford, Illinois, native’s 582 points scored lead the MAC and his 21.6 points per game rank ninth in the nation.  

In Bowling Green’s last game against Miami, Hill scored 23 points in 38 minutes, shooting 8-13 from the field, 2-2 on three-pointers and 5-9 on free throws.  

Rashaun Agee (Bowling Green #12)  

The senior forward logged his second straight and 13th overall double-double on Friday night. Agee recorded 12 points and 13 rebounds in 35 minutes against the Rockets.  

The Chicago, Illinois, native ranks second in the MAC with 9.5 rebounds per game, 96 offensive rebounds and a 58.4% field goal percentage.  

In BG’s last game against the RedHawks, Agee scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 31 minutes of action.  

Anderson Mirambeaux (Miami #45)  

The 6-foot-8-inch, 305-pound senior center, named an All-MAC Honorable Mention last season, leads the RedHawks with 13.1 points per game.  

The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native has scored double-digit points in three straight games. Over the past three contests, Mirambeaux has averaged 15.7 points per game, shooting 61.3% (19-31) from the field and 57.1% (4-7) on three-pointers.  

In Miami’s last matchup against Bowling Green, Mirambeaux tallied 12 points and seven rebounds. However, he also fouled out in 21 minutes.  

Darweshi Hunter (Miami #4)  

Along with leading Miami with 56 three-pointers made, the fifth-year wing ranks second on the team with 12 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Hunter’s 82.1% free throw percentage also ranks seventh in the MAC.  

The Phoenix, Arizona, native has struggled the past two games, scoring just 11 points total and shooting just 4-13 from the field and 2-9 on three-pointers.  

In Miami’s last contest against the Falcons, Hunter finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes. 

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