The Miami men’s basketball team will get to play a nationally televised game in Millett Hall this season.
The RedHawks, who were originally supposed to play Akron on Saturday, Feb. 13, will now play the Zips on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The game will appear on ESPNU.
The last time Miami’s men’s basketball team appeared on national TV was last month, when the ’Hawks lost to Ohio, 78-61, on CBS Sports Network.
The Mid-American Conference (MAC) chose the matchup as its sole nationally televised game on Friday, signaling the rise of Miami’s status within the conference. The RedHawks have been on a tear recently, winning five of their last seven games. The team has been scoring the ball at will, averaging 81.6 points per game in its last five contests.
Miami’s win over Western Michigan last Saturday improved the team’s record to 8-5. The squad’s 5-3 MAC record is good for third place in the conference.
One of the teams ahead of the RedHawks in the standings is Akron, who is currently 10-3 (8-2 MAC). The Zips are led by 5’8” senior guard Loren Cristian Jackson, who is currently averaging 20.5 points per game.
If you want to be one of the best teams in the conference, you have to beat one of the best teams in the conference. Next Friday, the Miami RedHawks will have their shot in front of a national audience.