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Buffs and Skyhawks to meet Saturday in AAC battle

Tanner Cook • Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 8:34 PM

A turn of the calendar to February means that basketball everywhere is winding down and headed to championship season. The Milligan College Buffaloes look to make deep runs in the conference tournaments coming off of recent hot streaks. Here is a look ahead at the upcoming winter schedule:

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Buffs have won three out of the previous four games inside of Steve Lacy Fieldhouse and will play host to Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Point University on Saturday. The tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Milligan will look to take the season series from Point and notch its ninth conference win. The Buffs have been hovering around the .500 mark all year and should pose a threat to anyone in the conference tournament in late February.

Aaron Levarity has been playing well for the Buffs all seasons and he tallied his 16th double-double against Tennessee Wesleyan. He finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds.

The Skyhawks have struggled this year, having only a 6-19 record and two wins in the conference. They have a 1-10 record. The Buffs, meanwhile, have a 5-3 record at home ands will have three more home games after Saturday.

The next home game will be a rescheduled game against Bluefield on Tuesday. The women will tip at 5:30 p.m. with the men beginning at 7:30 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Coach Rich Aubrey’s squad has been playing well as of late, winning three of four and getting over .500 at 13-11. The 9-9 conference record is also a reflection of how difficult the AAC is this year.

The Buffs have a strong 7-2 record at home, but are just 4-4 on the season on Saturdays. The balanced scoring effort has been a key in the recent success of Milligan and they will look to avenge an early season road loss at Point.

The tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

The indoor track and field team will be competing in two meets this weekend, facing quality competition in both. The nearest one will be at the ETSU Buccaneer Track and Field Invitational at the MiniDome on Friday and Saturday.

Some will also be competing at the Camel City Invitational in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Former Buff star Hannah Segrave will be competing in the elite 800-meter race in the meet and going against some of the best competition in the nation so far this year at the JDL FastTrack.

BASEBALL

The baseball team will open its season at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort with a doubleheader on Friday and one game on Saturday.

The team finished last season at 23-29 and was 11-16 in the AAC. They were eliminated in two games at the AAC tournament by Bryan in a high scoring affair, falling 16-11.

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