Miami at William & Mary
Wednesday, November 21 - 7 p.m.
Kaplan Arena - Williamsburg, Va.
Television: NBC Sports Network
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati) or Miami All-Access on www.MURedHawks.com (with a subscription)
REDHAWKS CONTINUE ROAD STRETCH AT WILLIAM & MARY: Miami University's men's basketball team continues a two-game road swing when it travels to William & Mary for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The game will be televised on the NBC Sports Network. The RedHawks are coming off a loss at No. 2 Louisville and have faced two Top-10 opponents in their first three games. The Tribe touts a 3-0 mark entering Wednesday's game and is off to their best start in 20 years.
ABOUT THE TRIBE: William & Mary is off to its best start in 20 years and enters Wednesday's contest with a 3-0 mark. The Tribe is coming off an 83-61 win at High Point on Saturday and also has posted wins over Hampton (69-51) and Liberty (71-59). William & Mary is outscoring its opponents by a 17.3 ppg average and shooting 50.0 percent on the season due in large part to the efforts of three players averaging 17.0 ppg or better and shooting at least 54.5 percent from the floor. Marcus Thornton and Tim Rusthoven are averaging 18.7 ppg and are shooting 54.4 and 65.5 percent from the field, respectively, while Brandon Britt is averaging 17.0 ppg and shooting 60.0 percent from the floor. Rusthoven also averages a team-leading 6.7 rpg. The Tribe primarily uses an eight-man rotation with eight players playing in all three games and seeing at least 10 minutes of action per game. Six of those players are playing at least 22 minutes per game.
SERIES WITH WILLIAM & MARY: Wednesday marks the sixth meeting between Miami and William & Mary with the RedHawks holding a 5-0 lead in the all-time series. Although Miami is 5-0 against the Tribe, no game in the series has been decided by more than 10 points with four contests being decided by four points or fewer. Last year the teams faced off in Oxford with the RedHawks picking up a 73-69 win. This is Miami's second trip to Williamsburg, Va. The Red and White last played at William & Mary on Dec. 8, 1986 with Miami posting a 60-57 win.
UP NEXT: Miami concludes a seven-day, three-game stretch hosting James Madison at noon on Saturday, Nov. 24. The RedHawks will then spend their next four games on the road, beginning at IPFW on Saturday, Dec. 1.
MIAMI SPORTS NETWORK FROM IMG COLLEGE: In its sixth year of its partnership with IMG College, the Miami Sports Network from IMG College continues its coverage of Miami men's basketball with a group of affiliates blanketing most of Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana. "The Voice of the RedHawks" Steve Baker delivers the play-by-play coverage, while Terry Bridge provides color commentary. Tune in to one of Miami's game-day affiliates: WMOH-AM 1450 (Hamilton, OH), WFMG-FM 101.3 (Richmond, IN), WDBZ-AM 1230 (Cincinnati, OH), MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).
TELEVISION COVERAGE: Wednesday's game will be televised on the NBC Sports Network. Mike Corey will call the play-by-play, while Ron Thompson will provide analysis.
TAKING AWAY A RECORD: In just the second game under new head coach John Cooper, the RedHawks set a program record for steals in a game. Miami recorded 22 take-aways against Grambling State on Nov. 13, eclipsing the previous record of 18 which was achieved twice (vs. DePauw on Dec. 4, 1991 and vs. Centre on Dec. 2, 1985). The RedHawks also snagged seven steals at No. 6 NC State in the season opener, one more than the Wolfpack, and seven at No. 2 Louisville. As a team, Miami ties for 19th nationally in steals per game (12.00).
ROLLINS TIES RECORD: A big part of Miami's record-setting night for steals against Grambling State on Nov. 13 were the efforts of junior guard Quinten Rollins, who tied a single-game record for steals with seven. Rollins' previous career high for steals was six against Bowling Green during his freshman season, but against the Tigers he equaled the Miami record set by Chuck Goodyear against Toledo on Jan. 11, 1976, by Ron Harper against Marietta on Dec. 1, 1984 and by Damon Frierson against Ball State on Feb. 27, 1999. Entering the week, Rollins was tied for 23rd nationally in steals per game (3.00).
ROLLINS DISHING IT OUT: It is said it is better to give than receive, and junior guard Quinten Rollins has been doing a little bit of both. In addition to his record-tying seven steals against Grambling State, Rollins also notched a career-high seven assists against the Tigers. Through three games, Rollins has recorded nine assists and committed just two turnovers.
JOHNSON MAKES QUICK IMPACT: Freshman guard Reggie Johnson has quickly put together some impressive numbers. In his first game as a RedHawk at No. 6 NC State, Johnson notched seven points, two steals and two rebounds. He followed that with an impressive 20-point performance against Grambling State on Nov. 13 to lead the RedHawks. According to Stats, Inc., his 20 points tie for the 18th most nationally by a true freshman in a game this season. He also notched five steals and five rebounds against the Tigers in 26 minutes of action. Johnson was 7-of-12 from the floor against GSU (.583), including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. He tallied five points at No. 2 Louisville on Sunday.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: One of the new faces in the Miami lineup is freshman guard Geovonie McKnight. McKnight tallied a season-high and tied for the team lead in points with seven at Louisville. In Miami's first two games, the 6-foot-3 guard recorded a blocked shot and accounts for 33 percent of the RedHawks' blocked shots this season. Junior forward Jon Harris also has recorded two blocked shots this season.
DOUBLING UP: Miami has two players averaging double figures in scoring with junior guard Allen Roberts averaging 11.3 ppg and freshman guard Reggie Johnson averaging 10.7 ppg. In Miami's first two games Roberts scored in double figures. He led Miami with 16 points at No. 6 NC State as the team's only double-figure scorer and followed that with a 12-point performance against Grambling State. Miami had five players score in double figures against the Tigers, led by Johnson's 20 points. Junior forwards Will Felder and Jon Harris also had 12 points apiece against GSU, while junior forward Bill Edwards chipped in 11 points.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF TURNOVERS: Miami has forced 57 turnovers this season, including a whopping 32 turnovers by Grambling on Nov. 13. The RedHawks converted the Grambling turnovers into 47 points and have compiled 56 points off turnovers this season. Miami has a +4.3 turnover margin against its opponents this season.
TWICE IN 10: Twice over a 10-day span, Miami took on a Top-10-ranked opponent when it played at No. 2 Louisville on Nov. 18, falling by a score of 80-39. The RedHawks opened the season at No. 6 NC State on Nov. 9, falling by a score of 97-59.
GETTING OFFENSIVE: As a team Miami was solid on the offensive glass in its first two games, hauling in 17 offensive rebounds at NC State and 16 against Grambling State. Against the Wolfpack, the RedHawks compiled 13 second-chance points and notched 12 second-chance points off the offensive rebounds against the Tigers. Miami managed just five offensive boards at Louisville on Sunday. Against Grambling State, junior forward Jon Harris collected six of his career-high-tying eight rebounds off the offensive glass, while all five of freshman guard Reggie Johnson's boards were on the offensive end of the floor. Harris has been Miami's leading rebounder in its last two games.
Miami led through the opening minutes of its game at No. 2 Louisville. The RedHawks were up as many as three, leading 7-4 at the 17:27 mark with four points coming from junior forward Bill Edwards and three coming from junior guard Allen Roberts. The Cardinals took their first lead of the game at the 14:30 mark, but Miami came back to knot the game just under a minute later, 10-10, off a freshman Reggie Johnson jumper. From there, Louisville rattled off 10 straight points and never looked back.
After shooting no better than 35.1 percent in any of the first three halves of the season, Miami's scoring began to flourish in the second half against Grambling State. Miami posted a .529 second-half shooting percentage, connecting on 50 percent (7-of-15) of its second-half 3-pointers. The RedHawks shot 23.8 and 34.6 percent from the field in the first and second halves, respectively, against No. 2 Louisville.
Miami's bench has chipped in points in the RedHawks' first three games. Against NC State, Miami's bench compiled 25 points, while notching 37 against Grambling State. The RedHawk bench tossed in 18 points at Louisville, accounting for 46.2 percent of Miami's scoring.
Junior forward Will Felder recorded an impressive .750 shooting percentage against Grambling State, going 6-for-8 from the field against the Tigers. He was 4-for-4 in the second half.
With the 80-54 win over Grambling State, Miami hit the 80-point mark for the first time since defeating Bowling Green 84-77 on Feb. 26, 2011.
In the inaugural Men's Basketball Hiring Report Card (MBHRC) by the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) that addresses the equity in the hiring process among intercollegiate athletic sports, Miami University earned an A for its hiring process and tied for the highest score according to the report. (To read the full report, access www.bcasports.org.)
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Push Miami's record to 6-0 in the all-time series with William & Mary.
- Give the RedHawks their first road win of the season.
- Even the RedHawks' record at 2-2.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Up the Tribe's record to 4-0 this season.
- Drop the RedHawks to 1-3 on the season and 0-3 on the road.
- Be William & Mary's first win in the all-time series with Miami.