Miami hosts James Madison
Saturday, November 24 - Noon
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
Live Video Stream: Miami All-Access on www.MURedHawks.com
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS RETURN HOME TO HOST JAMES MADISON ON SATURDAY: Miami University's men's basketball team faces its second Colonial Athletic Association opponent in as many games when it hosts James Madison at noon on Saturday, Nov. 24. Saturday's game is a return game of the 2011 ESPN BracketBuster event. Miami is coming off an impressive 72-59 win at William & Mary to hand the Tribe their first loss of the season and give the RedHawks their first road win of 2012-13. The Dukes are playing their fourth game in six days on Saturday after a three-game swing at the Progressive Legends Classic in Pittsburgh, Pa., where JMU went 1-2.
WHEN THEY WIN ...: In the RedHawks' two wins, Miami has outscored its opponents by a 19.5 ppg margin and compiled a +13.5 turnover margin. Four RedHawks are scoring in double figures in their two wins with junior guard Allen Roberts leading the way at 16.0 ppg. Junior forward Bill Edwards follows at 14.0 ppg, while freshman guard Reggie Johnson and junior forward Jon Harris chip in an average of 12.5 and 10.5 ppg apiece in MU triumphs. Additionally, junior forward Will Felder is averaging 9.0 ppg. Felder also has a 69.2 percent field goal percentage in wins, while freshman guard Geovonie McKnight is shooting 55.6 percent from the field. As a team, Miami has amassed 33 assists, committed 23 turnovers and recorded 30 steals in its wins. Contrastingly, the RedHawks' opponents have recorded 20 assists, committed 50 turnovers and collected 10 steals.
SECOND-HALF 'HAWKS: Strong second-half efforts have been a key to the RedHawks' two wins. Miami used a scorching 27-0 second-half run to rally past Grambling State on Nov. 13. The RedHawks scored 53 points and shot 52 percent from the field against the Tigers in the final half. At William & Mary on Nov. 21, Miami scored 46 points and shot 46.4 percent from the floor to help seize the double-digit win. The RedHawks manufactured a 13-3 run that started with three seconds left in the first half and ran nearly two minutes into the second half to open up a nine-point lead.
ABOUT THE DUKES: James Madison is playing it fourth game in six days after playing three games in the Progressive Legends Classic in Pittsburgh, Pa. After a season-opening loss at UCLA (100-70), the Dukes were clipped in overtime by Duquesne on Monday, 90-88. JMU picked up its first win of the season in a 69-68 win over Youngstown State on Tuesday before falling to North Dakota State 66-44 on Wednesday. The Dukes have three players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Rayshawn Goins' 17.5 ppg. Goins also averages a team-leading 9.0 rpg. Andre Nation and Alioune Diouf follow at 11.0 and 10.0 ppg, respectively. Devon Moore is averaging 4.5 apg for JMU. Much like the RedHawks, James Madison is a team that is forcing more turnovers than it is committing with a +2.8 turnover margin.
SERIES WITH JAMES MADISON: Saturday marks just the second meeting with the Dukes in a return trip of the 2011 ESPN BracketBuster event. In the lone meeting between the teams in Harrisonburg, James Madison nipped the RedHawks in the closing seconds of the game, 70-69.
UP NEXT: Miami embarks on a four-game road stretch, beginning at IPFW on Saturday, Dec. 1. The RedHawks then travel to Evansville for a Wednesday, Dec. 5 game before heading to local foes Dayton on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Wright State on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Miami returns home for the first time in a month when it hosts UIC at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22.
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).
LIVE VIDEO STREAM ON MIAMI ALL ACCESS: Saturday's game will be streamed live on Miami All-Access on www.MURedHawks.com and can be viewed with a subscription. A 12-month subscription is $79.95, a four-month subscription is only $29.95, and a one-month subscription costs just $9.95. And for those who want to access any RedHawk events within a 24-hour time-span, the price is $10.95.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: Miami's freshmen guards Reggie Johnson and Geovonie McKnight have made a quick impact in the RedHawk lineup. The duo has combined to play 162 minutes over four games with Johnson averaging 9.3 ppg and McKnight averaging 6.2 ppg. Both are among Miami's top five scorers. They also have teamed up for 14 of Miami's 44 steals this season with Johnson snagging eight and McKnight swiping six. McKnight also has the second-most assists of any RedHawk, averaging 2.3 per game.
20/20 VISION: Twice this season Miami has had players hit the 20-point plateau. Freshman guard Reggie Johnson was the first to register 20 points against Grambling State on Nov. 13. Johnson sunk 7-of-12 shots from the floor, including 3-of-5 3-pointers. Junior guard Allen Roberts posted his third career 20-point effort with 20 points at William & Mary on Nov. 21. Roberts drained 12-of-14 free throws against the Tribe.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF TURNOVERS: Miami has forced 75 turnovers this season, including a whopping 32 turnovers by Grambling State on Nov. 13. The RedHawks converted the Grambling turnovers into 47 points and have compiled 78 points off turnovers this season. Miami has a +5.5 turnover margin against its opponents this season and is averaging 19.5 ppg off turnovers.
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 21st nationally in steals per game (11.00) entering the weekend.
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.
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 four games, Rollins has recorded 11 assists and committed just two turnovers. He has gone without a turnover in three games this season.
The RedHawks win at William & Mary was their first road win against a Division I non-conference opponent since defeating Northwestern State 69-68 on Dec. 30, 2008.
After missing its first eight 3-pointers at William & Mary, junior forward Bill Edwards knocked down the first triple for the RedHawks with 1:28 to go in the first half. After another missed trey, Edwards sunk a 3-pointer with three seconds left in the half to spark a 13-3 RedHawk run into the second stanza. After going 1-for-9 from long range, the RedHawks went 4-for-11.
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-14) 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. The RedHawks shot 37.9 percent in the opening half at William & Mary and 46.4 percent in the second half.
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, and 15 points at William & Mary.
In all four of its games, Miami has cleared the bench with all of its available players seeing action. All 13 RedHawks saw action at No. 6 NC State and against Grambling State. The 12 available players saw time at No. 2 Louisville, while the 11 available RedHawks earned time at William & Mary.
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. The RedHawks eclipsed 70 points in their win at William & Mary, posting a 72-59 triumph.
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 over .500 for the first time this season.
- Give the RedHawks back-to-back wins.
- Make James Madison 0-3 on the road.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Be the RedHawks' first home loss of the season.
- Give the Dukes a 2-0 lead in the all-time series.
- Be JMU's second win in three games this season.