Miami hosts Wilmington
Sunday, December 30 - 3 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
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REDHAWKS HOST WILMINGTON AT 3 P.M. SUNDAY: Miami continues a four-game home stretch, hosting Wilmington at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30 to round out the 2012 calendar year. The RedHawks are coming off a thrilling 82-70 win over UIC on Dec. 22 where the Red and White had its best shooting effort as a team this season, knocking down 56.6 percent of its field goals. The RedHawks seek to improve upon a 3-0 record at home, while the Quakers try to snap a three-game losing skid. Wilmington is 1-4 on the road this season with its lone road triumph coming at Muskingum Dec. 6, 84-69.
HOME SWEET HOME: Miami head coach John Cooper often talks about importance of protecting your home court, and the RedHawks have done that thus far in 2012-13 with a 3-0 record at Millett Hall. Three RedHawks are averaging double figures in Millett Hall, led by freshman guard Reggie Johnson's 17.7 ppg. As a team, the RedHawks have shot 49.1 percent from the field, 43.8 from 3-point range, averaged 9.3 treys, out-rebounded opponents by a 1.3 margin and posted a +7.7 turnover margin on their home court. Miami is averaging 79.3 ppg and allowing its opponents just 60.7 ppg in home games.
SEARCHING FOR 70: In Miami's four wins, the RedHawks have surpassed the 70-point plateau, but in their six losses MU has failed to hit the 70-point benchmark. Miami averages 77.5 ppg in wins and 57.0 ppg in losses.
ABOUT THE QUAKERS: Wilmington has lost its last three games, including a 73-71 decision to Heidelberg on Dec. 22 in its last outing. The Quakers enter Sunday's game with a 4-7 overall mark and a 1-4 record in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Wilmington's last win came on Dec. 13 against Mount St. Joesph, 70-53. Brandon Candella paces the Quakers with 14.5 ppg, while Malcolm Heard II follows at 13.6 ppg and a team-leading 6.6 rpg. Heard also has 19 blocked shots on the season and 29 steals, both of which lead the Quakers. Wilmington has been fairly consistent with its starting lineup, using the same starters-Dwight Johnson, Klarke Ransome, Candella, Heard and Miles Bankston-in its last eight games.
SERIES WITH WILMINGTON: Sunday marks the 12th all-time meeting between Miami and Wilmington, although it is the first meeting between the programs in nearly 70 years. The Red and White is 11-0 against the Quakers all-time with every meeting coming in Oxford. The last meeting between the teams was on Nov. 21, 1944 with the Red and White posting an 87-41 triumph. The first meeting between the schools was on Jan. 16, 1909, and Miami picked up a 28-14 win over Wilmington.
SPECIAL OFFERS FOR SUNDAY'S GAME: For Sunday's game against Wilmington, there will be Dollar Day Concessions with $1 hot dogs, $1 small drinks and $1 popcorn available.
UP NEXT: Miami continues a four-game homestand and begins 2013, hosting Massachusetts on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. Fans will be treated to FREE parking for the Jan. 2 game. The RedHawks have a week off before opening Mid-American Conference play, hosting Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9. Miami then hits the road for a 7 p.m. game at Buffalo on Saturday, Jan. 12 before returning home to host Bowling Green at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
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), WONE-AM 980 (Dayton, OH) MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).
Junior guard Quinten Rollins' double-double (10 pts/10 asts) against James Madison was the first point/assist double-double by a MAC player this season. His seven steals against Grambling State are the most by a MAC player in 2012-13.
Rollins leads the MAC in steals (2.3), ranks 2nd in assist/turnover ratio (2.7) and 4th in assists (4.6).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 17th in scoring (11.6) and 4th in free-throw percentage (.870).
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ties for 26th in scoring (10.0).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 5th in field goal percentage (.506), 13th in defensive rebounds (3.8) and ties for 14th in blocked shots (0.9).
Junior forward Jon Harris ties for 26th in scoring (10.0), ranks 5th in 3-point field goal percentage (.459), 11th in 3-pointers (1.8), 13th in offensive rebounds (1.9), 14th in field goal percentage (.467) and 18th in rebounding (5.1).
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in the MAC in steals (9.2, 2nd), turnover margin (+2.6, 3rd), assist/turnover ratio (1.0, 3rd), assists (14.2, 4th), 3-point field goal percentage (.360, 4th) and 3-point field goals (7.2, 4th).
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Make Miami 4-0 at home this season.
- Give the RedHawks a 12-0 record in the series with Wilmington.
- Give Wilmington its fourth straight loss.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Give the Quakers their first win in the series with Miami.
- Be the RedHawks' first home loss of the season.
- Make Wilmington 5-7 on the season.
Sophomore guard Will Sullivan, making his second straight start, notched a career-high 16 points against UIC on Dec. 22 off 6-of-6 shooting from the field, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. It was his first career double-figure scoring effort and doubled his previous career high.
The RedHawks scored 82 points against UIC on Dec. 22, a season high and the fourth time this season they have surpassed the 70-point mark. They have eclipsed 70 points in all four home games this season and have scored 80 or more points twice.
Miami had its best shooting effort of the season against the Flames on Dec. 22, shooting .566 from the field (30-of-53). It marked the first time in 2012-13 that the RedHawks had hit at least 50 percent of their shots. The RedHawks' previous best was a .490 shooting effort (25-of-51) in a Nov. 24 victory over James Madison at Millett Hall. Miami also connected on 52.6 percent of its 3-point shots. The RedHawks shot a scorching 66.7 percent from the field in the second half against the Flames, including 66.2 percent from long range. Miami shot 50.0 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.
Miami's four-game home stretch from Dec. 22 to Jan. 9 is the RedHawks' longest since hosting four-straight games from Feb. 12 to Feb. 22, 2006. The RedHawks were 4-0 during that stretch, including wins over Akron and Ohio, a double-overtime win against Ball State and an ESPN BracketBuster win over Illinois State.
Despite an increased number of turnovers in its last few games, Miami continues to hold a +2.6 turnover margin against its opponents and is averaging 18.2 ppg off turnovers.
Junior forward Bill Edwards is out for the season after sustaining a torn ligament in his left knee just minutes into Miami's game against James Madison on Nov. 24.
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.
The RedHawks set a program record for steals in a game with 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).
Junior guard Quinten Rollins tied a single-game record for steals with seven against Grambling State. 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.
In the RedHawks' four wins, Miami has outscored its opponents by a 17.3 ppg margin, surpassed the 70-point mark in each game and compiled an +8.0 turnover margin. As a team, Miami has amassed 71 assists, committed 52 turnovers and recorded 52 steals in its wins.