Miami at Eastern Michigan
Saturday, January 19 - 2 p.m.
Convocation Center - Ypsilanti, Mich.
Live Video Stream: MAC-Sports.com
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Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WONE 980 Dayton; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS TRAVEL TO EASTERN MICHIGAN FOR 2 P.M. SATURDAY GAME: Coming off a pair of thrilling wins, Miami University's men's basketball team hits the road for a 2 p.m. game at Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 19. Miami inched out a 58-57 road win at Buffalo last Saturday and, after trailing much of the game, pulled out a 63-60 triumph over Bowling Green on Wednesday. The RedHawks seek to win three straight for the first time this season and try to earn the program's 600th MAC win. After a 58-52 win over Central Michigan on Tuesday, the Eagles look to even their MAC record to 2-2 and move to 9-2 at home this season.
NATIONAL NUMBERS: Entering the week, two RedHawks rank among national statistical leaders according to the NCAA. Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranked 20th nationally in assist/turnover ratio (2.91) and 37th in steals (2.21). Junior guard Allen Roberts ranked 44th nationally in free-throw percentage (.868). As a team, Miami ranked 45th nationally in steals (8.9).
ROARING 20s: For the sixth time this season and the second time in as many games, a RedHawk posted a 20-point scoring effort. Junior forward Will Felder notched a Miami career high of 20 points off 10-of-14 shooting in a thrilling 63-60 win over Bowling Green on Jan. 16. It was his first 20-point scoring performance as a RedHawk. Junior guard Allen Roberts amassed 22 points at Buffalo on Jan. 12, one off his career high and the fifth 20-point performance of his career. It was the second time in three games Roberts had eclipsed 20 points, pouring in 21 points while sinking a career-high five 3-pointers against Massachusetts on Jan. 2. Roberts also recorded 20 points at William & Mary on Nov. 21. Freshman guard Reggie Johnson also has had two 20-point scoring efforts this season, including a 21-point effort against James Madison on Nov. 24 and scoring 20 against Grambling State on Nov. 13.
ABOUT THE EAGLES: Eastern Michigan is coming off a 58-52 win over Central Michigan at the Convocation Center on Tuesday to snap a four-game losing streak and improve to 8-9 overall and 1-2 in MAC play. The Eagles are 8-2 on their home court this season. Derek Thompson paces the team with 11.5 ppg, while Da'Shonte Riley posts a team-leading 6.1 rpg and ranks 38th nationally in blocked shots with 39 on the season. Thomas is one of the MAC's top 3-point shooters tying for first, averaging 2.4 per game. As a team, the Eagles rank 29th nationally in blocked shots (5.6 per game).
SERIES WITH EASTERN MICHIGAN: Miami owns a 47-19 lead in the all-time series with Eastern Michigan and is 20-11 when playing in Ypsilanti. The RedHawks have won 16 straight against EMU, dating back to a 92-77 loss to the Eagles in the 1998 MAC Tournament championship game. Earlier that season on Jan. 31, the Eagles defeated the RedHawks in Ypsilanti, 71-67. Last season, the teams went to overtime in Oxford with the RedHawks notching a 62-57 win. The last time the teams battled in the Convocation Center, Miami escaped with a 58-56 win in a wild finish in which then-freshman Jon Harris knocked down four 3-pointers in the final 2:13 of the game to catapult Miami to the come-from-behind win as an EMU game-winning 3-pointer was waved off after time expired.
UP NEXT: Miami returns home for three straight games beginning with a 7 p.m. game against Ohio on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The RedHawks then host Ball State at 3 p.m. on Jan. 26 and Western Michigan on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. Miami hits the road for a 7 p.m. game at Central Michigan on Feb. 2 and a 7 p.m. game at Toledo on Feb. 6.
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).
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Be the RedHawks' 600th MAC win.
- Give Miami three straight wins for the first time this season.
- Even the RedHawks' overall record at 8-8.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Make the Eagles 9-2 at home this season.
- Snap a 16-game win streak in the series with Eastern Michigan.
- Give both teams 2-2 records in MAC play.
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 assist/turnover ratio (3.1) and steals (2.3) and ranks 5th in assists (4.6). In MAC-only games, Rollins ties for 3rd in steals (2.3) and ranks 5th in assist/turnover ratio (2.4) and 6th in assists (4.0).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 10th in scoring (13.3), 5th in free-throw percentage (.863) and 9th in 3-pointers (1.9). In MAC-only games, Roberts ties for 9th in scoring (15.3), 8th in field goal percentage (.552) and ranks 9th in free-throw percentage (.833) and ties for 12th in 3-pointers (1.3).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 5th in field goal percentage (.545), 20th in scoring (10.9) and 11th in blocked shots (0.9). In MAC-only games, Felder ties for 7th in scoring (15.7) ranks 5th in field goal percentage (.613), and ties for 12th in 3-pointers (1.3) and 14th in defensive rebounds (3.3).
Sophomore guard Will Sullivan ranks 14th in steals (1.3).
Junior forward Jon Harris ranks 9th in 3-point field goal percentage (.393).
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ranks 29th in scoring (9.3).
Junior center Drew McGhee leads the MAC in field goals percentage (.714) and ties for 28th in scoring (8.3) in MAC-only games.
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in the MAC in steals (8.8, 2nd), field goal percentage (.440, 3rd), 3-point field goal percentage (.348, 3rd), turnover margin (+2.0, 3rd), assists (13.7, 4th), assist/turnover ratio (1.0, 4th) and 3-pointers (6.9, 4th). In MAC-only games, the RedHawks lead the MAC in field goal percentage (.504) and rebounding defense (27.3) and tie for fourth in steals (7.3).
With Miami's 60-63 win against Bowling Green on Jan. 16, Miami head coach John Cooper posted his 50th career win. Cooper was 43-51 in three seasons at Tennessee State before assuming the Miami post.
After not having won a game without scoring at least 70 points in its first five wins, the RedHawks have won their last two while not reaching that benchmark. Miami posted a 58-57 win at Buffalo on Jan. 12 and seized a 63-60 win over Bowling Green on Jan. 16. Miami averages 73.6 ppg in wins and 59.0 ppg in losses.
The RedHawks posted their second 50-percent shooting effort of the season against Bowling Green on Jan. 16, knocking down 54.9 percent of their field goals (28-of-51). Miami had its best shooting effort of the season against UIC on Dec. 22, shooting .566 from the field (30-of-53). Miami also connected on 52.6 percent of its 3-point shots against the Flames.
Miami leads the MAC in field goal percentage in MAC-only games (.504), and junior center Drew McGhee leads the MAC in the category in league games, knocking down a scorching 71.4 percent of his field goals. Junior forward Will Felder ranks fifth (.613) and junior guard Allen Roberts ranks eighth (.552) in field goal percentage in MAC-only games.
Freshman Geovonie McKnight had two huge defensive plays in the last 1:37 of the game against Bowling Green on Jan. 16, picking up a big defensive rebound at 1:37 and taking a crucial charge with 54 seconds left. McKnight also came up with a critical steal at Buffalo on Jan. 12 in the last seconds of the game to preserve the win.
For just the third time this season, Miami outrebounded an opponent, posting a 24-21 advantage on the glass against Bowling Green on Jan. 16. The RedHawks also hauled in 10 offensive rebounds against the Falcons.
The RedHawks' win at Buffalo marked Miami's first win on the Bulls' homecourt since 2008. Last season, the RedHawks collected just one road win in MAC play and just two road wins on the season. Through 15 games, the 2012-13 RedHawks have equaled that mark. Miami has posted two road wins against Division I opponents for the first time since recording four in 2010-11, all against MAC opponents.
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.
Senior center Vince Legarza and junior guard Quinten Rollins are team captains for 2012-13.
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.