Miami hosts Ohio
Wednesday, January 23 - 7 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
Television: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (1311HD/311)
Live Video Stream: Miami All-Access (subscription) on www.MURedHawks.com
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WONE 980 Dayton; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS HOST OHIO AT 7 P.M. WEDNESDAY GAME: Miami University's men's basketball team looks to rebound after 65-58 loss at Eastern Michigan on Saturday but faces a tough challenge when the RedHawks battle long-time rival Ohio on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Battle of the Bricks. The Bobcats have won five straight and are one of two remaining teams that are undefeated in MAC play. Miami seeks its 600th Mid-American Conference win, while the Bobcats look to remain undefeated in MAC play and extend their win streak to six. Wednesday's game is part of Cancer Awareness Week, and Miami also will honor its 311 student-athletes who achieved 3.0 GPAs for the Fall 2012 semester.
NATIONAL NUMBERS: Entering the week, two RedHawks rank among national statistical leaders according to the NCAA. Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranked 16th nationally in assist/turnover ratio (2.96) and 39th in steals (2.19). Junior guard Allen Roberts ranked 65th nationally in free-throw percentage (.851). As a team, Miami ranked 33rd nationally in steals (8.9).
REDHAWKS ON TV: In addition to Miami's Jan. 23 game against Ohio being televised state wide on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (1311HD/311), Miami's game against Akron on Feb. 9 will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Tim Bray and Joe Barry will have the call for Miami's Jan. 23 game vs. Ohio.
FROM THE FIELD: Miami ranks second in the MAC in field goal percentage in MAC-only games (.484), and junior center Drew McGhee leads the MAC in the category in league games, knocking down a scorching 72.2 percent of his field goals. Junior forward Will Felder ranks fifth (.605) and junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 15th (.488) in field goal percentage in MAC-only games.
ABOUT THE BOBCATS: Ohio enters Wednesday's game with a 13-5 overall record and is one of two teams that remain undefeated in MAC play at 4-0. The Bobcats lead the nation in assists per game (19.4), rank eighth in turnover margin (5.0), ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.41), 16th in field goal percentage (48.5), 17th in steals per game (9.4) and 18th in 3-pointers (8.5). D.J. Cooper ranks second nationally in assists per game, averaging 8.3. Cooper leads the Bobcats in scoring, averaging 13.9 ppg and is followed by Walter Offutt at 11.7 ppg and Reggie Keely at 11.4 ppg. Ivo Baltic paces the Bobcats on the boards, averaging 5.2 rpg. Cooper, Nick Kellogg and Offutt provide a triple-threat from long range hitting 37, 32 and 30 triples this season, respectively.
SERIES WITH OHIO: The series with Ohio is the most-contested among all the opponents Miami has faced in its history. Wednesday marks the 190th meeting in the all-time series with Ohio with the Bobcats holding a 98-91 edge. When playing in Oxford, Miami leads the series 60-32. Last season, Ohio swept the series meetings, including a 63-54 win in Millett Hall on March 3. In 2010-11, the RedHawks swept the series, including a 76-66 win in Millett Hall on March 4.
UP NEXT: Miami continues a three-game home stretch against 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., before returning home to host Akron in the first game of a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
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.
- Snap a two game losing streak in the series with the Bobcats.
- Be the Bobcat's first MAC loss.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Extend the Bobcats' win streak to six straight.
- Be Ohio's 99th win in the series with Miami.
- Drop Miami to 2-3 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 (3.0) and steals (2.2) and ranks 5th in assists (4.4). In MAC-only games, Rollins ties for 4th in steals (2.0) and ranks 4th in assist/turnover ratio (2.0) and 8th in assists (3.5).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 10th in scoring (13.1), 5th in free-throw percentage (.851) and 10th in 3-pointers (1.8). In MAC-only games, Roberts ranks 11th in scoring (14.3), 15th in field goal percentage (.488), ties for 7th in steals (1.8), 14th in free-throw percentage (.176) and 13th in 3-pointers (1.3).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 4th in field goal percentage (.547), 21st in scoring (10.9) and 12th in blocked shots (0.9). In MAC-only games, Felder ties for 9th in scoring (14.8) ranks 5th in field goal percentage (.605), 11th in rebounding (5.8) and ties 10th in defensive rebounds (4.0).
Sophomore guard Will Sullivan ranks 15th in steals (1.3) and ties for 15th (1.3) in MAC-only games.
Junior forward Jon Harris ranks 6th in 3-pt field goal percentage (.417) and 15th in 3-pointers (1.6).
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ranks 29th in scoring (9.2) and 10th in assists (2.8) in MAC games.
Junior center Drew McGhee leads the MAC in field goals percentage (.722) in MAC-only games.
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in the MAC in steals (8.9, 2nd), field goal percentage (.440, 3rd), 3-point field goal percentage (.341, 3rd), turnover margin (+2.1, 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 rebounding defense (29.0) and 2nd in steals (8.3) and field goal percentage (.484).
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.
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. 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.
After not having won a game without scoring at least 70 points in its first five wins, the RedHawks' last two wins came 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 58.9 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.
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.
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 16 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.