Miami at Central Michigan
Saturday, February 2 - 7 p.m.
McGuirk Arena - Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Live Video Stream: MAC-Sports.com
Live Audio: 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 TRAVEL TO CENTRAL MICHIGAN FOR 7 P.M. GAME SATURDAY: Miami University's men's basketball team hits the road for a pair of games, beginning with a 7 p.m. tilt at Central Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 2. Miami looks to halt a four-game losing stretch and also win the program's 600th Mid-American Conference game but faces a Central Michigan team that also is hungry for a victory. The Chippewas are coming off three straight losses and also are trying to end a losing skid.
WILL POWER: Junior forward Will Felder has stepped up his game and been impressive in MAC play. In league action, he ranks among the top six in the conference in scoring (15.6 ppg), rebounding (7.1 rpg) and field goal percentage (.549) and ranks among MAC statistical leaders in seven categories in conference play.
STEALING THE SHOW: Junior guard Quinten Rollins tallied two steals against Western Michigan on Jan. 30 and moved past Michael Bramos into ninth on Miami's career steals list with 125. Rollins is just 11 steals away from Devin Davis' No. 8 total of 136. Rollins has 42 steals on the season, which is just eight from cracking Miami's single-season top-10 steals list.
DOUBLE TIME: With 17 points and 13 rebounds against Western Michigan on Jan. 30, junior forward Will Felder recorded his second double-double in three games. Felder notched his first double-double at Miami and the second by a RedHawk this season with 19 points off 7-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds against Ohio on Jan. 23. Earlier in the year, junior guard Quinten Rollins posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists against James Madison.
ABOUT THE CHIPPEWAS: Central Michigan enters Saturday's game with a 9-11 overall record and a 2-5 MAC mark and has lost its last three games, including a 91-73 loss at Buffalo on Wednesday. The Chippewas are paced by Kyle Randall, who averages 16.7 ppg. He is averaging 19.0 ppg in MAC play, which ranks second among league leaders. His .886 free throw percentage also ranked 16th nationally entering the week. John Simons leads the team on the boards, averaging 5.0 per game. As a team, the Chippewas rank second on the season and also in MAC play in 3-pointers, averaging 7.9 and 7.6 per game, respectively. Blake Hibbitts and Randall have been a solid one-two punch from long range, draining 42 and 35 triples, respectively.
SERIES WITH CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Saturday marks the 66th meeting between Miami and Central Michigan with the RedHawks owing a 48-17 lead in the all-time series. When playing in Mount Pleasant, the RedHawks are 22-10. Miami has won the last three meetings, including a 69-50 decision at Millett Hall last year and a 68-58 win at CMU in 2011. The Chippewas' last win in the series also was their last win against the RedHawks in Mount Pleasant, 57-55, on Feb. 10, 2009. The Red and White has won 28 of the last 31 meetings between the teams.
UP NEXT: Miami continues a two-game road stretch at Toledo on Feb. 6. at 7 p.m. Miami returns home to host Akron in the first game of a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. The RedHawks go back on the road to face Kent State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.
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 four game losing streak.
- Be the fourth straight and 49th overall win in the series with the Chippewas.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Halt a three-game losing streak for the Chippewas.
- Drop Miami to 2-8 in road games.
- Be Miami's first loss to Central Michigan since Feb. 10, 2009.
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 ranks 2nd in the MAC in assist/turnover ratio (2.3), 2nd steals (2.2) and 5th in assists (4.3). In MAC-only games, Rollins ranks 4th in steals (2.1), 6th in assist/turnover ratio (1.3) and 7th in assists (3.4).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 14th in scoring (12.4), 5th in free-throw percentage (.845) and 13th in 3-pointers (1.7). In MAC-only games, Roberts ties for 15th in scoring (11.9).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 4th in field goal percentage (.534), 16th in scoring (11.8), 14th in rebounding (5.5), ties for 11th in defensive rebounds (3.8) and ranks 12th in blocked shots (0.9). In MAC-only games, Felder ties for 6th in scoring (15.6), ranks 6th in field goal percentage (.549), 6th in rebounding (7.1), ties for 4th in offensive rebounds (2.9), 8th in defensive rebounds (4.3) and 12th in blocked shots (0.9) and ranks 15th in free-throw percentage (.788).
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight ranks 11th in steals (1.4) and ties for 13th (1.4) in MAC-only games.
Sophomore guard Will Sullivan ranks 14th in steals (1.3). In MAC-only games he ranks 5th in 3-point field goal percentage (.538) and ties for 13th in steals (1.4).
As a team, Miami leads the MAC in steals (9.4, 3rd) and ranks among the top four in turnover margin (+2.5, 2nd), field goal percentage (.4314, 4th) and 3-pointers (6.5, 4th). In MAC-only games, the RedHawks also lead the MAC in steals (9.7, 1st) and rank among the top four in rebounding defense (31.1, 3rd) and turnover margin (+1.7, 4th).
In each of the last 10 games, junior forward Will Felder has reached double figures in scoring. Felder has recorded double-digit scoring efforts in 14 games this season, which ties junior guard Allen Roberts for the most by a RedHawk this season.
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight made his first career start against Western Michigan on Jan. 30. McKnight, who has played in every game this season, notched nine points, three assists and two steals in 26 minutes against the Broncos. The RedHawks started two freshmen and a sophomore against the Broncos.
Western Michigan entered Wednesday's game ranked 18th nationally in rebounding margin, out-rebounding its opponents by 7.8 rpg. Miami posted a 37-29 advantage on the boards against the Broncos. It was just the fourth time this season Miami has out-rebounded an opponent and was the largest advantage the RedHawks have posted on the boards against an opponent this season.
The RedHawks amassed 17 offensive rebounds against Western Michigan. It tied the most offensive rebounds Miami has recorded in a game this season, equaling the number the RedHawks hauled in off the offensive glass at NC State in the season opener on Nov. 9.
Miami had struggled with free throw shooting in December and in a few games in January. Against Ball State, the RedHawks were a perfect 10-for-10 from the line, which ties Toledo for the best free-throw percentage by a MAC team this season, shooting 10 or more free throws. The Rockets went 20-for-20 from the line against Chicago State on Dec. 31.
Miami's game against Akron on Feb. 9 will be televised nationally on ESPNU. The game has been moved to 1 p.m.
Entering the week, two RedHawks ranked among national statistical leaders according to the NCAA. Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranked 35th nationally in steals (2.22) and 39th in assist/turnover ratio (2.44). Junior guard Allen Roberts ranked 70th nationally in free-throw percentage (.841). As a team, Miami ranked 23rd nationally in steals (9.2).
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight recorded a pair of career highs against Ohio on Jan. 23. McKnight notched 11 points and four steals. It was his first double-figure scoring effort.
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.
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.