Miami hosts Kent State
Saturday, March 2 - 3 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
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REDHAWKS HOST KENT STATE AT 3 P.M. SATURDAY IN FINAL HOME GAME: Miami hosts Kent State at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2 in its final regular-season home game. The RedHawks try to halt a six-game losing streak, while the Golden Flashes look to stay hot after winning four of their last five.
SENIOR SALUTE: Senior center Vince Legarza plays his final game at Millett Hall Saturday. The fifth-year senior from San Francisco, Calif., is the son of Mike and Kim Legarza. Last season, Legarza earned the team's Marshall North Award, which is given to the player who best exemplifies loyalty. Heading into today's game, Legarza has played in 76 career games and made his fifth career start at Bowling Green on Wednesday. In the last three games he has set or tied career highs for rebounds, assists, blocked shots and minutes played. Legarza majors in international studies with a minor in entrepreneurship. In addition to honoring Legarza prior to Saturday's game, the RedHawks also will recognize senior manager Wade Smith.
STEALING THE SHOW: Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranks ninth on Miami's career steals list with 135. Rollins is just one steal away from Devin Davis' No. 8 total of 136. Rollins tallied one steal at Bowling Green on Feb. 27 to push his season total to 52, which ranks sixth on Miami's single-season list. He is just one steal away from tying the No. 5 total of 53 set by Jamie Mahaffey in 1995. With eight more steals, Rollins would move to fourth on the single-season list behind Ron Harper, who owns the top three spots.
REDHAWKS REACH 600: Miami became the first program to reach 600 Mid-American Conference wins with a 70-61 win at Central Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 2. The RedHawks broke open a tight game, draining 9-of-10 free throws over the final 1:33 of the game.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN FLASHES: Kent State enters Saturday's game with a 16-12 overall record and a 6-7 Mid-American Conference mark. The Golden Flashes have won four of their last five games with the lone loss coming in overtime at Ohio. KSU is coming off a gritty 83-81 overtime win against Buffalo on Wednesday. Chris Evans paces the Golden Flashes, averaging 16.9 ppg and 7.6 rpg. Randal Holt is the other player averaging double figures in scoring at 14.3 ppg. As a team, the Golden Flashes lead the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage. In MAC-only games Holt leads the conference in 3-pointers and free-throw percentage.
SERIES WITH KENT STATE: Saturday marks the 132nd meeting between Miami and Kent State, and the RedHawks lead the all-time series, 86-45. When playing in Oxford the RedHawks own a 49-13 mark against the Golden Flashes. Earlier this season, Kent State posted an 87-70 win in Kent. Miami has won the last four meetings in Oxford, including a 62-60 triumph last season. Kent State's last win at Millett Hall was on Jan. 17, 2008, 74-62.
COLES TO BE HONORED: Miami Athletics will honor former head coach Charlie Coles at halftime of Saturday's game. He owns the most MAC wins (218) of any coach in conference history over 22 seasons as a head coach in the MAC and also the most wins (263) of any Miami coach, guiding the RedHawk program for 16 seasons.
UP NEXT: Miami is on the road for its last two regular-season games. The RedHawks hit the road for a 7 p.m. tilt at Akron on Tuesday, March 5 and a 4 p.m. contest at Ohio on Saturday, March 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) WCFN-FM (100.3 (Cincinnati, OH) MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Be the RedHawks' fifth straight home win in the series with Kent State.
- Give Miami nine wins this season, equaling its number of wins from last year.
- Snap a six-game losing skid.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Be Kent State's first win in Oxford since 2008.
- Be the Golden Flashes' fifth win in six games.
- Extend the RedHawks' losing streak to seven games.
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 3rd in steals (2.0), 6th in assist/turnover ratio (1.7) and 6th in assists (3.9). In MAC-only games, Rollins ranks 7th in assists (3.4), 7th in assist/turnover ratio (1.1) and 4th in steals (1.8).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 11th in scoring (13.0), 8th in free-throw percentage (.807) and 10th in 3-pointers (1.7). In MAC-only games, Roberts ranks 12th in scoring (13.1) and 13th in 3-pointers (1.5).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 6th in field goal percentage (.509), ties for 18th in scoring (11.0) and 11th in defensive rebounds (4.0), and ranks 13th in rebounding (5.5), 9th in blocked shots (1.1) and 10th in free-throw percentage (.767). In MAC-only games, Felder ranks 7th in field goal percentage (.504), 9th in rebounding (6.3), 10th in defensive rebounds (4.3), 9th in blocked shots (1.2), 14th in scoring (12.5) and ties for 5th in free-throw percentage (.800) and 12th in offensive rebounds (2.0).
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight ties for 13th in steals (1.3). In MAC-only games, McKnight ties for 10th in free-throw percentage (.788) and ties for 12th in steals (1.3).
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ties for 15th in steals in MAC play (1.2).
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in steals (8.7, 2nd) and turnover margin (+1.7, 3rd). In MAC-only games, the RedHawks lead the MAC in steals (8.5, 1st) and rank among the top four in rebounding defense (31.4, 2nd), turnover margin (+1.0, 3rd) and field goal percentage (.436, 4th).
Senior center Vince Legarza handed out five assists against Buffalo on Feb. 16, which tied a career high he set against the Bulls the previous season. On Feb. 23, Legarza set a career high for rebounds (6) and played a career high 25 minutes on Feb. 27.
The RedHawks played their first overtime game of the season at Southern Illinois on Feb. 23, falling, 74-68. It was the first overtime game for Miami since a 62-57 win against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 1, 2012. It was the RedHawks' first overtime game on the road since a triple-overtime win at Ohio on Jan. 9, 2011, 92-88.
The RedHawks have stepped up their production on the boards recently, out-rebounding six of their last eight opponents. At Southern Illinois on Feb. 23, Miami pulled down a season-high 39 rebounds, which included career-high rebounding numbers from senior center Vince Legarza and freshman guard Reggie Johnson, who each recorded six boards.
Junior center Drew McGhee sustained a season-ending injury to his right knee in practice on Feb. 27.
Junior guard Allen Roberts has scored in double figures a team-leading 21 times this season, including 15 of Miami's last 16 games. He has led the RedHawks in scoring a team-most 11 times this season.
The RedHawks' game at Akron on Tuesday, March 5 has been selected for television and will be aired on SportsTime Ohio. Game time will remain 7 p.m. Miami's game at Ohio in the regular-season finale also has been selected to be televised on SportTime Ohio and will be played at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.
With 17 points and 13 rebounds against Western Michigan on Jan. 30, junior forward Will Felder recorded his second double-double in a three-game stretch. Felder notched his first double-double at Miami with 19 points 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.
Entering the weekend, two RedHawks ranked among national statistical leaders according to the NCAA. Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranked 53rd nationally in steals (2.0) while junior guard Allen Roberts ranked 134th nationally in free-throw percentage (.807). As a team, Miami ranked 32nd nationally in steals (8.7).
With Miami's 63-60 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.