Miami hosts Western Michigan
Saturday, January 11- 3 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
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REDHAWKS RETURN HOME TO HOST WESTERN MICHIGAN: Miami returns home to host Western Michigan at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11. The RedHawks are coming off a thrilling 77-70 win at Central Michigan on Wednesday to tip off MAC play. The RedHawks look to win their second straight and their fourth straight at home but face a Bronco team that has won their last three, including an 87-76 win against Toledo in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Wednesday. Miami seeks its fourth win in five games, while the Broncos look for their first road win of the season in five tries.
ROLLINS TIES MIAMI SINGLE-GAME RECORD FOR SECOND TIME: Senior guard Quinten Rollins tied a Miami single-game record for steals, amassing seven at Central Michigan on Jan. 8. He matched a mark set by Ron Harper, Damon Frierson and Chuck Goodyear and equaled his own career-high set on Nov. 13, 2012 against Grambling State. With his seven steals against the Chippewas, Rollins became the only player in Miami history to twice record seven steals in a game.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS: Western Michigan enters Saturday’s game with an 8-5 record and a 1-0 MAC mark after an 87-76 win over Toledo on Wednesday. Three Broncos are averaging double figures in scoring, led by David Brown’s MAC-leading 18.4 ppg. Shayne Whittington follows at 14.6 rpg and a team-best 9.0 rpg, while Connar Tava chips in 12.9 ppg. Whittington leads the MAC in defensive rebounds at 6.8 rpg, and Tava is hitting 62.2 percent of his field goals this season to rank second among MAC leaders. Jaryd Klein has been the Broncos’ most efficient 3-point shooter, knocking down 58.3 percent of his long-range attempts to lead the MAC. As a team, the Broncos lead the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 28.5 percent.
THE SERIES WITH WESTERN MICHIGAN: Saturday marks the 123rd meeting between Miami and Western Michigan with the RedHawks holding an 81-41 lead in the all-time series. The RedHawks are 51-7 when facing the Broncos in Oxford. Western Michigan, however, has won the last three meetings with the RedHawks, including a 72-68 win in Oxford on Jan. 30 last year and a 73-68 overtime decision on Jan. 29, 2011. Miami’s last win in the series was in Kalamazoo on Jan. 4, 2010, 56-54. The last time the RedHawks defeated the Broncos in Millett Hall was on Jan. 14, 2009, 64-46.
UP NEXT: Miami hits the road for two straight games, playing at Akron at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and at Ball State at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. The RedHawks return home to host Central Michigan at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
McFRIENDS AND FAMILY PACKAGE BACK SATURDAY: Saturday, Jan. 11 is the last of the McFriends and Family days at Miami Basketball. This special ticket package includes four game tickets and four McDonald’s Extra Value Meal vouchers for just $40! This ticket package is not available on the day of the game, so be sure to pre-purchase your McFriends and Family ticket package today by visiting or calling the Miami Athletic Ticket Office at 513-529-4295 or by going to MURedHawks.com.
MIAMI SPORTS NETWORK FROM IMG COLLEGE: In its seventh 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 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 980 (Dayton, OH), MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).
A LITTLE GIVE AND TAKE: With his seven steals against Central Michigan, senior guard Quinten Rollins moved into a tie for third on Miami’s career steals chart with 171. He is four away from tying Damon Frierson’s No. 2 total of 175. Ron Harper owns the career record with 287 career steals. Rollins leads the MAC and ties for 17th nationally in assists, averaging 2.5 per game. Rollins also is closing in on cracking the RedHawks’ career assists list. He has 321 career assists and needs just seven more to break onto the top-10 chart.
MAC OPENERS: Miami opened its 67th season in the Mid-American Conference when the RedHawks defeated Central Michigan Wednesday in Mount Pleasant, Mich., 77-70. Miami is 48-19 all-time in MAC openers and is 22-13 when starting MAC play on the road. This was the RedHawks’ first MAC-opening win since defeating Ohio to tip-off the 2010-11 MAC season in a triple-overtime thriller, 92-88.
McKNIGHT PROVIDING CONSISTENCY: Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight has been a consistent scoring threat for Miami this season, scoring in double figures in 10 of the RedHawks’ 12 games and averaging 11.3 ppg. He leads Miami in double-figure scoring games. McKnight has scored 13 or more points in seven games this season and is coming off a career-high 17 points at Central Michigan on Jan. 8 following a 15-point performance at Massachusetts on Jan. 4 where he went 7-for-10 from the floor, sinking a career-best seven field goals. McKnight made his way into the RedHawks’ starting lineup at Xavier and has started Miami’s last 10 games.
FELDER PICKING UP THE PACE: Senior forward Will Felder, who ranks among MAC leaders in seven categories this season, leads Miami with 14.1 ppg and 7.3 rpg while shooting 52.1 percent from the field. Over the RedHawks’ last four games, Felder averaged 16.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg and shot 65.8 percent from the field.
‘TIS THE SEASON: Senior guard Quinten Rollins and sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight displayed good bit of holiday spirit in Miami’s Jan. 4 game at Massachusetts. The duo embraced the adage that it is better to give than to receive, dishing out a combined 16 of the RedHawks’ 21 assists. Rollins handed out nine assists, one off his career high, while McKnight delivered a career-best seven assists.
SPEAKING OF ASSISTS: The RedHawks’ 21 assists against Massachusetts tied for the most in a game by a Miami team since tallying 21 against Grambling State on Nov. 13, 2012. It was the most since the Red and White amassed 23 assists against Northwestern State on Dec. 6, 2008.
20/20 VISION: Two RedHawks have scored 20 or more points twice this season. Senior forward Will Felder led all scorers at Massachusetts on Jan. 4 with 22 points and poured in a career-high 26 points against IPFW on Dec. 3. He has scored 20 or more points four times in his career. Junior guard Will Sullivan recorded his second 20-point scoring effort over a five-game stretch, pouring in 21 points to lead the RedHawks at Tennessee State on Dec. 21. Sullivan scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half and shot a solid 66.7 percent from the field against the Tigers. He scored a career-high 23 points against IPFW on Dec. 3.
CAREER HIGHS FALL AT MASSACHUSETTS: Several RedHawks set or tied career highs at Massachusetts on Jan. 4. Senior forward Will Felder shot a career best 83.3 percent from the field, knocking down 10-of-12 field goals. His 10 field goals tied a career high. Freshman forward Joshua Oswald chipped in a career-best 12 points, his second double-figure scoring effort in three games. Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight tallied a career-high seven assists and drilled a career-best seven field goals, while sophomore guard Willie Moore chipped in a career-high seven rebounds. Sophomore center John Hawkins scored a career-best four points.
THE MOORE THE MERRIER: In his first game with the RedHawks, sophomore guard Willie Moore made a quick impact. Moore tied for the team lead in scoring against Southern Illinois on Dec. 29, tallying 14 points, while adding a game-most five assists and notching two steals, two rebounds and one blocked shot in 26 minutes of action. He was a perfect 4-for-4 inside 3-point range and knocked down his lone trey of the night at the most critical time, sinking a triple with 1:09 to play to put the RedHawks within to help set the stage for the late win.
DOUBLE VISION: Freshman forward Joshua Oswald became the second RedHawk this season to record a double-double, amassing career highs of 11 points and 11 rebounds at Tennessee State on Dec. 21. It was Oswald’s first career double-double. He was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field against the Tigers, including 1-for-1 from 3-point range. Earlier in the season, senior forward Will Felder notched his third career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds against Wilmington on Nov. 23.
EUSTACE UPS PRODUCTION: Freshman guard Jaryd Eustace notched double-figure scoring efforts in three Miami’s last four games. Eustace tallied 13 points at Tennessee State on Dec. 21 and followed that with a 10-point effort—all coming in the first half—against Southern Illinois. He sunk a half-court 3-pointer as time expired in the opening half in the two-point win against the Salukis. Eustace tied a career-high with 13 points at Central Michigan on Jan. 8. He averaged 9.8 ppg over Miami’s last four games.
ODDS ‘N ENDS: Miami scored 45 points in the paint at Massachusetts and 38 at Central Michigan ... over the last two games, 59 percent of Miami scoring came in the paint ... the RedHawks scored 51 second-half points at Central Michigan, the second time this season they have scored 50 points in a half ... Miami also scored 58 points in the second half against IPFW ... Miami’s 94 points against IPFW was the first time the RedHawks have scored 90 points in regulation as well as the most points they have scored since a 94-66 win against Northwestern State on Dec. 6, 2008.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
• Make Miami 2-0 to start MAC play for the first time since 2010-11.
• Be the RedHawks’ second straight win and fourth straight home win.
• Be the RedHawks’ sixth win in nine games.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Be the RedHawks’ fourth straight loss in the series with Western Michigan.
• Be the Broncos’ first road win.
• Be WMU’s third straight win in Oxford but just its eighth all-time.