Miami at Ball State
Saturday, January 18 - 2 p.m.
Worthen Arena - Muncie, Ind.
Live Audio 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 TRAVEL TO BALL STATE FOR SATURDAY GAME: Miami rounds out a two-game road stretch when the RedHawks travel to Ball State for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 18. Miami has lost a pair of hard-fought Mid-American Conference games by a combined eight points and seeks to snap the two-game losing skid. The Cardinals, who are 3-3 at home this season, look for their first MAC win and are coming off a 71-51 loss at Ohio on Wednesday.
FELDER PICKING UP THE PACE: Senior forward Will Felder, who ranks among MAC leaders in seven categories this season, averages 14.6 ppg and 7.3 rpg while shooting 52.1 percent from the field. He has five games with more than 19 points this season and has scored 15 points or more in Miami’s last four games. Over the RedHawks’ last six games, Felder averaged 16.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg and shot 60.7 percent from the field.
ABOUT THE CARDINALS: Ball State enters Saturday’s contest with a 3-11 record and an 0-3 Mid-American Conference mark. The Cardinals posted a 94-58 win over Oakland City on Jan. 3 in their last win and dropped games to Akron and at Kent State and at Ohio to open MAC play. Zavier Turner leads a quartet of Cardinals who are averaging double figures in scoring at 12.5 ppg. Chris Bond follows at 11.3 ppg, while Majok Majok averages a double-double at 10.9 ppg and a MAC-leading 10.6 rpg. Jesse Berry is the other Cardinal in double figures at 10.3 ppg. Turner leads the MAC in free-throw shooting, knocking down 91.1 percent and missing just four attempts this season. As a team, the Cardinals are averaging nearly seven 3-pointers per game with Turner and Berry teaming up for nearly 60 percent of those, knocking down 30 and 28, respectively. Ball State is led by first-year head coach James Whitford, who was on staff at Miami from 1994-2005. Also on his staff is 2001 Miami alumnus Jason Grunkemeyer, who was an assistant at Miami from 2008-2012.
THE SERIES WITH CARDINALS: Saturday marks the 97th meeting in the series between Miami and Ball State with the RedHawks owning a 59-37 lead all-time. When playing in Muncie, the series is tied at 22 games apiece. Ball State won the last meeting between the teams, 82-62, last season in Oxford. The last time the teams met in Muncie was also the RedHawks’ last win in the series with Miami capturing a 59-53 win on Feb. 4, 2012. Ball State’s last win against the Red and White in Worthen Arena was in overtime on Jan. 26, 2010, 65-59.
UP NEXT: The RedHawks return home to host Central Michigan at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 before going on the road for the fifth time in seven games when Miami travels to Bowling Green for a 6 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 25. This game time has been moved from its original time and will be televised on the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. Miami then returns home to host a pair of MAC West Division foes, entertaining Toledo at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and Eastern Michigan at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1.
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).
EDWARDS MAKES GRAND RETURN: Returning to the floor for the first time in over a year since suffering a season-ending knee injury, senior forward Bill Edwards had a grand return for the RedHawks against Western Michigan on Jan. 11. Edwards poured in a career-high 24 points off 8-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, and hit all four free-throw attempts. Edwards also chipped in five rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot in 24 minutes of action. Edwards drained two key 3-pointers with under five minutes remaining to give Miami their first leads of the game and help push the game into overtime. He also hit the game-tying jumper with seven seconds to go in the extra period. He followed that with nine points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes of action at Akron on Jan. 15.
A LITTLE GIVE AND TAKE: With his two steals at Akron on Jan. 15, senior guard Quinten Rollins moved into second on Miami’s career steals chart with 176. Ron Harper owns the career record with 287 career steals. Rollins leads the MAC and ranks 15th nationally in steals, averaging 2.5 per game. Rollins moved into 10th on Miami’s career assists list with his four against the Zips. He has 329 career assists and is six away from the No. 9 total.
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.
REDHAWKS LEAD MAC IN TURNOVER MARGIN: In MAC play, Miami is causing its opponents to make 16.3 turnovers per game and is committing just 10.3 per game, which ties for the fewest among MAC leaders. The RedHawks’ +6.0 turnover margin leads the conference.
STEALING THE SHOW: As a team, Miami is averaging 8.4 steals per game to tie for second in the MAC and rank 27th nationally. The RedHawks are averaging 10.3 steals per game in MAC play, which also ranks second.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY: In MAC play, Miami has knocked down 44-of-52 free throws, hitting 84.6 percent of its attempts to lead the MAC. Ball State ranks second at .759. Against Western Michigan on Jan.11, Miami missed just one of its 18 attempts, a .944 percentage. Senior forward Will Felder is an impressive 16-of-17 from the free-throw over three MAC games (.941), which ranks second among MAC leaders. On the season, Miami ranks second in the MAC in free-throw percentage (.742) and 34th nationally.
HANDLE WITH CARE: As a team, Miami committed just six turnovers against Western Michigan on Jan. 11, with two of those coming in overtime. It tied for the fewest Miami turnovers since committing a mere six against Western Michigan on Jan. 28, 2012, at Akron on Jan. 20, 2010 and at Tulsa on March 19, 2008. The last time MU committed fewer than six turnovers was when it had just five against Akron on March 10, 2007. Additionally, Miami handed out 16 assists against the Broncos for a 2.67 assist/turnover ratio.
THERE’S MO(O)RE AT MILLETT: Millett Hall has been a friendly venue for sophomore guard Willie Moore. In his first game with the RedHawks, Moore tallied a team-high-tying 14 points, while adding a game-most five assists and notching two steals, two rebounds and one blocked shot in 26 minutes of action. Moore recorded his second double-figure scoring effort with 11 points against Western Michigan, while adding four steals and three assists in 31 minutes of action. Moore provided a spark down the stretch, hitting timely shots to help send the game into overtime and keep the RedHawks within striking distance in the extra period. Over Miami’s last two home games, Moore averaged 12.5 ppg, 4.0 apg, 3.0 spg and shot 55.6 percent from the field.
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’ 14 games and averaging 10.5 ppg. He ties for the team lead in double-figure scoring games. McKnight has scored 13 or more points in seven games this season and recently notched 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 12 games.
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. Senior forward Bill Edwards had a 24-point effort in his first outing of the season against Western Michigan on Jan. 11.
LENDING A HELPING HAND: The RedHawks’ 21 assists against Massachusetts on Jan. 4 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.
ODDS ‘N ENDS: Saturday’s game would be the 100th career game played by senior guard Quinten Rollins ... 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 ...
• Give Miami a 60-37 lead in the all-time series.
• Be the RedHawks’ third road win in five outings.
• Even Miami’s MAC record at 2-2.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Be the RedHawks’ second straight loss in the series with Ball State.
• Make Ball State 23-22 against the RedHawks when playing in Muncie.
• Be the Cardinals’ first MAC win.