Miami hosts Central Michigan
Wednesday, January 22 - 7 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
Miami Honors Memory of Charlie Coles
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REDHAWKS HOST CENTRAL MICHIGAN ON WEDNESDAY: Miami faces a familiar foe on Wednesday as the RedHawks host Central Michigan at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22. One of two cross-division home-and-home series for Miami, this is the second time in five games the RedHawks and Chippewas square off. Miami is coming off a solid 64-52 road win at Ball State on Saturday to even its MAC record. The Chippewas are searching for their first conference win of the season after an 0-4 start.
HONORING COLES THIS WEDNESDAY: On Wednesday, Miami will honor the memory of long-time Miami head coach and 1965 alumnus Charlie Coles as the two Mid-American Conference programs he coached--Miami and Central Michigan--square off at Millett Hall at 7 p.m. This season, the team is wearing a special patch on both its home and road uniforms to honor the memory Coach Coles. The circular black patch has the initials CC in white. Coach Coles, who spent 16 years at the helm of the RedHawk program, is Miami’s all-time leader in wins and is the Mid-American Conference record holder for career conference wins. Coach Coles retired on March 5, 2012, following the RedHawks’ last game of the season. He passed away on June 7, 2013, at the age of 71.
STINGY ON TURNOVERS: While the RedHawks lead the MAC in turnover margin, senior guard Quinten Rollins has produced an impressive assist/turnover ratio in MAC play. Rollins leads the conference with an 8.0 assist/turnover ratio, handing out 16 assists while committing a mere two turnovers in MAC play. Both turnovers came against Central Michigan in the MAC opener, and he has gone three straight games without a turnover.
SULLIVAN LEADS MAC IN 3-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE: Junior guard Will Sullivan has connected on 50.0 percent of his 3-point shots this season and had drained 60.0 percent of his long-range shots in MAC play. Both numbers lead all conference players. Sullivan also ranks second in MAC play in field goal percentage, hitting 65.0 percent of his shots.
ABOUT THE CHIPPEWAS: Central Michigan enters Wednesday’s game with a 7-9 overall record and an 0-4 Mid-American Conference mark. The Chippewas are coming off a 72-59 loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Chris Fowler leads the team, averaging 17.1 ppg on the season and 18.8 ppg in MAC play. Fowler ranks 30th nationally in field-goal percentage (.570) and 53rd in assists (5.1). John Simons follows averaging 11.1 ppg and a team-leading 6.3 rpg. As a team, the Chippewas rank 30th in turnover margin (3.0) and 42nd in free-throw percentage (.739).
THE SERIES WITH CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Wednesday marks the 68th meeting between Miami and Central Michigan with the RedHawks holding a 50-17 lead in the all-time series. Miami is 25-6 when playing in Oxford. The RedHawks have won their last five meetings against the Chippewas, including a 77-70 win in Mount Pleasant two weeks ago. CMU’s last win in the series also was in Mount Pleasant on Feb. 10, 2009, 57-55. The Chippewas’ last win in Oxford was in overtime on Feb. 27, 1991, 86-85. Miami has won 18 of its last 19 and 29 of its last 31 meetings with CMU.
UP NEXT: Miami goes on the road for the fifth time in seven games when the RedHawks travel 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).
PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: As a team in conference play, Miami leads the MAC in free-throw percentage (.788) and ranks second in field goal percentage (.466). Junior guard Will Sullivan ranks second and senior forward Will Felder ranks fourth in field goal percentage through four MAC games. Felder leads the MAC in free-throw percentage in conference games, while Sullivan leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage and senior forward Bill Edwards ranks 10th.
REDHAWKS LEAD MAC IN TURNOVER MARGIN: In MAC play, Miami is causing its opponents to make 17.8 turnovers per game and is committing just 10.0 per game, which ties for the fewest among MAC leaders. The RedHawks’ +7.8 turnover margin leads the conference. The next closest is a +3.8 margin.
FELDER PICKING UP THE PACE: Senior forward Will Felder, who ranks among MAC leaders in seven categories this season, averages 14.9 ppg and 7.1 rpg while shooting 53.3 percent from the field. He has six games with more than 19 points this season and has scored 15 points or more in Miami’s last five games. Over the RedHawks’ last seven games, Felder averaged 17.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg and shot 61.6 percent from the field.
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 and currently boasts 179. Ron Harper owns the career record with 287 steals. Rollins leads the MAC and ranks 13th nationally in steals, averaging 2.5 per game. Rollins also moved into 10th on Miami’s career assists list with his four against the Zips. He currently owns 333 career assists and is two 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.
STEALING THE SHOW: As a team, Miami is averaging 8.7 steals per game to rank second in the MAC and rank 27th nationally. The RedHawks are averaging 11.0 steals per game in MAC play, which ties for first. Senior guard Quinten Rollins leads the MAC in all games (2.5) and MAC-only games (3.8) in steals, while sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight ranks fifth in all games (1.9) and ties for 13th in conference games (1.5). Sophomore guard Willie Moore ranks second in MAC-only games at 2.8 per game.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY: In MAC play, Miami has knocked down 52-of-66 free throws, hitting 78.8 percent of its attempts to lead the MAC. Senior forward Will Felder is an impressive 18-of-19 from the free-throw line over four MAC games (.947), which leads the MAC. On the season, Miami ranks third in the MAC in free-throw percentage (.734) and 53rd 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.
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.
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: Senior guard Quinten Rollins played in his 100th career game on Saturday at Ball State ... Rollins is two starts away from cracking the career starts top-10 chart ... he has made 90 career starts ... 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 ...
• Be the RedHawks’ second straight win.
• Put Miami over .500 in MAC play at 3-2.
• Be Miami’s 14th straight win at home against the Chippewas.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Be Central Michigan’s first MAC win.
• Give the Chippewas their seventh win in Oxford.
• Snap Miami’s five-game win streak against CMU.