Miami at Ohio
Saturday, February 8 - 2 p.m.
Convocation Center - Athens, Ohio
TV: TWC Sports Channel/ESPN3 (Michael Reghi/Dave Cecutti)
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 CONTINUE ROAD STRETCH AT OHIO: Coming off a disappointing loss at Northern Illinois on Tuesday, the Miami University men’s basketball team looks to rebound on Saturday. Feb. 8 when the RedHawks play at Ohio. at 2 p.m. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and ESPN3. Miami faces a Bobcat team that also seeks to rebound after a disappointing road loss at Western Michigan on Wednesday.
ABOUT THE BOBCATS: Ohio enters Saturday’s game with a 16-6 overall record and a 6-3 Mid-American Conference mark. The Bobcats had won three straight until dropping a 90-74 decision at Western Michigan on Wednesday. Maurice Ndour paces the Bobcats with 15.5 ppg and 7.9 rpg. He averages 16.4 ppg in MAC action. Nick Kellogg follows at 14.5 ppg and is knocking down 90.2 percent of his free throws, which ranks 12th nationally. As a team, the Bobcats rank 37th in blocked shots per game according to ESPN.com with John Smith swatting away a team-best 45 and Ndour rejecting 40. The duo combines for 74 percent of the Bobcats’ blocked shots. Entering the week, Ohio ranked 15th in field goal percentage defense and is allowing opponents to shoot just 39.3 percent against it.
THE SERIES WITH OHIO: Saturday marks the 192nd meeting between Miami and Ohio with the Bobcats holding a 100-91 edge in the all-time series. Ohio has won the last four meetings between the teams, including a 58-54 win in Athens on March 9 last season in the last meeting between the teams. Miami’s last win in the series was at Millett Hall on March 4, 2011, 76-66, and the RedHawks’ last win in the Convocation Center came earlier that season on Jan. 9 in triple overtime, 92-88. When playing in Athens, the Bobcats are 61-27 against the RedHawks.
UP NEXT: The RedHawks return home briefly for a game on Wednesday, Feb. 12 when Miami hosts Buffalo at 7 p.m. but the team hits the road again for a 4:30 p.m. game at Western Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 15 to complete the second of the RedHawks’ cross-division home-and-home series. Miami then returns home for three straight, beginning with at 7 p.m. game against Kent State on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. The RedHawks host Bowling Green on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. before entertaining Akron at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
MAC PACK: Available now through Wednesday, Feb. 12 is the MAC Pack ticket offer, which includes one game ticket to the final five home games of the regular season (Feb. 12 vs. Buffalo, Feb. 19 vs. Kent State, Feb 23 vs. Bowling Green, Feb. 26 vs. Akron and March 7 or 8 vs. Ohio) for just $58. Get your tickets today by visiting or calling the Miami Athletics Ticket Office at 513-529-4295 or clicking here.
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).
THREE FOR THREE: Prior to the season, junior guard Will Sullivan changed his number from 13 to 3. Coincidence or not, Sullivan has become Miami’s most productive and efficient 3-point shooter this season. He has knocked down 28 long-range shots through 20 games, surpassing his total of treys for the last two seasons combined. Sullivan leads the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage on the season (.467) and ranks third in MAC play (.472). If he can maintain this pace, Sullivan has a chance to rank among Miami leaders in 3-point field goal percentage in a season. The record is .492 by Wally Szczerbiak in 1998.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY: As a team, Miami leads the MAC in free-throw percentage, knocking down 75.0 percent of its charity tosses, which also ranks 20th nationally. The RedHawks are shooting 79.4 percent from the line in conference games to also lead the MAC. In league play, sophomore guard Willie Moore ranks fourth among MAC leaders in free throw percentage at 87.5 percent, while junior guard Will Sullivan ranks fifth at 87.0 percent and senior forward Will Felder ranks seventh (.853). In all games, Felder ranks fifth among MAC leaders at 81.9 percent.
ODDS ‘N ENDS: Senior guard Quinten Rollins cracked Miami’s top-10 career starts list with his start at Bowling Green on Jan. 25 ... he has made 95 career starts ... senior forward Will Felder’s 15 rebounds against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 1 were the most since Julian Mavunga hauled in 19 boards against the Eagles on Feb. 1, 2012 ... in just six games, Miami eclipsed its number of MAC wins from a season ago when the RedHawks posted a 3-13 record ... in all of Miami’s wins, it has shot better than its opponents from the field and is 9-0 when shooting better than the opponent.
THE WILL(S) TO WIN: Junior guard Will Sullivan and senior forward Will Felder paced Miami in a come-from-behind win against Eastern Michigan last Saturday. Trailing nine points early in the second half, Miami rallied for a four-point win against the Eagles. Sullivan led all players with 19 points, knocking down a career-high five 3-pointers, while Felder tallied a double-double with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Felder had a double-double in the second half with 13 points and 10 boards over the second frame. Felder nailed the go-ahead jumper with 25 seconds to play, while Sullivan came down with a big defensive board with two seconds to play and sunk two free throws to secure the win.
McKNIGHT RECORDS CAREER HIGH: Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight had recorded double-figure scoring efforts in 10 of Miami’s first 12 games but had not reached double digits in the following five games. McKnight, however, bounced back with a career-high 18 points against Toledo on Jan. 29 to lead all scorers. McKnight was 7-of-15 from the floor and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line against the Rockets. He has recorded double-figure scoring efforts in two of Miami’s last three games.
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 187. Ron Harper owns the career record with 287 steals. Rollins leads the MAC and ties for 20th nationally in steals, averaging 2.3 per game. Rollins also ranks seventh on Miami’s career assists list with 349 career assists and is 29 away from the No. 6 total.
STEALING THE SHOW: As a team, Miami is averaging 8.5 steals per game to rank second in the MAC and rank 17th nationally. The RedHawks are averaging 9.2 steals per game in MAC play, which ranks first. Senior guard Quinten Rollins ties for 20th nationally in steals and leads the MAC in all games (2.3) and MAC-only games (2.6), while sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight ranks fifth in all games (1.8) and ties with junior guard Will Sullivan for 14th in MAC only games (1.4), and sophomore guard Willie Moore ranks fourth in MAC-only games (2.0).
20/20 VISION: Twice this season, senior forward Will Felder and junior guard Will Sullivan have teamed up to score 20 or more points in the same game. Against Central Michigan on Jan. 22, Felder recorded 22 points, while Sullivan notched 20 points. On Dec. 3 against IPFW, both scored career highs as Felder amassed 26 points and Sullivan chipped in 23. Both have scored 20 or more points three times this season, while Felder has five 20-point scoring efforts in his time as a RedHawk. Senior forward Bill Edwards also has surpassed the 20-point scoring plateau this season with a career-high 24 points in his season debut on Jan. 11 against Western Michigan. Edwards has two 20-point scoring efforts in his 20 games as a RedHawk.
FELDER DOUBLING UP: For the third time this season and the fifth time in his Miami career, senior forward Will Felder recorded a double-double. Felder notched 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 1. Felder scored 22 points and hauled in 13 rebounds in an 86-80 win over Central Michigan on Jan. 22. His other double-double this season came in Miami’s home opener against Wilmington with 19 points and 11 boards.
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.
WILL POWER: Miami has been fueled by a good bit of "Will" power, especially in its Jan. 22 game against Central Michigan. Senior forward Will Felder poured in 22 points off 10-of-13 shooting from the field to lead all players. Junior guard Will Sullivan amassed 20 points off 6-of-10 shooting and a 7-for-7 performance from the free-throw line. It was the second time this season the two Wills teamed up for 20-point scoring efforts in the same game with Felder collecting a career-high 26 points and Sullivan tallying a career-best 23 points in a 94-87 win over IPFW on Dec. 3. Sophomore guard Willie Moore chipped in nine points for the RedHawks, while senior forward Bill Edwards tallied 13 points to round out the top four scoring efforts for the Red and White. All four share the given name William.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
• Be the RedHawks’ first win in Athens since Jan. 9, 2011.
• Drop the Bobcats to 3-3 in home MAC games.
• Make Miami 4-2 in MAC road games this season.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Give Ohio its fifth straight win in the series with Miami.
• Give the Bobcats their third straight home win.
• Be Miami’s second straight loss and third in four games.