Miami hosts Buffalo
Wednesday, February 12 - 7 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
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REDHAWKS RETURN HOME TO HOST BUFFALO: Miami seeks to snap a two-game skid when the RedHawks host Buffalo at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 but faces a Bull team that is coming off a pair of wins last week and has forged a 7-3 Mid-American Conference mark. Miami, playing five of its last eight games at home, is 2-2 at Millett Hall in MAC action and notched a 65-61 win over Eastern Michigan in its last home game. The Bulls have done much of their damage in Buffalo, posting a 5-0 MAC mark at home. The Bulls are 2-3 in league play on the road, including a 79-70 win at Central Michigan on Saturday.
HONORING REDHAWK SCHOLARS: Miami will recognize its nearly 350 student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 GPA or better for the fall 2013 semester at halftime of Wednesday's game. (Release)
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.
DOUBLE DUTY: While Miami had just one double figure scorer at Northern Illinois on Feb. 4 in freshman forward Joshua Oswald, who tallied 10 points against the Huskies, Miami had a trio of double-figure scoring outputs at Ohio on Saturday. Senior forwards Will Felder and Bill Edwards each notched 19 points to lead the RedHawks, while freshman guard Jaryd Eustace added a career-high 14 points for the RedHawks. Eustace scored all 14 of his points in the first half, knocking down four 3-pointers and two free throws. Edwards also had 14 in the first half and drilled three triples. Felder notched 13 second-half points for Miami and was one board shy of a double-double with a game-high nine rebounds.
ON THE ASSIST: Miami recorded 18 assists at Ohio on Feb. 8 with the bulk of those coming from senior guard Quinten Rollins, junior guard Will Sullivan and sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight. The trio handed out 15 RedHawk assists with Rollins dishing out six, McKnight handing out five and Sullivan adding four. Miami’s 18 assists tie for the second most by the RedHawks this season. They had 21 at Massachusetts.
ABOUT THE BULLS: Buffalo enters Wednesday’s game with a 13-7 overall record and a 7-3 Mid-American Conference mark. The Bulls are coming off a pair of wins last week over Ball State (69-48) and at Central Michigan (79-70). The Bulls are lead by Javon McCrea, who averages 18.0 ppg and 10.2 rpg, which ranks 14th nationally. McCrea is coming off an impressive performance against the Chippewas where he scored 25 points and hauled in 20 rebounds. He also has 50 blocked shots on the season and ranks 37th nationally in bpg while ranking 24th in field-goal percentage (.573). Joshua Freelove and Will Regan are the other Bulls to average double figures in scoring at 12.7 ppg and 10.9 ppg, respectively. Jarod Oldham is dishing out 5.3 apg, which ranks 45th nationally. As a team, The Bulls’ 3-point field-goal percentage defense (.277) ranks fifth nationally and their blocked shots per game (5.3) ranks 36th.
THE SERIES WITH THE BULLS: Wednesday marks the 32nd meeting between Miami and Buffalo with the RedHawks holding a 21-10 lead in the all-time series. When playing at Millett Hall, Miami is 12-3 against the Bulls. Last season, the teams split the series with each winning on the other’s home court. Buffalo captured the last meeting between the teams, 79-71, at Millett Hall on Feb. 16. Nearly a month earlier the RedHawks seized a 58-57 win in Buffalo on Jan. 12. Miami’s last win against the Bulls at Millett Hall was on Jan. 14, 2012, 52-51.
UP NEXT: Miami 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. The RedHawks make a two-game road swing to Buffalo (March 1) and Kent State (March 4) before concluding the regular season at home against Ohio on either March 7 or 8.
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 29 long-range shots through 21 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 (.460) and ranks third in MAC play (.462). 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 75.7 percent of its charity tosses, which also ranks 12th nationally. The RedHawks are shooting 80.4 percent from the line in conference games to also lead the MAC. In league play, junior guard Will Sullivan ranks fifth among MAC leaders in free-throw percentage at 88.0 percent, sophomore guard Willie Moore ranks sixth at 87.5 percent, while and senior forward Will Felder ranks seventh (.850). In all games, Felder ranks fourth among MAC leaders at 82.0 percent.
ODDS ‘N ENDS: After scoring 41 points at Northern Illinois, Miami poured in 47 first-half points at Ohio ... All eight players who saw action at Ohio recorded at least one steal and contributed to the RedHawks’ nine team steals ... Senior guard Quinten Rollins cracked Miami’s top-10 career starts list with his start at Bowling Green on Jan. 25 ... he has made 96 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.
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 188. Ron Harper owns the career record with 287 steals. Rollins leads the MAC and ties for 22nd nationally in steals, averaging 2.2 per game. Rollins also ranks seventh on Miami’s career assists list with 355 career assists and is 24 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 18th nationally. The RedHawks are averaging 9.2 steals per game in MAC play, which ranks first. Senior guard Quinten Rollins ranks 22nd nationally in steals and leads the MAC in all games (2.2) and ties for first in MAC-only games (2.4), while sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight ranks sixth in all games (1.7) and ties with junior guard Will Sullivan for 15th in MAC only games (1.4), and sophomore guard Willie Moore ranks seventh in MAC-only games (1.9).
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 four games.
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 on Feb. 1. 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.
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 ...
• Snap a two game losing skid.
• Push the RedHawks’ record to 13-3 against the Bulls in Oxford.
• Make Miami 3-2 in MAC home games this season.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Give Buffalo its third straight win.
• Even the Bulls’ MAC road record at 3-3.
• Be Buffalo’s second straight win in Oxford.