Miami hosts Akron
Wednesday, February 26 - 7 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
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Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WONE 980 Dayton; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS WRAP UP HOME STRETCH WITH AKRON ON WEDNESDAY: Miami concludes a three-game home stretch hosting Akron at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Miami snapped a five-game skid with a 55-52 win over Bowling Green on Sunday and seeks to win its second straight on Wednesday. The Zips try to reach double figure MAC wins but are coming off a pair off losses at Buffalo and to Ohio last week.
CENTURY CLUB: With his appearance in the starting lineup against Bowling Green on Feb. 23, senior guard Quinten Rollins became just the eighth player in Miami history to reach 100 career starts.
ABOUT THE ZIPS: Akron enters Wednesday’s game with a 17-10 overall record and a 9-5 Mid-American Conference mark, which places the Zips in a tie with Ohio for fourth place in the overall MAC standings. Akron has lost three of their last four, including two straight, and is coming off a 66-50 loss at home to Ohio on Saturday. Demetrius Treadwell paces Akron with 14.7 ppg and 8.8 rpg, while Quincy Diggs averages 12.2 ppg. Treadwell ranks 13th nationally in number of double-doubles with 13 on the season and also ranks 46th in rebounding. Treadwell is tough on the offensive glass and leads the MAC in conference-only games in offensive rebounds at 4.2 per game.
THE SERIES WITH THE ZIPS: Wednesday marks the 52nd meeting between Miami and Akron with the Zips holding a 27-24 edge in the all-time series. Akron has won the last seven meetings between the teams, including a 59-52 win at James A. Rhodes Arena in mid-January. Akron’s last win in Oxford was Feb. 9 last season, 54-50. Miami’s last win in the series was also its last win against the Zips in Millett Hall when the RedHawks captured an 84-76 triumph on Jan. 19, 2011. When playing in Oxford, Miami is 17-10 versus Akron.
UP NEXT: Miami hits the road for a two-game road swing to Buffalo at noon on Saturday, March 1 and at Kent State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4. The RedHawks’ game against the Bulls will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and ESPN 3. Miami returns home to conclude the regular season against Ohio at noon on March 8. The game has been selected as part of the MAC television package and will also be aired on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and ESPN3. Miami’s women’s basketball team also hosts Ohio on March 8 following the men’s game.
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).
ROARING 20s: Senior forward Will Felder notched his sixth 20-point performance as a RedHawk and fourth this season, leading Miami with 23 points against Kent State on Feb. 19. Felder was 6-of-9 from the field against the Golden Flashes and drained 11-of-13 free-throw attempts. The 23 points against KSU are the second-most points Felder has scored at Miami. He posted a career-high 26 points against IPFW on Dec. 3. Felder also scored 22 points in games against Central Michigan (Jan. 22) and at Massachusetts (Jan. 4) this season.
QUINTEN ROLLINS—MAN OF STEALS: He may not be considered Super Man, but senior guard Quinten Rollins has been the man of "steals" for Miami and is moving up the career charts. With 197 career steals, Rollins is only three away from becoming the 15th player in MAC history to reach 200 career steals. He sits second on the Miami career charts behind Ron Harper’s 287. This season, Rollins has amassed 56 steals to rank sixth on the Miami single-season list. His 58 steals in 2013 ranks fifth, while Jamie Mahaffey’s 59 steals in 1994 ranks fourth. Harper owns the top three single-season steal totals at Miami: 101, 82 and 62. Rollins leads the MAC and ranks 21st nationally in steals this season at 2.2 per game. In conference play he averages 2.4 steals per game to rank second.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY: As a team, Miami leads the MAC in free-throw percentage, knocking down 75.0 percent of its charity tosses to tie for 17th nationally. MU’s current free throw percentage would rank third all-time for a single-season team percentage. The RedHawks are shooting 77.9 percent from the line in conference games to also lead the MAC. In league play, sophomore guard Willie Moore ranks fourth (.847) and senior forward Will Felder ranks fifth (.847). In all games, Felder ranks fourth among MAC leaders at 82.4 percent.
STEALING THE SHOW: As a team, Miami is averaging 8.5 steals per game to rank second in the MAC and rank 13th nationally. The RedHawks are averaging 9.1 steals per game in MAC play, which ranks first. Senior guard Quinten Rollins ranks 21st nationally in steals and leads the MAC in all games (2.2) ranks second in MAC-only games (2.4). Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight ranks 11th in all games (1.5). Sophomore guard Willie Moore ties for ninth in MAC-only games (1.7) and junior guard Will Sullivan ranks 12th (1.6).
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 35 long-range shots through 25 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 (.443) and ranks third in MAC play (.436). 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.
ODDS ‘N ENDS: With a 55-52 win against Bowling Green on Feb. 23, Miami reached double figures for wins and also posted its most MAC wins since the 2010-11 season ... Although the RedHawks have been the MAC’s strongest free-throw shooting team this season, Miami had an uncharacteristically off week from the line last week, shooting 64.6 percent (31-of-48) ... as much as the RedHawks struggled from the line last week, their opponents struggled even more, hitting just 44.4 percent for their free throws (8-of-18) ... 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 all of Miami’s wins, it has shot better than its opponents from the field and is 10-0 when shooting better than the opponent.
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 five of Miami’s last eight games.
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’ second straight win.
• Snap a seven-game losing skid in the series with Akron.
• Be the Zips’ third straight loss.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Make Miami 17-11 against Akron in Oxford.
• Drop Miami to 3-5 at home in MAC play.
• Give the Zips their 10th MAC win of the season.