Miami at Kent State
Tuesday, March 4 - 7 p.m.
M.A.C. Center - Kent, Ohio
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 WRAP UP TWO-GAME ROAD TRIP TUESDAY: Miami concludes a two-game road swing on Tuesday, March 4 when the RedHawks travel to Kent State for a 7 p.m. game. Like the last time the teams met on Feb. 19, they both enter the game with identical Mid-American Conference records (7-9) and look to push ahead in the MAC standings on Tuesday with each battling to host a first-round game in the MAC Tournament. After a 78-55 loss at Kent State on Saturday, Miami tries to get back on the winning track and win its first MAC road game since Jan. 25. The Golden Flashes picked up a road win at Ohio on Saturday, 75-61, to snap a two-game losing streak.
QUINTEN ROLLINS—MAN OF STEALS: He may not be called Super Man, but senior guard Quinten Rollins has been the man of "steals" for Miami and is moving up the career charts. Behind a six-steal effort against Akron on Feb. 26, which ties for sixth at Miami for single-game steals, Rollins became just the 15th player in Mid-American Conference history to amass 200 career steals. He currently ranks 12th among MAC leaders with 208 and ranks second at Miami behind Ron Harper’s 287. This season, Rollins has amassed 67 steals to eclipse Harper’s third-place sum of 62 in 1983 on the single-season steals list. Harper owns the other two top spots at Miami: 101 and 82. Rollins leads the MAC and ranks 12th nationally in steals this season at 2.5 per game. In conference play he averages 2.8 steals per game which also ranks first.
STEALING THE SHOW: As a team, Miami is averaging 8.7 steals per game to rank second in the MAC and rank 12th nationally. The RedHawks are averaging 9.3 steals per game in MAC play, which ranks first. Senior guard Quinten Rollins ranks 12th nationally in steals and leads the MAC in all games (2.5) and also in MAC-only games (2.8). Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight ranks 12th in all games (1.5). Junior guard Will Sullivan ties for 10th (1.6), while sophomore guard Willie Moore ties for 12th in MAC-only games (1.6).
ABOUT THE GOLDEN FLASHES: Kent State enters Tuesday’s game with a 16-13 overall record and a 7-9 Mid-American Conference mark after a 75-61 win at Ohio on Saturday. The Golden Flashes are led in scoring by Kris Brewer, who averages 12.2 ppg. Derek Jackson is the other KSU player scoring in double figures at 11.3 ppg. Mark Henniger averages a team-leading 5.1 rpg, while Khaliq Spicer has an impressive 43 blocked shots on the season. As a team, the Golden Flashes lead the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage this season (.355) and are second in 3-point field goals (7.5 per game).
THE SERIES WITH THE KENT STATE: Tuesday marks the 134th meeting in the all-time series with Kent State with the RedHawks holding an 86-47 lead in the all-time series. When playing in Kent, Miami has a 35-28 edge.. The Golden Flashes have won the last three meetings, including a 75-63 win in Oxford earlier this season. The last time the teams met at the M.A.C. Center, the Golden Flashes posted an 87-70 win on Jan. 13, 2013. Miami’s last win in the series was in Millett Hall on Feb. 21, 2012, 62-60. Miami has lost its last four games at Kent State, and RedHawks’ last win at the M.A.C. Center was on Jan. 17, 2009, 66-55.
UP NEXT: Miami returns home to wrap up 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 will honor its senior prior to the 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).
WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY: Miami’s two Wills—senior forward Will Felder and junior guard Will Sullivan—willed Miami to a 65-61 win against Akron on Feb. 26. Felder recorded 16 points, 10 coming in the second half, which tied for the team lead in scoring with Sullivan. Sullivan scored 15 of his points in the first half, 13 of which came during Miami’s 16-4 run that evaporated an eight-point deficit and lifted the RedHawks to a five-point lead.
SENIOR MOMENTS: It seems appropriate that Miami’s two senior captains, guard Quinten Rollins and forward Will Felder, came up with critical defensive plays to seal the RedHawks’ 65-61 win over Akron on Feb. 26. Felder blocked an Akron shot with four second left that could have given the Zips a one-point edge. With one second to play and Miami with a two-point lead, Rollins brilliantly intercepted an Akron pass and was immediately sent to the free-throw line where he drained both free throws to clinch the four-point win for the RedHawks. Each have done plenty throughout the course of the season to keep their names in consideration for postseason honors. Rollins is one of the toughest defensive players in the MAC, while Felder has been a steady force for the RedHawks coming up with buckets despite often being double and sometimes triple teamed and ranking among MAC leaders in seven categories.
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. He has now made 102 career starts, which ranks seventh all-time.
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 KSU 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.
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 rank 20th nationally. MU’s current free throw percentage would rank third all-time for a single-season team percentage. The RedHawks are shooting 77.5 percent from the line in conference games to also lead the MAC. Senior forward Will Felder ranks fourth among conference statistical leaders in league play (.848) and also on the season (.826).
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 39 long-range shots through 27 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 (.433) and ranks fourth in MAC play (.424).
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 ... senior guard Quinten Rollins has twice recorded seven steals and also twice amassed six steals in a game ... he owns four of Miami’s top single-game steal totals ... Miami has four players with the given name William: Will Felder, Will Sullivan, Willie Moore and Bill Edwards ... 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 six of Miami’s last 10 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.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
• Be the RedHawks’ third win in four games.
• Push Miami ahead of KSU in the MAC standings with an 8-9 record.
• Be Miami’s first win at Kent State since Jan. 17, 2009.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Give KSU its second straight win.
• Be the Golden Flashes’ fourth straight win in the series with Miami.
• Be the RedHawks’ fifth straight road loss.