Miami hosts Ohio
Saturday, March 8 - 12 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
TV: TWC Sports Channel/ESPN3 (Mike Cairns/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 CONCLUDE REGULAR SEASON HOSTING OHIO IN BATTLE OF THE BRICKS MATCH-UP SATURDAY: Miami returns home after a two-game road swing to host Ohio at noon on Saturday, March 8 in a Battle of the Bricks match-up to round out the regular season. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and ESPN3. Miami will honor its senior prior to the game. The RedHawks have won three of their last four and try to finish .500 in Mid-American Conference play and earn a home game for the first-round of the MAC Tournament. The Bobcats are coming off a road win at Bowling Green on Tuesday and could potentially earn a bye to the quarterfinals as the No. 4 seed with a win on Saturday.
RIVALRY PACKAGE: Miami has one remaining home game on its regular-season slate as the RedHawks host rival Ohio at noon on Saturday, March 8 in the 193rd meeting between the teams. It will be a “Battle of the Bricks” doubleheader day at Millett Hall with the Miami University women’s basketball team also hosting Ohio. Game time will be 30 minutes following the conclusion of the men’s game at approximately 2:30 p.m. Miami Athletics is offering a special “Rivalry Day” ticket price of $8 for the March 8 doubleheader, which gains admission to BOTH games! Miami University faculty and staff receive an additional bonus with ticket pricing at just $5 per ticket. This also is a pre-sale offer and is not available on game day. Purchase tickets today by calling the Miami Athletics Ticket Office at 513-529-4295 or clicking here.
ROARING 20s: Senior forward Will Felder notched his seventh 20-point performance as a RedHawk and fifth this season, tying his career high at Miami with 26 points at Kent State on March 4. Felder was 10-of-18 from the field against the Golden Flashes, tying his career high for field goals at Miami. He also scored 26 points against IPFW on Dec. 3. Felder’s other 20-point performances this season include 23 points vs. Kent State (Feb. 19) and 22 points in games against Central Michigan (Jan. 22) and at Massachusetts (Jan. 4).
CLOSING OUT THE REGULAR SEASON STRONG: As Miami nears the end of the regular season, it’s fitting that its three captains stepped up their games. Over the last three games, senior forward Will Felder averaged 18.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg and shot 55.3 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line, while junior guard Will Sullivan averaged 12.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg. One of the most notable statistical outputs has come from senior guard Quinten Rollins, who averaged 9.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.3 spg and 5.0 apg. Rollins also had a 2.5 assist/turnover ratio during that stretch. One of the most impressive numbers is his production from the free-throw line. Shooting 62.5 percent from the line prior to this stretch, Rollins sunk 81.8 percent (9-of-11) of his charity tosses in the last three.
ABOUT THE BOBCATS: Ohio enters Saturday’s game with a 20-10 record and a 10-7 Mid-American Conference mark after a 72-61 win at Bowling Green on Tuesday. The Bobcats are led in scoring by Nick Kellogg, who average 15.3 ppg. Maurice Ndour follows at 14.4 ppg and a team-best 7.0 rpg. Kellogg leads the conference in free-throw percentage (.895) and made 3-pointers per game (2.3). Ndour and John Smith have teamed up to account for more than 75 percent of the Bobcats’ blocked shots this season, swatting 51 and 49, respectively. Smith is shooting 64.4 percent from the field to lead all MAC players. As a team, the Bobcats lead the MAC in defensive rebounds (25.6) and are second in field goal percentage defense (.406). In MAC play, the Bobcats lead the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage (.360), knocking down 7.8 per game to rank second.
THE SERIES WITH OHIO: Saturday marks the 193rd meeting between Miami and Ohio with the Bobcats holding a 101-91 edge in the all-time series. The Bobcats have won the last five games in the series, including an 82-75 win in Athens a month ago. Ohio also took the last meeting in Oxford on Jan. 23, 2013, 74-62. Miami’s last win in the series also was its last win against the Bobcats in Millett Hall, a 76-66 win on March 4, 2011. When playing in Oxford, Miami is 60-33 against Ohio.
UP NEXT: The RedHawks will play a first-round game in the Mid-American Conference Tournament, which will be at the campus sites of the No. 5 - No. 8 seeds on Monday, March. 10. Miami awaits the results of this weekend’s games to see if they will host an opening round game or will be a road team. The four winners of Monday’s games will meet at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland for the second round of the MAC Tournament on Wednesday, March 12. Those winners will face the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds in the quarterfinals on Thursday with the quarterfinal winners advancing to play the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the semifinals on Friday, and the semifinal winners clashing in the championship game on Saturday, March 15.
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).
SHARP SHOOTERS: The RedHawks came out with hot hands in the first half at Kent State on March 4, sinking all seven of their 3-point attempts in the first 20 minutes. Junior guard Will Sullivan was 3-for-3, sophomore guard Willie Moore was 2-for-2, and freshman guard Jaryd Eustace was 1-for-1 in the first half against the Golden Flashes. Miami also shot a scorching 63.0 percent from the floor in the first half, going 17-of-27. In the second half, Miami missed all four of its 3-point attempts but finished the game shooting 52.0 percent from the field and 63.6 percent from 3-point range.
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 210 and ranks second at Miami behind Ron Harper’s 287. This season, Rollins has amassed 69 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 2.7 steals per game which also ranks first.
STEALING THE SHOW: As a team, Miami is averaging 8.7 steals per game to lead the MAC and rank 11th nationally. The RedHawks are averaging 9.2 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 (2.7). Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight ranks 12th in all games (1.5). Sophomore guard Willie Moore ranks 10th in MAC-only games (1.6), while junior guard Will Sullivan ties for 11th (1.6).
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY: As a team, Miami leads the MAC in free-throw percentage, knocking down 75.2 percent of its charity tosses to rank 19th nationally. MU’s current free throw percentage would tie for second all-time for a single-season team percentage at Miami. The RedHawks are shooting 77.8 percent from the line in conference games to also lead the MAC. Senior forward Will Felder ranks third among conference statistical leaders in league play (.849) and fourth on the season (.828).
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 103 career starts, which ranks seventh all-time.
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.
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 42 long-range shots through 28 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 (.447) and ranks second in MAC play (.443).
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 ... in fact, entering Saturday’s game Miami has equaled its combined number of MAC wins for the last two 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 12-0 when shooting better than the opponent.
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’ fourth win in five games.
• Even Miami’s MAC record at 9-9.
• Secure the No. 7 seed for the RedHawks and a first-round home game in the MAC Tournament.
• Be Miami’s first win against the Bobcats since March 4, 2011.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Be Miami’s sixth straight loss in the series with Ohio.
• Give Ohio its 34th win in Oxford.
• Make the Bobcats 7-2 in MAC road games.
• Snap a two-game home win streak for the RedHawks.