Miami hosts Grambling State
Tuesday, November 13 - 7 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
Live Video Stream: Miami All-Access on www.MURedHawks.com
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS HOST GRAMBLING STATE IN HOME OPENER: Miami University's men's basketball team returns to Millett Hall to host Grambling State in its 2012-13 home opener at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. Tuesday's game has been declared a Red Out and Miami fans are asked to wear their Miami red. It also is Meet the Team Night. The RedHawks are coming off a 97-59 loss at No. 6 NC State in their season opener. The Tigers are playing their third game in five days and have suffered losses at Cleveland State (92-49) and at Ball State (78-51) over the weekend.
HOME OPENERS: Tuesday's game against Grambling State is the home opener for the RedHawks. Miami has been strong in its home openers, posting an 86-21 record in its first home game of the season. Miami has won 20 of its last 21 home openers with its last home-opening loss coming at the hands of Wright State in 2006-07, 57-56. The RedHawks have won their last five opening games at Millett Hall including wins over Xavier (59-57), Northwestern State (94-66), Evansville (82-58), Towson (60-57) and Dayton (72-67 OT).
ABOUT THE TIGERS: Grambling State is off to an 0-2 start after losses at Cleveland State (92-49) and at Ball State (78-51) on Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Tigers are led by first-year head coach Joseph Price, who is familiar with the Mid-American Conference having spent time as an assistant coach at Ball State. Forward Terry Rose has been the Tigers' most-dominant scoring threat in their first two games, averaging 19.0 ppg. Rose is coming off a 22-point performance at Ball State where he sunk six 3-pointers and two other field goals in 36 minutes of action. He accounts for 70 percent of Grambling's 3-point shooting in its first two games. Peter Roberson follows at 6.5 ppg and a team-leading 6.0 rpg. Rose and Derron Hobbs have played a bulk of the minutes, averaging 35.0 and 32.5 minutes per game, respectively. Roberson also has seen significant time at 29.0 minutes per game, while David Copeland averages 24.0 minutes per game.
SERIES WITH GRAMBLING STATE: Tuesday marks the first meeting between Miami and Grambling State. The Tigers will be just the second Southwestern Athletic Conference program Miami has faced with the RedHawks posting an 0-1 record against SWAC programs. The Red and White also faced current SWAC member Texas Southern on Dec. 6, 1996 with Miami dropping a 67-63 decision at the Dr. Pepper Invitational in Waco Texas.
UP NEXT: Miami has five days off before a grueling week that starts at No. 2 Louisville on Sunday, Nov. 18, continues at William & Mary on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and concludes at home with James Madison at noon on Saturday, Nov. 24. The RedHawks will then spend their next four games on the road, beginning at IPFW on Saturday, Dec. 1.
MIAMI SPORTS NETWORK FROM IMG COLLEGE: In its sixth 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 color 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), MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).
LIVE VIDEO STREAM ON MIAMI ALL ACCESS: Tuesday's game will be streamed live on Miami All-Access on www.MURedHawks.com and can be viewed with a subscription. A 12-month subscription is $79.95, a four-month subscription is only $29.95, and a one-month subscription costs just $9.95. And for those who want to access any RedHawk events within a 24-hour time-span, the price is $10.95.
ROBERTS RETURNS: Junior guard Allen Roberts made his return against NC State after sitting out last season due to injury and paced the RedHawks with a team-high 16 points. He added two assists, two steals and three rebounds in 32 minutes of action. Roberts started at guard for the RedHawks against the Wolfpack.
FRESH FACES: Freshmen guards Geovonie McKnight and Reggie Johnson each made their first collegiate appearances on Friday at NC State and had some solid numbers in their RedHawk debuts. McKnight recorded five points and added three assists, two steals and one blocked shot to go along with three rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Johnson recorded seven points, two steals and two rebounds in 16 minutes. The RedHawk freshmen accounted for 57 percent of the team's steals against NC State. Also making his Miami debut was junior forward Will Felder, who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer regulations. Felder, who started at forward for the Red and White, notched eight points and four rebounds in 19 minutes of action.
BALANCING ACT: Nine RedHawks contributed to Miami's scoring effort at NC State on Friday. Junior guard Allen Roberts led the way with 16 points, while junior center Drew McGhee tallied nine points and junior forward Bill Edwards and freshman guard Reggie Johnson chipped in eight and seven points, respectively.
ON THE PLUS SIDE: Although the RedHawks committed 11 turnovers against NC State, they also dished out 12 assists to give Miami a positive assist/turnover ratio for the game at 1.1. Miami also snared seven steals, one more than the Wolfpack.
GETTING OFFENSIVE: As a team Miami was solid on the offensive glass, hauling in 17 offensive rebounds at NC State and compiling 13 second-chance points off those boards. Junior center Drew McGhee tallied three offensive rebounds, while junior guard Allen Roberts picked up all three of his rebounds on the offensive glass.
FAMILIAR FOES: Although Miami and Grambling are facing each other for the first time in series history, there is some familiarity amongst each staff. Miami associate head coach Rick Duckett served as the head coach at Grambling from 2008-09. Grambling assistant coach Ray Martin spent two years as an assistant coach on the Miami staff from 1996-98.
CLOSING IN ON 600: This season, Miami University's men's basketball program looks to become the first in Mid-American Conference history to reach 600 MAC wins. In 65 years in the MAC, Miami has amassed 597 conference wins, posted a .630 winning percentage and captured 21 MAC regular-season titles.
ODDS 'N ENDS: The RedHawks return 52.8 percent of their scoring and 48.5 percent of their rebounding from a season ago ... Miami was predicted to finish sixth in the MAC East Division in a poll of the MAC News Media.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Be Miami's sixth straight home-opening win.
- Even the RedHawks' record at 1-1.
- Make Miami 87-21 in home openers.
- Be head coach John Cooper's first win at the helm of the RedHawk program.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Be Miami's first home opening loss since 2006-07.
- Give Grambling its first win of the season.
- Give the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the all-time series.