Miami at IPFW
Saturday, December 1 - 7 p.m.
Memorial Coliseum - Fort Wayne, Ind.
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REDHAWKS HIT ROAD FOR IPFW ON SATURDAY: After being idle for the week, Miami University's men's basketball team begins a four-game road stretch over the next 19 days when it heads to IPFW for a 7 p.m. game Saturday, Dec. 1. The RedHawks seek their third-straight win after a pair of triumphs over William & Mary and James Madison last week. IPFW is coming off a five-point loss at Navy on Wednesday but is 2-0 at home this season.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: Through five games, junior guard Quinten Rollins has committed a meager four turnovers and doled out 21 assists. Rollins boasts an impressive 5.25 assist/turnover ratio, which leads the Mid-American Conference and ranks 11th nationally. His four turnovers tie for the 49th fewest among all Division I players who average 20 minutes or more per game. Rollins has played three game where he has committed no turnovers.
DOUBLE TIME: With a 10-assist, 10-point effort against James Madison on Nov. 24, junior guard Quinten Rollins recorded his first career double-double, which also was the first double-double by a RedHawk this season. His 10 assists were a career high and also were the most by a Miami player since Tyler Dierkers handed out 10 against Mississippi State on Nov. 25, 2007. Between scoring and assists, Rollins accounted for 35 of the RedHawks' 76 points against the Dukes.
ABOUT THE MASTODONS: After dropping a close game, 54-49, in Annapolis against Navy on Wednesday, IPFW finds itself at an even 4-4 on the season. The Mastodons dropped their season-opening game against Auburn 61-50, then travelled to Mid-American Conference territory for Eastern Michigan's "Ice Man" Classic. The squad split its four games, going 2-2 in the tournament, including a triple overtime thriller against Texas-Pan American. In that game, the Mastodons set a program record with 57 free-throw attempts. Senior guard Frank Gaines is among the best scorers in the country, averaging 20.7 points per game and accounting for nearly 27 percent of the Mastodons' scoring. With 1,354 career points, Gaines is currently fifth all-time on IPFW's career scoring list. Mario Hines follows at 10.0 ppg and a team-leading 6.5 rpg.
SERIES WITH IPFW: Saturday marks just the second meeting between the RedHawks and the Mastodons. The first time these two teams played was in December 2003 in West Lafayatte, Ind. Miami came away with a 63-52 victory.
UP NEXT: Miami continues a four-game road stretch when it travels to Evansville for a Wednesday, Dec. 5 game before heading to local foes Dayton on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Wright State on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Miami returns home for the first time in a month when it hosts UIC at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 as it embarks on a four-game home stand. The RedHawks round out 2012, hosting Wilmington at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 before entertaining Massachusetts after the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.
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).
20/20 VISION: Twice this season, freshman guard Reggie Johnson has tallied 20 or more points. His first 20-point effort-also the first by a RedHawk this season-was against Grambling State on Nov. 13 with 20 points. Johnson poured in 21 points, the most by a Miami player this season, against James Madison on Nov. 24. Johnson's two 20-point games, tie for the fourth most by a Division I true freshman this season.
WHEN THEY WIN ...: In the RedHawks' three wins, Miami has outscored its opponents by a 19.0 ppg margin, surpassed the 70-point mark in each game and compiled a +9.3 turnover margin. As a team, Miami has amassed 52 assists, committed 37 turnovers and recorded 36 steals in its wins. Contrastingly, the RedHawks' opponents have recorded 27 assists, committed 65 turnovers and collected 18 steals.
WHEN THEY WIN ... PART II: Five RedHawks average double figures in scoring in Miami's three wins with freshman guard Reggie Johnson leading the way at 15.3 ppg. Junior guard Allen Roberts follows at 13.7 ppg, while junior forwards Jon Harris averages 12.0 ppg, Bill Edwards averaged 10.3 ppg and Will Felder averages 10.0 ppg in MU triumphs. Felder is shooting 66.7 percent from the floor in RedHawk wins, while freshman guard Geovonie McKnight shoots 58.3 percent from the field and Johnson hits 53.3 percent from the floor and 57.1 percent from 3-point range. Felder and Harris lead the team in rebounding, averaging 6.7 rpg apiece in wins.
IMPROVED SHOOTING: Miami has struggled early on with its shooting but had a solid day from the field against James Madison on Nov. 24. The Red and White shot 48 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from long range in the opening half against the Dukes. In the final stanza, Miami shot 50 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from 3-point range. For the game Miami had its best shooting effort all the way around, hitting 49 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and also knocking down 77.3 percent of its free throws. The RedHawks also drained a season-high-tying nine treys.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF TURNOVERS: Miami has forced 90 turnovers this season, including a whopping 32 turnovers by Grambling State on Nov. 13. The RedHawks converted the Grambling turnovers into 47 points and have compiled 98 points off turnovers this season. Miami has a +4.6 turnover margin against its opponents this season and is averaging 19.6 ppg off turnovers.
TAKING AWAY A RECORD: In just the second game under new head coach John Cooper, the RedHawks set a program record for steals in a game. Miami recorded 22 take-aways against Grambling State on Nov. 13, eclipsing the previous record of 18 which was achieved twice (vs. DePauw on Dec. 4, 1991 and vs. Centre on Dec. 2, 1985). The RedHawks also snagged seven steals at No. 6 NC State in the season opener, one more than the Wolfpack, and seven at No. 2 Louisville. As a team, Miami ties for 23rd nationally in steals per game (10.00) entering the weekend.
ROLLINS TIES RECORD: A big part of Miami's record-setting night for steals against Grambling State were the efforts of junior guard Quinten Rollins, who tied a single-game record for steals with seven. Rollins' previous career high for steals was six against Bowling Green during his freshman season, but against the Tigers he equaled the Miami record set by Chuck Goodyear against Toledo on Jan. 11, 1976, by Ron Harper against Marietta on Dec. 1, 1984 and by Damon Frierson against Ball State on Feb. 27, 1999.
In just five games, Miami has had three 20-point games by RedHawk players. Freshman guard Reggie Johnson scored 21 against James Madison (Nov. 24) and 20 against Grambling State (Nov. 13), while junior guard Allen Roberts tallied 20 points against William & Mary (Nov. 21).
Junior forward Bill Edwards is out for the season after sustaining a torn ligament in his left knee just minutes into Miami's game against James Madison on Nov. 24. He is slated to have surgery on Monday, Dec. 3.
Miami's bench has chipped in points in all of the RedHawks' games. Against NC State, Miami's bench compiled 25 points, while notching 37 against Grambling State. The RedHawk bench tossed in 18 points at Louisville-accounting for 46.2 percent of Miami's scoring-15 points at William & Mary and 18 points against James Madison.
In all five of its games, Miami has cleared the bench with all of its available players seeing action. All 13 RedHawks saw action at No. 6 NC State and against Grambling State. The 12 available players saw time at No. 2 Louisville, while the 11 available RedHawks earned time at William & Mary and against James Madison.
The RedHawks' win at William & Mary was their first road win against a Division I non-conference opponent since defeating Northwestern State 69-68 on Dec. 30, 2008.
Junior guard Quinten Rollins' double-double (10 pts/10 asts) against James Madison is the only point/assist double-double by a MAC player this season. His seven steals against Grambling State are the most by a MAC player in 2012-13.
Rollins leads the MAC in assist/turnover ratio (5.3), ties for 3rd in steals (2.4) and ties for 4th in assists (4.2).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 14th in scoring (12.6) and 6th in free-throw percentage (.848).
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ties for 19th in scoring (11.6), 5th in 3-point field goal percentage (.500), 7th in 3-pointers (2.0) and 12th in steals (1.6)
Junior forward Jon Harris ranks 10th in rebounding (5.8), 9th in offensive rebounds (2.2) and ties for 15th in defensive rebounds (3.6).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 5th in field goal percentage (.533), ties for 16th in rebounding (.5.2) and ranks 7th in defensive rebounds (4.4).
Junior forward Bill Edwards finished his season ranked 30th in scoring (9.2), 3rd in 3-point field goal percentage (.529) and tied for 11th in 3-pointers (1.8).
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in the MAC in steals (10.0, 2nd), turnover margin (+4.6, 2nd), assists (14.0, 3rd), defensive rebound percentage (.719, 3rd), 3-pointers made (6.8, t-3rd), assist/turnover ratio (1.0, 4th).
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Give Miami its fourth win in six games, amassing as many wins as it took to achieve in 11 games last season.
- Give the RedHawks three-straight wins for the first time since winning five straight in 2010-11.
- Be the RedHawks' second road win, equaling the total number of road wins in 2011-12.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Even the series with IPFW at 1-1.
- Make the Mastodons 3-0 at home this season.
- Snap the RedHawks' two-game win streak.