Miami at Dayton
Saturday, December 8 - 8 p.m.
UD Arena - Dayton, Ohio
Live Video Stream: (Subscription) on www.DaytonFlyers.com
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati) Miami All-Access on www.MURedHawks.com (Subscription)
REDHAWKS CONTINUE ROAD STRETCH AT DAYTON SATURDAY: Miami University's men's basketball team continues a four-game road stretch when it faces local rival Dayton at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The RedHawks have lost two straight and seek their first win in UD Arena since 1997, while the Flyers have won their last two, including an 81-76 triumph at Alabama on Wednesday.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: Through seven games, junior guard Quinten Rollins has committed just 10 turnovers and doled out 32 assists. Rollins boasts a 3.20 assist/turnover ratio, which leads the Mid-American Conference. He ranked 29th nationally in the category entering the week. Rollins has played three game where he has committed no turnovers. He has handed out seven or more assists in three games this season.
SEARCHING FOR 70: In Miami's three wins, the RedHawks have surpassed the 70-point plateau, but in their four losses MU has failed to hit the 70-point benchmark. Miami averages 76.0 ppg in wins and 55.5 ppg in losses.
ABOUT THE FLYERS: Coming off of an 81-76 win in Tuscaloosa against the Alabama Crimson Tide, Dayton stands at 6-2 on the season. After opening up with a win over Arkansas State on their own floor, the Flyers travelled to Charleston, S.C. for the Charleston Classic. They finished the tournament with a 2-1 record, defeating Boston College and Auburn and falling to a strong Colorado team, against which they held a halftime lead. Dayton features four players averaging double-figures in scoring, with senior guard Kevin Dillard leading the way with 15.3 ppg. He is coming off a career-high 25-point performance at Alabama on Wednesday. Vee Sanford and Josh Benson follow, averaging 11.9 and 11.6 ppg, respectively. Devin Oliver boasts season averages of 10.1 ppg and 7.9 rpg, the latter of which leads his team.
SERIES WITH DAYTON: Saturday's game marks the 130th matchup between Miami and Dayton in this historic rivalry. After dropping five straight meetings, Miami came away victorious last year with a 72-67 overtime win in the RedHawks' season opener. The last time the teams met at UD Arena, the Flyers posted a 70-58 win. Miami has not won in Dayton since Dec. 22, 1997, when it collected a 93-86 overtime victory thanks in part to 41 points from RedHawk legend Wally Szczerbiak. Dayton holds and advantage in the all-time series, 68-61. When playing in Dayton, the Flyers are 39-26.
UP NEXT: After 11 days off, which includes a week off for final examinations, Miami rounds out its four-game road stretch at local rival Wright State on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The RedHawks return home for the first time in a month when they hosts UIC at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 as MU 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. The RedHawks open Mid-American Conference play, hosting Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9.
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).
FELDER OVER 50: Four times this season, junior forward Will Felder has shot 50 percent or better from the floor and in three of those games he has scored in double figures. Felder collected a season-high 15 points off 5-of-9 shooting from the floor at IPFW on Dec. 1 and 4-for-4 shooting from the free-throw line. He also hauled in eight rebounds to lead all players against the Mastodons. Felder is shooting 51.1 percent from the field for the season to lead the RedHawks.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF TURNOVERS: Miami has forced 118 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 127 points off turnovers this season. Miami has a +3.7 turnover margin against its opponents this season and is averaging 18.1 ppg off 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.
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.
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).
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.
Miami has had three 20-point games by RedHawk players this season. 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).
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight has handed out three or more assists in three games this season.
Miami had its best field goal percentage in a half at Evansville (12/5), shooting 65.2 percent from the floor in the second half (15-of-23) and scoring 42 second-half points. It was not enough for the RedHawks to overcome Evansville's 63.2 percent shooting for the game, including 77.9 percent from 3-point range.
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.
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.
Senior center Vince Legarza and junior guard Quinten Rollins are team captains for the 2012-13 season.
Junior guard Quinten Rollins' double-double (10 pts/10 asts) against James Madison was the first 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 (3.20), ties for 3rd in steals (2.29), ranks 3rd in assists (4.57) and 16th in minutes played (30.00).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ties for 13th in scoring (12.7), ranks 4th in free-throw percentage (.867), ties for 14th in 3-pointers (1.43) and 25th in minutes played (27.86).
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ranks 22nd in scoring (11.0), 13th in 3-point field goal percentage (.385), 14th in steals (1.43) and ties for 14th in 3-pointers (1.43).
Junior forward Jon Harris ranks 16th in rebounding (5.1) and ties for 25th in minutes played (27.86).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 9th in field goal percentage (.511), 16th in rebounding (.5.3) and ties for 4th in defensive rebounds (4.71).
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in the MAC in steals (9.41, 2nd), turnover margin (+3.71, 2nd), assist/turnover ratio (1.03, 3rd), 3-point field goals (6.56, t-3rd) and assists (13.57, 4th).
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Be Miami's first win at UD Arena since 1997, snapping a six-game skid when playing on the Flyers' homecourt.
- Snap a two-game losing streak.
- Be the RedHawks' second road win, equaling the total number of road wins in 2011-12.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Be Dayton's sixth win in seven games in the series with Miami.
- Make Dayton 2-0 against the MAC this season.
- Make Miami 1-5 on the road this season.