Miami at Buffalo
Saturday, January 12 - 7 p.m.
Alumni Arena - Buffalo, N.Y.
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REDHAWKS TRAVEL TO BUFFALO FOR 7 P.M. GAME SATURDAY: After a four-game home stretch, Miami hits the road to battle Mid-American Conference East Division foe Buffalo at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Both teams are coming off MAC-opening losses Wednesday with the RedHawks dropping a 72-61 decision to Northern Illinois and the Bulls falling at Ohio, 86-68. Miami seeks its first road win since Nov. 21 and the Bulls look to improve to 4-2 at home, while each team tries to even its MAC record to 1-1.
NATIONAL NUMBERS: Entering the week, two RedHawks ranked among national statistical leaders according to the NCAA. Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranked 14th nationally in assist/turnover ratio (3.35) and 40th in steals (2.25). Junior guard Allen Roberts ranked 43rd nationally in free-throw percentage (.869). As a team, Miami ranked 37th nationally in steals (9.2), 51st in turnover margin (2.9) and 56th in 3-point field goals (7..6).
GRAND THEFT: Three RedHawks rank among MAC statistical leaders in steals, while the team ranks second in the conference in the category. Junior guard Quinten Rollins leads the MAC in steals (2.3) and with 113 career steals needs just 10 more to crack Miami's all-time list. He also needs just 20 more to move onto the single-season chart. Sophomore guard Will Sullivan and freshman guard Geovonie McKnight are tied for 15th in the category (1.2), while Miami averages 9.0 per game as a team to rank second.
ABOUT THE BULLS: Buffalo enters Saturday's game with a 5-10 overall record and an 0-1 Mid-American Conference mark. The Bulls have lost two straight, including an 86-68 loss at Ohio on Wednesday. UB defeated the one common opponent on the teams' slates, topping Evansville 56-50 in mid-November. Buffalo is 3-2 at home on the season. Javon McCrea paces the Bulls with 15.6 ppg and 6.5 rpg. McCrea also has 36 blocked shots this season to rank fourth among MAC statistical leaders. Will Regan follows at 11.0 ppg and 5.3 rpg. Regan leads the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage, knocking down 57.6 percent of his treys.
SERIES WITH BUFFALO: Miami holds a 20-9 lead in the all-time series with Buffalo. When playing on the Bulls' homecourt, the series is tied 7-7. Last season, the teams each won on their respective home courts with Buffalo winning the last meeting between the teams on Feb. 25 in Buffalo, 56-51. Miami's last win in the series was on Jan. 14 last year in Oxford, 52-51. The Bulls have won four straight against Miami in Alumni Arena with the RedHawks' last win in Buffalo on Feb. 16, 2008, 64-57.
UP NEXT: Miami returns home to Millett Hall to host Bowling Green at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Fan-favorite the Kings Firecrackers will be the halftime entertainment on Jan. 16. The RedHawks then head to Eastern Michigan for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 19 before returning home for three straight games beginning with a 7 p.m. game against Ohio on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The RedHawks then host Ball State at 3 p.m. on Jan. 26 and Western Michigan on Jan. 30 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), WONE-AM 980 (Dayton, OH) MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).
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 steals (2.3) and assist/turnover ratio (3.1) and ranks 4th in assists (4.8).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 12th in scoring (12.6) and ranks 4th in free-throw percentage (.873) and ties for 9th in 3-pointers (1.9).
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ties for 23rd in scoring (10.3).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 6th in field goal percentage (.525), 26th in scoring (10.1) and 11th in blocked shots (1.0).
Junior forward Jon Harris ranks 8th in 3-point field goal percentage (.412).
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage (.358, 2nd), steals (9.0, 2nd), turnover margin (+2.54, 2nd), assists (14.0, 4th) and 3-point field goals (7.5, 4th).
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Snap a two-game losing skid for the RedHawks.
- Be Miami's first win at Buffalo since 2008.
- Be the RedHawks' second road win of the season.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Give Buffalo an 8-7 advantage in the series with Miami when playing in Buffalo.
- Drop Miami to 0-2 in MAC play.
- Snap a two-game losing skid for the Bulls.
In consecutive games, sophomore guard Will Sullivan has set career highs for rebounding and has been the RedHawks' leading rebounder. Sullivan tallied seven boards against Massachusetts (Jan. 2) and followed that with eight against Northern Illinois (Jan. 9).
The RedHawks have experienced some "Will" power over the last four games. Junior forward Will Felder has scored in double figures in each of those games, averaging 12.8 ppg while shooting 57.6 percent from the field. Sophomore guard Will Sullivan broke into the starting lineup as the fourth guard in a four-guard lineup and is averaging 10.5 ppg while shooting 62.5 percent from the field and 63.6 percent from long range. They also have been the team's top two rebounders with Sullivan averaging 5.0 and Felder averaging 4.0 over the last four games.
For the fourth time this season a RedHawk posted a 20-point scoring effort. Junior guard Allen Roberts amassed 21 points, sinking a career-high five 3-pointers against Massachusetts on Jan. 2. Roberts also recorded 20 points at William & Mary on Nov. 21. Freshman guard Reggie Johnson also has had two 20-point scoring efforts this season, including a 21-point effort against James Madison on Nov. 24.
In Miami's five wins, the RedHawks have surpassed the 70-point plateau, but in their six losses MU has failed to hit the 70-point benchmark. Miami averages 78.8 ppg in wins and 59.0 ppg in losses.
In the RedHawks' five wins, Miami has outscored its opponents by a 17.2 ppg margin, surpassed the 70-point mark in each game and compiled an +7.2 turnover margin. As a team, Miami has amassed 90 assists, committed 63 turnovers and recorded 62 steals in its wins.
The RedHawks' 12 3-pointers against Wilmington College were a season-high for the Red and White, topping the 10 they hit in their previous game against UIC. Junior guard Allen Roberts knocked down four treys against the Quakers, while freshman guard Reggie Johnson hit three.
Miami had its best shooting effort of the season against UIC on Dec. 22, shooting .566 from the field (30-of-53). It marked the first time in 2012-13 that the RedHawks had hit at least 50 percent of their shots. Miami also connected on 52.6 percent of its 3-point shots.
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.
The RedHawks set a program record for steals in a game with 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).
Junior guard Quinten Rollins tied a single-game record for steals with seven against Grambling State. 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.