Miami hosts Bowling Green
Wednesday, January 16 - 7 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
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REDHAWKS HOST FALCONS WEDNESDAY AT 7 P.M.: Coming off a thrilling 58-57 win at Buffalo on Saturday, Miami University's men's basketball team returns home to host Bowling Green at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Fan-favorite the Kings Firecrackers will be the halftime entertainment. Bowling Green also is coming off a close win on Saturday, clipping Eastern Michigan 46-44. Each team looks to improve to 2-1 in Mid-American Conference play on the season, while Miami seeks its first home win since Dec. 30 and the Falcons try for their first road win of the season.
NATIONAL NUMBERS: Entering the week, two RedHawks rank among national statistical leaders according to the NCAA. Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranked 20th nationally in assist/turnover ratio (2.91) and 37th in steals (2.21). Junior guard Allen Roberts ranked 44th nationally in free-throw percentage (.868). As a team, Miami ranked 45th nationally in steals (8.9).
ROARING 20s: For the fifth time this season, a RedHawk posted a 20-point scoring effort. Junior guard Allen Roberts amassed 22 points at Buffalo on Jan. 12, one off his career high and the fifth 20-point performance of his career. It was the second time in three games Roberts has eclipsed 20 points, pouring in 21 points while 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.
ABOUT THE FALCONS: Bowling Green enters Wednesday's game with a 6-9 mark and a 1-1 MAC record. The Falcons had dropped five straight until clipping Eastern Michigan 46-44 in Bowling Green on Saturday. Jordan Crawford and A'uston Calhoun pace the team. Crawford averages a team-leading 16.1 ppg and 3.9 apg, while Calhoun averages 15.7 ppg and a team-most 7.6 rpg. The duo also are the top minute men in the MAC with Calhoun averaging a league-most 35.8 mpg and Crawford averaging 34.8 mpg to rank second. Richaun Holmes has 43 blocked shots on the year and ranks second among MAC statistical leaders and 13th nationally.
SERIES WITH BOWLING GREEN: Miami owns a 76-51 lead in the all-time series with Bowling Green and is 44-15 when facing the Falcons in Oxford. Bowling Green, however, has won four of the last five meetings with the RedHawks, including both meetings last year. The Falcons' last win in the series was on Feb. 19 in Bowling Green, 56-51, and they also picked up a 65-57 win in Millett Hall on Jan. 18, 65-57. Miami's last win in the series was also its last home win against the Falcons with an 84-77 triumph on Feb. 26, 2011.
UP NEXT: Miami heads 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 hits the road for a 7 p.m. game at Central Michigan on Feb. 2 and a 7 p.m. game at Toledo on Feb. 6.
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A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Be the RedHawks' second-straight win.
- Snap a two-game losing skid in the series with the Falcons.
- Make Miami 45-15 when facing Bowling Green in Oxford.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Be the Falcons' second straight win.
- Be Bowling Green's first road win of the season.
- Be the third straight home loss for the RedHawks.
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 assist/turnover ratio (3.9), ties for 1st in steals (2.2) and ranks 5th in assists (4.6). In MAC-only games, Rollins ranks 5th in steals (2.0), ties for 8th in assists (3.5) and ranks 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.4).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ties for 10th in scoring (13.3) and ranks 5th in free-throw percentage (.868), 9th in 3-pointers (1.9) and 15th in 3-point field goal percentage (.370). In MAC-only games, Roberts ranks 6th in scoring (16.5), 11th in field goal percentage (.545) and ties for 10th in free-throw percentage (.857) and 11th in 3-pointers (1.5).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 6th in field goal percentage (.523), 24th in scoring (10.2) and 11th in blocked shots (1.0). In MAC-only games, Felder ties for 12th in scoring (13.5), 7th in blocked shots (1.0), 7th in 3-point field goal percentage (.500), 7th in 3-pointers (2.0), ranks 12th in field goal percentage (.529) and ties for 14th in free-throw percentage (.833).
Sophomore guard Will Sullivan ranks 15th in steals (1.3). In MAC-only games, Sullivan ties for 11th in defensive rebounds (4.5), ties for 12th in steals (1.5), ties for 15th in rebounding (5.5) and ties for 15th in assists (2.5)
Junior forward Jon Harris ranks 7th in 3-point field goal percentage (.423) and ties for 14th in 3-pointers (1.6).
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ranks 27th in scoring (9.6).
Junior center Drew McGhee ties for 14th in free-throw percentage (.833) in MAC-only games.
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage (.358, 2nd), steals (8.9, 2nd), turnover margin (+2.0, 3rd), assists (13.8, 4th), assist/turnover ratio (1.0, 4th) and 3-point field goals (7.3, 4th). In MAC-only games, the RedHawks lead the MAC in field goal percentage (.477) and rank 2nd in rebounding defense (30.5).
With a 58-57 win at Buffalo on Jan. 12, the RedHawks earned their first win while scoring less than 70 points. Miami averages 75.3 ppg in wins and 59.0 ppg in losses.
The RedHawks' win at Buffalo marked Miami's first win on the Bulls' homecourt since 2008. Last season, the RedHawks collected just one road win in MAC play and just two on the season. Through 14 games, the 2012-13 RedHawks have equaled that mark. Miami has posted two road wins against Division I opponents for the first time since recording four in 2010-11, all against MAC opponents.
In the RedHawks' six wins, Miami has outscored its opponents by a 14.5 ppg margin and compiled an +5.2 turnover margin. As a team, Miami has amassed 101 assists, committed 83 turnovers and recorded 69 steals in its wins.
Through two Mid-American Conference games, the RedHawks lead the MAC in field goal percentage (.477). The RedHawks rank third among MAC leaders on the season (.433). In MAC play, six RedHawks are shooting 50.0 percent or better from the field, led by junior center Drew McGhee (.600).
In consecutive games to start the month of January, sophomore guard Will Sullivan set career highs for rebounding and was 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 five games. Junior forward Will Felder has scored in double figures in each of those games, averaging 12.6 ppg while shooting 56.1 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 8.8 ppg while shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from long range during the last five games.
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 and is the only time Miami has shot over 50 percent from the game this season. 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.