Miami hosts Western Michigan
Wednesday, January 30 - 7 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
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REDHAWKS HOST WESTERN MICHIGAN AT 7 P.M. WEDNESDAY: Concluding a three-game home stretch at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, Miami University's men's basketball team tries to end a three-game losing skid but faces a hot Western Michigan team. The RedHawks seek the program's 600th MAC win, while the Broncos look to extend a four-game win streak. The Crosby Unicycle Team will be the halftime entertainment for Wednesday's game.
STEALING THE SHOW: Junior guard Quinten Rollins tallied one steal against Ball State on Jan. 26 and moved into a tie with Landon Hackim for 10th place on Miami's career steals list with 123. Rollins is just one steal away from tying Michael Bramos for ninth on the list and 13 from Devin Davis' No. 8 total of 136. Rollins has 40 steals on the season, which is just 10 from cracking Miami's single-season top-10 steals list.
DOUBLE TIME: Junior forward Will Felder recorded his first double-double at Miami and the second by a RedHawk this season. Felder amassed 19 points off 7-of-11 shooting and also posted 10 rebounds, including four on the offensive glass, against Ohio on Jan. 23. Felder's 10 rebounds are the most by a Miami player this season. Earlier in the year, junior guard Quinten Rollins posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists against James Madison.
DOUBLING UP: In each of the last nine games, junior forward Will Felder has reached double figures in scoring. Felder has recorded double-digit scoring efforts in 13 games this season, which ties junior guard Allen Roberts for the most by a RedHawk this season.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS: Western Michigan enters Wednesday's game with a 12-7 overall record and a 4-2 mark in Mid-American Conference play. WMU is coming off a 76-59 win at Central Michigan on Saturday. The Broncos are currently riding a four-game winning streak after dropping their first two MAC contests. The Broncos are led by junior center Shayne Whittington, who averages 11.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. His 8.2 rpg rank second among MAC leaders, while his 6.0 defensive rpg leads the league in conference-only games. Nate Hutcheson and Darius Paul also average double figures in scoring for the Broncos, averaging 11.3 and 10.6 ppg, respectively. As a team, the Broncos rank 18th nationally in rebound margin (+7.8) and 48th in field goal percentage defense (.394).
SERIES WITH WESTERN MICHIGAN: Wednesday marks the 121st meeting in the all-time series with Western Michigan. The RedHawks own an 81-39 lead in the series and are 51-6 when facing the Broncos in Oxford. The RedHawks, however, have lost the last two meetings against Western Michigan, including a 73-68 overtime loss in Oxford on January 29, 2011. Last year's meeting in Kalamazoo ended with a final score of 73-64 in favor of Western Michigan. Miami's last win in the series also was its last win against the Broncos in Oxford with the RedHawks posting a 56-54 triumph on Feb. 4, 2010.
UP NEXT: 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., before returning home to host Akron in the first game of a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 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), WONE-AM 980 (Dayton, OH) MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Be the RedHawks' 600th MAC win.
- Snap a three game losing streak.
- Make the RedHawks' MAC record 3-4.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Extend Western Michigan's winning streak to five games.
- Make Miami 1-4 at home in MAC play.
- Be Miami's third straight loss to the Broncos.
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 (2.4) and ranks 2nd steals (2.2) and 5th in assists (4.3). In MAC-only games, Rollins ranks 4th in steals (2.2), 6th in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and 7th in assists (3.5).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 13th in scoring (12.6), 5th in free-throw percentage (.841) and 13th in 3-pointers (1.7). In MAC-only games, Roberts ranks 15th in scoring (12.2).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 3rd in field goal percentage (.539), 16th in scoring (11.6), 17th in rebounding (5.1), 14th in defensive rebounds (3.7) and 12th in blocked shots (0.9). In MAC-only games, Felder ranks 8th in scoring (15.3), 5th in field goal percentage (.565), ties for 9th in rebounding (6.2), 13th in blocked shots (0.8), 9th in offensive rebounds (2.3) and 13th in defensive rebounds (3.8).
Junior forward Jon Harris ranks 11th in 3-point field goal percentage (.371).
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight ranks 14th in steals (1.3) and ties for 13th (1.3) in MAC-only games.
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in the MAC in steals (9.2, 2nd), turnover margin (+2.4, 2nd), field goal percentage (.434, 3rd), assists (13.3, 4th), assist/turnover ratio (0.9, 4th) and 3-pointers (6.6, 4th). In MAC-only games, the RedHawks rank among the top four in steals (9.3, 1st), field goal percentage (.449, 2nd), rebounding defense (31.5, 2nd), turnover margin (+1.3, 4th), and free-throw percentage (.729, 4th).
Junior guard Quinten Rollins had a season high 12 points against Ball State on Jan. 26. It was his second double-figure scoring effort of the season.
Junior forward Jon Harris tied a career high with two blocked shots against the Cardinals on Jan. 26.
Miami had struggled with free throw shooting in December and in a few games in January. Against Ball State, the RedHawks were a perfect 10-for-10 from the line, which ties Toledo for the best free-throw percentage by a MAC team this season. The Rockets went 20-for-20 from the line against Chicago State on Dec. 31.
Miami's game against Akron on Feb. 9 will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
Entering the week, two RedHawks rank among national statistical leaders according to the NCAA. Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranked 35th nationally in steals (2.22) and 39th in assist/turnover ratio (2.44). Junior guard Allen Roberts ranked 70th nationally in free-throw percentage (.841). As a team, Miami ranked 23rd nationally in steals (9.2).
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight recorded a pair of career highs against Ohio on Jan. 23. McKnight notched 11 points and four steals. It was his first double-figure scoring effort.
With Miami's 60-63 win against Bowling Green on Jan. 16, Miami head coach John Cooper posted his 50th career win. Cooper was 43-51 in three seasons at Tennessee State before assuming the Miami post.
For the sixth time this season and the second time in as many games, a RedHawk posted a 20-point scoring effort. Junior forward Will Felder notched a Miami career high of 20 points off 10-of-14 shooting in a thrilling 63-60 win over Bowling Green on Jan. 16. It was his first 20-point scoring performance as a RedHawk. 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 had eclipsed 20 points. 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.
After not having won a game without scoring at least 70 points in its first five wins, the RedHawks' last two wins came while not reaching that benchmark. Miami posted a 58-57 win at Buffalo on Jan. 12 and seized a 63-60 win over Bowling Green on Jan. 16. Miami averages 73.6 ppg in wins and 59.5 ppg in losses.
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.