OXFORD, Ohio-For the sixth time in its 10-year participation in the BracketBuster event, the Miami University men's basketball team will face a Missouri Valley Conference school as the RedHawks will travel to Southern Illinois for the 2013 Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster on Saturday, Feb. 23. Tip time is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET.
The Salukis--who are 8-14 on the season and 1-10 in the MVC--are led by junior guard Desmar Jackson, who averages 16.1 ppg and 5.9 rpg, and senior guard Jeff Early, who averages 12.0 ppg and a team-leading 7.7 rpg. As a team, SIU ranks 23rd nationally in turnover margin (3.5).
Miami (8-12; 3-5 Mid-American Conference) is led in scoring by junior guard Allen Roberts with 12.8 ppg, while junior forward Will Felder follows at 11.8 ppg and a team-leading 5.5 rpg. Felder is averaging 15.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg in MAC play, while Roberts follows at 12.8 ppg. Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranks 27th nationally in steals per game (2.25) and 48th in assist/turnover ratio (2.27). As a team, Miami ranks 17th nationally in steals per game (9.3) and 52nd in turnover margin (2.6).
February 23 will be just the second meeting between the programs. Miami captured a 77-72 win in Carbondale, Ill., on Dec. 28, 1956 in the only other meeting. There is one common opponent on the two team's 2012-13 schedules. Both have faced Evansville with each team falling to the Purple Aces in Evansville. Miami dropped a 94-68 decision on Dec. 5, while Southern Illinois fell 85-68 on Jan. 5. SIU is slated to play Evansville again on Feb. 13.
The RedHawks are 5-4 in the BracketBuster event, including a 1-3 mark when playing on the road. In BracketBuster games, Miami is 4-1 against MVC schools.
Feb. 21, 2004 (Oxford, OH) def. Missouri State, 75-66
Feb. 19, 2005 (Oxford, OH) def. Wichita State, 65-58
Feb. 18, 2006 (Oxford, OH) def. Illinois State, 51-49
Feb. 17, 2007 (Terre Haute, IN) def. Indiana State, 70-58
Feb. 23, 2008 (Valparaiso, IN) lost at Valparaiso, 94-99 (2OT)
Feb. 21, 2009 (Evansville, IN) lost at Evansville, 61-75
Feb. 20, 2010 (Oxford, OH) def. Southeast Missouri State, 69-53
Feb. 19, 2011 (Harrisonburg, VA) lost at James Madison, 69-70
Feb. 19, 2012 (Oxford, OH) lost to Tennessee State, 61-68