Miami hosts Akron
Saturday, February 9 - 1 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
Television: ESPNU (Adam Amin, Brooke Weisbrod); ESPN3
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WONE 980 Dayton; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati; WCFN 100.3 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS HOST ZIPS SATURDAY AT 1 P.M.: After a two-game road stretch, Miami returns home to host the Akron Zips at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. After capturing a 71-60 road win at Central Michigan on Feb. 2, Miami is coming off a heart-breaking 65-64 buzzer-beater loss at Toledo on Wednesday. The Zips ride a 14-game win streak into Millett Hall and sit atop the MAC standings with a 9-0 record.
HALL OF FAME HALFTIME RECOGNITION: Today, Miami University Athletics will induct its 44th Hall of Fame Class. These six outstanding individuals will be honored at halftime today. The Miami Hall of Fame Class of 2012-13 is Dale Cohen '94 (women's tennis), Terry Hoeppner (coach), P.L. (Pete) Miller '71 (men's track & field), Ben Roethlisberger '12 (football), Karin Sherr '99 (synchronized skating) and Kyle Voska '98 (golf). Jane Hoeppner will represent the late Terry Hoeppner.
REDHAWKS REACH 600: Miami became the first program to reach 600 Mid-American Conference wins with a 70-61 win at Central Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 2. The RedHawks broke open a tight game, draining 9-of-10 free throws over the final 1:33 of the game. (More information on page 5.)
BOARD BANTER: Although Miami has struggled on the boards this season, the RedHawks have out-rebounded their last three opponents. Miami recorded a 37-29 advantage on the boards against Western Michigan, who entered the game ranked 18th nationally in rebounding margin. The following game at Central Michigan, the RedHawks edged the Chippewas on the boards, 36-34, and posted a 29-25 advantage at Toledo on Wednesday.
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 (2.3) and ranks 2nd in steals (2.1) and 4th in assists (4.3). In MAC-only games, Rollins ranks 5th in steals (2.0), 5th in assist/turnover ratio (1.5) and 6th in assists (3.7).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 11th in scoring (12.9), 6th in free-throw percentage (.828) and 12th in 3-pointers (1.8). In MAC-only games, Roberts ranks 16th in scoring (13.0) and ties for 14th in 3-pointers (1.4).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 5th in field goal percentage (.531), 16th in scoring (11.7), 12th in rebounding (5.6), 10th in defensive rebounds (4.0) and 12th in blocked shots (1.0). In MAC-only games, Felder ties for 6th in rebounding (7.0), ranks 9th in scoring (14.4), 8th in field goal percentage (.541), ties for 6th in offensive rebounds (2.4) and 7th in defensive rebounds (4.6), ranks 11th in blocked shots (0.9) and 10th in free-throw percentage (805).
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight ties for 12th in steals (1.3) and 14th (1.3) in MAC-only games.
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ranks 30th in scoring (9.1) and ties for 12th in steals (1.3) and 11th in steals (1.3) in MAC-only games.
Junior forward Jon Harris ranks 11th in 3-point field goal percentage (.370).
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in steals (9.0, 2nd) and turnover margin (+2.3, 2nd). In MAC-only games, the RedHawks lead the MAC in steals (8.9, 1st) and rank among the top four in turnover margin (+1.6, 3rd).
ABOUT THE ZIPS: Akron enters Saturday's game with an 18-4 record and a MAC-leading 9-0 mark in conference play. The Zips have won 14 straight and are off to the best start in MAC play since Miami started 11-0 to open the 1983-84 conference season. Zeke Marshall paces the team, averaging 12.6 ppg and 6.9 rpg. Marshall ranks fifth nationally in blocked shots, averaging 3.57 per game and has spurred Akron to an 11th-place team ranking in blocked shots (5.9 bpg). Demetrius Treadwell averages 10.8 ppg and a team-leading 7.5 rpg, while Alex Abreu tallies 10.1 ppg and 6.0 apg, which ranks 25th nationally. As a team, the Zips rank 24th nationally in scoring margin (+12.5), 25th in rebound margin (+6.5) and 30th in field goal percentage defense (.386).
SERIES WITH AKRON: Saturday will be the 49th meeting between Miami and Akron with the all-time series tied, 24-24. Akron has won eight of the last 10 meetings, including the last four. Last season, Akron notched a 74-59 win in Akron on Feb. 15 after edging the RedHawks 65-60 in Oxford on Jan. 7. Miami's last win in the series against Akron also was its last win against the Zips in Oxford, 84-76 on Jan. 19, 2011. When playing in Oxford, Miami is 17-10 against Akron.
UP NEXT: The RedHawks hit the road to face Kent State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. The game will be televised on SportsTime Ohio. Miami returns home to host Buffalo on Saturday, Feb. 16 in the second game of a women's and men's basketball doubleheader. The Feb. 16 game is a McFamily and Friends Day with a ticket package that includes four game tickets and four McDonald's Extra Value Meal vouchers for just $44. This ticket package is for pre-purchase only.
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) WCFN-FM (100.3 (Cincinnati, OH) MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Give Miami a 25-24 lead in the all-time series.
- Make Miami 6-5 in home games.
- Be the Zips' first MAC loss.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Extend Akron's win streak to 15 straight.
- Make Akron 10-0 in MAC play
- Be the RedHawks' second straight loss.
In each of the last 12 games, junior forward Will Felder has reached double figures in scoring. Felder has recorded double-digit scoring efforts in 16 games this season, which ties junior guard Allen Roberts for the most by a RedHawk this season.
Miami will face Southern Illinois in the 2013 Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster at 3:05 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Feb. 23. It is the sixth Missouri Valley Conference program Miami has faced in its 10 years participating in the event.
Junior forward Will Felder has stepped up his game and been impressive in MAC play. In league action, he ranks among the top nine in the conference in scoring (15.0 ppg), rebounding (7.0 rpg) and field goal percentage (.544) and ranks among MAC statistical leaders in seven categories in conference play.
Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranks ninth on Miami's career steals list with 128. Rollins is just eight steals away from Devin Davis' No. 8 total of 136. Rollins has 45 steals on the season, which is just five from cracking Miami's single-season top-10 steals list.
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight made his first career start against Western Michigan on Jan. 30. McKnight, who has played in every game this season, has started the last three.
With 17 points and 13 rebounds against Western Michigan on Jan. 30, junior forward Will Felder recorded his second double-double in a three-game stretch. Felder notched his first double-double at Miami and the second by a RedHawk this season with 19 points off 7-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds against Ohio on Jan. 23. Earlier in the year, junior guard Quinten Rollins posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists against James Madison.
The RedHawks amassed 17 offensive rebounds against Western Michigan on Jan. 30. It tied the most offensive rebounds Miami has recorded in a game this season, equaling the number the RedHawks hauled in off the offensive glass at NC State in the season opener on Nov. 9.
Entering the week, two RedHawks ranked among national statistical leaders according to the NCAA. Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranked 27th nationally in steals (2.25) and 48th in assist/turnover ratio (2.47). Junior guard Allen Roberts ranked 74th nationally in free-throw percentage (.833). As a team, Miami ranked 17th nationally in steals (9.3).
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.
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.