Miami hosts Buffalo
Saturday, February 16 - 3:30 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
Television: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (1311HD/311) (Tim Bray, Joe Barry)
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WONE 980 Dayton; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati; WCFN 100.3 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS HOST BUFFALO AT 3:30 P.M. SATURDAY: Miami begins its second round against the MAC East Division when the RedHawks host Buffalo for a 3:30 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 16. It is the second game of a women's and men's basketball doubleheader with the women scheduled to tip off against Central Michigan a 1 p.m. The RedHawks try to halt a three-game losing skid on Saturday and face a Buffalo team that has won its last two.
Saturday's doubleheader is a McFamily and Friends Day with an exciting ticket package that includes four game tickets--which gain entrance to BOTH the men's and women's games--and four McDonald's Extra Value Meal vouchers for just $44. These ticket packages are not available on game day and must be pre-purchased by visiting or calling the Miami Athletics Ticket Office at 513-529-4295, emailing MiamiGameDay@MiamiOH.edu or clicking HERE.
Because Saturday is a doubleheader, only men's ticket pricing is available for single-game tickets and will gain patrons entrance to both games. Prices are $20 for reserved tickets and $18 for general admission. No women's standard single-game ticket prices are available.
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: The RedHawks have stepped up their production on the boards recently, out-rebounding their last five opponents. Miami recorded a 37-29 advantage on the boards against Western Michigan, who entered the game ranked 18th nationally in rebounding margin. On Feb. 2 at Central Michigan, the RedHawks edged the Chippewas on the boards, 36-34, and posted a 29-25 advantage at Toledo on Feb. 6. Against Akron on Feb. 9, Miami out-rebounded the Zips, 32-30, and then posted a 35-26 rebounding advantage at Kent State on Feb. 13. The nine-rebound advantage against Kent State was Miami's largest of the season.
TWO MORE GAMES TO BE TELEVISED: The RedHawks' game at Akron on Tuesday, March 5 has been selected for television and will be aired on SportsTime Ohio. Game time will remain 7 p.m. Miami's game at Ohio in the regular-season finale also has been selected to be televised on SportTime Ohio and will be played at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.
ABOUT THE BULLS: Buffalo enters Saturday's game with a 10-15 overall record and a 5-6 MAC mark. The Bulls have won their last two, including a 75-60 triumph over Toledo on Wednesday. Javon McCrea averages 17.0 ppg and 7.8 rpg to lead the Bulls. In MAC play, McCrea is nearly averaging a double-double at 18.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg. Will Regan follows at 10.2 ppg on the season. McCrea entered the week ranked 31st nationally in blocked shots, averaging 2.38 per game, and ranked 38th in field goal percentage (.544).
SERIES WITH BUFFALO: Saturday marks the 31st meeting between Buffalo and Miami with the RedHawks owning a 21-9 lead in the all-time series. When playing in Oxford, the RedHawks are 12-2 against the Bulls. The last time the teams met in Oxford was last season on Jan. 14 with the RedHawks pulling out a 52-51 win. Miami inched out a 58-57 win earlier this season in Buffalo. The Bulls' last win in the series was on Feb. 25 last year, in Buffalo, 56-51. Buffalo's last win in Oxford was on Jan. 24, 2009, 76-64.
UP NEXT: Miami hits the road for four of its last five, beginning with a 3 p.m. (ET) game at Southern Illinois as part of the Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster event on Saturday, Feb. 23. Miami then heads to Bowling Green for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Feb. 27, before returning home for a 3 p.m. game on Saturday, March 2. The RedHawks then hit the road for a 7 p.m. tilt at Akron on Tuesday, March 5 and a 4 p.m. contest at Ohio on Saturday, March 9. The Akron and Ohio games will both be broadcast on SportsTime Ohio.
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 ...
- Be the RedHawks' second straight win in the series with the Bulls.
- Make Miami 13-2 when facing Buffalo in Oxford.
- Snap a three-game losing skid.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Be Buffalo's third straight win.
- Give the Bulls their first win in Oxford since Jan. 24, 2009.
- Be Buffalo's second MAC road win.
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 ranks 4th in assist/turnover ratio (1.9), 4th in steals (2.0) and 6th in assists (4.1). In MAC-only games, Rollins ranks 6th in assists (3.5), 7th in assist/turnover ratio (1.1) and ties for 7th in steals (1.6).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 11th in scoring (12.9), 6th in free-throw percentage (.832) and 12th in 3-pointers (1.8). In MAC-only games, Roberts ties for 12th in scoring (13.1), 13th in 3-pointers (1.5) and ranks 14th in free-throw percentage (.775).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 6th in field goal percentage (.518), 17th in scoring (11.4), 10th in defensive rebounds (4.0), and 13th in rebounding (5.5) and ties for 11th in blocked shots (1.0) and 14th in free-throw percentage (.750). In MAC-only games, Felder ranks 8th in rebounding (6.6), 11th in scoring (13.4), 7th in field goal percentage (.514), 8th in defensive rebounds (4.5), 10th in blocked shots (1.0), 10th in free-throw percentage (.791) and 11th in offensive rebounds (2.1).
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight ranks 12th in steals (1.3).
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ranks 15th in steals (1.3).
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in steals (8.8, 2nd), turnover margin (+1.7, 3rd) and field goal percentage (.433). In MAC-only games, the RedHawks lead the MAC in steals (8.5, 1st) and tie for first in rebounding defense (30.3, 1st) while ranking 4th in field goal percentage (.440, 4th).
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight posted a career-high 12 points at Kent State on Wednesday, knocking down 8-of-9 free throws against the Golden Flashes. Junior center Drew McGhee posted a season-high seven rebounds at KSU to lead the RedHawks on the boards.
Junior center Drew McGhee notched his third double-figure scoring effort of the season with 10 points and added six rebounds against Akron. He was 5-of-8 from the field. Freshman guard Reggie Johnson tallied his ninth double-figure scoring night of the season and second straight with 10 points off 4-of-5 shooting against the Zips.
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 11 in the conference in scoring (13.4 ppg), rebounding (6.6 rpg) and field goal percentage (.514) 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 five.
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.
Entering the week, two RedHawks ranked among national statistical leaders according to the NCAA. Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranked 58th nationally in steals (2.05), while junior guard Allen Roberts ranked 75th nationally in free-throw percentage (.835). As a team, Miami ranked 20th nationally in steals (9.0).
With Miami's 63-60 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.