Miami at Southern Illinois
**Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster**
Saturday, February 23 - 3:05 p.m. (ET)
SIU Arena - Carbondale, Ill.
Live Video Stream: www.SIUSalukis.com (subscription)
Live Audio: Miami All-Access (subscription) on www.MURedHawks.com
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WONE 980 Dayton; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati; WCFN 100.3 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS TRAVEL TO SOUTHERN ILLINOIS FOR BRACKETBUSTER GAME: After a week off, Miami takes a brief break from Mid-American Conference action, traveling to Southern Illinois for a 3:05 p.m. (ET) game on Saturday, Feb. 23 in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster event. It is just the second meeting between these teams and the first in 56 years.
STEALING THE SHOW: Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranks ninth on Miami's career steals list with 133. Rollins is just three steals away from Devin Davis' No. 8 total of 136. Rollins compiled five steals against Buffalo on Feb. 16 to push his season total to 50, which ties Tyler Dierkers (2009) and Damon Frierson (1999) for ninth on Miami's single-season list. Rollins has notched five or more assists in three games this season.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY: Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight has been strong from the free-throw line in Miami's last few games. McKnight was a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe against Buffalo on Feb. 16 and was 8-for-9 at Kent on Feb. 13. He also was 2-for-2 at Toledo on Feb. 6 and did not attempt a free throw against Akron on Feb. 9. He is shooting 93.7 percent from the line over Miami's last four games. In conference-only games, McKnight ranks third among MAC leaders, hitting 83.9 percent of his free throws.
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.
ABOUT THE SALUKIS: Southern Illinois enters Saturday's game with an overall record of 11-16 and a 4-12 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference. Although the Salukis endured a 1-11 stretch, they have rebounded to win three of their last five, including a win over then-nationally-ranked Wichita State on Feb. 5, 64-62. Desmar Jackson leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.0 ppg. Jeff Early, a 6-foot-1 guard, averages 11.9 ppg and a team-leading 7.2 rpg, which ranks fifth among MVC statistical leaders. Similar to Miami, Southern Illinois ranks among the top of its conference and 28th nationally in turnover margin (+3.2) and averages 7.9 steals per game, which ranks second in the MVC.
SERIES WITH SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Saturday marks just the second meeting between these two schools, with the only other match up occurring on December 28, 1956. That game also took place in Carbondale, Ill., with Miami recording a 77-72 win.
UP NEXT: Miami heads to Bowling Green for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Feb. 27, before returning home for a 3 p.m. game against Kent State 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).
MIAMI IN THE BRACKETBUSTER: 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
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 steals (2.1) and ranks 5th in assist/turnover ratio (1.8) and 6th in assists (4.2). In MAC-only games, Rollins ranks 6th in assists (3.6), 9th in assist/turnover ratio (1.1) and 5th in steals (1.9).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 11th in scoring (12.8), 6th in free-throw percentage (.829) and 11th in 3-pointers (1.8). In MAC-only games, Roberts ranks 14th in scoring (12.8), ties for 12th in 3-pointers (1.5), ranks 13th in free-throw percentage (.773) and ties for 15th in steals (1.3).
Junior forward Will Felder ties for 5th in field goal percentage (.517) and ranks 17th in scoring (11.4), 11th in defensive rebounds (4.0), 13th in rebounding (5.4), 9th in blocked shots (1.1) and 13th in free-throw percentage (.757). In MAC-only games, Felder ranks 8th in field goal percentage (.513), 9th in rebounding (6.3), 9th in defensive rebounds (4.3), 9th in blocked shots (1.2), and ties for 11th in scoring (13.1), 9th in free-throw percentage (.800) and 13th in offensive rebounds (1.9).
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight ranks 13th in steals (1.3). In MAC-only games, McKnight ranks 3rd in free-throw percentage (.839) and ties for 15th in steals (1.3).
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ties for 15th in steals in MAC play (1.3).
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in steals (8.8, 2nd), turnover margin (+1.7, 2nd) and field goal percentage (.436, 4th). In MAC-only games, the RedHawks lead the MAC in steals (8.5, 1st) and rank among the top four in rebounding defense (30.3, 2nd) and field goal percentage (.445, 3rd).
Senior center Vince Legarza handed out five assists against Buffalo on Feb. 16, which tied a career high he set against the Bulls the previous season. Legarza tallied all five of his assists in the first half.
Junior center Drew McGhee notched his fourth double-figure scoring effort of the season and second in three games with 13 points against Buffalo on Feb. 16. McGhee led the RedHawks in scoring and finished 5-of-8 from the field and 3-for-3 from the line.
The RedHawks have stepped up their production on the boards recently, out-rebounding five of their last six opponents. In its first 18 games, Miami was out-rebounded by a 7.9 margin, but in the last six games, the RedHawks have posted a +3.2 advantage on the boards.
Miami will honor legendary head coach Charlie Coles at its March 2 game vs. Kent State.
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 (13.1 ppg), rebounding (6.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (.513) and ranks among MAC statistical leaders in seven categories in conference play.
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.
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 38th nationally in steals (2.08), while junior guard Allen Roberts ranked 86th nationally in free-throw percentage (.829). As a team, Miami ranked 23rd nationally in steals (8.8).
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.