Miami at Ohio
Saturday, March 9 - 4 p.m.
Convocation Center - Athens, Ohio
Television: SportsTime Ohio (Micheal Reghi, David Cecutti); ESPN3
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WONE 980 Dayton; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati; WCFN 100.3 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS ROUND OUT REGULAR SEASON AT OHIO SATURDAY AT 4 P.M.: Miami concludes the 2012-13 regular season at long-time rival Ohio at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. The Bobcats have won their last two and seven of their last nine, while the RedHawks are trying to end an eight-game losing skid. The game will be televised on SportsTime Ohio.
20/20 VISION: Junior forward Jon Harris poured in a career-high 21 points at Akron on March 5, the first 20-point scoring effort of his career. Harris was 8-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range against the Zips. It was the seventh time this season a RedHawk had hit the 20-point mark.
STEALING THE SHOW: With his two steals against Kent State, junior guard Quinten Rollins pushed his career total to 137, placing him eighth on Miami's career list. He is 11 away from the No. 7 total of 148 by Eddie Schilling. Rollins has 54 steals this season, which places him in fifth on the single-season list. He is five away from Jamie Mahaffey's 1994 total of 59, which ranks fourth. Ron Harper owns the top three spots on the single-season list.
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 BOBCATS: Ohio enters Saturday's game with a 22-8 overall record and a 13-2 Mid-American Conference mark. The Bobcats have won their last two, including a 72-69 decision at Buffalo on Wednesday. D.J. Cooper leads Ohio in scoring, averaging 14.1 ppg. Reggie Keely follows at 12.0 ppg, while Walter Offutt chips in 11.1 ppg. As a team, the Bobcats entered the week leading the nation in assists per game (18.5), while also ranking among the top 10 in turnover margin (7th) and assist/turnover ratio (9th). Cooper ranked sixth nationally in assists (7.4) while also ranking 38th in steals (2.07).
SERIES WITH OHIO: Saturday marks the 191st meeting between Miami and Ohio with the Bobcats holding a 99-91 edge in the all-time series. Ohio has won the last three meetings, including a 74-62 win in Oxford earlier this season and a 69-65 decision in Athens last year. Miami's last win in the series was on March 4, 2011 in Oxford, 75-66, while its last win at Ohio came in triple overtime earlier that year, 92-88. The Bobcats are 60-27 when facing the RedHawks in Athens.
UP NEXT: The RedHawks will stay on the road for the first round of the FirstEnergy Mid-American Conference Tournament. Opponent and site are to be determined.
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 analysis. 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' 28th win when playing in Athens.
- Hand Ohio its third MAC loss.
- Snap an eight-game losing skid.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Be Ohio's fourth straight win in the series.
- Give the Bobcats a 100-91 lead in the all-time series.
- Extend the RedHawks' losing streak to nine games.
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 steals (1.9), 6th in assist/turnover ratio (1.7) and 6th in assists (3.9). In MAC-only games, Rollins ranks 5th in steals (1.7), 6th in assists (3.3) and 8th in assist/turnover ratio (1.1).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 5th in field goal percentage (.519), 13th in rebounding (5.3), 16th in scoring (11.3), 9th in free-throw percentage (.788), 10th in blocked shots (1.0) and 11th in defensive rebounds (3.9). In MAC-only games, Felder ranks 3rd in free-throw percentage (.827), 6th in field goal percentage (.522), 13th in scoring (12.8), 12th in rebounding (5.9), 12th in defensive rebounds (4.1) and ties for 9th in blocked shots (1.0) and 13th in offensive rebounds (1.8).
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ties for 13th in steals (1.3) and ties for 12th in steals in MAC play (1.3).
Junior guard Jon Harris ranks 11th in 3-point field goal percentage (.379).
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in steals (8.5, 2nd) and turnover margin (+1.4, 4th). In MAC-only games, the RedHawks rank among the top four in steals (8.3, 2nd) and rebounding defense (31.2, 2nd).
Senior center Vince Legarza has set or tied career highs for rebounds, assists, blocked shots and minutes played in Miami's last five games. Legarza posted his first career double-figure scoring effort at Akron (March 5), scoring 10 points. On Feb. 23, Legarza set a career high for rebounds (six) and tied that with six against Kent State on March 2 and the following game at Akron. He handed out five assists against Buffalo on Feb. 16, which tied a career high he set against the Bulls the previous season. Legarza played a career-high 26 minutes against the Zips on Wednesday. He is averaging 4.7 ppg and 4.3 rpg over the last six games.
Junior guard Allen Roberts is sidelined for the rest of the season due to a right knee injury. Roberts also was out for the March 5 game at Akron.
Junior center Drew McGhee sustained a season-ending injury to his right knee in practice on Feb. 27.
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 with 19 points 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, junior guard Quinten Rollins ranked 51st among national statistical leaders in steals (2.0), according to the NCAA. As a team, Miami ranked 32nd nationally in steals (8.6).
The RedHawks played their first overtime game of the season at Southern Illinois on Feb. 23, falling, 74-68. It was the first overtime game for Miami since a 62-57 win against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 1, 2012. It was the RedHawks' first overtime game on the road since a triple-overtime win at Ohio on Jan. 9, 2011, 92-88.
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.