OXFORD, Ohio--In a tune up before tipping off the season on Nov. 8, Miami University’s men’s basketball team hosts Northwood (Mich.) in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Millett Hall. An early Halloween treat for fans, admission is free to the Wednesday’s game. The game also will be streamed live on www.MURedHawks.com and can be viewed with a Miami All-Access subscription. The matchup is the lone exhibition game for the RedHawks. The Timberwolves, from Midland, Mich., are a member of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Northwood is led by a pair of returning forwards. Senior Wes Wilcox averaged 14.7 ppg and 6.1 rpg a season ago, while junior Will Bowles averaged 12.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg and shot 62.2 percent from the field. Miami’s projected starting five are senior guard Quinten Rollins, sophomore guard Reggie Johnson, junior guard Will Sullivan, senior forward Will Felder and senior forward/center Blake McLimans.
FELDER TABBED EAST DIVISION PRESEASON ALL-MAC: Senior forward Will Felder was named to the Mid-American Conference East Division Preseason Team in a poll of a 25-member MAC News Media Panel that was released by the conference office Tuesday morning. An honorable mention All-MAC selection as a junior, Felder was the leading rebounder for the RedHawks a season ago and was the team’s top scorer in MAC play. He averaged 11.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg over 31 games and averaged 13.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg in MAC action. Felder ranked fifth among conference leaders in field goal percentage, shooting 52.1 percent for the season and 54.3 percent in conference games. Felder ranked among MAC statistical leaders in six categories in 2012-13.
HONORING COLES: This season, the Miami University men’s basketball team will wear a special patch on both its home and road uniforms to honor the memory of long-time Miami head coach and 1965 alumnus Charlie Coles. The circular black patch has the initials CC in white. Coach Coles, who spent 16 years at the helm of the RedHawk program, is Miami’s all-time leader in wins and is the Mid-American Conference record holder for career conference wins. He passed away on June 7, 2013, at the age of 71.
THE RETURNERS: Miami returns six players, including four starters from a season ago. The RedHawks return four starters in senior guard Quinten Rollins, senior forward Will Felder, junior guard Will Sullivan and sophomore guard Reggie Johnson. Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight is the other letterwinner to return for Miami. Senior forward Bill Edwards also returns after being sidelined much of the season due to an injury. The RedHawk returners have made a combined 171 career starts for MU. Despite returning just six players from a season ago, that group accounted for 56.4 percent of the RedHawks’ scoring and 53.6 percent of its rebounding a season ago.
THE NEWCOMERS: Miami adds a large and diverse class of talented newcomers to its 2013-14 roster. After sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer guidelines, sophomore center John Hawkins is able to suit up for the RedHawks in 2013-14. Miami also added senior forward/center Blake McLimans, who is pursuing his master’s degree at Miami after earning an undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, as well as sophomore guard Willie Moore, who is a transfer from the University of Oregon and will compete for the RedHawks this season. Miami has two talented freshmen who hail from Australia in forward Joshua Oswald and guard Jaryd Eustace. Joining the team but sitting out the season due to NCAA transfer guidelines is junior guard Eric Washington, who played at Presbyterian College the last two seasons. The RedHawks also have two walk-ons in senior guard Philip Bennett and sophomore forward Brian Oddo.
CLOSING IN ON 1300: This season, Miami University’s men’s basketball program seeks its 1300th all-time win. The Red and White have amassed a program record of 1298-1092 over the past 108 years.
UP NEXT: Miami hits the road to tip off the 2013-14 season at Notre Dame. The game is set for Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. and begins a three-game road stretch for the RedHawks. It is the second straight year Miami has opened the season against a ranked opponent as the Fighting Irish are ranked 22nd in the USA Today Coaches preseason poll. Miami is 72-36 in season openers. The RedHawks are 15-22 when opening the season on the road with their last such win at Liberty to open the 2003-04 campaign, 71-55. Miami continues its road stretch at Arizona State (Nov. 12) and at Xavier (Nov. 20) before returning home to host Wilmington at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Miami is 86-21 in home openers, winning its last six and 21 of its last 22 home-opening games.
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