Miami hosts IPFW
Tuesday, December 3 - 7 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
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Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WONE 980 Dayton; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS HOST IPFW TUESDAY: Miami University’s men’s basketball team continues a two-game home stretch when the RedHawks host IPFW at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Miami seeks its first win of the season after a 10-day layoff, while the Mastodons enter Tuesday’s game with at 6-3 mark with their three losses coming by a combined four points.
ROLLINS LEADS MAC: Senior guard Quinten Rollins currently leads the Mid-American Conference in assist/turnover ratio with a 3.2 average. He ranks 47th nationally in assist/turnover ratio. Rollins, who ranks fourth among MAC leaders with 4.8 apg, has committed just six turnovers on the season.
20/20 VISION: In Miami’s first two games, sophomore guard Reggie Johnson eclipsed the 20-point mark and set career scoring highs. Johnson poured in 24 points at Arizona State to lead all players. He knocked down 9-of-16 field goals, also a career-high for Johnson. In Miami’s season opener, Johnson led the RedHawks at No. 21/22 Notre Dame with 22 points. Johnson has recorded 20 or more points four times in his career.
DOUBLE TIME: Senior forward Will Felder notched his first double-double of the season and third of his Miami career with 19 points and 11 rebounds against Wilmington on Nov. 23. Six of Felder’s rebounds came on the offensive glass.
ABOUT THE MASTODONS: IPFW enters Tuesday’s game with a 6-3 mark and is coming off a two-point loss at Illinois on Friday, 57-55. Prior to that, the Mastodons had won five straight, and IPFW’s other two losses were by a mere one point to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Dayton. Four Mastodons are averaging double figures in scoring, led by Luis Jacobo’s 14.7 ppg. He is followed by Steve Forbes (11.9), Pierre Bland (10.4) and Joe Reed (10.0). Reed also averages a team-leading 6.0 rpg. As a team, the Mastodons are averaging 76.0 ppg.
THE SERIES WITH IPFW: Tuesday marks the third meeting between Miami and IPFW, and the series is tied 1-1. Last season, the Mastodons captured a late one-point win on their home court, 57-56. The teams first met on Dec. 21, 2003 in West Lafayette, Ind. with the RedHawks posting a 63-52 win.
UP NEXT: Miami hits the road for a 2:05 p.m. (ET) game at Evansville on Saturday, Dec. 7 and then has eight days off before returning to Millett Hall to host local rival Wright State at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. The RedHawks begin a two-game road swing at UMKC at 8 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, Dec. 18 before heading to Tennessee State for an 8 p.m. (ET) game on Saturday, Dec. 21. Miami rounds out the 2013 calendar year, hosting Southern Illinois at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29 in the second game of a doubleheader at Millett Hall.
McFRIENDS AND FAMILY PACKAGE AVAILABLE DECEMBER 15: Saturday, Dec. 15 is the next date fans have the opportunity to take advantage of the McFriends and Family ticket package, which includes four game tickets and four McDonald’s extra value meal vouchers for just $40. This offer is not available on game day and must be pre-purchased by calling the Miami Athletic Ticket Office at 513-529-4295 or through MURedHawks.com.
MIAMI SPORTS NETWORK FROM IMG COLLEGE: In its seventh 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 980 (Dayton, OH), MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Although he has played just three games with the RedHawks, senior center Blake McLimans has already placed his name in the Miami record book. McLimans amassed five blocked shots at Xavier, which tied the fifth-best single-game total in program history. He has eight blocked shots on the season, tallying three at Arizona State. He ranks fourth among MAC leaders, averaging 2.7 per game.
McKNIGHT ON THE MOVE: Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight scored in double figures for the third time in four games with 10 points against Wilmington. McKnight also notched a career-high seven rebounds and added two assists and two steals against the Quakers in 33 minutes of action. McKnight has started Miami’s last two games.
ROLLINS TIES CAREER HIGHS: Senior guard Quinten Rollins tied career highs of 18 points and seven rebounds against Wilmington. He tallied four assists and added five steals to his output against the Quakers. It was the seventh time in his career he amassed five or more steals.
STEALING THE SHOW: In addition to his game-high 24 points at Arizona State, sophomore guard Reggie Johnson also tied a career high with five steals. Johnson notched five of Miami’s eight steals for the game, and he equaled the Sun Devils’ total team output.
OSWALD PICKING UP PACE: Freshman forward Joshua Oswald scored his first points of the season at Xavier on Nov. 20. Oswald went 2-for-2 from the field with both attempts coming from 3-point range, and added a pair of free throws to score eight points in just five minutes of action. Against Wilmington, Oswald notched seven points and a season-high seven rebounds, while totalling two blocked shots and two steals in 16 minutes of action.
EUSTACE MAKES QUICK START: Freshman guard Jaryd Eustace started for the RedHawks in his first collegiate game on Nov. 8 at Notre Dame. Eustace became the first freshman since Quinten Rollins in 2010-11 to earn a spot in the starting lineup in his first game as a RedHawk. He started the RedHawks’ first two games.
TURNING 109: Miami’s game at Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 8, marked the start of the 109th season of Miami University Basketball.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
• Give Miami a 2-1 edge in the all-time series.
• Be the RedHawks’ first win of the season.
• Give Miami its 1,299th all-time win.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Give the Mastodons’ their second straight win in the series.
• Be Miami’s first 0-5 start to the season since 1979-80.