Miami at UMKC
Wednesday, December 18 - 8:05 p.m. (ET)
Municipal Auditorium - Kansas City, Mo.
Live Audio Stream: 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)
REDHAWKS BEGIN TWO-GAME ROAD STRETCH AT UMKC: Miami hits the road for a pair of games this week, beginning at the University of Missouri Kansas City on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Game time is set for 8 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3. Both teams have two wins on the season and are looking for a third. Miami is coming off a thrilling 59-56 win over Wright State on Sunday but is searching for its first road win of the season. UMKC dropped a 74-63 decision at home to Indiana State on Saturday after downing Youngstown State the previous Saturday, 88-80.
A NOT SO UNFAMILIAR ROAD TRIP: While Miami will be on the road for its two games this week playing in two completely new venues for the RedHawks, it might feel a little bit like home for Miami head coach John Cooper. The RedHawks start out the week in Coach Cooper’s hometown of Kansas City, Mo., as the RedHawks take on UMKC on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Miami then continues its trip to Tennessee State, facing the Tigers on Saturday, Dec. 21, where Cooper served as head coach for three seasons from 2009-12. Associate head coach Rick Duckett and assistant coaches Sheldon Everett and Trey Meyer also were on Cooper’s staff at TSU. The Tennessee State game is a return game of the 2012 ESPN BracketBuster event when Cooper brought his Tennessee State team to Millett Hall.
STEALING THE SHOW: As a team, Miami ties for second in the MAC in steals, averaging 9.0 steals per game. Three RedHawks rank among MAC statistical leaders in steals, led by sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight, who leads the MAC in steals per game (2.4). Senior guard Quinten Rollins ranks fifth (2.0 spg), while sophomore guard Reggie Johnson ties for 10th (1.6 spg).
McKNIGHT DOING DOUBLE TIME: Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight has scored in double figures in six of the RedHawks’ seven games this season and is averaging 11.0 ppg for the RedHawks. McKnight scored a career-high 16 points against Wright State to lead all players on Dec. 15. Prior to that, he had recorded then-career highs of 13 points three times: at Notre Dame (Nov. 8), vs. IPFW (Dec. 3) and at Evansville (Dec. 7). He leads Miami in double-figure scoring games. McKnight made his way into the RedHawks’ staring lineup and has started Miami’s last five games.
ABOUT THE KANGAROOS: UMKC enters Wednesday’s game with a 2-7 record and is coming off a 74-63 loss at Indiana State on Saturday. The Kangaroos notched an 88-80 win in their previous game against Youngstown State and also posted a 76-67 win over UT Martin on Nov. 20. The Roos are led by Martez Harrison, who averages 17.4 ppg. Harrison has shot 92 free throws this season, nearly 38 percent of UMKC’s attempts, and has hit 58. Nelson Kirksey follows at 12.9 ppg, while Trinity Hall averages 12.1 ppg and a team-leading 7.3 rpg.
THE SERIES WITH UMKC: Wednesday marks the first meeting between Miami and UMKC.
UP NEXT: The RedHawks continue a two-game road swing at Tennessee State on Saturday, Dec. 21. Game time has been moved to 5 p.m. (ET). Miami rounds out the 2013 calendar year, hosting Southern Illinois at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29 in the second game of a doubleheader at Millett Hall with the Miami women’s team hosting Cleveland State at 1 p.m. The RedHawks open 2014 traveling to No. 22/20 Massachusetts for a 7 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 4
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. Coach Coles retired on March 5, 2012, following the RedHawks’ last game of the season. He passed away on June 7, 2013, at the age of 71.
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 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).
HIGH FIVE: Three times this season RedHawks players have amassed five steals in a game. Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight recorded a career-high five steals against Wright State on Dec. 15. Senior guard Quinten Rollins notched five steals against Wilmington (Nov. 23), while sophomore guard Reggie Johnson tied a career high with five steals at Arizona State on Nov. 12.
TOP ‘HAWKS: Entering the week, two RedHawks sit atop the Mid-American Conference statistical rankings. Junior guard Will Sullivan leads the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage (.571), while sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight leads the MAC in steals per game (2.4).
ROARING 20s: Three times this season, sophomore guard Reggie Johnson has eclipsed the 20-point scoring mark. In Miami’s first two games, Johnson set career scoring highs. In Miami’s season opener, Johnson led the RedHawks at No. 21/22 Notre Dame with 22 points. He then 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. At Evansville on Dec. 7, Johnson amassed 21 points to lead the RedHawks. Johnson has recorded 20 or more points five times in his career.
LENDING A HELPING HAND: In addition to his 21 points at Evansville, sophomore guard Reggie Johnson also dished out a career-high eight assists, contributing to 39 of the RedHawks’ 65 points, which was 60 percent of Miami’s scoring against the Purple Aces.
WILL POWER: Miami had a lot of "Will" power in its 94-87 win over IPFW on Dec. 3. Senior forward Will Felder amassed a Miami career-high 26 points, 22 coming in the second half, while junior guard Will Sullivan poured in a career-high 23 points, including a second-half scoring flurry of 13 consecutive points that gave Miami its first lead of the game. Sullivan missed just one field goal against the Mastodons, going 8-for-9 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range.
MOST POINTS IN FIVE YEARS: Miami’s 94 points against IPFW was the first time the RedHawks have scored 90 points in regulation as well as the most points they have scored since a 94-66 win against Northwestern State on Dec. 6, 2008.
DOUBLE DUTY: 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.
NIFTY FIFTIES: Miami scored 58 second-half points against the IPFW. It was the best scoring output in a half by the RedHawks since tallying 59 points in the second half against Northwestern State on Dec. 6, 2008. It was the second time in the John Cooper era that the RedHawks have surpassed 50 points in a half, recording 53 points in the second half versus Grambling State on Nov. 13, 2012.
ROLLINS TIES CAREER HIGHS: Senior guard Quinten Rollins tied career highs of 18 points and seven rebounds against Wilmington on Nov. 23. 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.
FIVE SCORE CAREER HIGHS: Behind a 94-point effort against IPFW, five of the eight RedHawks who saw action posted career scoring highs. Senior forward Will Felder led all scorers with 26 points, while junior guard Will Sullivan amassed 23 points. Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight tied a then-career high with 13 points, while freshman forward Joshua Oswald chipped in nine points and freshman guard Jaryd Eustace added seven.
ODDS ‘N ENDS: Miami’s 94-87 win against IPFW on Dec. 3 was the RedHawks’ 425th win at Millett Hall ... the RedHawks’ win against Wright State on Dec. 15 was the 1,300th in program history.
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 ...
• Be Miami’s second straight win.
• Give Miami its first road win of the season.
• Be the RedHawks’ third win in four games.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Give the Kangaroos a 1-0 lead in the series.
• Drop Miami to 0-5 on the road.
• Give UMKC a 2-3 record at home.