Miami at Tennessee State
Saturday, December 21 - 5 p.m. (ET)
Gentry Center - Nashville, Tenn.
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 CONCLUDE A TWO-GAME ROAD TRIP AT TENNESSEE STATE SATURDAY: Miami rounds out a two-game road swing when the RedHawks play at Tennessee State on Saturday, Dec. 21. The game time has been moved to 5 p.m. (ET). Both teams are coming off mid-week losses after wins on Sunday. The Tigers try for their second straight home win on Saturday, while Miami seeks its first road win of the season.
A NOT SO UNFAMILIAR ROAD TRIP: Although Miami is amidst a two-game road stretch 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 started out the week in Coach Cooper’s hometown of Kansas City, Mo., as the RedHawks faced UMKC on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Miami rounds out its road swing with a 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.
ABOUT THE TIGERS: Tennessee State enters Saturday’s game with a 1-11 mark and is coming off a 64-58 loss at Illinois State on Thursday night after a 108-85 win over Fisk University on Sunday. Patrick Miller paces the Tigers, averaging 20.5 ppg and 4.2 apg, while M.J. Rhett averages a double-double of 10.7 ppg and a team-leading 10.0 rpg.
THE SERIES WITH TENNESSEE STATE: Saturday marks the second meeting between the RedHawks and Tigers with Tennessee State owning a 1-0 lead in the all-time series. The last time the teams met, John Cooper led his TSU team to a 68-61 win in Millett Hall on Feb. 19, 2012 as part of the ESPN BracketBuster event. Cooper, who became Miami’s 23rd head coach following the 2011-12 season, will face his former TSU assistant Travis Williams, who was named Cooper’s successor at Tennessee State, on Saturday.
UP NEXT: 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 to wrap up non-conference action before opening Mid-American Conference play at Central Michigan on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.
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).
STEALING THE SHOW: As a team, Miami ranks third in the MAC in steals, averaging 8.5 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 fourth (2.0 spg), while sophomore guard Reggie Johnson ranks 13th (1.4 spg).
McKNIGHT DOING DOUBLE TIME: Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight has scored in double figures in seven of the RedHawks’ eight games this season and is averaging 11.0 ppg for Miami. 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 six games.
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 ‘HAWK: Entering the weekend, sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight sits atop the Mid-American Conference statistical rankings, leading the MAC in steals per game (2.4), which ranks 25th nationally.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
• Even the RedHawks’ record in the series with Tennessee State at 1-1.
• Give Miami its first road win of the season.
• Be the RedHawks’ third win in five games.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Give Tennessee State its second straight home win and make the Tigers 2-2 at home.
• Drop Miami to 0-6 on the road.
• Be Miami’s second straight loss.