Miami at Akron
Wednesday, January 15 - 7 p.m.
James A. Rhodes Arena - Akron, Ohio
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 TRAVEL TO AKRON FOR WEDNESDAY GAME: Miami travels to Akron for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the first of two road games for the RedHawks. After winning its MAC opener at Central Michigan, Miami is coming off a hard-fought overtime loss at home to Western Michigan on Saturday, 78-77. Miami seeks its second straight road win and its third in four tries but faces an Akron team that is 6-0 at home. The Zips are coming off a thrilling 83-80 double-overtime win at Ohio on Sunday.
EDWARDS MAKES GRAND RETURN:
Returning to the floor for the first time in over a year since suffering a season-ending knee injury, senior forward Bill Edwards
had a grand return for the RedHawks against Western Michigan on Jan. 11. Edwards poured in a career-high 24 points off 8-of-15 shooting, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, and hit all four free-throw attempts. Edwards also chipped in five rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot in 24 minutes of action. Edwards drained two key 3-pointers with under five minutes remaining to give Miami their first leads of the game and help push the game into overtime. He also hit the game-tying jumper with seven seconds to go in the extra period.
ABOUT THE ZIPS: Akron enters Wednesday’s game with a 10-5 overall record and a 2-0 Mid-American Conference mark after a thrilling 83-80 double-overtime win at Ohio on Sunday. The Zips have won four straight and also are 6-0 at home this season. Demetrius Treadwell averages a team-leading 13.1 ppg and 7.6 rpg. Quincy Diggs is the other Zip to average double figures in scoring, totaling 12.7 ppg. As a team Akron has been tough on the offensive glass, ranking second in the MAC at 13.7 per game. The Zips are pulling down a MAC-leading 15.5 offensive rebounds per game in league play. The Zips also are one of the MAC’s top 3-point shooting teams, knocking down 7.3 per game on the season, which ranks second.
THE SERIES WITH AKRON: Wednesday marks the 51st meeting between Akron and Miami with the Zips holding a 26-24 edge in the all-time series. When playing in Akron, the Zips are 14-6 against the RedHawks. Akron has won the last six meetings between the teams, including a 72-58 win at James A. Rhodes Arena in the last meeting on March 3, 2013. Miami’s last win in the series came on Jan. 19, 2011 in Oxford, 84-76. The RedHawks have lost their last 10 meetings with the Zips in Akron, last winning there on Feb. 20, 2003, 55-53.
UP NEXT: Miami continues a two-game road swing at Ball State at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. The RedHawks return home to host Central Michigan at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 before going on the road for the fifth time in seven games when Miami travels to Bowling Green for a 6 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 25. This game time has been moved from its original time and will be televised on the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.
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).
ROLLINS TIES MIAMI SINGLE-GAME RECORD FOR SECOND TIME: Senior guard Quinten Rollins tied a Miami single-game record for steals, amassing seven at Central Michigan on Jan. 8. He matched a mark set by Ron Harper, Damon Frierson and Chuck Goodyear and equaled his own career-high set on Nov. 13, 2012 against Grambling State. With his seven steals against the Chippewas, Rollins became the only player in Miami history to twice record seven steals in a game.
A LITTLE GIVE AND TAKE:
With his three steals against Western Michigan on Jan. 11, senior guard Quinten Rollins
moved into third on Miami’s career steals chart with 174. He is one away from tying Damon Frierson’s No. 2 total of 175. Ron Harper owns the career record with 287 career steals. Rollins leads the MAC and ties for 14th nationally in steals, averaging 2.5 per game. Rollins also is close to cracking the RedHawks’ career assists list. He has 325 career assists and needs just three more to break onto the top-10 chart.
STEALING THE SHOW:
A persistent and pesky Miami defense forced 16 Western Michigan turnovers and resulted in 12 RedHawk steals against the Broncos on Jan. 11. Sophomore guard Willie Moore
tallied four, while senior guard Quinten Rollins
snagged three steals against the Broncos. As a team, Miami is averaging 8.5 steals per game to tie for second in the MAC and rank 27th nationally. However, the RedHawks are averaging 12 steals per game in MAC play, which leads the conference.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY:
Last week, Miami knocked down 34-of-39 free throws, hitting 87.2 percent of its attempts. Against Western Michigan on Jan.11, Miami missed just one of its 18 attempts, a .944 percentage. Senior forward Will Felder
was an impressive 12-of-13 from the free-throw line last week, a .923 percentage. The RedHawks rank second in the MAC in free-throw percentage (.741) and 37th nationally. In MAC-only games, Miami leads the conference in free-throw percentage (.872).
HANDLE WITH CARE: As a team, Miami committed just six turnovers against Western Michigan on Jan. 11, with two of those coming in overtime. It tied for the fewest Miami turnovers since committing a mere six against Western Michigan on Jan. 28, 2012, at Akron on Jan. 20, 2010 and at Tulsa on March 19, 2008. The last time MU committed fewer than six turnovers was when it had just five against Akron on March 10, 2007. Additionally, Miami handed out 16 assists against the Broncos for a 2.67 assist/turnover ratio.
LENDING A HELPING HAND: The RedHawks’ 21 assists against Massachusetts on Jan. 4 tied for the most in a game by a Miami team since tallying 21 against Grambling State on Nov. 13, 2012. It was the most since the Red and White amassed 23 assists against Northwestern State on Dec. 6, 2008.
FELDER PICKING UP THE PACE:
Senior forward Will Felder
, who ranks among MAC leaders in seven categories this season, leads Miami with 14.5 ppg and 7.3 rpg while shooting 52.3 percent from the field. Over the RedHawks’ last five games, Felder averaged 16.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg and shot 63.3 percent from the field.
THERE’S MO(O)RE AT MILLETT:
Millett Hall has been a friendly venue for sophomore guard Willie Moore
. In his first game with the RedHawks, Moore tallied a team-high-tying 14 points, while adding a game-most five assists and notching two steals, two rebounds and one blocked shot in 26 minutes of action. Moore recorded his second double-figure scoring effort with 11 points against Western Michigan, while adding four steals and three assists in 31 minutes of action. Moore provided a spark down the stretch, hitting timely shots to help send the game into overtime and keep the RedHawks within striking distance in the extra period. Over Miami’s last two home games, Moore averaged 12.5 ppg, 4.0 apg, 3.0 spg and shot 55.6 percent from the field.
McKNIGHT PROVIDING CONSISTENCY:
Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight
has been a consistent scoring threat for Miami this season, scoring in double figures in 10 of the RedHawks’ 13 games and averaging 10.7 ppg. He leads Miami in double-figure scoring games. McKnight has scored 13 or more points in seven games this season and recently notched a career-high 17 points at Central Michigan on Jan. 8 following a 15-point performance at Massachusetts on Jan. 4 where he went 7-for-10 from the floor, sinking a career-best seven field goals. McKnight made his way into the RedHawks’ starting lineup at Xavier and has started Miami’s last 11 games.
Two RedHawks have scored 20 or more points twice this season. Senior forward Will Felder
led all scorers at Massachusetts on Jan. 4 with 22 points and poured in a career-high 26 points against IPFW on Dec. 3. He has scored 20 or more points four times in his career. Junior guard Will Sullivan
recorded his second 20-point scoring effort over a five-game stretch, pouring in 21 points to lead the RedHawks at Tennessee State on Dec. 21. Sullivan scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half and shot a solid 66.7 percent from the field against the Tigers. He scored a career-high 23 points against IPFW on Dec. 3. Senior forward Bill Edwards
had a 24-point effort in his first outing of the season against Western Michigan on Jan. 11.
ODDS ‘N ENDS: Miami scored 45 points in the paint at Massachusetts, 38 at Central Michigan and 34 against Western Michigan ... over the last three games, 53 percent of Miami’s scoring came in the paint ... the RedHawks scored 51 second-half points at Central Michigan, the second time this season they have scored 50 points in a half ... Miami also scored 58 points in the second half against IPFW ... 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.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
• Be the RedHawks’ first win at Akron since Feb. 20, 2003.
• Be the RedHawks’ second straight road win and their third road win in four outings.
• Be the Zips’ first home loss.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Extend Akron’s win streak against Miami to seven games.
• Be the RedHawks’ 11th straight loss at Akron.
• Be Akron’s fifth straight win.