Miami at Western Michigan
Saturday, February 15 - 4:30 p.m.
University Arena - Kalamazoo, Mich.
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 WESTERN MICHIGAN FOR SATURDAY GAME: Before hosting three straight games, Miami hits the road for a 4:30 p.m. game on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Western Michigan. The RedHawks try to halt a three-game skid but face a Bronco team that has been tough at home, forging a 10-2 record at University Arena. WMU, who is on a four-game win streak, inched out a 78-77 overtime win at Miami earlier this season.
EUSTACE UPPING PRODUCTION: Over Miami’s last several games freshman guard Jaryd Eustace has stepped up his offensive output. In Miami’s last six games, Eustace averaged 9.3 ppg, sinking 17-of-34 (.500) field goals, 13 of which came from 3-point range. Eustace has set career scoring highs in Miami’s last two games, amassing 14 points at Ohio on Feb. 8, all coming in the first half, and eclipsing that with 17 points to lead the RedHawks on Feb. 12 against Buffalo. In both games Eustace drained a career-high four 3-pointers. He has scored in double figures six times this season.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY: As a team, Miami leads the MAC in free-throw percentage, knocking down 76.1 percent of its charity tosses, and jumped to eighth nationally. MU’s current free throw percentage would rank second all-time for a single-season team percentage. The RedHawks are shooting 81.1 percent from the line in conference games to also lead the MAC. In league play, junior guard Will Sullivan ranks fifth among MAC leaders in free-throw percentage at 88.0 percent and senior forward Will Felder ranks fifth (.850). In all games, Felder ranks fourth among MAC leaders at 82.0 percent, while sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight ties for 14th (.742).
ABOUT THE BRONCOS: Western Michigan enters Saturday’s game with 15-8 overall record and an 8-3 MAC mark. The Broncos have won four straight and six of their last seven games. WMU is coming off a 57-54 win over Akron at University Arena on Wednesday and sits in a three-way tie for second place in the overall MAC standings. David Brown leads the MAC, averaging 18.7 ppg this season. In MAC play, Brown is knocking down 2.5 3-pointers per game to lead the conference. Shayne Whittington and Connar Tava are the other two Broncos averaging double figures in scoring on the season at 14.8 and 12.1 ppg, respectively. Whittington leads the Broncos on the boards, averaging 8.5 rpg, while Tava leads the MAC with a .609 field-goal percentage. He is shooting 63.8 percent from the field in league action to lead all players. In MAC play, the Broncos lead the conference in field goal percentage (.483).
THE SERIES WITH WESTERN MICHIGAN: Saturday marks the 124th meeting between Miami and Western Michigan with the RedHawks owning an 81-42 lead in the all-time series. When playing in Kalamazoo, Mich., however, the Broncos hold a 32-27 edge over the RedHawks. Western Michigan has won the last four meetings between the teams, including a 78-77 overtime decision at Millett Hall earlier this season. Miami’s last win in the series also was its last win in Kalamazoo, a 56-54 triumph on Feb. 4, 2010.
UP NEXT: Miami returns home for three straight games, beginning with at 7 p.m. tilt against Kent State on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. The RedHawks then host Bowling Green on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. before entertaining Akron at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The RedHawks make a two-game road swing to Buffalo (March 1) and Kent State (March 4) before concluding the regular season at home against Ohio on either March 7 or 8.
HIGH FIVE: For the RedHawks' Wednesday, Feb. 19 game against Kent State, Miami Athletics is giving fans a "High Five" and offering pre-sale tickets for just $5! To purchase tickets, call the Miami Athletics Ticket Office at 513-529-4295 or click here.
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 is averaging 8.4 steals per game to rank second in the MAC and rank 17th nationally. The RedHawks are averaging 9.0 steals per game in MAC play, which ranks first. Senior guard Quinten Rollins ranks 21st nationally in steals and leads the MAC in all games (2.3) also in MAC-only games (2.5), while sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight ranks ninth in all games (1.6), and sophomore guard Willie Moore ties for eighth in MAC-only games (1.8).
THREE FOR THREE: Prior to the season, junior guard Will Sullivan changed his number from 13 to 3. Coincidence or not, Sullivan has become Miami’s most productive and efficient 3-point shooter this season. He has knocked down 30 long-range shots through 22 games, surpassing his total of treys for the last two seasons combined. Sullivan leads the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage on the season (.455) and ranks fourth in MAC play (.452). If he can maintain this pace, Sullivan has a chance to rank among Miami leaders in 3-point field goal percentage in a season. The record is .492 by Wally Szczerbiak in 1998.
ODDS ‘N ENDS: After scoring 41 points at Northern Illinois, Miami poured in 47 first-half points at Ohio ... All eight players who saw action at Ohio recorded at least one steal and contributed to the RedHawks’ nine team steals ... Senior guard Quinten Rollins cracked Miami’s top-10 career starts list with his start at Bowling Green on Jan. 25 ... he has made 97 career starts ... senior forward Will Felder’s 15 rebounds against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 1 were the most since Julian Mavunga hauled in 19 boards against the Eagles on Feb. 1, 2012 ... In just six games, Miami eclipsed its number of MAC wins from a season ago when the RedHawks posted a 3-13 record ... In all of Miami’s wins, it has shot better than its opponents from the field and is 9-0 when shooting better than the opponent.
A LITTLE GIVE AND TAKE: With his two steals at Akron on Jan. 15, senior guard Quinten Rollins moved into second on Miami’s career steals chart and currently boasts 191. Ron Harper owns the career record with 287 steals. Rollins leads the MAC and ranks 21st nationally in steals, averaging 2.3 per game. Rollins also ranks seventh on Miami’s career assists list with 357 career assists and is 21 away from the No. 6 total.
ON THE ASSIST: Miami recorded 18 assists at Ohio on Feb. 8 with the bulk of those coming from senior guard Quinten Rollins, junior guard Will Sullivan and sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight. The trio handed out 15 RedHawk assists with Rollins dishing out six, McKnight handing out five and Sullivan adding four. Miami’s 18 assists tie for the second most by the RedHawks this season. They had 21 at Massachusetts.
THE WILL(S) TO WIN: Junior guard Will Sullivan and senior forward Will Felder paced Miami in a come-from-behind win against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 1. Trailing nine points early in the second half, Miami rallied for a four-point win against the Eagles. Sullivan led all players with 19 points, knocking down a career-high five 3-pointers, while Felder tallied a double-double with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Felder had a double-double in the second half with 13 points and 10 boards over the second frame. Felder nailed the go-ahead jumper with 25 seconds to play, while Sullivan came down with a big defensive board with two seconds to play and sunk two free throws to secure the win.
McKNIGHT RECORDS CAREER HIGH: Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight had recorded double-figure scoring efforts in 10 of Miami’s first 12 games but had not reached double digits in the following five games. McKnight, however, bounced back with a career-high 18 points against Toledo on Jan. 29 to lead all scorers. McKnight was 7-of-15 from the floor and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line against the Rockets. He has recorded double-figure scoring efforts in three of Miami’s last five games.
FELDER DOUBLING UP: For the third time this season and the fifth time in his Miami career, senior forward Will Felder recorded a double-double. Felder notched 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 1. Felder scored 22 points and hauled in 13 rebounds in an 86-80 win over Central Michigan on Jan. 22. His other double-double this season came in Miami’s home opener against Wilmington with 19 points and 11 boards.
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.
WILL POWER: Miami has been fueled by a good bit of "Will" power, especially in its Jan. 22 game against Central Michigan. Senior forward Will Felder poured in 22 points off 10-of-13 shooting from the field to lead all players. Junior guard Will Sullivan amassed 20 points off 6-of-10 shooting and a 7-for-7 performance from the free-throw line. It was the second time this season the two Wills teamed up for 20-point scoring efforts in the same game with Felder collecting a career-high 26 points and Sullivan tallying a career-best 23 points in a 94-87 win over IPFW on Dec. 3. Sophomore guard Willie Moore chipped in nine points for the RedHawks, while senior forward Bill Edwards tallied 13 points to round out the top four scoring efforts for the Red and White. All four share the given name William.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
• Snap a three-game losing skid.
• End a four-game losing streak to Western Michigan.
• Make Miami 4-3 in MAC road games this season.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Give Western Michigan its fifth straight win.
• Make the Broncos 11-2 at home on the season and 6-1 in MAC play.
• Equal Miami’s longest string of losses this season.