Miami hosts Kent State
Wednesday, February 19 - 7 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
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REDHAWKS HOST KENT STATE WEDNESDAY IN FIRST OF THREE-GAME HOME STRETCH:
Miami returns home to host three straight games beginning with a 7 p.m. game against Kent State on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Both teams look to push ahead in the Mid-American Conference standings with identical 5-7 league records. The RedHawks seek to snap a four-game skid. The Golden Flashes try for a third straight win but have lost their last four road contests. KSU’s last road win was in overtime at Northern Illinois on Jan. 15, 73-64.
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QUINTEN ROLLINS—MAN OF STEALS:
He may not be considered Super Man, but senior guard Quinten Rollins
has been the man of "steals" for Miami and is moving up the career charts. With 196 career steals, Rollins is also only four away from becoming the 15th player in MAC history to reach 200 career steals. He sits second on the Miami career charts behind Ron Harper’s 287. This season, Rollins has amassed 55 steals to rank sixth on the Miami single-season list. His 58 steals in 2013 ranks fifth, while Jamie Mahaffey’s 59 steals in 1994 ranks fourth. Harper owns the top three single-season steal totals at Miami: 101, 82 and 62. Rollins leads the MAC and ranks 14th nationally in steals this season at 2.4 per game. In conference play he averages a MAC-leading 2.7 steals per game.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN FLASHES: Kent State enters Wednesday’s game with a 14-11 overall record and a 5-7 Mid-American Conference mark. The Golden Flashes ride a two-game win streak into Millett Hall after home wins over Bowling Green (62-61) and Central Michigan (83-75). Three players are scoring in double figures for the Golden Flashes. Derek Jackson and Kris Brewer average 11.4 ppg apiece, while Darren Goodson averages 10.0 ppg. Mark Henniger leads the team on the boards at 5.2 rpg. Brewer has one the of the MAC’s best assist/turnover ratios, ranking second on the season at 2.0 and leading the MAC in conference-only games at 2.3.
THE SERIES WITH KENT STATE: Wednesday marks the 133rd meeting between Miami and Kent State with the RedHawks holding an 86-46 advantage in the all-time series. When playing in Oxford, Miami is 49-14 against the Golden Flashes. KSU has won two straight in the series with the RedHawks, capturing both meetings last year, including a 78-58 win in Millett Hall on March 2, 2013 in the last meeting between the teams. Miami’s last win in the series also was its last win against the Golden Flashes in Millett Hall when the RedHawks posted a 62-60 win on Feb. 21, 2012.
UP NEXT: Miami continues a three-game home stand when the RedHawks host Bowling Green on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. before entertaining Akron at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Miami makes a two-game road swing to Buffalo (March 1) and Kent State (March 4) before concluding the regular season at home against Ohio at noon on March 8. The game has been selected as part of the MAC television package and will be aired on 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).
EUSTACE UPPING PRODUCTION:
Over Miami’s last several games freshman guard Jaryd Eustace
has stepped up his offensive output. In Miami’s last seven games, Eustace averaged 9.1 ppg, sinking 20-of-44 (.455) field goals, 15 of which came from 3-point range. Eustace has set career scoring highs in two of Miami’s last three 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 76.2 percent of its charity tosses to rank 11th 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, senior forward Will Felder
ties for third (.857). In all games, Felder ranks fourth among MAC leaders at 82.4 percent.
STEALING THE SHOW:
As a team, Miami is averaging 8.6 steals per game to rank second in the MAC and rank 11th nationally. The RedHawks are averaging 9.3 steals per game in MAC play, which ranks first and is nearly a steal per game more than any other team. Senior guard Quinten Rollins
ranks 14th nationally in steals and leads the MAC in all games (2.4) also in MAC-only games (2.7). Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight
ranks 11th in all games (1.6) and junior guard Will Sullivan
ranks 15th (1.2) and ties for 13th in MAC only games (1.5). Sophomore guard Willie Moore
ties for ninth 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 33 long-range shots through 23 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 (.452) and ranks second in MAC play (.449). 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:
Miami’s national ranking for both steals and free-throw percentage is No. 11 ... Senior guard Quinten Rollins
cracked Miami’s top-10 career starts list with his start at Bowling Green on Jan. 25 ... he has made 98 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 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.
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 four of Miami’s last six 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.
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 four-game losing skid.
• End a two-game losing streak to Kent State.
• Make Miami 50-14 at home against the Golden Flashes.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Give Kent State its third straight win.
• Be the Golden Flashes’ second MAC road win of the season.
• Give Miami a season-long five-game losing skid.