Miami hosts Bowling Green
Sunday, February 23 - 2 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
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REDHAWKS HOST BOWLING GREEN SUNDAY: Miami continues a three-game home stretch when the RedHawks host Bowling Green at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Much like their last meeting in Bowling Green, both teams look to push ahead in the MAC standings with identical 5-8 league records. The Falcons, who have lost four of their last five, are coming off a 60-58 loss to Toledo on Thursday after snapping a three-game skid with a win at Ball State on Feb. 15, 66-64. Miami is looking to end a five-game drought and is coming off a 75-63 loss to Kent State on Wednesday.
ROARING 20s: Senior forward Will Felder notched his sixth 20 point performance as a RedHawk and fourth this season, leading Miami with 23 points against Kent State on Wednesday. Felder was 6-of-9 from the field against the Golden Flashes and drained 11-of-13 free-throw attempts. The 23 points against KSU are the second-most points Felder has scored at Miami. He posted a career-high 26 points against IPFW on Dec. 3. Felder also scored 22 points in games against Central Michigan (Jan. 22) and at Massachusetts (Jan. 4) this season.
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 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 18th nationally in steals this season at 2.3 per game. In conference play he averages a MAC-leading 2.5 steals per game.
ABOUT THE FALCONS: Bowling Green enters Sunday’s game with an 11-15 overall mark and is coming off a 60-58 loss to Toledo on Thursday. The Falcons have four players averaging double figures in scoring with Richaun Holmes leading the way at 13.6 ppg and a team-high-tying 7.5 rpg. Spencer Parker and Jehvon Clarke follow at 12.7 ppg, while Anthony Henderson chips in 11.3 ppg. Clarke, Parker and Henderson lead the MAC in minutes played per game this season, respectively. Entering the week, the Falcons ranked 23rd nationally in steals per game (8.2) and 26th in blocked shots (5.7). Holmes ranks 24th nationally in blocked shots (2.8) and Henderson ranks 22nd in steals (2.2).
THE SERIES WITH BOWLING GREEN: Sunday marks the 132nd meeting between Miami and Bowling Green with the RedHawks holding a 79-52 advantage. When playing in Oxford, Miami is 45-15 against the Falcons. The RedHawks have won the last two meetings with BGSU, including a 70-65 win at the Stroh Center earlier this year. The Falcons’ last win in the series was in Bowling Green on Feb. 27, 2013, 52-44, and their last win at Millett Hall was on Jan. 18, 2012, 65-57.
UP NEXT: Miami concludes a three-game home stand when the RedHawks host Akron at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Miami then 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’s women’s basketball team also hosts Ohio on March 8 following the men’s game.
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).
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY: As a team, Miami leads the MAC in free-throw percentage, knocking down 75.9 percent of its charity tosses to tie for 13th nationally. MU’s current free throw percentage would rank second all-time for a single-season team percentage. The RedHawks are shooting 79.9 percent from the line in conference games to also lead the MAC. In league play, senior forward Will Felder ties for fifth (.855). In all games, Felder ranks fourth among MAC leaders at 82.7 percent.
STEALING THE SHOW: As a team, Miami is averaging 8.5 steals per game to rank second in the MAC and rank 15th nationally. The RedHawks are averaging 9.1 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 18th nationally in steals and leads the MAC in all games (2.3) also in MAC-only games (2.5). Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight ranks 11th in all games (1.5) and junior guard Will Sullivan ranks 14th (1.3) and ties for 10th in MAC only games (1.6). Sophomore guard Willie Moore ties for eighth in MAC-only games (1.7).
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 35 long-range shots through 24 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 (.461) and also in MAC play (.462). 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.
EUSTACE UPPING PRODUCTION: Over Miami’s last several games freshman guard Jaryd Eustace has stepped up his offensive output. In Miami’s last eight games, Eustace averaged 8.0 ppg, sinking 20-of-47 (.426) 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.
ODDS ‘N ENDS: 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 ... with a start on Sunday, Rollins would make his 100th career start ... 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 five of Miami’s last seven 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 five-game losing skid.
• Be Miami’s third straight win in the series with Bowling Green.
• Push the RedHawks’ MAC record to 6-8.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Be the Falcons’ first win at Millett Hall since Jan. 18, 2012.
• Make BGSU 16-45 when playing in Oxford.
• Push the Falcons’ MAC record to 6-8.