March 14, 2011

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REDHAWKS RETURN TO POSTSEASON ACTION AT RHODE ISLAND: Making its first postseason tournament appearance since 2008, Miami will play in the 2011 College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen when the RedHawks travel to Rhode Island for a 7 p.m. first-round game on Wednesday, March 16. Miami's last postseason appearance also was in the CBI during its inaugural season in 2008. The Rams advanced to the National Invitation Tournament semifinals last season.

Tournament Tidbits:
Senior forwards Nick Winbush and Sean Mock are the only active RedHawks to have seen action in postseason play. Both played in Miami's last CBI appearance in 2008 at Tulsa with Winbush logging 12 minutes and Mock playing two minutes.

Nineteen of the RedHawks' 32 games heading into the CBI presented by Zebra Pen were against 14 teams in postseason play this year. Nine of those teams were in non-conference play (seven in the NCAA: Ohio State, Kansas, Duke, San Diego State, Cincinnati, Xavier and Belmont; one in the NIT: Dayton; and one in the CBI: James Madison). The other five teams were MAC opponents Akron (NCAA), Kent State (NIT), and Buffalo, Ohio and Western Michigan (CIT).

The RedHawks played three of the four No. 1 seeds (Ohio State, Kansas, Duke) and one No. 2 seed (SDSU) in the NCAA Tournament. Those four teams are four of the top five overall seeds in the tournament.

Miami scored wins against two teams in the NCAA field, defeating No. 6 seed Xavier 75-64 and No. 15 seed Akron 84-76, both at home.

The Red and White is looking to pick up its first postseason victory since 1999 against Utah in the NCAA Tournament.

The last postseason appearance for Miami was the inaugural CBI in 2008. The RedHawks fell in the first round to eventual champion Tulsa.

ABOUT THE RAMS: Rhode Island enters Wednesday's game with a 19-13 overall record and was 9-7 in the A-10. Delroy James averages 17.3 ppg and 7.8 rpg to lead the team. Marquis Jones follows at 11.4 ppg and 3.7 apg, while Nikola Malesevic also averages double figures in scoring at 10.8 ppg. Miami and Rhode Island have faced three common opponents this year: Toledo, Dayton and Xavier. Each team is 2-1 against the trio with both schools defeating Toledo and Rhode Island defeating Dayton and losing to Xavier, while Miami defeated Xavier and lost at Dayton. Both Miami and Rhode Island also lost in the quarterfinals of their respective conference tournaments to the eventual tournament champions with the RedHawks falling to Akron 82-75 in double overtime and Rams falling to Richmond 55-45.

THE SERIES WITH RHODE ISLAND: Wednesday marks the first meeting between Miami and Rhode Island.

MIAMI VS THE A-10: Miami is 113-128 all-time against current Atlantic 10 schools with the bulk of the meetings coming against local rivals Dayton and Xavier. Miami is 60-68 vs. Dayton and 47-51 against Xavier. The RedHawks are 2-0 vs. George Washington, 2-0 vs. La Salle, 0-1 vs. Fordham, 2-4 vs. Temple and 0-4 vs. Duquesne. Miami has never faced UMass, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph's or St. Louis.The RedHawks were 1-1 against the A-10 this year, beating regular-season champion Xavier and losing to tournament runner-up Dayton. Miami could face another A-10 opponent in St. Bonaventure in the quarterfinal round of the CBI presented by Zebra Pen if both teams win their first round games. A third A-10 school, Duquesne, also qualified for the CBI.

MIAMI SPORTS NETWORK FROM IMG COLLEGE: In its fourth 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 Joe Barry provides color commentary. Tune in to one of Miami's game-day affiliates: WMOH-AM 1450 (Hamilton, OH), WFMG-FM 101.3 (Richmond, IN), WDJO-AM 1480 (Cincinnati).

MAVUNGA AND WINBUSH EARN ALL-MAC HONORS: Junior forward Nick Winbush was named Honorable Mention All-MAC. Mavunga's placement on the First Team marks the eighth straight year Miami has had a player on the All-MAC First Team, the longest active stretch of any MAC men's basketball program. In addition to boasting eight straight years with at least one first-team honoree, it also marks the eighth straight year Miami has placed at least two players on All-MAC teams.

MAVUNGA PUTS UP STRONG NUMBERS IN MAC PLAY: Junior forward Julian Mavunga proved he is one of the dominant players in the Mid-American Conference this season by the numbers he put up in conference play to spearhead Miami to the No. 3 seed and one of the top two league records. Mavunga is the only player in the MAC to rank among the top 15 in MAC-only games in scoring (5th), rebounding (1st) and assists (9th). He also ranks among the top 15 in free-throw percentage (15th) and assist/turnover ratio (11th).

THE Q FACTOR: Freshmen point guard Quinten Rollins has made his presence felt since returning from injury four games again after being sidelined for nine straight games. Since his return, "Q" has been a spark plug for the RedHawks. He is averaging 8.4 ppg and shooting a 59.1 percent from the field over his last five games while averaging 2.4 steals per game, 2.0 assists per game and shooting 82.4 percent from the free-throw line. Against Ohio on March 4, Q scored a career-high 15 points and tied a career-high with five assists. Against Bowling Green on Feb. 26, he had a career-high six steals, which ties for fourth on Miami's single-game lists.

• The last time Miami averaged over 70 points per game in MAC play was during the 1998-99 season when the RedHawks averaged 72.1 ppg. Miami averaged 71.3 ppg in MAC play this season.
• The last time Miami scored 80 or more points six times in MAC play also was during the 1998-99 season when that squad also scored 80 or more points on six occasions during regular-season conference play. Those are the most 80-point games in MAC play since the 1989-90 team compiled nine 80-plus point games.
• Miami has scored 80 or more points seven times this season. The last time a Miami team scored 80 or more points that many times in a season was during the 1996-97 campaign when the Red and White hit the 80-point mark nine times, including two MAC Tournament games.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE4: Four times this season Miami has had two players post double-doubles in the same game.
• The fourth duo of double-doubles came on March 4 vs. Ohio when junior forward Nick Winbush amassed 14 points and 10 rebounds.
• The third tandem of double-doubles came on Feb. 26 vs. Bowling Green when junior forward Nick Winbush amassed 16 points and 13 rebounds.
• Miami's second set of double-doubles came on Feb. 16 vs. Kent State when senior forward Nick Winbush recorded 26 points and 12 rebounds and Mavunga posted 17 points and 17 rebounds.
• The RedHawks' first pair of double-doubles were on Jan. 19 against Akron when Winbush recorded 11 points and 12 rebounds and senior forward Antonio Ballard notched 19 points and 10 boards.

• The last time Miami had two players with double-doubles in the same game was Feb. 4, 2006 when William Hatcher scored 14 points and had 11 assists and Nathan Peavy recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds.
• The last time Miami had two players record double-doubles in a game in two games during the same season was in 1995-96 when Devin Davis tallied 25 points and 12 rebounds and Ira Newble posted 18 points and 11 rebounds against Wright State on Dec. 27, 1995 and Davis tallied 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Damon Frierson amassed 24 points and 11 rebounds against Fresno State on March 13, 1996.
• The last time Miami had two players record double-doubles in a game in three games during the same season was in 1986-87 when Trimill Haywood tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds and Eddie Schilling amassed 15 points and 10 assist against Cincinnati on Dec. 5, 1986; Haywood posted 20 points and 10 rebounds and Schilling has 11 points and 10 assists against Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 13, 1986; and Karlton Clayborne tallied 16 points and 12 rebounds and Haywood had 15 points and 13 rebounds against Ohio on Jan. 21, 1987.
• The last time on record Miami had two players record double-doubles in a game four times during the same season was in 1976-77. Randy Ayres had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Chuck Goodyear had 10 points and 12 rebounds against Central Michigan on Jan. 15, 1977; Archie Aldridge had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Ayers had 13 points and 11 rebounds at Bowling Green on Jan. 26, 1977; Ayers had 21 points and 16 rebounds and John Shoemaker had 15 points and 10 assists against Northern Illinois on Feb. 2, 1977; and Aldridge had 27 points and 11 rebounds and Ayers had 19 points and 14 rebounds at Ball State on Feb. 12, 1977.

DOING DOUBLE TIME: It's been a good year for double-doubles by the RedHawks.
• Senior forward Nick Winbush produced three straight double-doubles to end the regular season. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds against Ohio on March 4. At Buffalo (March 2), he notched 14 points and 11 rebounds after posting 16 points and 13 rebounds against Bowling Green (Feb. 26).
• Two other times this season Winbush has had back-to-back double-doubles. At James Madison (Feb. 19), Winbush recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds after a career-high-tying 26 points and 12 rebounds against Kent State on Feb. 16. He was tabbed MAC East Division Player of the Week on Feb. 21 after averaging 18.5 ppg and 11.0 rpg against JMU and KSU. Earlier this season, Winbush amassed 15 points and 12 rebounds at Kent State (Jan. 23) and had 11 points and 12 rebounds at Akron (Jan. 19).
• Junior forward Julian Mavunga has recorded back-to-back double-doubles twice. He had 14 points and 18 rebounds vs. Akron (March 10) and had 12 points and 13 rebounds against Ohio (March 4) He tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds at Akron (Feb. 23) and had 22 points and 11 rebounds against Bowling Green (Feb. 26). • Winbush has eight double-doubles this season and 10 for his career. Mavunga has eight double-doubles this season and 14 for his career. Senior forward Antonio Ballard recorded four double-doubles before his season-ending injury on Jan. 27.

CASHING IN THE 20s: Junior forward Julian Mavunga has scored in the 20s eight times this season, including seven of Miami's last 15 games. Against Ohio (March 4), Mavunga amassed 23 points, while notching 22 against Bowling Green (Feb. 26) and 24 to lead all players at James Madison (Feb. 19). He poured in a career-high 27 points--the most by a RedHawk this season--against Ball State on Feb. 1, recorded 22 points against Western Michigan on Jan. 29, amassed 25 points against Akron on Jan. 19, tallied 21 points against Buffalo on Jan. 13 and 24 points against Xavier on Dec. 1. These are the first 20-point scoring efforts of his career.

TURNING 20: In addition to junior forward Nick Winbush have reached the 20-point mark twice. Winbush tied a career-high with 26 points against Kent State on Feb. 16 and also hit the 20-point mark at Central Michigan (Jan. 27), scoring 20 points. Roberts tossed in a career-high 23 points against Northern Illinois to lead all scorers on Feb. 9 and collected 20 points in Miami's season opener against Towson on Nov. 12. Senior forward Antonio Ballard amassed a career-high 26 points at Ohio on Jan. 9, while freshman guard Orlando Williams poured in a career-high 26 points against Bowling Green (Feb. 23).

20/20 VISION: Twice Miami has had two players score 20 or more points in the same game. Two RedHawks eclipsed 20 points against Bowling Green on Feb. 23. Sophomore guard Julian Mavunga compiled 22 points against the Falcons. Miami had two players score in the 20s against Ball State on Feb. 1. Mavunga amassed a career-high 27 points to lead all scorers, while freshman guard Josh Sewell recorded 20 points, two less than his season total coming into the game.

"O" IS FOR OFFENSE: Over Miami's last five games, sophomore guard Orlando Williams has been the RedHawks' second-leading scorer, averaging 13.4 ppg during that span. He has hit 50 percent of his field goals and 50 percent of his 3-point attempts while blocking two shots and collecting five steals. He also averaged 37.6 minutes per game, the second most of any RedHawks over the last five games.

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE: Three times this season Miami has had five players in double figures in a game. For the first time since Jan. 20, 2009 against Bowling Green, Miami had five players score in double figures against Troy (Dec. 11). Junior forward Nick Winbush and freshman guard Antonio Ballard added 10 points. Against Northern llinois on Feb. 9 Miami had five players score in double figures: sophomore guard Chris McHenry 12. Against Kent State on Feb. 16 the five players in double figures were Winbush (26), Mavunga (17), Roberts (16), Williams (14) and freshman guard Josh Sewell (11). Ten times this season Miami has had four or more players score in double figures.

CLOSE TO PERFECT: Sophomore guard Orlando Williams poured in a career-high 26 points against Bowling Green (Feb. 26) and was nearly perfect from the field, going 8-for-9, including 5-for-6 from 3-point range, and 5-for-7 from the free-throw line. His first miss of any kind was at the 10:26 mark of the second half on a free throw. His lone miss from the field was with 4:33 remaining. Shot 88.9 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from 3-point range. His 3-point shooting percentage ties for fifth on Miami's single-game list.

CLEANING THE GLASS: Junior forward Julian Mavunga hauled in a career-high 18 rebounds vs. Akron on March 10, which equaled the most since John Estick swiped 18 caroms at Marshall on Jan. 21, 1998 and are the most since Estick's 19 against Eastern Michigan on Jan. 8, 1998. Mavunga's previous career high was 17 against Kent State on Feb. 16, 2011.

MAC-ING IT: In conference play, Miami's front court duo of Nick Winbush and Julian Mavunga were leaders of the MAC. They each rank among the top 15 scorers in the MAC (Mavunga 5th, 16.1 ppg; Winbush 14th, 14.0 ppg). The RedHawks also had two of the top five rebounders (Mavunga 1st, 9.2 rpg; Winbush 4th, 8.3 rpg). Mavunga ranked second in the league in defensive rebounds (6.73) and third in offensive boards (2.73). Winbush ranked third in defensive rebounds (6.44) and tied for 15th in offensive boards (1.88). Mavunga also ranked ninth in assists (3.33), 15th in free throw percentage (.752) and 11th in assist/turnover ratio (0.82). Winbush tied for fourth in 3-pointers (2.38) and was seventh in blocked shots (1.25). Sophomore guard Orlando Williams was 28th in scoring (10.9 ppg) and tied for 13th in 3-point field goals (1.81) and tied for 14th in 3-point percentage (.382), while sophomore guard Chris McHenry ranked 14th in 3-point percentage (.386).

MINUTE MEN: Both junior forward Nick Winbush ranked fifth (35.31). Williams ranked seventh (34.88) and sophomore guard Allen Roberts ranked 30th (28.81).

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY: Miami finished last season leading the conference in MAC-only games in free-throw percentage (.733) and ranking second in all games (.727), and the RedHawks picked up where they left off. This season, Miami is first in the MAC in free-throw percentage in all games (.729) and finished first in MAC-only games (.756).

LENDING A HELPING HAND: In Miami's MAC games, junior forward Julian Mavunga has averaged 3.33 apg, which ranks eighth among MAC leaders and leads the RedHawks. Mavunga tallied a career-high seven assists at Bowling Green on Jan. 16 and equaled that sum against Ball State on Feb. 1. Additionally, Mavunga tallied six assists against Bowling Green on Feb. 23 and also had six against James Madison on Feb. 19 and vs. Akron on March 10, junior guard Chris McHenry notched a career-high six assists at Kent State on Jan. 23 and sophomore guard Allen Roberts tallied a career-most six assists at Eastern Michigan on Feb. 5.

LONG RANGERS: Miami ranked second in the MAC in conference-only games in made 3-pointers per game (7.75) and has reached double figures for 3-pointers in four of its last 11 games. Miami set a program record with 16 against Ball State on Feb. 1 and tallied 11 at Eastern Michigan (Feb. 5) and also at James Madison (Feb. 19) and 10 against Northern Illinois (Feb. 9). Miami was one shy of double figures for 3-pointers against Toledo on Feb. 12. The RedHawks have hit double figure 3-pointers in seven games this season and cracked Miami's single-season top five chart for 3-point field goals against James Madison. The RedHawks have hit 240 treys this season, which ranks second all-time and is four shy of breaking the single-season record of 243 set in 1994. Miami has already shattered a single-season record for 3-point field goal attempts (690).

SINGLE-SEASON MARKS: Senior forward Nick Winbush, who cracked Miami's career 3-point field goal attempt top-10 list a few weeks ago, moved onto its single-season 3-point field goal chart. Winbush has 67 treys this season, which ranks fifth, and 191 3-point attempts, which ranks fourth. He also ranks ties for fourth in games started (32). Junior forward Julian Mavunga ties for ninth in games started (31), ranks ninth in minutes played (1,133), eighth in made free throws (155) and fifth in free throw attempts (221).

HITTING THE CENTURY MARK: Senior forward Nick Winbush played in his 100th career game at Belmont on Dec. 30 and has played in 119 career games, the most by any active RedHawk. He cracked Miami's all-time games played list on Thursday night, tying for eighth at 119 career appearances. The record is 122 by Jamie Mahaffey (1992-95).

REDHAWKS SET SCHOOL RECORD: With it 16 3-pointers against Ball State on Feb. 1, Miami set a program record for made 3-pointers, surpassing the previous mark of 15 set last year at Kentucky. Junior forward Nick Winbush sunk four on 10 attempts. Freshman guard Orlando Williams each went 1-for-3 from beyond the arc. The RedHawks were 11-of-19 from long range in the second half against the Cardinals.

FROM PLAYER TO COACH: Although Antonio Ballard suffered a season-ending wrist injury in the waning seconds of the Central Michigan game, he will still be a visible presence for the RedHawks. Head Coach Charlie Coles has made Ballard a student-assistant coach for the remainder of the season, siting how he values the senior forward's insight and leadership and wanting to very much keep him a vital part of the program.

WINBUSH MOVING UP CAREER CHARTS: Senior forward Nick Winbush is moving up Miami's career Top 10 charts. He ranks eighth with 151 3-pointers, seventh with 415 3-point attempts and is eighth with 72 blocked shots. He also will move onto the career games played list with an appearance in Thursday's game. He also moved onto the career games played list last Thursday, tying for eighth with 119 career appearances.

OVER .500: Boasting the nation's toughest non-conference schedule--which includes five teams ranked among the Top 25 in both polls--Miami has gone toe-to-toe with some of the nation's fines. The RedHawks have played four teams ranked among the top five in the coaches poll and a fifth ranked among the top 25 in both polls. Two others non-conference opponents were receiving votes in this week's AP Poll.

WORKING OVERTIME: Four times this season Miami has had games go into overtime, posting a 2-2 mark in extra-period games. Miami trailed 20 points in the second half but battled back to play two overtimes against Akron in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals before falling to the Zips, 82-75. It was the 19th time Miami has gone to double-overtime and moves to 11-8 in double OT games. Behind 20 points in the extra five minutes, Miami pulled out an 86-80 overtime win against Kent State on Feb. 16. The RedHawks dropped a 73-68 overtime decision to Western Michigan on Jan. 29. For just the fourth time in program history, Miami had a game go into triple overtime when the RedHawks defeated Ohio in three extra periods on Jan. 9. It was the RedHawks' second triple-overtime game against Ohio, also winning in such fashion at Ohio on Jan. 25, 1992, 91-86. Miami's last triple overtime game was in Millett Hall on Jan. 12, 2000, defeating Ball State, 86-84. The RedHawks are now 3-1 in triple overtime and 67-43 in overtime games.

ROBERTS STEPPING IT UP: Over Miami's last 10 games, sophomore guard Allen Roberts has been a solid presence for the RedHawks. Roberts is averaging 12.1 ppg, is shooting 46.0 percent from the field, is 75.0 percent from the free-throw line, has a 1.4 assist/turnover ratio and is averaging 3.9 rpg while amassing a total of four blocked shots. Roberts scored 12 of Miami's 15 first-half points at Eastern Michigan and made a key 3-point play against the Eagles with 55 seconds remaining. He scored 15 first-half points to lead the RedHawks against Northern Illinois, including a 3-pointer before the halftime buzzer to put the RedHawks up 44-38. He also scored two key layups during a 9-0 run to close out the game at Toledo to help lift Miami to a 68-66 win. He also had a career-high eight rebounds at James Madison on Feb. 19.

COMEBACK KIDS: Miami came from behind in several games during MAC play to seize wins. The RedHawks trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half against Ball State on Feb. 1 before rallying for an 89-75 win over the Cardinals on Feb. 1. Miami made a furious comeback at Eastern Michigan on Feb. 5. The RedHawks trailed by 20 with 15:24 to play and were down nine with 1:42 remaining. A 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left by freshman forward Julian Mavunga layup with two seconds left put Miami up for good. Against Kent State on Feb. 16, Miami trailed 13 points 14:01 to play in regulation before claiming an 86-80 overtime win. In the MAC Tournament, Miami overcame a 20-point deficit against Akron with 16:21 to play to force overtime. The RedHawks took their only lead in regulation off a sophomore guard Orlando Williams 3-pointer with 2:47 left, 55-54. Harris sunk a trey with nine seconds remaining to knot the game, 63-63, and force overtime. Miami fell in the second overtime, 82-75.

HIGH FIVE: Nine times this season Miami has had a player record five assists in a game. Freshman guard Julian Mavunga handed out five assists in the season opener against Towson. Sophomore guard Antonio Ballard notched five assists against Troy.

REACHING 250: Miami Head Coach Charlie Coles earned his 250th win as the head coach at Miami with an 84-72 triumph over Northern Illinois on Wednesday, Feb. 9. Coles, in his 15th season at the helm, is the all-time winningest coach at Miami with 254 wins and became the Mid-American Conference's all-time wins leader for conference victories last season. He currently has 213 career MAC wins and 346 overall career wins in his 21st season as a head coach, all in the MAC.

McHENRY MAKES FIRST START: Junior guard Chris McHenry, a transfer from Garden City Community College, made his first Miami start at Ohio on Jan. 9 and has started 11 games for the RedHawks, including two of Miami's last three games. McHenry played 21 minutes of the triple-overtime thriller against the Bobcats and scored 11 points, his first double-figure effort of the season. He tallied a season-high 13 points at Kent State on Jan. 23 and played a career-high 42 minutes and scored 12 points against Western Michigan on Jan. 29 and recording 12 points vs. Northern Illinois on Feb. 9.

COLES TO BE INDUCTED INTO OHIO BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME: Miami University Head Coach Charlie Coles is one of 19 individuals who will be inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on May 21, 2011. He is one of five collegiate coaches to be inducted this year.

THEY ARE MIAMI THROUGH AND THROUGH: All four of the RedHawks' coaches hold degrees from Miami University: Head Coach Charlie Coles earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1965, associate head coach Jermaine Henderson earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1997, assistant coach Jason Grunkemeyer earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 2001, while assistant coach Jimmy Lallathin earned a bachelor's degree in education in 2003.

• With its 84-77 win over Bowling Green on Feb. 23, Miami surpassed its win total from a season ago. Playing the nation's toughest non-conference slate, Miami is 16-16 heading into postseason play.
• The RedHawks' 11 conference wins are their most since posting a 14-4 record in 2005-06 and are the most since the league went to a 16-game format.