Miami at Evansville
Wednesday, December 5 - 8 p.m. (ET)
Ford Center - Evansville, Ind.
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REDHAWKS CONTINUE ROAD STRETCH AT EVANSVILLE WEDNESDAY: Miami University's men's basketball team continues a four-game road stretch when it heads to Evansville for an 8 p.m. (ET) game on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The RedHawks are coming off a heartbreaking one-point loss at IPFW on Saturday, while the Purple Aces also dropped a hard-fought road game at Colorado State, 79-72.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: Through five games, junior guard Quinten Rollins has committed just eight turnovers and doled out 25 assists. Rollins boasts a 3.13 assist/turnover ratio, which leads the Mid-American Conference and ranks 29th nationally. Rollins has played three games where he has committed no turnovers.
FELDER OVER 50: Four times this season, junior forward Will Felder has shot 50 percent or better from the floor and in three of those games he has scored in double figures. Felder collected a season-high 15 points off 5-of-9 shooting from the floor at IPFW on Dec. 1 and 4-for-4 shooting from the free-throw line. He also hauled in eight rebounds to lead all players against the Mastodons. Felder is shooting 53.8 percent from the field for the season to lead the RedHawks.
ABOUT THE PURPLE ACES: Evansville opened the season with back-to-back losses to Notre Dame and fellow MAC school Buffalo, but the Purple Aces then rattled off four straight wins, three of which came on their home court. The winning streak was snapped by Colorado State this past Saturday, however, when Evansville fell 79-72 in its Missouri Valley/Mountain West Challenge matchup. The squad has three players averaging double figures in scoring, led by freshman DJ Balentine, who is averaging 11.3 ppg off the bench. Balentine is a long-range threat, knocking down 15 treys this season. Ned Cox and Colt Ryan follow, averaging 10.1 and 10.0 ppg, respectively. Troy Taylor leads the team on the boards with 5.1 rpg, while also averaging a team leading 3.9 apg and collecting a team-best 11 steals. As a team, the Purple Aces rank 13th nationally in turnover margin (+5.3), 15th in turnovers per game (10.6) and 17th in scoring defense (55.6). Evansville also ranks 22nd nationally in assist/turnover ratio (1.36).
SERIES WITH EVANSVILLE: Wednesday's meeting will be the 13th matchup between the RedHawks and Purple Aces, with Evansville holding an 8-4 advantage. The RedHawks have dropped six of the last seven meetings, including a 77-75 loss last year in Oxford. Miami's last win in the series was on Nov. 28, 2009 with an 82-58 triumph in Oxford. The last time the teams met in Evansville was for the 2009 ESPN BracketBuster with the Purple Aces posting a 75-61 win. When playing in Evansville, the Purple Aces own a 5-1 lead in the series. Miami's lone win in Evansville came on Dec. 18,1974 in a 79-68 victory.
UP NEXT: Miami continues a four-game road stretch when it travels to local foe Dayton on Saturday, Dec. 8. After 11 days off, Miami rounds out its road stretch at local rival Wright State on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The RedHawks return home for the first time in a month when they hosts UIC at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 as MU embarks on a four-game home stand. The RedHawks round out 2012, hosting Wilmington at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 before entertaining Massachusetts after the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.
MIAMI SPORTS NETWORK FROM IMG COLLEGE: In its sixth 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 color 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), MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF TURNOVERS: Miami has forced 105 turnovers this season, including a whopping 32 turnovers by Grambling State on Nov. 13. The RedHawks converted the Grambling turnovers into 47 points and have compiled 116 points off turnovers this season. Miami has a +3.7 turnover margin against its opponents this season and is averaging 19.3 ppg off turnovers.
DOUBLE TIME: With a 10-assist, 10-point effort against James Madison on Nov. 24, junior guard Quinten Rollins recorded his first career double-double, which also was the first double-double by a RedHawk this season. His 10 assists were a career high and also were the most by a Miami player since Tyler Dierkers handed out 10 against Mississippi State on Nov. 25, 2007. Between scoring and assists, Rollins accounted for 35 of the RedHawks' 76 points against the Dukes.
20/20 VISION: Twice this season, freshman guard Reggie Johnson has tallied 20 or more points. His first 20-point effort-also the first by a RedHawk this season-was against Grambling State on Nov. 13 with 20 points. Johnson poured in 21 points, the most by a Miami player this season, against James Madison on Nov. 24. Johnson's two 20-point games, tie for the fourth most by a Division I true freshman this season.
WHEN THEY WIN ...: In the RedHawks' three wins, Miami has outscored its opponents by a 19.0 ppg margin, surpassed the 70-point mark in each game and compiled a +9.3 turnover margin. As a team, Miami has amassed 52 assists, committed 37 turnovers and recorded 36 steals in its wins. Contrastingly, the RedHawks' opponents have recorded 27 assists, committed 65 turnovers and collected 18 steals.
WHEN THEY WIN ... PART II: Five RedHawks average double figures in scoring in Miami's three wins with freshman guard Reggie Johnson leading the way at 15.3 ppg. Junior guard Allen Roberts follows at 13.7 ppg, while junior forwards Jon Harris averages 12.0 ppg, Bill Edwards averaged 10.3 ppg and Will Felder averages 10.0 ppg in MU triumphs. Felder is shooting 66.7 percent from the floor in RedHawk wins, while freshman guard Geovonie McKnight shoots 58.3 percent from the field and Johnson hits 53.3 percent from the floor and 57.1 percent from 3-point range. Felder and Harris lead the team in rebounding, averaging 6.7 rpg apiece in wins.
TAKING AWAY A RECORD: In just the second game under new head coach John Cooper, the RedHawks set a program record for steals in a game. Miami recorded 22 take-aways against Grambling State on Nov. 13, eclipsing the previous record of 18 which was achieved twice (vs. DePauw on Dec. 4, 1991 and vs. Centre on Dec. 2, 1985). As a team, Miami ties for 26th nationally in steals per game (9.70) entering the week.
ROLLINS TIES RECORD: A big part of Miami's record-setting night for steals against Grambling State were the efforts of junior guard Quinten Rollins, who tied a single-game record for steals with seven. Rollins' previous career high for steals was six against Bowling Green during his freshman season, but against the Tigers he equaled the Miami record set by Chuck Goodyear against Toledo on Jan. 11, 1976, by Ron Harper against Marietta on Dec. 1, 1984 and by Damon Frierson against Ball State on Feb. 27, 1999. Rollins ranks 34th nationally in steals, averaging 2.5 per game.
In just six games, Miami has had three 20-point games by RedHawk players. Freshman guard Reggie Johnson scored 21 against James Madison (Nov. 24) and 20 against Grambling State (Nov. 13), while junior guard Allen Roberts tallied 20 points against William & Mary (Nov. 21).
Junior forward Bill Edwards is out for the season after sustaining a torn ligament in his left knee just minutes into Miami's game against James Madison on Nov. 24.
The RedHawks' win at William & Mary was their first road win against a Division I non-conference opponent since defeating Northwestern State 69-68 on Dec. 30, 2008.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Be just Miami's second win at Evansville.
- Be Evansville's second straight loss and its second to a MAC team this year.
- Be the RedHawks' second road win, equaling the total number of road wins in 2011-12.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Drop the RedHawks' record under .500 at 3-4.
- Be the Purple Aces second straight win in the series with Miami.
- Make Evansville 4-1 at home this season.