Miami hosts Massachusetts
Wednesday, January 2 - 7 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
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REDHAWKS HOST MASSACHUSETTS AT 7 P.M. WEDNESDAY: Miami continues a four-game home stretch, hosting Massachusetts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. Miami seeks its third straight win after back-to-back wins at Millett Hall where the RedHawks eclipsed 80 points in each win. They face a tough challenge in the Massachusetts Minutemen, who enter Wednesday's game having won five straight. UMass has not lost a true road game yet this season, going 3-0 in road contests.
HOME SWEET HOME: Miami head coach John Cooper often talks about importance of protecting your home court, and the RedHawks have done that thus far in 2012-13 with a 4-0 record at Millett Hall. Four RedHawks are averaging double figures in Millett Hall, led by freshman guard Reggie Johnson's 17.3 ppg. As a team, the RedHawks have shot 48.9 percent from the field, 44.9 from 3-point range, averaged 10.0 treys, out-rebounded opponents by a 1.0 margin and posted a +6.8 turnover margin on their home court. Miami is averaging 80.5 ppg and allowing its opponents just 62.2 ppg in home games.
HEATING UP AT HOME: Three times this season Miami has scored 80 or more points, all coming in Millett Hall. The RedHawks posted an 80-54 win over Grambling State in their home opener. In its last two games, Miami has set season highs for scoring with an 82-70 win over UIC on Dec. 22 and an 84-67 win against Wilmington on Dec. 30.
ABOUT THE MINUTEMEN: Massachusetts enters Wednesday's game with an 8-3 overall record and has won its last five games, including a 64-59 win at Northern Illinois on Dec. 29. Three Minutemen are averaging double figures in scoring, led by Chaz Williams' 16.1 ppg. Jesse Morgan follows at 15.0 ppg, and Terrell Vinson adds 12.6 ppg. Williams ranks 11th nationally in assists, averaging 7.1 per game. He also ranks 37th nationally in 3-point field goals, knocking down 2.91 per game. Cady Lalanne leads the team on the boards, averaging 5.4 rpg. The Minutemen average 72.9 ppg, but, despite winning eight of their 11 games, give up 73.5 ppg.
SERIES WITH MASSACHUSETTS: Wednesday marks the first meeting between Miami and Massachusetts. This is Miami's second meeting with an Atlantic 10 team this season having dropped an 83-61 decision at Dayton earlier this season.
SPECIAL OFFERS FOR WEDNESDAY'S GAME: For Wednesday's game, fans will be treated to FREE parking in the Millett Hall West Lot.
UP NEXT: After a week off, Miami opens Mid-American Conference play, hosting Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9. Miami then hits the road for a 7 p.m. game at Buffalo on Saturday, Jan. 12 before returning to Millett Hall to host Bowling Green at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The RedHawks head to Eastern Michigan for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 19 before returning home for three straight games beginning with a 7 p.m. game against Ohio on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The RedHawks then host Ball State at 3 p.m. on Jan. 26 and Western Michigan on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.
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Junior guard Quinten Rollins' double-double (10 pts/10 asts) against James Madison was the first point/assist double-double by a MAC player this season. His seven steals against Grambling State are the most by a MAC player in 2012-13.
Rollins leads the MAC in steals (2.3), ranks 2nd in assist/turnover ratio (3.1) and 4th in assists (4.8).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ties for 14th in scoring (12.0) and ranks 4th in free-throw percentage (.864) and 13th in 3-pointers (1.7).
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ties for 22nd in scoring (10.5).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 7th in field goal percentage (.517), 30th in scoring (9.6) and ties for 11th in blocked shots (1.0) and 15th in defensive rebounds (3.6).
Junior forward Jon Harris ranks 27th in scoring (10.0), 5th in 3-point field goal percentage (.455), 10th in 3-pointers (1.8), 13th in field goal percentage (.475), 14th in field goal percentage (.467) and 19th in rebounding (5.1).
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage (.373, t-1st), steals (9.3, 2nd), turnover margin (+2.73, 3rd), assist/turnover ratio (1.0, 3rd), assists (14.6, 4th) and 3-point field goals (7.6, 4th).
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Make Miami 5-0 at home this season.
- Even the RedHawks' record at 6-6.
- Be the RedHawks' third straight win, their longest win streak of the season.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Make Massachusetts 3-0 against MAC teams.
- Be the Minutemen's sixth straight win.
- Make UMass 4-0 in road games this season.
For the second time this season, Miami had five double-figure scorers in its win over Wilmington. Junior guard Allen Roberts and freshman guard Reggie Johnson each has 16 points, while junior forward Will Felder had 12 and junior forward Jon Harris and sophomore guard Will Sullivan each notched 10. Miami also had five double-figure scorers in its win over Grambling State on Nov. 13.
Junior guard Quinten Rollins leads the MAC in steals, averaging 2.3 per game. Rollins has 108 career steals and needs just 15 more to break onto Miami's career Top-10 chart.
Sophomore guard Will Sullivan has scored in double figures in the RedHawks' last two games after not having reached double figures previously in his career.
In Miami's five wins, the RedHawks have surpassed the 70-point plateau, but in their six losses MU has failed to hit the 70-point benchmark. Miami averages 78.8 ppg in wins and 57.0 ppg in losses.
In the RedHawks' five wins, Miami has outscored its opponents by a 17.2 ppg margin, surpassed the 70-point mark in each game and compiled a +7.2 turnover margin. As a team, Miami has amassed 90 assists, committed 63 turnovers and recorded 62 steals in its wins.
The RedHawks' 12 3-pointers against Wilmington College were a season-high for the Red and White, topping the 10 they hit in their previous game against UIC. Junior guard Allen Roberts knocked down four treys against the Quakers, while freshman guard Reggie Johnson hit three.
Miami had its best shooting effort of the season against UIC on Dec. 22, shooting .566 from the field (30-of-53). It marked the first time in 2012-13 that the RedHawks had hit at least 50 percent of their shots. Miami also connected on 52.6 percent of its 3-point shots.
Miami's four-game home stretch from Dec. 22 to Jan. 9 is the RedHawks' longest since hosting four-straight games from Feb. 12 to Feb. 22, 2006. The RedHawks were 4-0 during that stretch, including wins over Akron and Ohio, a double-overtime win against Ball State and an ESPN BracketBuster win over Illinois State.
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.
The RedHawks set a program record for steals in a game with 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).
Junior guard Quinten Rollins tied a single-game record for steals with seven against Grambling State. 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.