Miami at Toledo
Wednesday, February 6 - 7 p.m.
Savage Arena - Toledo, Ohio
Live Video Stream: MAC-Sports.com
Live Audio: Miami All-Access (subscription) on www.MURedHawks.com
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WONE 980 Dayton; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS TRAVEL TO TOLEDO FOR 7 P.M. GAME WEDNESDAY: Coming off its 600th Mid-American Conference win, the Miami University men's basketball team concludes a two-game road stretch when it travels to Toledo for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The RedHawks captured a 70-61 win at Central Michigan on Saturday to halt a four-game losing skid. The Rockets enter Wednesday's game winning their last three.
REDHAWKS REACH 600: Miami became the first men's basketball program to reach 600 Mid-American Conference wins with a 70-61 win at Central Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 2. The RedHawks broke open a tight game, draining 9-of-10 free throws over the final 1:33 of the game.
BOARD BANTER: Although Miami has struggled on the boards this season, the RedHawks have out-rebounded their last two opponents. Miami recorded a 37-29 advantage on the boards against Western Michigan, who entered the game ranked 18th nationally in rebounding margin. The following game at Central Michigan, the RedHawks edged the Chippewas on the boards, 36-34.
DOUBLE TIME: In each of the last 11 games, junior forward Will Felder has reached double figures in scoring. Felder has recorded double-digit scoring efforts in 15 games this season, which ties junior guard Allen Roberts for the most by a RedHawk this season.
ABOUT THE ROCKETS: Toledo enters Wednesday's game with 9-10 record, including a 5-3 mark in MAC play. The Rockets' only league losses are to the top three teams in the MAC: Akron, Ohio and Western Michigan. Rian Pearson leads the MAC, averaging 18.2 ppg, and leads the team on the boards, averaging 6.4 rpg. Matt Smith is one of the most accurate shooters in the MAC, leading the conference in both free-throw percentage (.898) and 3-point field goal percentage (.440). The Rockets as a whole are one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the country, ranking second nationally (.788).
SERIES WITH TOLEDO: Wednesday will be the 120th meeting between these two teams, with Miami holding the all-time advantage, 68-51. Toledo, however, has won its last two games against the RedHawks, including a 60-53 victory in the opening round of the MAC tournament last year. During the regular-season, the Rockets pulled out a 63-61 win in Oxford. Prior to that, Miami had won five consecutive games against Toledo. When playing on its home floor, the Rockets are 32-22 against Miami. The RedHawks' last win at Savage Arena was on Feb. 12, 2011, 68-66.
UP NEXT: Miami returns home to host Akron in the first game of a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU and it is also Hall of Fame Day when Miami will honor its six inductees: Dale Cohen (women's tennis), Terry Hoeppner (football coach), PL (Pete) Miller (men's track & field), Ben Roethlisberger (football), Karin Sherr (synchronized skating) and Kyle Voska (men's golf). The RedHawks then hit the road to face Kent State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.
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), WONE-AM 980 (Dayton, OH) MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Be Miami's second straight win.
- Improve the RedHawks to 3-1 in MAC road games.
- Be Miami's ninth win of the season, equaling its season total from a year ago.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Be the Rockets' fourth straight win.
- Give the Rockets three straight wins in the series with Miami.
- Make Toledo 3-1 at home in MAC play.
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 assist/turnover ratio (2.3) and ranks 2nd in steals (2.3) and 6th in assists (4.2). In MAC-only games, Rollins ranks 4th in steals (2.3), 6th in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and 7th in assists (3.4).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 13th in scoring (12.8), 6th in free-throw percentage (.833) and 11th in 3-pointers (1.78). In MAC-only games, Roberts ranks 16th in scoring (12.8) and ties for 14th in 3-pointers (1.5).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 4th in field goal percentage (.533), 16th in scoring (11.8), 13th in rebounding (5.5), 11th in defensive rebounds (3.9) and 12th in blocked shots (1.0). In MAC-only games, Felder ranks 6th in rebounding (7.0), 8th in scoring (15.0), 8th in field goal percentage (.544), 5th in offensive rebounds (2.6), ties for 9th in defensive rebounds (4.4), ranks 12th in blocked shots (0.9) and ties for 13th in free-throw percentage (.784).
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight ranks 12th in steals (1.4) and ties for 13th (1.4) in MAC-only games, while freshman guard Reggie Johnson ranks 14th in steals (1.3) and ties for 14th in steals (1.4) in MAC-only games.
Sophomore guard Will Sullivan ties for 4th in 3-point field goal pctg. (.533) in MAC-only games.
Junior forward Jon Harris ranks 12th in 3-point field goal percentage (.372).
As a team, Miami leads the MAC in steals (9.3, 1st) and ranks among the top four in turnover margin (+2.6, 2nd) and 3-pointers (6.5, 4th). In MAC-only games, the RedHawks also lead the MAC in steals (9.4, 1st) and rank among the top four in rebounding defense (31.5, 2nd) and turnover margin (+2.0, 3rd).
Miami's game against Akron on Feb. 9 will be televised nationally on ESPNU. The game has been moved to 1 p.m.
Miami will face Southern Illinois in the 2013 Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster at 3:05 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Feb. 23. It is the sixth Missouri Valley Conference program Miami has faced in its 10 years participating in the event.
Junior forward Will Felder has stepped up his game and been impressive in MAC play. In league action, he ranks among the top eight in the conference in scoring (15.0 ppg), rebounding (7.0 rpg) and field goal percentage (.544) and ranks among MAC statistical leaders in seven categories in conference play.
Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranks ninth on Miami's career steals list with 128. Rollins is just eight steals away from Devin Davis' No. 8 total of 136. Rollins has 45 steals on the season, which is just five from cracking Miami's single-season top-10 steals list.
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight made his first career start against Western Michigan on Jan. 30. McKnight, who has played in every game this season, has started the last two games.
With 17 points and 13 rebounds against Western Michigan on Jan. 30, junior forward Will Felder recorded his second double-double in a three-game stretch. Felder notched his first double-double at Miami and the second by a RedHawk this season with 19 points off 7-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds against Ohio on Jan. 23. Earlier in the year, junior guard Quinten Rollins posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists against James Madison.
The RedHawks amassed 17 offensive rebounds against Western Michigan on Jan. 30. It tied the most offensive rebounds Miami has recorded in a game this season, equaling the number the RedHawks hauled in off the offensive glass at NC State in the season opener on Nov. 9.
Entering the week, two RedHawks ranked among national statistical leaders according to the NCAA. Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranked 27th nationally in steals (2.25) and 48th in assist/turnover ratio (2.47). Junior guard Allen Roberts ranked 74th nationally in free-throw percentage (.833). As a team, Miami ranked 17th nationally in steals (9.3).
With Miami's 60-63 win against Bowling Green on Jan. 16, Miami head coach John Cooper posted his 50th career win. Cooper was 43-51 in three seasons at Tennessee State before assuming the Miami post.
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.