Miami at Kent State
Wednesday, February 13 - 7 p.m.
M.A.C. Center - Kent, Ohio
Television: SportsTime Ohio (Micheal Reghi, David Cecutti); ESPN3
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WONE 980 Dayton; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati; WCFN 100.3 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS TRAVEL TO KENT STATE FOR 7 P.M. GAME ON SPORTSTIME OHIO: Playing five of its last seven on the road, the RedHawks travel to Kent State for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The game will be televised on SportsTime Ohio. The RedHawks are coming off a pair of hard-fought losses and look to end a two-game losing skid. The Golden Flashes posted an 87-72 win over Central Michigan on Saturday and have won two of their last three.
REDHAWKS REACH 600: Miami became the first 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. (More information on page 5.)
BOARD BANTER: The RedHawks have stepped up their production on the boards and have out-rebounded their last four opponents. Miami recorded a 37-29 advantage on the boards against Western Michigan, who entered the game ranked 18th nationally in rebounding margin. On Feb. 2 at Central Michigan, the RedHawks edged the Chippewas on the boards, 36-34, and posted a 29-25 advantage at Toledo on Feb. 6. Against Akron on Feb. 9, Miami out-rebounded the Zips, 32-30.
CLOSE CALLS: Although the RedHawks have lost three of their last four, Miami's last three losses have come by four points or fewer. Against Western Michigan on Jan. 30, the RedHawks were within one twice over the final 1:30 of the game but fell, 72-68. At Toledo, Miami suffered a heartbreaking one-point loss on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, 65-64. The RedHawks led by as many as nine against league-leader Akron and knotted the game with 2:32 to play but fell to the Zips, 54-50.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN FLASHES: Kent State enters Wednesday's game with a 13-11 record and a 4-6 record in Mid-American Conference play. After enduring a four-game skid in MAC action, Kent State has won two of its last three conference games. Senior Chris Evans leads the way for the Golden Flashes, averaging 16.8 points per game, good for fourth among all MAC players. Fellow senior Randal Holt also ranks in the top-10 for MAC scorers with 14.1 points per game. Evans is also among the conference leaders for rebounds (7.0) and steals (1.9) per game. Kent State has two of the best long-range shooters in the MAC: Holt averages a MAC-leading 2.5 3-pointers per contest, and sophomore Devareaux Manley is shooting 41.3 percent from behind the arc to rank third in the MAC.
SERIES WITH KENT STATE: Wednesday will be the 131st meeting between Miami and Kent State with the RedHawks holding an 86-44 advantage. The two squads have split the last three season series, with Miami winning each game in Oxford and Kent State winning each game in Kent. The last time the RedHawks won a game on the road against the Golden Flashes was Jan. 17, 2009, a 66-55 victory. All-time, Miami's record in Kent is 35-27.
UP NEXT: Miami returns home to host Buffalo on Saturday, Feb. 16 in the second game of a women's and men's basketball doubleheader. The Feb. 16 game is a McFamily and Friends Day with a ticket package that includes four game tickets and four McDonald's Extra Value Meal vouchers for just $44. This ticket package is for pre-purchase only.
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) WCFN-FM (100.3 (Cincinnati, OH) MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Be the RedHawks' first win in Kent since January 2009.
- Make Miami 3-2 in MAC road games.
- Give both teams 4-7 MAC records.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Drop Miami to 35-28 when playing in Kent.
- Be the Golden Flashes' third straight home win.
- Be the RedHawks' third straight loss.
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 ranks 3rd in assist/turnover ratio (2.0), 3rd in steals (2.0) and 5th in assists (4.3). In MAC-only games, Rollins ranks 6th in steals (1.8), 5th in assist/turnover ratio (1.2) and 6th in assists (3.7).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 11th in scoring (12.8), 6th in free-throw percentage (.835) and 12th in 3-pointers (1.7). In MAC-only games, Roberts ranks 15th in scoring (12.8) and 12th in free-throw percentage (.778).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 5th in field goal percentage (.522), 17th in scoring (11.5), 10th in blocked shots (1.0), 11th in defensive rebounds (4.0) and ties for 12th in rebounding (5.5). In MAC-only games, Felder ties for 7th in rebounding (6.8), 11th in scoring (13.7), ranks 8th in field goal percentage (.521), 8th in defensive rebounds (4.5), 9th in blocked shots (1.1) and 10th in free-throw percentage (.791) and ties for 9th in offensive rebounds (2.3).
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight ties for 12th in steals (1.3) and 12th (1.4) in MAC-only games.
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ties for 12th in steals (1.3) and 11th in steals (1.3) in MAC-only games.
Junior forward Jon Harris ranks 12th in 3-point field goal percentage (.369).
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in steals (9.0, 2nd) and turnover margin (+2.1, 2nd). In MAC-only games, the RedHawks lead the MAC in steals (8.8, 1st) and rank among the top four in rebounding defense (30.7, 2nd) and turnover margin (+1.1, 4th).
Junior center Drew McGhee notched his third double-figure scoring effort of the season with 10 points and a season-high-tying six rebounds against Akron. He was 5-of-8 from the field. Freshman guard Reggie Johnson tallied his ninth double-figure scoring night of the season and second straight with 10 points off 4-of-5 shooting against the Zips.
The RedHawks' game at Akron on Tuesday, March 5 has been selected for television and will be aired on SportsTime Ohio. Game time will remain 7 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 11 in the conference in scoring (13.7 ppg), rebounding (6.8 rpg) and field goal percentage (.521) 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 four.
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.
Entering the week, two RedHawks ranked among national statistical leaders according to the NCAA. Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranked 58th nationally in steals (2.05), while junior guard Allen Roberts ranked 75th nationally in free-throw percentage (.835). As a team, Miami ranked 20th nationally in steals (9.0).
With Miami's 63-60 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.