Miami at Bowling Green
Wednesday, February 27 - 7 p.m.
Stroh Center - Bowling Green, Ohio
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REDHAWKS RESUME MAC PLAY AT BOWLING GREEN WEDNESDAY: After taking a brief break from Mid-American Conference play for the Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster on Saturday, Miami returns to MAC action this week as the RedHawks travel to Bowling Green for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Miami tries to snap a five-game skid, while BGSU looks for its fourth straight home win.
BANGING THE BOARDS: The RedHawks have stepped up their production on the boards recently, out-rebounding six of their last seven opponents. At Southern Illinois on Feb. 23, Miami pulled down a season-high 39 rebounds, which included career-high rebounding numbers from senior center Vince Legarza and freshman guard Reggie Johnson, who each recorded six boards. In its first 18 games, Miami was out-rebounded by a 7.9 margin, but in the last seven games, the RedHawks have posted a +3.1 advantage on the boards.
STEALING THE SHOW: Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranks ninth on Miami's career steals list with 134. Rollins is just two steals away from Devin Davis' No. 8 total of 136. Rollins tallied one steal at Southern Illinois on Feb. 23 to push his season total to 51, which ties Chet Mason (2003) and Derrick Cross (1994, 1993) for sixth on Miami's single-season list. With nine more assists, Rollins would move to fourth on the single-season list behind Ron Harper, who owns the top three spots.
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.
ABOUT THE FALCONS: Bowling Green enters Wednesday's game with an 11-16 overall record and a 5-7 Mid-American Conference mark. BGSU is coming off an 88-75 loss at IPFW on Saturday in the BracketBuster event. The Falcons have been strong at home, posting a 9-3 record at the Stroh Center, including double-digit victories over Kent State and Western Michigan. Seniors A'uston Calhoun and Jordon Crawford are currently fifth and sixth in the MAC in scoring, averaging 15.3 and 15.0 ppg, respectively. The duo also own the top two spots for average minutes among MAC leaders with Crawford leading the MAC at 34.6 minutes per game. Calhoun averages a team-leading 7.3 rpg. Sophomore Richaun Holmes is among the MAC's top shot blockers, averaging 2.3 blocks per game.
SERIES WITH BOWLING GREEN: Saturday marks the 128th meeting between these two schools with Miami holding a 77-51 lead in the series. Earlier this season, the RedHawks defeated the Falcons at Millett Hall, 63-60. After starting out the game down 9-0, Miami pulled out a victory that was capped by a clutch basket from junior guard Quinten Rollins with just 19 seconds left. The RedHawks last won in Bowling Green on January 20, 2009. The 2008-09 season was also the last time Miami swept the season series with the Falcons. BGSU is 34-26 against Miami when playing in Bowling Green.
UP NEXT: Miami returns home for its final home game of 2012-13 as the RedHawks host Kent State at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. Miami will recognize legendary head coach Charlie Coles at halftime and also will honor senior center Vince Legarza before the game. The RedHawks then hit the road for a 7 p.m. tilt at Akron on Tuesday, March 5 and a 4 p.m. contest at Ohio on Saturday, March 9. The Akron and Ohio games will both be broadcast on SportsTime Ohio.
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' second straight win in the series with the Falcons.
- Give Miami its first season sweep of Bowling Green since 2009.
- Snap a five-game losing skid.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Improve the Falcons' all-time record at the Stroh Center to 22-7.
- Give Bowling Green its fourth consecutive win at home against Miami.
- Extend the RedHawks' losing streak to six games.
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 steals (2.0), 5th in assist/turnover ratio (1.7) and 6th in assists (4.0). In MAC-only games, Rollins ranks 6th in assists (3.6), 9th in assist/turnover ratio (1.1) and 5th in steals (1.9).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 11th in scoring (12.8), 5th in free-throw percentage (.835) and 10th in 3-pointers (1.8). In MAC-only games, Roberts ranks 14th in scoring (12.8), ties for 12th in 3-pointers (1.5), ranks 13th in free-throw percentage (.773) and ties for 15th in steals (1.3).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 6th in field goal percentage (.514), 16th in scoring (11.2), ties for 10th in defensive rebounds (4.0), and ranks 13th in rebounding (5.4), 9th in blocked shots (1.1) and 12th in free-throw percentage (.767). In MAC-only games, Felder ranks 8th in field goal percentage (.513), 9th in rebounding (6.3), 9th in defensive rebounds (4.3), 9th in blocked shots (1.2), and ties for 11th in scoring (13.1), 9th in free-throw percentage (.800) and 13th in offensive rebounds (1.9).
Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight ranks 15th in steals (1.2). In MAC-only games, McKnight ranks 3rd in free-throw percentage (.839) and ties for 15th in steals (1.3).
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ties for 15th in steals in MAC play (1.3).
Junior forward Jon Harris ranks 15th in 3-point field goal percentage (.352)
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in steals (8.7, 2nd), turnover margin (+1.4, 4th) and field goal percentage (.436, 4th). In MAC-only games, the RedHawks lead the MAC in steals (8.5, 1st) and rank among the top four in rebounding defense (30.3, 2nd) and field goal percentage (.445, 3rd).
Senior center Vince Legarza handed out five assists against Buffalo on Feb. 16, which tied a career high he set against the Bulls the previous season. Legarza tallied all five of his assists in the first half. On Feb. 23, Legarza set a career high for rebounds (6) and minutes played (20) against Southern Illinois.
The RedHawks played their first overtime game of the season at Southern Illinois on Feb. 23, falling, 74-68. It was the first overtime game for Miami since a 62-57 win against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 1, 2012. It was the RedHawks' first overtime game on the road since a triple-overtime win at Ohio on Jan. 9, 2011, 92-88.
At SIU on Feb. 23, Miami used a 22-3 run to end the first half and start the second half that evaporated a 13-point deficit and handed Miami a six-point lead against the Salukis.
Junior center Drew McGhee notched his fourth double-figure scoring effort of the season and second in three games with 13 points against Buffalo on Feb. 16. McGhee led the RedHawks in scoring and finished 5-of-8 from the field and 3-for-3 from the line.
Junior guard Allen Roberts has scored in double figures a team-leading 20 times this season, including 14 of Miami's last 15 games. He has led the RedHawks in scoring a team-most10 times this season.
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's game at Ohio in the regular-season finale also has been selected to be televised on SportTime Ohio and will be played at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.
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 with 19 points 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 49th nationally in steals (2.04), while junior guard Allen Roberts ranked 73rd nationally in free-throw percentage (.835). As a team, Miami ranked 32nd nationally in steals (8.7).
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.