Miami at Akron
Tuesday, March 5 - 7 p.m.
James A. Rhodes Arena - Akron, 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 MAC LEADER AKRON FOR 7 P.M. GAME TUESDAY: Miami rounds out the final week of the regular season on the road at the Mid-American Conference's top two teams. The RedHawks travel to MAC leader Akron for a 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5. The game will be televised on SportsTime Ohio. The RedHawks are coming off a loss to Kent State on Saturday and have lost their last seven. The Zips had a 19-game win streak snapped at Buffalo on Saturday, 81-67.
STEALING THE SHOW: With his two steals against Kent State, junior guard Quinten Rollins pushed his career total to 137, placing him eighth on Miami's career list. He is 11 away from the No. 7 total of 148 by Eddie Schilling. Rollins has 54 steals this season, which places him in fifth on the single-season list. He is five away from Jamie Mahaffey's 1994 total of 59, which ranks fourth. Ron Harper owns the top three spots on the single-season list.
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 ZIPS: Akron enters Tuesday's game with a 23-5 overall record and a 13-1 MAC mark after a loss at Buffalo on Saturday. This Zips are paced by Zeke Marshall's 12.9 ppg and 6.8 rpg. He ranks fifth nationally and leads the conference averaging 3.6 bpg. Demetrius Treadwell follows at 11.2 ppg and a team-leading 7.5 rpg, while Alex Abreu averages 10.2 ppg and ranks 21st nationally in assists (5.9 per game). As a team, the Zips rank among the top 50 nationally in blocked shots, rebound margin, field goal percentage defense, assists and scoring offense.
SERIES WITH AKRON: Tuesday marks the 52nd meeting between Miami and Akron with the Zips holding a 25-24 edge in the all-time series. Akron is 12-6 when playing the RedHawks in Akron. The Zips have won the last five meetings between the teams, including a 54-50 decision in Oxford earlier this year and a 74-59 triumph on Feb. 15 last season in Akron. Miami's last win in the series was in Millett Hall on Jan. 19, 2011, 84-76, and its last win in James A. Rhodes Arena was on Feb. 20, 2003, 55-53. Akron has won eight straight at home against MU.
UP NEXT: The RedHawks round out the regular season at Ohio on Saturday, March 9. Tip time is 4 p.m., and the game will be televised 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 ...
- Give the Zips back-to-back losses for the second time this season.
- Be Miami's first win at Akron since Feb. 20, 2003.
- Snap a seven-game losing skid.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Be Akron's sixth straight win in the series.
- Push the Zips' record to 13-6 when playing Miami in Akron.
- Extend the RedHawks' losing streak to eight 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 2nd in steals (2.0), 6th in assist/turnover ratio (1.8) and 6th in assists (3.9). In MAC-only games, Rollins ranks 5th in steals (1.9), 7th in assist/turnover ratio (1.2) and ties for 7th in assists (3.4).
Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 12th in scoring (12.7), 7th in free-throw percentage (.803) and 12th in 3-pointers (1.7). In MAC-only games, Roberts ties for 13th in scoring (12.6) and 15th in 3-pointers (1.4).
Junior forward Will Felder ranks 5th in field goal percentage (.518), 13th in rebounding (5.3), 17th in scoring (11.3), 9th in defensive rebounds (3.9), 9th in free-throw percentage (.779) and 10th in blocked shots (1.0) . In MAC-only games, Felder ranks 4th in free-throw percentage (.816), 7th in field goal percentage (.519), 9th in blocked shots (1.1) and 12th in scoring (12.9), and ties for 9th in rebounding (6.0), 11th in defensive rebounds (4.1) and 12th in offensive rebounds (1.9).
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ranks 13th in steals (1.3) and ties for 9th in steals in MAC play (1.4).
Junior guard Jon Harris ranks 15th in 3-point field goal percentage (.361).
As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in steals (8.6, 2nd) and turnover margin (+1.6, 3rd). In MAC-only games, the RedHawks lead the MAC in steals (8.4, 3rd) and rank among the top four in rebounding defense (31.3, 3rd).
Senior center Vince Legarza has set or tied career highs for rebounds, assists, blocked shots and minutes played in Miami's last four games. He handed out five assists against Buffalo on Feb. 16, which tied a career high he set against the Bulls the previous season. On Feb. 23, Legarza set a career high for rebounds (six) and tied that with six against Kent State on March 2. Legarza played a career-high 25 minutes at Bowling Green on Feb. 27 and again against KSU on March 2. He is averaging 3.6 ppg and 4.0 rpg over the last five games.
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.
Junior center Drew McGhee sustained a season-ending injury to his right knee in practice on Feb. 27.
Junior guard Allen Roberts has scored in double figures a team-leading 21 times this season, including 15 of Miami's last 17 games. He has led the RedHawks in scoring a team-most 11 times this season.
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, junior guard Quinten Rollins ranked 51st among national statistical leaders in steals (2.0), according to the NCAA. As a team, Miami ranked 32nd nationally in steals (8.6).
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.