Miami at Arizona State
Tuesday, November 12 - 9 p.m. (ET)
Wells Fargo Arena - Tempe, Ariz.
Television: PAC-12 Networks
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WONE 980 Dayton; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS CONTINUE OPENING ROAD STRETCH AT ARIZONA STATE TUESDAY: Miami University’s men’s basketball team continues a three-game road stretch to open the 2013-14 season when the RedHawks travel to Arizona State for a 9 p.m. (ET) game on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Miami is coming off a solid performance in its season opener at No. 21/22 Notre Dame in which the RedHawks dropped a 74-62 decision. The Sun Devils notched at 96-61 win in their season opener. It is just the third meeting between the teams and the first in nearly 30 years. It also is the first meeting between the programs that will not occur at a neutral site.
MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: Seven seems to be the magic number for sophomore guard Reggie Johnson. Johnson knocked down seven field goals on 13 attempts, including four field goals from 3-point range, en route to a career-high 22-point scoring effort at Notre Dame on Nov. 8. It was the third 20-point scoring night of his career. Coincidentally, in each of Johnson’s previous 20-point games he drained seven field goals. Johnson scored 15 of his 22 points in the first 20 minutes against the Fighting Irish.
Q&A: Senior guard Quinten "Q" Rollins racked up the assists on Friday at No. 21/22 Notre Dame. Rollins dished out seven of the RedHawks’ 15 assists on the night. Not only did he account for 47 percent of Miami’s assists, Rollins committed just one lone turnover. It is the seventh time in Rollins’ career he has handed out seven or more assists and the 10th time he has amassed six or more assists.
FRIDAY THE 13th: In Friday’s season-opening game at Notre Dame, two RedHawks posted 13-point scoring efforts. Geovonie McKnight scored a career-high 13 points off 5-of-8 shooting from the floor and a 3-for-5 effort from the free-throw line. He poured in 11 of his points in the second half, including a stretch where he scored eight-straight points for the RedHawks. Junior forward Will Felder also notched 13 points, hitting 5-of-10 shots from the floor and 1-of-3 shots from the free-throw line.
ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State returns three starters from a team that advanced to the NIT second round a season ago. ASU is coming off a solid 96-61 win over UMBC in its season opener on Friday. Five players scored in double figures, led by Jermaine Marshall and Jahii Carson’s 19 points apiece. Jordan Bachynski notched a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. ASU took 44 free throws in the game, connecting on 33, and amassed 50 boards. The team received votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches preseason polls. Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek is a familiar name with Miami men’s basketball, serving as the program’s 21st head coach for three seasons from 1993-1996. He posted a .708 winning percentage while leading Miami, which ranks second among all-time coaches at MU.
THE SERIES WITH ARIZONA STATE: Tuesday marks the third meeting in the all-time series between Miami and Arizona State. The RedHawks won both previous meetings, which were both at neutral sites. The last time the teams met was on Dec. 30, 1984 at the Hoosier Classic with Miami posting a 68-52 win. Miami great Ron Harper led the RedHawks against the Sun Devils, scoring 19 of the team’s 68 points and pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds. Tim Lampe also had a double-double for Miami with 14 points and 12 boards. The first meeting between the programs was on Dec. 28, 1953 at the Troy Invitational with Miami recording a 104-69 win. It was just the third triple-digit scoring effort by the Red and White in program history.
UP NEXT: Miami concludes a three-game road stretch to start the season when the RedHawks travel to local foe Xavier for an 8 p.m. game on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Miami then returns to Millett Hall to host Wilmington in its home-opener at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. The RedHawks will be idle for 10 days before hosting their second home game, entertaining IPFW on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
MIAMI SPORTS NETWORK FROM IMG COLLEGE: In its seventh 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 980 (Dayton, OH), MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).
ON THE PLUS SIDE: Although Miami had 12 turnovers at Notre Dame on Friday, the RedHawks amassed 15 assists as a team for a 1.25 assist/turnover ratio. Six RedHawks contributed to the assists numbers, led by senior guard Quinten Rollins’ seven assists. Senior forward Will Felder, senior center Blake McLimans and freshman guard Jaryd Eustace had two assists apiece, while junior guard Will Sullivan and sophomore guard Reggie Johnson handed out one each.
BOARD NUMBERS: In the first game of the 2013-14 season, Miami had a solid effort of the boards, posting a 30-27 rebounding edge against Notre Dame. The RedHawks outrebounded their opponents just 10 times in 2012-13 with just one of those efforts coming in non-conference play. Senior forward Will Felder posted a game-high-tying seven rebounds, while senior center Blake McLimans added six rebounds and senior guard Quinten Rollins tallied five boards.
FELDER TABBED EAST DIVISION PRESEASON ALL-MAC: Senior forward Will Felder was named to the Mid-American Conference East Division Preseason Team in a poll of a 25-member MAC News Media Panel that was released by the conference office Oct. 29. An honorable mention All-MAC selection as a junior, Felder was the leading rebounder for the RedHawks a season ago and was the team’s top scorer in MAC play. He averaged 11.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg over 31 games and averaged 13.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg in MAC action. Felder ranked fifth among conference leaders in field goal percentage, shooting 52.1 percent for the season and 54.3 percent in conference games. Felder ranked among MAC statistical leaders in six categories in 2012-13.
HONORING COLES: This season, the Miami University men’s basketball team will wear a special patch on both its home and road uniforms to honor the memory of long-time Miami head coach and 1965 alumnus Charlie Coles. The circular black patch has the initials CC in white. Coach Coles, who spent 16 years at the helm of the RedHawk program, is Miami’s all-time leader in wins and is the Mid-American Conference record holder for career conference wins. Coach Coles retired on March 5, 2012 following the RedHawks’ last game of the season. He passed away on June 7, 2013, at the age of 71.
THE RETURNERS: Miami returns six players, including four starters from a season ago. The RedHawks return four starters in senior guard Quinten Rollins, senior forward Will Felder, junior guard Will Sullivan and sophomore guard Reggie Johnson. Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight is the other letterwinner to return for Miami. Senior forward Bill Edwards also returns after being sidelined much of the season due to an injury. The RedHawk returners made a combined 171 career starts for MU entering the 2013-14 season. Despite returning just six players from a season ago, that group accounted for 56.4 percent of the RedHawks’ scoring and 53.6 percent of its rebounding a season ago.
THE NEWCOMERS: Miami adds a large and diverse class of talented newcomers to its 2013-14 roster. After sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer guidelines, sophomore center John Hawkins is able to suit up for the RedHawks in 2013-14. Miami also added senior forward/center Blake McLimans, who is pursuing his master’s degree at Miami after earning an undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, as well as sophomore guard Willie Moore, who is a transfer from the University of Oregon and will compete for the RedHawks this season. Miami has two talented freshmen who hail from Australia in forward Joshua Oswald and guard Jaryd Eustace. Joining the team but sitting out the season due to NCAA transfer guidelines is junior guard Eric Washington, who played at Presbyterian College the last two seasons. The RedHawks also have two walk-ons in senior guard Philip Bennett and sophomore forward Brian Oddo.
EUSTACE MAKES QUICK START: Freshman guard Jaryd Eustace started for the RedHawks in his first collegiate game on Nov. 8 at Notre Dame. Eustace became the first freshman since Quinten Rollins in 2010-11 to earn a spot in the starting lineup in his first game as a RedHawk.
TURNING 109: Miami’s game at Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 8, marked the start of the 109th season of Miami University Basketball.
CLOSING IN ON 1300: This season, Miami University’s men’s basketball program seeks its 1300th all-time win. The Red and White have amassed a program record of 1298-1093 over the past 109 years.
EXHIBITION ACTION: In a tune-up for the season, Miami hosted Northwood on Oct. 30, defeating the Saints, 76-71. Five RedHawks scored in double figures. Sophomore guard Willie Moore led all players with 16 points, sinking 6-of-8 field goals, including three from 3-point range. Freshman guard Jaryd Eustace chipped in 14 points, while senior forward/center Blake McLimans added 13, senior forward Will Felder tallied 12 and sophomore guard Reggie Johnson added 10 points in the winning effort.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
• Make Miami 3-0 in the series with Arizona State.
• Be the RedHawks’ first win of the season.
• Give Miami its 1,299th all-time win
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Be Miami’s second straight loss.
• Give Arizona State its first win in the series with Miami.
• Be Miami’s first 0-2 start to the season since 2009-10.