Miami hosts Wilmington
Saturday, November 23 - 3 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
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REDHAWKS HOST WILMINGTON IN HOME OPENER: Miami University’s men’s basketball team returns to Millett Hall to host Wilmington College in the RedHawks’ home opener at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Miami seeks its first win of the season after three road losses at then-No. 21/22 Notre Dame, at Arizona State and at Xavier. The Quakers also search for their first win, dropping their season opener to Mount. St. Joseph.
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. Miami will observe a moment of silence in honor of Coach Coles prior to Saturday’s game.
20/20 VISION: In Miami’s first two games, sophomore guard Reggie Johnson eclipsed the 20-point mark and set career scoring highs. Johnson poured in 24 points at Arizona State to lead all players. He knocked down 9-of-16 field goals, also a career-high for Johnson. In Miami’s season opener, Johnson led the RedHawks at No. 21/22 Notre Dame with 22 points. Johnson has recorded 20 or more points four times in his career.
HOME OPENERS: Saturday’s game against Wilmington is the home opener for the RedHawks. Miami has been strong in its home openers, posting an 87-21 record in its first home game of the season. Miami has won 21 of its last 22 home openers with its last home-opening loss coming at the hands of Wright State in 2006-07, 57-56. The RedHawks have won their last six opening games at Millett Hall including wins over Xavier (59-57), Northwestern State (94-66), Evansville (82-58), Towson (60-57), Dayton (72-67 OT) and Grambling State (80-54).
ABOUT THE QUAKERS: Wilmington lost their first and only complete game of the season so far against Mount St. Joseph, 52-63, on Nov. 16. WC played the opening half of a game against Transylvania in the MJS Invitational on Nov. 17, but it was suspended due to poor floor conditions. The Quakers are led by R.J. Leppert, who scored a team-high 13 points in the season opener. Dwight Johnson followed closely behind with 12 points and a team-leading five assists. The Quakers are coming off a year where the team posted a 14-13 overall record and was 10-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference to finish third in the league.
THE SERIES WITH WILMINGTON: Saturday marks the 13th meeting between Miami and Wilmington with the RedHawks having won all 12 previous contests. Every meeting between the two teams has taken place in Oxford. The last time the teams met was on Dec. 30, 2012 when the RedHawks defeated the Quakers, 84-67. The first 11 meetings in the series took place between 1909 and 1944
UP NEXT: 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 hits the road for a 2:05 p.m. game at Evansville on Saturday, Dec. 7 and then has eight days off before returning to Millett Hall to host local rival Wright State at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. The RedHawks begin a two-game road swing at UMKC at 8 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, Dec. 18 before heading to Tennessee State for an 8 p.m. game on Saturday, Dec. 21.
McFRIENDS AND FAMILY PACKAGE AVAILABLE SATURDAY: This Saturday is the first of three dates fans have the opportunity to take advantage of the McFriends and Family ticket package, which includes four game tickets and four McDonald’s extra value meal vouchers for just $40. This offer is not available on game day and must be pre-purchased by calling the Miami ticket office at 513-529-4295 or through MURedHawks.com.
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).
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Although he has played just three games with the RedHawks, senior center Blake McLimans has already placed his name in the Miami record book. McLimans amassed five blocked shots at Xavier, which tied the fifth-best single-game total in program history. He has eight blocked shots on the season, tallying three at Arizona State. He ranks fourth among MAC leaders, averaging 2.7 per game.
McKNIGHT CRACKS STARTING LINEUP: Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight earned his first start of the season at Xavier on Nov. 20 and was the lone RedHawk to score in double figures with 10 points. It was the second time in three games McKnight has scored in double figures after notching a career-high 13 points at Notre Dame. McKnight also added three steals, two assists and two rebounds to his performance against the Musketeers. He started 10 of the RedHawks’ last 13 games last season.
Q&A: Senior guard Quinten "Q" Rollins has racked up the assists in the first three games. Rollins dished out seven of the RedHawks’ 15 assists in Miami’s season opener at Notre Dame. 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. At Arizona State on Nov. 12, Rollins compiled five of Miami’s nine assists and had just two turnovers, while tallying three assists and two turnovers at Xavier. He ties for second among MAC leaders in assists (5.0) and fifth in assist/turnover ratio (3.0).
STEALING THE SHOW: In addition to his game-high 24 points at Arizona State, sophomore guard Reggie Johnson also tied a career high with five steals. Johnson notched five of Miami’s eight steals for the game, and he equaled the Sun Devils’ total team output.
FRIDAY OF 13s: In the Friday Nov. 8 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.
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.
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. He started the RedHawks’ first two games.
OSWALD PROVIDING SOME OFFENSE: Freshman forward Joshua Oswald scored his first points of the season at Xavier on Nov. 20. Oswald went 2-for-2 from the field with both attempts coming from 3-point range, and added a pair of free throws to score eight points in just five minutes of action.
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 1298-1094 over the past 109 years.
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.
REDHAWKS SIGN THREE TO LETTERS OF INTENT: Miami University men’s basketball announced the signing of Zach McCormick (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin), Roderick Mills (Liberty Township, Ohio/St. Xavier) and Logan McLane (Winterville, N.C./Greenfield School) to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. McCormick is a 6-foot-2, 175-pound combination guard who preps at Turpin High School. He was a Division I Honorable Mention All-State selection and earned all-area and all-district honors as a junior. Last season, he averaged 26 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.4 apg for the Spartans. Mills is a 6-foot-7, 185-pound wing who preps at St. Xavier High School. He earned All-GCL South honors as a junior while averaging 10.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg. McLane is a 6-foot-8 combination forward who preps at Greenfield School in Wilson, N.C. McLane averaged 17 ppg and 10 rpg and is rated a top-10 player in the state of North Carolina this season.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
• Make Miami 13-0 all-time against Wilmington.
• Be the RedHawks’ first win of the season.
• Give Miami its 1,299th all-time win.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Give the Quakers their first win in the series.
• Be Miami’s first 0-4 start to the season since 1982-83.