Miami hosts Eastern Michigan
Saturday, February 1 - 3 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
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REDHAWKS CONTINUE HOME STRETCH HOSTING EASTERN MICHIGAN SATURDAY: Miami looks to rebound after an 83-70 setback on Wednesday when the RedHawks host Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. Miami had won three straight heading into Wednesday’s loss to Toledo, while the Eagles snapped a two-game losing skid with a 69-57 win at home against Bowling Green on Wednesday. Both teams tout 4-3 Mid-American Conference records and try to push ahead in the MAC race. The RedHawks also welcome back their alumni on Saturday for Alumni Weekend and celebrate the MAC Championship teams from 1958-59, 1968-69, 1983-84 and 1998-99.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY: As a team, Miami leads the MAC in free-throw percentage, knocking down 75.3 percent of its charity tosses, which also ties for 18th nationally. The RedHawks are shooting an impressive 81.3 percent from the line in conference games to also lead the MAC. In league play, senior forward Will Felder and junior guard Will Sullivan tie for third among MAC leaders in free-throw percentage, hitting 88.9 percent, while sophomore guard Willie Moore ranks ninth at 85.7 percent. In all games, Felder ranks sixth among MAC leaders at 82.9 percent.
THAT 70’S SHOW: In MAC play, Miami has recorded 70 or more points in five of its seven games. The RedHawks are averaging 70.9 ppg in MAC play.
ABOUT THE EAGLES: Eastern Michigan enters Saturday’s game with a 12-8 overall mark and a 4-3 league record. The Eagles are coming off a 69-57 win at home against Bowling Green to snap a two-game skid. EMU has four players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Karrington Ward’s 13.3 ppg and 6.9 rpg. Glenn Bryant follows with 11.1 ppg, while Mike Talley and Raven Lee average 10.4 and 10.0 ppg, respectively. Defensively, the Eagles lead the conference in all games in blocked shots (6.1), field goal percentage defense (.372), steals (8.8) and turnover margin (+3.25). Entering the week, the Eagles ranked sixth in the country in field goal percentage defense, 16th in steals, 22nd in blocked shots and 28th in turnover margin. Da’Shonte Riley ranks 17th nationally in blocked shots, averaging 2.9 per game.
THE SERIES WITH EASTERN MICHIGAN: Saturday marks the 69th meeting between Miami and Eastern Michigan with the RedHawks holding a 47-21 lead in the all-time series. When playing in Oxford, Miami is 25-5 against EMU. The Eagles have captured the last two meetings with the RedHawks, winning in the MAC Tournament second round last season, 58-47, and in Ypsilanti earlier in the year, 65-58. Miami’s last win in the series was also its last win against EMU at Millett Hall, 62-57 in overtime on Feb. 1, 2012. The RedHawks have won 10 straight against the Eagles in Millett Hall, dating back to a 73-60 loss on Jan. 24, 1996.
UP NEXT: Miami goes back on the road for two games, traveling to Northern Illinois for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday, Feb. 4 before playing at Ohio at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8. Both games will be televised on the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. The RedHawks return home briefly for a game on Wednesday, Feb. 12 when Miami hosts Buffalo at 7 p.m. but hits the road again for a 4:30 p.m. game at Western Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 15 in the second of the RedHawks’ cross-division home-and-home series.
MAC PACK: Available now through Wednesday, Feb. 12 is the MAC Pack ticket offer, which includes one game ticket to the final five home games of the regular season (Feb. 12 vs. Buffalo, Feb. 19 vs. Kent State, Feb 23 vs. Bowling Green, Feb. 26 vs. Akron and March 7 or 8 vs. Ohio) for just $58. Get your tickets today by visiting or calling the Miami Athletics Ticket Office at 513-529-4295 or clicking here.
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 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).
ODDS ‘N ENDS: Senior guard Quinten Rollins cracked Miami’s top-10 career starts list with his start at Bowling Green on Jan. 25 ... he has made 93 career starts ... in just six games, Miami eclipsed its number of MAC wins from a season ago when the RedHawks posted a 3-13 record ... in all eight of Miami’s wins, it has shot better than its opponents from the field and is 8-0 when shooting better than the opponent.
McKNIGHT RECORDS CAREER HIGH: Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight had recorded double-figure scoring efforts in 10 of Miami’s first 12 games but had not reached double digits in the following five games. McKnight, however, bounced back with a career-high 18 points against Toledo on Jan. 29 to lead all scorers. McKnight was 7-of-15 from the floor and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line against the Rockets.
FELDER TABBED MAC EAST DIVISION CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior forward Will Felder was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Co-Player of the Week after averaging 17.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg and shooting 70.0 percent from the field in RedHawk wins against Central Michigan and at Bowling Green last week. Junior guard Will Sullivan captured CollegeSportsMaddness.com MAC Player of the Week honors after averaging 18.0 ppg and shooting 61.1 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range, while the two Wills—Felder and Sullivan—shared MAC East Division Player of the Week honors from Hustle Belt.
A LITTLE GIVE AND TAKE: With his two steals at Akron on Jan. 15, senior guard Quinten Rollins moved into second on Miami’s career steals chart and currently boasts 186. Ron Harper owns the career record with 287 steals. Rollins leads the MAC and ties for 12th nationally in steals, averaging 2.5 per game. Rollins also ranks eighth on Miami’s career assists list with 342 career assists and is four away from the No. 7 total.
STINGY ON TURNOVERS: While the RedHawks lead the MAC in turnover margin (+5.4) in conference play, senior guard Quinten Rollins has produced an impressive assist/turnover ratio in MAC play. Rollins leads the conference with an 3.1 assist/turnover ratio, handing out 25 assists while committing eight turnovers in MAC play. He went three straight games without a turnover and has six games with two turnovers or less.
STEALING THE SHOW: As a team, Miami is averaging 8.7 steals per game to rank second in the MAC and rank 24th nationally. The RedHawks are averaging 10.1 steals per game in MAC play, which ranks first. Senior guard Quinten Rollins ties for 12th nationally in steals and leads the MAC in all games (2.5) and MAC-only games (3.1), while sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight ranks fifth in all games (1.8) and ties for 11th in MAC games (1.6), and sophomore guard Willie Moore ranks second in MAC-only games (2.4).
FELDER PICKING UP THE PACE: Senior forward Will Felder, who ranks among MAC leaders in seven categories this season, averages 14.7 ppg and 6.9 rpg while shooting 55.3 percent from the field. He has seven games with more than 19 points this season and has scored 15 points or more in six of Miami’s last eight games. Over the RedHawks’ last nine games, Felder averaged 16.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg and shot 63.0 percent from the field.
FELDER DOUBLING UP: For the second time this season and the fourth time in his Miami career, senior forward Will Felder recorded a double-double. Felder scored 22 points and hauled in a career-high-tying 13 rebounds in an 86-80 win over Central Michigan on Jan. 22. His other double-double this season came in Miami’s home opener against Wilmington with 19 points and 11 boards.
20/20 VISION: Twice this season, senior forward Will Felder and junior guard Will Sullivan have teamed up to score 20 or more points in the same game. Against Central Michigan on Jan. 22, Felder recorded 22 points, while Sullivan notched 20 points. On Dec. 3 against IPFW, both scored career highs as Felder amassed 26 points and Sullivan chipped in 23. Both have scored 20 or more points three times this season, while Felder has five 20-point scoring efforts in his time as a RedHawk. Senior forward Bill Edwards also has surpassed the 20-point scoring plateau this season with a career-high 24 points in his season debut on Jan. 11 against Western Michigan. Edwards has two 20-point scoring efforts in his 18 games as a RedHawk.
ROLLINS TIES MIAMI SINGLE-GAME RECORD FOR SECOND TIME: Senior guard Quinten Rollins tied a Miami single-game record for steals, amassing seven at Central Michigan on Jan. 8. He matched a mark set by Ron Harper, Damon Frierson and Chuck Goodyear and equaled his own career-high set on Nov. 13, 2012 against Grambling State. With his seven steals against the Chippewas, Rollins became the only player in Miami history to twice record seven steals in a game.
WILL POWER: Miami has been fueled by a good bit of "Will" power, especially in its Jan. 22 game against Central Michigan. Senior forward Will Felder poured in 22 points off 10-of-13 shooting from the field to lead all players. Junior guard Will Sullivan amassed 20 points off 6-of-10 shooting and a 7-for-7 performance from the free-throw line. It was the second time this season the two Wills teamed up for 20-point scoring efforts in the same game with Felder collecting a career-high 26 points and Sullivan tallying a career-best 23 points in a 94-87 win over IPFW on Dec. 3. Sophomore guard Willie Moore chipped in nine points for the RedHawks, while senior forward Bill Edwards tallied 13 points to round out the top four scoring efforts for the Red and White. All four share the given name William.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
• Give Miami four wins in its last five games.
• Be the RedHawks’ 11th straight home win in the series with Eastern Michigan.
• Snap a two-game skid in the series with the Eagles.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Make Eastern Michigan 3-3 against the MAC East Division.
• Be the Eagles’ sixth win in Oxford.
• Make the Eagles 3-1 in MAC road games and make Miami 1-3 in MAC home games.