Miami at Northern Illinois
Tuesday, February 4 - 7 p.m. (ET)
NIU Convocation Center - DeKalb, Ill.
TV: TWC Sports Channel/ESPN3 (Michael Reghi/Tony White)
Live Audio Stream: Miami All-Access (subscription) on www.MURedHawks.com
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WONE 980 Dayton; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati)
REDHAWKS HIT ROAD TO FACE NORTHERN ILLINOIS TUESDAY: After a gritty 65-61 come-from-behind win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Miami hits the road for a 7 p.m. (ET) game on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Northern Illinois. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. The RedHawks, who have won four of their last five games, sit one game out of first place in the overall MAC standings but face a Northern Illinois team that is coming off a pair of gutsy road wins at Kent State and Ball State last week. The Huskies, who have played five of their first eight MAC games on the road, seek their first home win in conference play this season.
THE WILL(S) TO WIN: Junior guard Will Sullivan and senior forward Will Felder paced Miami in a come-from-behind win against Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Trailing nine points early in the second half, Miami rallied for a four-point win against the Eagles. Sullivan led all players with 19 points, knocking down a career-high five 3-pointers, while Felder tallied a double-double with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Felder had a double-double in the second half with 13 points and 10 boards over the second frame. Felder nailed the go-ahead jumper with 25 seconds to play, while Sullivan came down with a big defensive board with two seconds to play and sunk two free throws to secure the win.
THREE FOR THREE: Prior to the season, junior guard Will Sullivan changed his number from 13 to 3, and Sullivan has become Miami’s most productive and efficient 3-point shooter this season. He has knocked down 28 long-range shots through 19 games, surpassing his total of treys for the last two seasons combined. Sullivan leads the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage on the season (.509) and in MAC play (.548). If he can maintain this pace, Sullivan has a chance to rank among Miami leaders in 3-point field goal percentage in a season. The record is .492 by Wally Szczerbiak in 1998.
ABOUT THE HUSKIES: Northern Illinois enters Tuesday’s game with a 9-11 overall record and a 3-5 Mid-American Conference mark, but the Huskies captured two road wins last week at Kent State (50-49) and in overtime at Ball State (67-65. NIU is led in scoring by Dontel Highsmith’s 10.5 ppg. Darrell Bowie follows, averaging 9.6 ppg and a team-leading 6-7 rpg. The Huskies are a strong rebounding team, leading the MAC at 38.0 rpg on the season and sitting second with a +4.9 rebounding margin, which ranks 49th nationally. The Huskies also have been tough on the offensive glass, averaged a MAC-best 13.9 offensive boards per game.
THE SERIES WITH NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Tuesday marks the 40th meeting between Miami and Northern Illinois with the RedHawks holding a 25-14 lead in the all-time series. When playing in DeKalb, Ill., the Huskies are 12-6 against the RedHawks. Northern Illinois has won the last two meetings between the teams, topping Miami 72-61 last year in Oxford and posting a 62-59 win in DeKalb on Feb. 8, 2012. Miami’s last win in the series was in Millett Hall on Feb. 9, 2011, 84-72. The RedHawks’ last win at the NIU Convocation Center was on Feb. 6, 2010, 74-69.
UP NEXT: Miami continues a two-game road stretch at Ohio at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Like the Northern Illinois game, Saturday’s game with the Bobcats 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. Miami then returns home for three straight, beginning with at 7 p.m. game against Kent State on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.
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).
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY: As a team, Miami leads the MAC in free-throw percentage, knocking down 75.6 percent of its charity tosses, which also ties for 15th nationally. The RedHawks are shooting an impressive 81.3 percent from the line in conference games to also lead the MAC. In league play, junior guard Will Sullivan ranks third in free-throw percentage (.900), sophomore guard Willie Moore ties for sixth among MAC leaders at 85.7 percent, while senior forward Will Felder ranks eighth (.853). In all games, Felder ranks sixth among MAC leaders at 81.9 percent.
THAT 70’S SHOW: In MAC play, Miami has recorded 70 or more points in five of its eight games. The RedHawks are averaging 70.9 ppg in MAC play.
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 94 career starts ... senior forward Will Felder’s 15 rebounds against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 1 were the most since Julian Mavuna hauled in 19 boards against the Eagles on Feb. 1, 2012 ... 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 of Miami’s wins, it has shot better than its opponents from the field and is 9-0 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. He came back with a 10-point effort with against Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
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 16th nationally in steals, averaging 2.4 per game. Rollins also ranks seventh on Miami’s career assists list with 347 career assists and is 31 away from the No. 6 total.
STINGY ON TURNOVERS: While the RedHawks lead the MAC in turnover margin (+3.9) in conference play, senior guard Quinten Rollins has produced an impressive assist/turnover ratio in MAC play. Rollins leads the conference with an 2.5 assist/turnover ratio, handing out 30 assists while committing 12 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 8.5 steals per game to rank second in the MAC and rank 18th nationally. The RedHawks are averaging 9.4 steals per game in MAC play, which ranks first. Senior guard Quinten Rollins ties for 16th nationally in steals and leads the MAC in all games (2.4) and MAC-only games (2.8), while sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight ranks fifth in all games (1.7), and sophomore guard Willie Moore ranks second in MAC-only games (2.1).
FELDER DOUBLING UP: For the third time this season and the fifth time in his Miami career, senior forward Will Felder recorded a double-double. Felder notched 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 1. Felder scored 22 points and hauled in 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 19 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 five wins in its last six games.
• Be the RedHawks’ seventh win at Northern Illinois all-time.
• Make Miami 4-1 in MAC road games this season.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Give the Huskies their first home win in MAC play.
• Be the third straight win for the Huskies in the series with Miami.
• Be NIU’s third straight win.