No. 8 seed Miami hosts No. 9 seed Kent State
Monday, March 10 - 7 p.m.
Millett Hall - Oxford, Ohio
MAC Tournament First Round
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MONDAY’S GAME: The RedHawks make their 33rd MAC Tournament appearance when No. 8 seed Miami hosts No. 9 seed Kent State for a 7 p.m. tip in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament presented by Barbasol on Monday, March 10. If the RedHawks advance, they would meet the winner of the No. 12 Ball State at No. 5 Ohio match-up at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland in the second round of the MAC Tournament. This is the ninth time Miami and Kent State square off in MAC Tournament action with the series tied 4-4 in tournament meetings. The last time the teams met was in the semifinals of the 2008 tournament with Kent State inching out a 49-47 win. Miami won the first four tournament meetings with the Golden Flashes, the last coming in the semifinals of the 1998 tournament, 64-59. The Golden Flashes have taken the last four tournament meetings. This is the 135th meeting between the teams in the all-time series with Miami leading 87-47. The teams split the meetings earlier in the season with each winning on the other’s home court.
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MIAMI IN THE MAC TOURNAMENT: The RedHawks are 5-1 in MAC Tournament first-round games. Last season, Miami went on the road as the No. 11 seed and defeated No. 6 seed Bowling Green in the first-round, 63-52. Miami suffered its lone opening-round loss during the 2011-12 season at Toledo, 60-53. Miami is 37-28 all-time in MAC Tournament games.
FAMILIAR FOE: This will be the second time in seven days Miami and Kent State have clashed with Miami collecting a 73-61 win at Kent State on Tuesday, March 4. It also will be the third meeting between the teams in 20 days with the Golden Flashes posting a 75-63 win in Oxford on Feb. 19. KSU also has become a familiar opponent in MAC Tournament action, tying Ball State and Ohio for the most meetings Miami has had with a team in the MAC Tournament with Monday’s first-round match-up being the ninth tourney meeting with the Golden Flashes.
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).
ROARING 20s: Senior forward Will Felder notched his seventh 20-point performance as a RedHawk and fifth this season, tying his career high at Miami with 26 points at Kent State on March 4. Felder was 10-of-18 from the field against the Golden Flashes, tying his career high for field goals at Miami. He also scored 26 points against IPFW on Dec. 3. Felder’s other 20-point performances this season include 23 points vs. Kent State (Feb. 19) and 22 points in games against Central Michigan (Jan. 22) and at Massachusetts (Jan. 4).
"MOORE" POINTS FOR WILLIE: Sophomore guard Willie Moore had the most productive offensive output of his Miami career, pouring in a career-high 24 points against Ohio to lead all players on March 8 in the regular-season finale. Moore sunk all four of the RedHawks’ 3-pointers and was 8-of-17 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line. It was the first 20-point effort for Moore and the second-most points scored by a RedHawk this season. He also tallied three assists, four rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes of action against the Bobcats.
SHARP SHOOTERS: The RedHawks came out with hot hands in the first half at Kent State on March 4, sinking all seven of their 3-point attempts in the first 20 minutes. Junior guard Will Sullivan was 3-for-3, sophomore guard Willie Moore was 2-for-2, and freshman guard Jaryd Eustace was 1-for-1 in the first half against the Golden Flashes. Miami also shot a scorching 63.0 percent from the floor in the first half, going 17-of-27. In the second half, Miami missed all four of its 3-point attempts but finished the game shooting 52.0 percent from the field and 63.6 percent from 3-point range.
CLOSING OUT THE REGULAR SEASON STRONG: As Miami wrapped up the regular season on Saturday, it’s fitting that its three captains stepped up their games. Over the last four games, senior forward Will Felder averaged 15.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg and shot 53.5 percent from the field and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line, while junior guard Will Sullivan averaged 12.0 ppg and 4.3 rpg. One of the most notable statistical outputs has come from senior guard Quinten Rollins, who averaged 10 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.5 spg and 5.3 apg. Rollins also had a 2.1 assist/turnover ratio during that stretch. One of the most impressive numbers is his production from the free-throw line. Shooting 62.5 percent from the line prior to this stretch, Rollins sunk 81.3 percent (13-of-16) of his charity tosses in the last four.
QUINTEN ROLLINS—MAN OF STEALS: He may not be called Super Man, but senior guard Quinten Rollins has been the man of "steals" for Miami and is moving up the career charts. Behind a six-steal effort against Akron on Feb. 26, which ties for sixth at Miami for single-game steals, Rollins became just the 15th player in Mid-American Conference history to amass 200 career steals. He currently ranks 12th among MAC leaders with 211 and ranks second at Miami behind Ron Harper’s 287. This season, Rollins has amassed 70 steals to eclipse Harper’s third-place sum of 62 in 1983 on the single-season steals list. Harper owns the other two top spots at Miami: 101 and 82. Rollins leads the MAC and ranks 14th nationally in steals this season at 2.4 per game. In conference play he averages 2.6 steals per game which also ranks first.
STEALING THE SHOW: As a team, Miami is averaging 8.8 steals per game to lead the MAC and rank 8th nationally. The RedHawks averaged 9.3 steals per game in MAC play, which ranked first. Senior guard Quinten Rollins ranks 14th nationally in steals and leads the MAC in all games (2.4) and also in MAC-only games (2.6). Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight ranks 12th in all games (1.5). Sophomore guard Willie Moore ranked 10th in MAC-only games (1.6), while junior guard Will Sullivan tied for 11th (1.6).
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY: As a team, Miami leads the MAC in free-throw percentage, knocking down 75.3 percent of its charity tosses to tie for 16th nationally. MU’s current free throw percentage would rank second all-time for a single-season team percentage at Miami. The RedHawks shot 77.8 percent from the line in conference games to also lead the MAC. Senior forward Will Felder ranked third among conference statistical leaders in league play (.853) and fourth on the season (.831).
CENTURY CLUB: With his appearance in the starting lineup against Bowling Green on Feb. 23, senior guard Quinten Rollins became just the eighth player in Miami history to reach 100 career starts. He has now made 104 career starts, which ranks seventh all-time.
THREE FOR THREE: Prior to the season, junior guard Will Sullivan changed his number from 13 to 3. Coincidence or not, Sullivan has become Miami’s most productive and efficient 3-point shooter this season. He has knocked down 42 long-range shots through 29 games, surpassing his total of treys for the last two seasons combined. Sullivan ranks second in the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage on the season (.429) and ranks fifth in MAC play (.419).
ODDS ‘N ENDS: With a 55-52 win against Bowling Green on Feb. 23, Miami reached double figures for wins and also posted its most MAC wins since the 2010-11 season ... in fact, Miami also equaled its combined number of MAC wins for the last two season ... senior guard Quinten Rollins has twice recorded seven steals and also twice amassed six steals in a game ... he owns four of Miami’s top single-game steal totals ... Miami has four players with the given name William: Will Felder, Will Sullivan, Willie Moore and Bill Edwards ... senior forward Will Felder’s 15 rebounds against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 1 were the most since Julian Mavunga hauled in 19 boards against the Eagles on Feb. 1, 2012 ... In all of Miami’s wins, it has shot better than its opponents from the field and is 12-0 when shooting better than the opponent ... The RedHawks’ overtime game against Ohio on March 8 was just their second OT game of the season ... Miami is 0-2 in overtime games this season and 0-3 over the last two years.
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.
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.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
• Be the RedHawks’ fourth win in six games.
• Be the second straight year Miami advances past the MAC Tourney first round to Cleveland.
• Be the second straight win in the series with Kent State.
• Make Miami 6-1 in MAC Tourney first-round games.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• End Miami’s season at 12-18.
• Be the Golden Flashes’ fifth straight MAC Tourney win against Miami.
• Snap a two-game losing streak for the Golden Flashes.
• Be the Golden Flashes’ second win in six games.