Miami at No. 2 Louisville
Sunday, November 18 - 4 p.m.
KFC Yum! Center - Louisville, Ky.
Radio: Miami IMG Sports Network (WMOH 1450 Hamilton; WFMG 101.3 Richmond; WDBZ 1230 Cincinnati) or Miami All-Access on www.MURedHawks.com (with a subscription)
REDHAWKS HIT ROAD FOR NO. 2 LOUISVILLE: Miami University's men's basketball team begins a seven-day, three-game stretch with, quite possibly, its greatest challenge of the season when it travels to No. 2 Louisville for 4 p.m. game on Sunday, Nov. 18. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3. The RedHawks, playing their second Top-10 opponent in three games, picked up their first win of the season in an 80-54 triumph over Grambling State on Tuesday and boasted two record-setting performances for the program. Louisville is playing its third game in eight days Sunday and owns a 2-0 record.
TAKING AWAY A RECORD: In just the second game under new head coach John Cooper, the RedHawks set a program record for steals in a game. Miami recorded 22 take-aways against Grambling State on Nov. 13, eclipsing the previous record of 18 which was achieved twice (vs. DePauw on Dec. 4, 1991 and vs. Centre on Dec. 2, 1985). The RedHawks also snagged seven steals at No. 6 NC State in the season opener, one more than the Wolfpack. As a team, Miami ties for fifth nationally in steals per game (14.50).
ROLLINS TIES RECORD: A big part of Miami's record-setting night for steals against Grambling State was the efforts of junior guard Quinten Rollins, who tied a single-game record for steals with seven. Rollins' previous career high for steals was six against Bowling Green during his freshman season, but against the Tigers he equaled the Miami record set by Chuck Goodyear against Toledo on Jan. 11, 1976, by Ron Harper against Marietta on Dec. 1, 1984 and by Damon Frierson against Ball State on Feb. 27, 1999. Entering the weekend, Rollins was tied for 22nd nationally in steals per game (3.50).
ABOUT THE CARDINALS: No. 2 Louisville is off to a 2-0 start with impressive wins over Manhattan (79-51) and Samford (80-54). The Cardinals have three players who were named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 List: senior guard Peyton Siva, junior center Gorgui Dieng and sophomore forward Chane Behanan. Silva has dished out 17 assists over two games (8.5 per game), while Behanan averages a double-double of 10.0 ppg and 13.5 rpg. Dieng averages 9.5 ppg and 8.0 rpg and has five of the Cardinals' 10 blocked shots on the season. But it has been junior guard Russ Smith who has been lighting it up for the Cardinals thus far. Smith has averaged 20.5 ppg over two games and has sunk eight 3-pointers this season. As a team, the Cardinals are outscoring opponents by a 27 ppg margin and outrebounding teams by 10.5 rpg. LOUISVILLE NOTES
SERIES WITH LOUISVILLE: Sunday marks the fourth meeting between Miami and Louisville with the Cardinals holding a 3-0 lead in the all-time series. The last time the teams met was on Dec. 1, 2007 in Louisville with the Cardinals edging the RedHawks, 47-44. The first meeting took place in Louisville on Feb. 29, 1960 with the Cardinals capturing an 83-65 win, while the second meeting was on Nov. 22, 1985 at the Big Apple NIT in Cincinnati, Ohio with Louisville posting an 81-65 win.
UP NEXT: Miami continues a seven-day, three-game stretch at William & Mary at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 and concludes it at home with James Madison at noon on Saturday, Nov. 24. The RedHawks will then spend their next four games on the road, beginning at IPFW on Saturday, Dec. 1.
MIAMI SPORTS NETWORK FROM IMG COLLEGE: In its sixth 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), MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).
TELEVISION COVERAGE: Sunday's game will be televised on WHAS in Louisville and is being picked up by ESPN3. Drew Deener will call the play-by-play, while Bob Valvano will provide analysis. The game will be blacked out on ESPN3 in Louisville, Baltimore and New Orleans.
ROLLINS DISHING IT OUT: It is said it is better to give than receive, and junior guard Quinten Rollins has been doing a little bit of both. In addition to his record-tying seven steals against Grambling State, Rollins also notched a career-high seven assists against the Tigers. His seven assists tie for the most by a Mid-American Conference player this season. Through two games, Rollins has recorded seven assists and committed no turnovers.
JOHNSON MAKES QUICK IMPACT: Freshman guard Reggie Johnson has quickly put together some impressive numbers. In his first game as a RedHawk at No. 6 NC State, Johnson notched seven points, two steals and two rebounds. He followed that with an impressive 20-point performance against Grambling State on Tuesday to lead the RedHawks. According to Stats, Inc., his 20 points tie for the 18th most nationally by a true freshman in a game this season. He also notched five steals and five rebounds against the Tigers in 26 minutes of action. Johnson was 7-of-12 from the floor against GSU (.583), including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: One of the new faces in the Miami lineup is freshman guard Geovonie McKnight. In each of Miami's first two games, the 6-foot-3 guard has recorded a blocked shot and accounts for half of the RedHawks' blocked shots this season. Junior forward Jon Harris has recorded Miami's other two blocked shots, also posting one in each game.
DOUBLING UP: In each of Miami's first two games junior guard Allen Roberts has scored in double figures. He led Miami with 16 points at No. 6 NC State as the team's only double-figure scorer and followed that with a 12-point performance against Grambling State. Miami had five players score in double figures against the Tigers, led by freshman guard Reggie Johnson's 20 points. Junior forwards Will Felder and Jon Harris also had 12 points apiece against GSU, while junior forward Bill Edwards chipped in 11 points.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF TURNOVERS: Miami has forced 43 turnovers this season, including a whopping 32 turnovers by Grambling on Tuesday. The RedHawks converted the Grambling turnovers into 47 points and have compiled 56 points off turnovers this season.
SECOND IN 10: For the second time in 10 days, Miami takes on a Top-10-ranked opponent when it travels to No. 2 Louisville on Sunday. The RedHawks opened the season at No. 6 NC State on Nov. 9, falling by a score of 97-59.
GETTING OFFENSIVE: As a team Miami has been solid on the offensive glass, hauling in 17 offensive rebounds at NC State and 16 against Grambling State. Against the Wolfpack, the RedHawks compiled 13 second-chance points and notched 12 second-chance points off the offensive rebounds against the Tigers. In Miami's season-opener on Nov. 9, junior center Drew McGhee tallied three offensive rebounds, while junior guard Allen Roberts picked up all three of his rebounds on the offensive glass. Junior forward Jon Harris collected six of his career-high-tying eight rebounds off the offensive glass, while all five of freshman guard Reggie Johnson's boards were on the offensive end of the floor.
Junior guard Josh Sewell is a native of Louisville, Ky., and prepped at Trinity High School. Sewell finished his career as Trinity's all-time leading scorer (1,485 points) and was a runner-up for Mr. Kentucky Basketball as a senior.
Junior forward Will Felder recorded an impressive .750 shooting percentage against Grambling State, going 6-for-8 from the field against the Tigers. He was 4-for-4 in the second half.
Miami used a 27-0 run in the second half against Grambling State to evaporate an eight-point deficit and catapult the RedHawks to a 19-point advantage. It was a lead they would not relinquish.
Miami has had a positive assist/turnover ratio in each of its first two games with 12 assists and 11 turnovers at NC State and 21 assists and 14 turnovers versus Grambling State.
After shooting no better than 35.1 percent in any of the first three halves of the season, Miami's scoring began to flourish in the second half against Grambling State. Miami posted a .529 second-half shooting percentage, connecting on 50 percent (7-of-15) of its second-half 3-pointers.
The RedHawks have cleared their bench in two straight games with all 13 players seeing game action. Against Grambling State, 10 RedHawks had seen action just five minutes into the first half.
Miami's bench has chipped in points in the RedHawks' first two games. Against NC State, Miami's bench compiled 25 points, while notching 37 against Grambling State.
With the 80-54 win over Grambling State, Miami hit the 80-point mark for the first time since defeating Bowling Green 84-77 on Feb. 26, 2011.
In the inaugural Men's Basketball Hiring Report Card (MBHRC) by the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) that addresses the equity in the hiring process among intercollegiate athletic sports, Miami University earned an A for its hiring process and tied for the highest score according to the report. (To read the full report, access www.bcasports.org.)
Senior center Vince Legarza and junior guard Quinten Rollins are team captains for the 2012-13 season.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
- Be the RedHawks' first win over a ranked opponent since 2001.
- Give the RedHawks their first road win of the season.
- Be Miami's first win in the series with Louisville.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
- Up the Cardinals' record to 4-0 all-time against Miami.
- Drop the RedHawks to 1-2 on the season and make the Cardinals 3-0.
- Be Miami's second loss to a Top-10 opponent in three games.