Miami at Bowling Green
Saturday, January 25 - 6 p.m.
Stroh Center - Bowling Green, Ohio
TV: TWC Sports Channel/ESPN3 (Michael Reghi/Dave Cecutti)
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 TRAVEL TO BOWLING GREEN SATURDAY: Miami goes on the road for the fifth time in seven games when the RedHawks travel to Bowling Green for a 6 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 25. This game time has been moved from its original time and will be televised on the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. Miami is coming off a pair of wins, including an 86-80 win against Central Michigan on Wednesday, and tries to win three straight for the first time since the 2010-11 season. The RedHawks battle a Falcon team that has won three straight, including a pair of road wins at Western Michigan and Ohio, and tries to extend their win streak to a season-long four straight.
WILL POWER: Miami has been fueled by a good bit of "Will" power, especially in its Wednesday 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.
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 16 games as a RedHawk.
ABOUT THE FALCONS: Bowling Green has won three straight and is coming off a pair of impressive road wins at Western Michigan (69-64) and at Ohio (58-52) to push its record to 9-9 on the season and 3-2 in MAC action. The Falcons have four players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Richaun Holmes’ 14.2 ppg and team-leading 7.4 rpg. Holmes leads the MAC in blocked shots, with 56 on the season, 3.1 per game, which ranks 16th nationally. As a team, the Falcons entered the week ranked 14th nationally in blocked shots, averaging 6.2 per game. BGSU’s starting five plays a bulk of its minutes with all five averaging more than 28 minutes per game and four averaging 33 or more per game. The Falcons lead the MAC in scoring defense, giving up just 55.6 ppg in MAC play. The RedHawks rank second in scoring offense in MAC action, averaging 71.2 ppg.
THE SERIES WITH BOWLING GREEN: Saturday marks the 131st meeting between Miami and Bowling Green with the RedHawks owning a 78-52 lead in the all-time series. When playing in Bowling Green, the Falcons have a 35-27 edge. Miami took the last meeting in the series, 63-52, in the first round of the MAC Tournament last season at the Stroh Center. It was the RedHawks’ first win at Bowling Green since Jan. 20, 2009. Bowling Green’s last win in the series also was its last win on its home court, 52-44, just 12 days earlier on Feb. 27, 2013.
UP NEXT: Miami returns home to host a pair of MAC West Division foes, entertaining Toledo at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and Eastern Michigan at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1. The Kings Firecrackers will perform at Wednesday’s game and Miami will host an Alumni Weekend, honoring its 1958-59, 1968-69, 1983-84 and 1998-99 MAC Championships teams. Miami then 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.
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).
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.
UPPING THE OFFENSIVE OUTPUT: In MAC play, Miami has upped its scoring production, recording 77 or more points in three of its five games. The RedHawks rank second in MAC games in scoring offense, averaging 71.2 ppg. On the season, Miami ranks ninth among MAC leaders in scoring offense at 66.9 ppg.
FELDER PICKING UP THE PACE: Senior forward Will Felder, who ranks among MAC leaders in seven categories this season, averages 15.3 ppg and 7.5 rpg while shooting 55.2 percent from the field. He has seven games with more than 19 points this season and has scored 15 points or more in Miami’s last six games. Over the RedHawks’ last eight games, Felder averaged 17.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg and shot 64.0 percent from the field.
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 182. Ron Harper owns the career record with 287 steals. Rollins leads the MAC and ranks 12th nationally in steals, averaging 2.6 per game. Rollins also moved into ninth on Miami’s career assists list with 336 career assists and is two away from the No. 8 total.
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.
PLAYING THE PERCENTAGES: As a team in conference play, Miami leads the MAC in free-throw percentage (.737) and ranks second in field goal percentage (.475) and third in 3-point field goal percentage (.362).
STINGY ON TURNOVERS: While the RedHawks lead the MAC in turnover margin (+6.0) in conference play, senior guard Quinten Rollins has produced an impressive assist/turnover ratio in MAC play. Rollins leads the conference with an 4.6 assist/turnover ratio, handing out 19 assists while committing a mere four turnovers in MAC play. He had two each in games against Central Michigan, and he went three straight games without a turnover.
STEALING THE SHOW: As a team, Miami is averaging 8.6 steals per game to tie for second in the MAC and rank 21st nationally. The RedHawks are averaging 10.2 steals per game in MAC play, which ranks first. Senior guard Quinten Rollins leads the MAC in all games (2.6) and MAC-only games (3.6) in steals, while sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight ranks fifth in all games (1.8) and ties for 13th in conference games along with senior forward Will Felder (1.4). Sophomore guard Willie Moore ranks second in MAC-only games at 2.4 steals per game.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY: In MAC play, Miami has knocked down 67-of-85 free throws, hitting 78.8 percent of its attempts to lead the MAC. Junior guard Will Sullivan has missed just one attempt in MAC play, while senior forward Will Felder has missed just two, ranking third and fifth, respectively, in free-throw percentage. On the season, Miami also leads the MAC in free-throw percentage (.737) and ranks 44th nationally.
MIAMI TAKES PART IN 4 PETE’S SAKE: The University of Akron announced on Dec. 14 that Director of Men’s Basketball Operations Dan Peters began a personal leave of absence to seek treatment for pancreatic cancer. As part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, the Miami men’s basketball staff will wear lapel pins with a purple ribbon – the color for pancreatic cancer awareness – and the words "4 Pete’s Sake" as part of an initiative by the Akron Zips in support of Coach Peters and his battle against pancreatic cancer. These pins will be worn by the men’s basketball coaches of every school at which Peters has worked, as well as every school in the Mid-American Conference. The media, members of the college basketball community and fans are encouraged to tweet about "Pete" using the hashtag #4PetesSake.
ODDS ‘N ENDS: Senior guard Quinten Rollins is one start away from cracking the career starts top-10 chart ... he has made 91 career starts ... the RedHawks scored 51 second-half points at Central Michigan on Jan. 8, the second time this season they have scored 50 points in a half ... Miami also scored 58 points in the second half against IPFW ... Miami’s 94 points against IPFW was the first time the RedHawks have scored 90 points in regulation as well as the most points they have scored since a 94-66 win against Northwestern State on Dec. 6, 2008 ... the RedHawks’ 21 assists against Massachusetts on Jan. 4 tied for the most in a game by a Miami team since tallying 21 against Grambling State on Nov. 13, 2012 ... it was the most since the Red and White amassed 23 assists against Northwestern State on Dec. 6, 2008.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ...
• Give Miami three straight wins for the first time since 2010-11.
• Be the RedHawks third MAC road win.
• Be Miami’ second straight win in the series with Bowling Green.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...
• Be Bowling Green’s fourth straight win, its longest string of the season.
• Make the Falcons 36-27 against Miami in Bowling Green.
• Drop Miami to 3-3 in MAC play and put Bowling Green at 4-2.