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MU Heads to Cleveland; Faces Ohio Wednesday

March 11, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



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WEDNESDAY’S GAME: After seizing a 71-64 win in the first round against No. 9 seed Kent State on Monday in Oxford, the RedHawks continue their 33rd MAC Tournament appearance when No. 8 seed Miami faces No. 5 seed Ohio for a 6:30 p.m. tip in the second round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament presented by Barbasol on Wednesday, March 12. If the RedHawks advance, they would meet No. 4 seed Akron, which earned a bye to the quarterfinals, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. This is the 10th time Miami and Ohio square off in MAC Tournament action with the Bobcats holding a 6-3 lead in tournament meetings. The last time the teams met was in the semifinals of the 2010 tournament with Ohio notching a 54-42 win. The RedHawks won the previous two tournament meetings with Ohio, posting a 74-61 win in the 2008 quarterfinals and a 70-51 win in the 2007 quarterfinals. In tournament action, the RedHawks and the Bobcats have met four times in the quarterfinals, three times in the semifinals and twice in the finals. This is the 194th meeting between the teams in the all-time series with Ohio leading, 102-91.

TICKETS FOR WEDNESDAY'S GAME: Those who purchase 2014-15 Men’s Basketball season tickets will have the opportunity to purchase $5 tickets for any Miami contest throughout the entire MAC Tournament. Tickets prices for all other fans will be $20 for Wednesday night’s game. Tickets can be purchased through the Miami Athletic Ticket Office (513-529-4295), by clicking HERE, or at the Miami table in Quicken Loans Arena off of Huron Street.

MIAMI IN THE MAC TOURNAMENT: The RedHawks are 0-1 in MAC Tournament second-round games. Last season was Miami’s first second-round game with the RedHawks falling to Eastern Michigan, 58-47. This is just the second time Miami has been the No. 8 seed with the RedHawks reaching the 2001 MAC Championship game, the last time they were the No. 8 seed. Miami is 38-28 all-time in MAC Tournament games.

ANOTHER VERY FAMILIAR FOE: Much like when the RedHawks faced the Golden Flashes twice in seven days, Wednesday will be the second time in five days Miami and Ohio have clashed with the Bobcats pulling out an 82-76 overtime win in Oxford on Saturday, March 8. The Bobcats also posted an 82-75 come-from-behind win in Athens on Feb. 8. Ohio also has become a familiar opponent in MAC Tournament action, becoming the most-played team Miami has faced in the MAC Tournament with Wednesday’s second-round match-up being the 10th tourney meeting with the Bobcats.

GAINING BALANCE: Over Miami’s last five games, there has been a balanced effort, particularly amongst its starters with four players averaging double figures in scoring. Senior Forward Will Felder averaged 14.0 ppg and 6.6 rpg over that stretch, shooting 54.3 percent from the field and 87.0 percent from the free-throw line. Sophomore guard Willie Moore averaged 13.0 ppg and 3.6 rpg, while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and knocking down nine triples. Junior guard Will Sullivan averaged 12.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg, while shooting 50 percent from the field. One of the most impressive performances over the last five has been from senior guard Quinten Rollins, who averaged 10.6 ppg and 4.8 rpg, while shooting 44.2 percent from the field. A 62.5 percent free-throw shooter heading into that stretch, Rollins hit 77.8 percent of his attempts. Additionally, he has handed out 5.2 apg and recorded 3.4 spg while posting a 2.4 assist/turnover ratio.

"MOORE" POINTS FOR WILLIE: Sophomore guard Willie Moore had the two most productive offensive outputs of his Miami career over Miami’s last two games. In the RedHawks’ MAC Tournament First-Round game, Moore led all players with 17 points and also had six rebounds to lead Miami. He was 5-of-10 from the field and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line. Moore poured in a career-high 24 points against Ohio to lead all players on March 8 in the regular-season finale. He 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.

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).

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 13th among MAC leaders with 214 and ranks second at Miami behind Ron Harper’s 287. This season, Rollins has amassed 73 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 averaged 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 13th 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 10th 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). As a team, Miami has amassed 265 steals this season, which ranks third at Miami. The RedHawks have reached double figures in steals 12 times this season, including four of the last five games.

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF CHARITY: As a team, Miami leads the MAC in free-throw percentage, knocking down 75.4 percent of its charity tosses to rank 13th 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 ranks fourth on the season (.832).

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).

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.

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 30 games, surpassing his total of treys for the last two seasons combined. Sullivan ranks third in the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage on the season (.416) and ranked fifth in MAC play (.419).

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 105 career starts, which ranks seventh all-time.

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 the same or better than its opponents from the field and is 13-0 when shooting the same or 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’ fifth win in seven games.

• Be Miami’s first second-round win, evening its record at 1-1.

• Snap a six-game losing skid to Ohio.

• Advance Miami to the MAC Tourney quarterfinals for the 28th time in 33 appearances and first time since 2011.

 

A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ...

• Be the Bobcats’ fourth straight win.

• Be the Bobcats’ second straight MAC Tourney win against Miami.

• End Miami’s season at 13-18.

• Make Ohio 7-3 in MAC Tourney meetings with Miami.


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