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Miami Opens MAC Play against NIU Wednesday

January 8, 2013
Richmond High School


REDHAWKS HOST NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT 7 P.M. WEDNESDAY: Miami concludes a four-game home stretch, hosting Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9. It is the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. Miami is coming off a tough one-point loss to Massachusetts last Wednesday, while the Huskies also are coming off a loss to UMass on Dec. 29.

NATIONAL NUMBERS: Two RedHawks rank among national statistical leaders. Junior guard Quinten Rollins ranks 14th nationally in assist/turnover ratio (3.35) and 40th in steals (2.25). Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 43rd nationally in free-throw percentage (.869). As a team, Miami ranks 37th nationally in steals (9.2), 51st in turnover margin (2.9) and 56th in 3-point field goals (7..6).

MAC OPENERS: Miami opens its 66th season in the Mid-American Conference when the RedHawks host the Northern Illinois Huskies Wednesday. Miami is 47-18 all-time in MAC openers and is 26-5 when opening MAC play at home. The RedHawks lost their MAC opener, which was at Millett Hall, last season to Akron, 65-60. The RedHawks' last MAC-opening win was at Ohio to tip off the 2010-11 MAC season, a triple-overtime thriller, 92-88. This is the first meeting between Miami and Northern Illinois in a MAC opener.

ABOUT THE HUSKIES: Northern Illinois enters Wednesday's game with a 2-10 mark and has lost its last five games. The Huskies have been idle since Dec. 29 when they hosted Massachusetts, falling to the Minutemen, 64-59. Northern Illinois' last win came against SIU Edwardsville on Dec. 5, 65-54. The Huskies also defeated Judson University on Nov. 18, 72-54. NIU seeks its first road win this season on Wednesday. The Huskies are led by Abdel Nader, who averages 15.0 ppg and 4.6 rpg. Akeem Springs follows at 9.8 ppg with a team-leading 16 treys on the season. Aksel Bolin averages 5.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg. As a team, the Huskies are forcing more turnovers than they are committing with a +0.9 turnover margin. They also are outrebounding their opponents by a +1.7 margin.

SERIES WITH NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Wednesday marks the 39th meeting between Miami and Northern Illinois with the RedHawks holding a 25-13 lead in the all-time series. When playing at Millett Hall, the RedHawks own a 19-1 record, having won the last 13 meetings in Oxford against the Huskies. NIU's lone win in Oxford came on Feb. 21, 1981, 75-63. The Huskies won the last meeting between the teams last season in DeKalb, 62-59. Prior to that, Miami had won seven straight meetings with NIU. This is the first time Miami will open its Mid-American Conference slate with Northern Illinois.

UP NEXT: Miami hits the road for a 7 p.m. game at Buffalo on Saturday, Jan. 12 before returning to Millett Hall to host Bowling Green at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The RedHawks head to Eastern Michigan for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 19 before returning home for three straight games beginning with a 7 p.m. game against Ohio on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The RedHawks then host Ball State at 3 p.m. on Jan. 26 and Western Michigan on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.

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), WONE-AM 980 (Dayton, OH) MURedHawks.com (All-Access Subscription).


Junior guard Quinten Rollins' double-double (10 pts/10 asts) against James Madison was the first point/assist double-double by a MAC player this season. His seven steals against Grambling State are the most by a MAC player in 2012-13.

Rollins leads the MAC in steals (2.3), ranks 2nd in assist/turnover ratio (3.4) and 4th in assists (4.8).

Junior guard Allen Roberts ranks 12th in scoring (12.6) and ranks 3rd in free-throw percentage (.869, ties for fifth in 3-pointers (2.0) and ranks 14th in 3-point field goal percentage (.387).

Freshman guard Reggie Johnson ties for 23rd in scoring (10.2).

Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight ranks 15th in steals (1.3).

Junior forward Will Felder ranks 7th in field goal percentage (.522), 30th in scoring (9.7) and 11th in blocked shots (1.0).

Junior forward Jon Harris ranks 7th in 3-point field goal percentage (.420) and 14th in 3-pointers (1.8).

As a team, Miami ranks among the top four in the MAC in 3-point field goal percentage (.364, 2nd), steals (9.2, 2nd), turnover margin (+2.92, 3rd), assist/turnover ratio (1.1, 3rd), assists (14.4, 4th) and 3-point field goals (7.6, 4th).


  • Make Miami 5-1 at home this season.
  • Make Miami 48-18 in MAC openers and 27-5 when opening MAC play at home.
  • Make Miami 26-13 against NIU and 20-1 at home when playing the Huskies.


  • Be NIU's first road win.
  • Snap a five-game losing skid for the Huskies.
  • Be NIU's first win at Miami since February 1981.


For the fourth time this season a RedHawk posted a 20-point scoring effort. Junior guard Allen Roberts amassed 21 points, sinking a career-high five 3-pointers against Massachusetts on Jan. 2. Roberts also recorded 20 points at William & Mary on Nov. 21. Freshman guard Reggie Johnson also has had two 20-point scoring efforts this season, including a 21-point effort against James Madison on Nov. 24.

Junior guard Quinten Rollins leads the MAC in steals, averaging 2.3 per game. Rollins has 110 career steals and needs just 13 more to break onto Miami's career Top-10 chart.

Sophomore guard Will Sullivan has scored in double figures in two of the RedHawks' last three games after not having reached double figures previously in his career.

In Miami's five wins, the RedHawks have surpassed the 70-point plateau, but in their six losses MU has failed to hit the 70-point benchmark. Miami averages 78.8 ppg in wins and 58.7 ppg in losses.

In the RedHawks' five wins, Miami has outscored its opponents by a 17.2 ppg margin, surpassed the 70-point mark in each game and compiled an +7.2 turnover margin. As a team, Miami has amassed 90 assists, committed 63 turnovers and recorded 62 steals in its wins.

The RedHawks' 12 3-pointers against Wilmington College were a season-high for the Red and White, topping the 10 they hit in their previous game against UIC. Junior guard Allen Roberts knocked down four treys against the Quakers, while freshman guard Reggie Johnson hit three.

Miami had its best shooting effort of the season against UIC on Dec. 22, shooting .566 from the field (30-of-53). It marked the first time in 2012-13 that the RedHawks had hit at least 50 percent of their shots. Miami also connected on 52.6 percent of its 3-point shots.

Miami's four-game home stretch from Dec. 22 to Jan. 9 is the RedHawks' longest since hosting four-straight games from Feb. 12 to Feb. 22, 2006. The RedHawks were 4-0 during that stretch, including wins over Akron and Ohio, a double-overtime win against Ball State and an ESPN BracketBuster win over Illinois State.

The RedHawks' win at William & Mary was their first road win against a Division I non-conference opponent since defeating Northwestern State 69-68 on Dec. 30, 2008.

Senior center Vince Legarza and junior guard Quinten Rollins are team captains for the 2012-13 season.

The RedHawks set a program record for steals in a game with 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).

Junior guard Quinten Rollins tied a single-game record for steals with seven against Grambling State. 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.

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