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RedHawk Men's Basketball Team Hosts Wilberforce in Exhibition Game on Monday

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Nov. 5, 2006

SNEAK PREVIEW: Miami University men's basketball fans will have their first chance to see the 2006-07 RedHawks in action as Miami hosts Wilberforce in an exhibition game at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6. Admission to the exhibition game is FREE. It is the second straight year Miami and Wilberforce have squared off in exhibition action with the RedHawks picking up a 79-45 win last season. Tim Pollitz paced the RedHawks against the Bulldogs a year ago with 18 points, while Michael Bramos amassed five blocked shots. Cameron Phillips posted 12 points, four assists and four steals for Wilberforce.

ON THE MOVE: Miami has moved its men's basketball game times to 7:30 p.m. for its weeknight and most Saturday games. Home Sunday contests will primarily be played at 5 p.m. Game times are subject to change. Please consult www.MURedHawks.com for all game-time updates.

WHAT'S BACK: Miami returns seven letterwinners, including three starters, from a team that made a second consecutive NIT appearance a year ago. Honorable Mention All-MAC selections Nathan Peavy (11.2 ppg/6.9 rpg), a senior forward, and Tim Pollitz (12.7 ppg/5.7 rpg), a junior forward, led Miami in rebounding a year ago and are the RedHawks' top returning scorers. Both are returning starters along with senior guard Doug Penno. Another veteran returnee with significant time as a starter is senior center Monty St. Clair. Miami also returns sophomore forward/guard Michael Bramos, sophomore forward Tyler Dierkers and redshirt-sophomore guard Eric Pollitz. Miami returns 66.7 percent of its rebounding and 60.5 percent of its scoring from a year ago, including four of its top five scorers.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: While the RedHawks return seven letterwinners, Miami also has seven newcomers. Redshirt freshman center Adam Fletcher and sophomore guard Carl Richburg were with the team last year but make their first appearances in a Miami uniform. Richburg sat out the 2005-06 season after transferring from Southern Indiana. Junior guard Isiah Carson joins the Miami program from St. Bonaventure, but, like Carson a year ago, will sit out the season due to NCAA transfer guidelines. Miami has four true freshmen in guard Alex Moosmann, guard/forward Antonio Ballard and forwards Sean Mock and Steve Pogue.

PEAVY TABBED PRESEASON MAC ALL-EAST DIVISION: Senior forward Nathan Peavy was named to the Preseason All-Mid-American Conference East Division Team as voted on by the MAC News Media Association. Joining Peavy on the East Division squad were Leon Williams (Ohio), Romeo Travis (Akron), Yassin Idbihi (Buffalo) and Martin Samarco (Bowling Green). The West Division Team was comprised of James Hughes (Northern Illinois), Giordan Watson (Central Michigan), Justin Ingram (Toledo), Julien "Skip" Mills (Ball State) and Joe Reitz (Western Michigan).

OPENING TIP: Miami tips off its 2006-07 campaign at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, hosting local rival Wright State. It is the first time Miami will open the season with Wright State and is just the second home opener against the Raiders for the Red and White. The last time the teams met in Miami's home opener was with a 79-69 Miami win in 1973-74. Last season, the RedHawks clipped Wright State 54-46 in Oxford in the third game of the season for Miami. Last season, Miami dropped its season opener at Alabama in the NIT Season Tipoff, 64-58. The RedHawks came back to defeat Dayton in their 2005-06 home opener, 58-42. Miami is 68-33 in season openers, including 52-11 when opening the season in Oxford, Ohio. The RedHawks are 81-20 in home openers and have won their last 15 home openers.

NO HOLDS BARRED NOVEMBER: Opening the season on Nov. 11 and playing seven games during the course of the month, the RedHawks will play the most November games by a Miami team in program history. Miami has an exciting but challenging month ahead of them, facing Wright State, Kentucky, Florida A&M, Illinois-Chicago, Illinois, Bradley or Rutgers, and Xavier. During November, the RedHawks will play three games in the confines of Millett Hall where Miami has gone 34-6 over the past three seasons.