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BRONX, N.Y. - The Jack Owens era begins as the Miami University men’s basketball opens the 2017-18 season when it travels to Fordham for a 7 p.m. tip. A webcast can be seen on the Atlantic 10 website for a fee, while audio coverage will be available on Miami’s College Sports Live.
NEWCOMERS GALORE: In addition to a new coaching staff, the RedHawks have nine different players who might see their first game action against Fordham. After his hire in April, Coach Owens and his staff were able to sign six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent in freshman guards Nike Sibande, Jalen Adaway and Isaiah Coleman-Lands, as well as freshman forward Dalonte Brown. They also brought in a pair of junior college transfers in junior guard Darrian Ringo and sophomore center Bam Bowman.
STILL SOME RETURNEES: While small in numbers, four returnees will be active against the Rams. Senior forward Logan McLane is Miami’s leading returning scorer (11.8 ppg) and rebounder (6.5 rpg). Redshirt junior guard Jake Wright (9.7 ppg) and senior forward Rod Mills (9.1 ppg) each will play important roles for the RedHawks, while redshirt forward Precious Ayah will make his debut after missing last season due to injury.
MIAMI IN OPENERS: This begins the 113th season of men’s basketball at Miami. The RedHawks have been very successful in season openers, sporting a 74-38 (.661) record in the first 112. Last season, Miami cruised to an 84-57 win over Muskingum at home.
ABOUT FORDHAM: The Rams return three starters and nine letterwinners from a team that went 13-19 overall last season and finished 10th in the Atlantic 10 with a 7-11 record. Their top returning player is junior guard Joseph Chartouny. He averaged 12.1 points and 5.0 assists per game last season. This year he is a Preseason Third-Team All-Atlantic 10 selection. Fordham won its only exhibition game, 79-41, over Fredonia Nov. 3. The Rams showed some shooting range in that contest, hitting what would have been a school-record 17 three-point baskets.
THE SERIES WITH FORDHAM: It’s been a long time since Miami’s only meeting with Fordham. The teams met on Dec. 21, 1956 at the Cincinnati Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Rams came away with a 67-60 victory.
MIAMI VS. ATLANTIC 10: The Atlantic 10 is composed of 14 schools located among some of the biggest cities in the eastern half of the United States. Miami is 71-82 all-time against schools in the Atlantic 10, although 132 of the 153 total games were all against one school in Dayton. In addition to their 0-1 record against Fordham, the RedHawks are 3-2 vs. Davidson, 61-71 vs. Dayton, 0-4 vs. Duquesne, 1-1 vs. George Mason, 2-0 vs. George Washington, 2-0 vs. La Salle, 0-2 vs. Massachusetts, 0-1 vs. Rhode Island and 2-0 vs. VCU. Miami has never faced St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s or Saint Louis.
UP AHEAD: Miami has its home opener on Tuesday when it welcomes Wright State to Millett Hall for a 7 p.m. tip. That game will air live on ESPN3, with an audio broadcast available on Miami College Sports Live.