Dec. 7, 2004
KEYS TO THE GAME VERSUS WRIGHT STATE: "First, we need to play 40 minutes of good solid basketball. Second, we will have to come up with our best defensive effort of the year. Third, we have to take good shots. For the most part this year we have been able to do that because of our movement on offense."
ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL RIVALRIES: "These kinds of games are very important. There should be great interest, and if I were a fan, I wouldn't want to miss this game. Wright State is playing its best basketball in years, and we've gotten off to a good start, so I really believe this is a must-see contest. Wright State is very solid defensively. They are a little unorthodox in that they don't have a classic postman. Their post players are very versatile ... a lot like Ball State. They also have a very good point guard in DaShaun Woods, who has really improved. He really controls the tempo of the game, he can score, he gets assists and he's a good 3-point shooter. They also have wing players (Zakee Boyd, Jaron Taylor and Everett Spencer) who are very good."
ON MIAMI'S RESILIENCE AGAINST BALL STATE: "I thought our guys did a phenomenal job, especially late in the game and in overtime against Ball State. We probably got a little too comfortable with our lead early in the second half, and Ball State played relentless basketball, but to play like we did at the end of the game and in overtime to win it was tremendous, and I'm very proud of their effort."
ON WHO LIFTED MIAMI VS. BALL STATE: "As always--Chet the Jet Mason. Danny Horace is a great player and right now is playing as well as anybody has since Wally. But our leader is Chet Mason ... every minute, every day. It's what he does best. He encourages and motivates people and himself."
ABOUT THE RAIDERS: Wright State is off to a 4-2 start with four players averaging double figures in scoring. DaShaun Woods paces the Raiders with 17.3 ppg and 4.0 apg. Zakee Boyd follows with 15.0 ppg and has hit 13 treys this season, while Zach Williams averages 12.2 ppg and Drew Burleson notches 11.7 ppg. Everett Spencer leads the team on the boards, averaging 7.3 per outing.
THE SERIES WITH WRIGHT STATE: Miami is 13-6 in the all-time series with Wright State and holds a slight 5-3 edge when playing the Raiders on their home floor. Last season, Miami captured a 76-61 win in Oxford, however, the Red and White's last win at Wright State dates back to December 14, 1996 when Miami collected an 89-58 win. Miami has lost its last two meetings with Wright State in Dayton, falling during the 2002-03 season, 51-48, and in 2000-01, 56-47.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST: From a team that was last in the Mid-American Conference in field-goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage a year ago, not only does Miami lead the league in both categories in 2004-05, but it is second nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (.519) and ties for 25th in field goal percentage (.500), according to CNNSI.com.
HORACE AND PEAVY RANK AMONG NATION'S TOP FIVE: Not only does Miami rank among the nation's top statistical leaders, two players also rank among the top five nationally, according to ESPN.com. Senior forward Danny Horace (Cincinnati, Ohio/Western Hills) ranks fifth nationally in rebounds (12.2 per game), while sophomore forward Nathan Peavy (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade-Julienne) ties for second nationally in 3-point shooting percentage (6-of-7 for .857).
THE LAST TIME...: Although the 2004-05 season is in its infancy, senior forward Danny Horace (Cincinnati, Ohio/Western Hills) is averaging a double-double (18.4 ppg, 12.2 rpg) ... the last time a Miami player averaged a double-double for the season was Ron Harper in 1985-86 (24.4 ppg, 11.7 rpg). A win on Wednesday would give the RedHawks a 5-1 start ... the last time a Miami team started the season with a 5-1 record was in 1997-98 when the RedHawks went 6-1 to start the season.
HOME SWEET HOME: With home wins over Purdue, Findlay and Ball State, Miami is now 3-0 at home this season. The RedHawks own a 340-110 record (.756) in the confines of Millett Hall. After a disappointing 61-48 loss at Butler where Miami shot just 41.9 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from 3-point range, the RedHawks returned to their season-opening form against Findlay, shooting 52.0 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from 3-point range.
HOME SWEET HOME TAKE 3: While playing on its home court has been favorable for Miami, it also likes to shoot the three in Millett Hall this season. Over its three home games, Miami has knocked down 29 of its 50 3-point attempts for a 58.0 shooting percentage beyond the arc.
LENDING A HELPING HAND: One area where the RedHawks hold a significant advantage over their opponents is in assists and a big reason for that is junior guard William Hatcher (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth). As a team, Miami is averaging over 1.5 assists to every assist by the opposition. Hatcher leads the team with 15 assists, an average of 3.0 apg. The RedHawks also have a 1.0 assist/turnover ratio, while their opponents post a 0.9 assist/turnover ratio. Sophomore center Monty St. Clair (Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon) has an impressive 10:2 assist/turnover ratio.
BUILDING BLOCKS: Over its first five games, Miami has swatted 18 blocks, while being on the receiving end of just 10 blocked shots. Seven different RedHawks have contributed to the 18 blocks, led by sophomore forward Nathan Peavy (Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade-Julienne) and senior forward Tim Schenke (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder), who have four blocks apiece. Peavy has had one blocked shot in all but one contest this season.
DOUBLE-DIGIT DANNY: For the third time in his career, senior forward Danny Horace opened the season manufacturing a double-double. Horace knocked down 15 points and pulled down a career-high-tying 14 rebounds against Purdue on Nov. 19 for the eighth double-double of his career. Horace tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds in Miami's season opener against Liberty last season and ignited his career with 11 points and 14 rebounds at UNC Wilmington in the RedHawks' season opener his freshman year. The only season Horace failed to produce a double-double in the season-opener was his sophomore campaign when the RedHawks started the season at Purdue. Horace tallied three points and two rebounds against Purdue that year.
AND SPEAKING OF DOUBLE-DOUBLES: In each of Miami's first five games, senior forward Danny Horace has recorded double-doubles. Horace now owns 12 career double-doubles. Horace has been the RedHawks' leading scorer in three of the RedHawks' first five games and its leader in rebounding in all five contests.
QUICK STARTS: Over its first five games, Miami used first-half scoring surges to post a 4-1 mark. The RedHawks have outscored their opponents in the first half 172-134 (an average of +7.6 ppg), while being outscored 169-186 in the second half (an average of -3.4 pgg). In its lone overtime game of the season, Miami posted a 16-8 scoring edge.
20/20 VISION: In both of Miami's last two games, two Miami players have recorded 20-plus point games. Against Findlay on Nov. 29, forwards Danny Horace and Nathan Peavy each notched 22 points--a career-high for Peavy and tying a career-best for Horace. In Miami's win over MAC foe Ball State on Dec. 4 guard Chet Mason (Cleveland, Ohio/South) produced 21 points, while Horace added 20.
HORACE TABBED MAC EAST PLAYER OF WEEK TWICE IN THREE WEEKS: Following a solid performance which bolstered Miami in a thrilling 81-71 win over Purdue in its season opener, senior forward Danny Horace was named the MAC East Division Player of the Week. Horace posted the eighth double-double of his career with a 15-point, 14-rebound effort against Big Ten foe Purdue. Horace also earned MAC Player of the Week honors following wins over Findlay and Ball State where he averaged 21.0 ppg and 13.5 rpg. Against Findlay he tied a career-high with 22 points and posted a career-high 17 rebounds versus Ball State.
RED-HOT REDHAWKS TIE SINGLE-GAME THREE-POINT RECORD: Drilling 14-of-20 three-pointers against Purdue in its season opener, Miami tied a single-game record for three-pointers in a game. On two other occasions Miami teams equalled the number of treys the 2004-05 squad knocked down against Purdue: Mar. 6, 2004 vs. Marshall and Nov. 27, 1989 vs. Nebraska. The RedHawks shot a scorching 70.0 percent from three-point range against the Boilermakers, which ties for fifth on Miami's single-game chart. Six different RedHawks hit treys in the record-tying effort.
AND SPEAKING OF THE THREE: Over its first two games, Miami connected on 22-of-33 3-point attempts for a sizzling .667 shooting percentage. Seven RedHawks sunk treys with six of those seven hitting at least 50 percent. Senior forward Danny Horace led the team with five treys in the first two games, while sophomore forward Nathan Peavy hit both of hits attempts (1.000) and junior guard Josh Hausfeld (Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon) nailed 4-of-5 (.800). Miami's 3-point shooting cooled off significantly at Butler, however, as the RedHawks went 0-for-7 in the first half and 4-for-16 (.250) for the game against the Bulldogs.
"PRODESSE QUAM CONSPICI": Miami University's motto is Prodesse Quam Conspici, which means "To accomplish rather than to be conspicuous." Miami's men's basketball team stayed true to that motto in its season-opening win over Purdue. Miami had six players in double figures and received contributions from all 10 players who stepped on the court. No one RedHawk player carried Miami in the win over the Boilermakers; it was a balanced team effort that resulted in the 81-71 triumph.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE: For the first time since Jan. 5, 2002, Miami had six players score in double figures. In an 81-71 win over Purdue. Miami had all five of its starters and one player off the bench with double-digit scoring efforts. Senior guard Chet Mason led the RedHawks with 16 points, while senior forward Danny Horace added 15, sophomore center Monty St. Clair notched 14, freshman guard Chad Troyer (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep) tallied 11 and junior guard William Hatcher and sophomore forward Nathan Peavy each chipped in 10. Mason and Horace were a part of the last six-player, double-figure scoring effort in a double-overtime win at Central Michigan in 2002.
CHARGE IT: Sophomore center Monty St. Clair posted a career-high six steals against Purdue, which ties for fourth on Miami's single-game chart. Four of those steals, however, came off second-half charges.
SCORING SURGE: Following an impressive 93-56 exhibition win over Ohio Dominican, Miami produced 81 points against Purdue, which was the most by a Miami team since a 100-94 double-overtime win at Central Michigan in January 2002. It also is the most points Miami has scored in a regulation game since an 83-51 win over Northern Illinois in December of 1998.
MASON ON THE MOVE: Senior guard Chet Mason is poised to place his name on several Miami career charts. Mason already ranks eighth on Miami's career steal chart with 126 and is tied for eighth in career starts with 92. He also could also break onto the RedHawks' games played list. Mason needs just 97 points to become the 29th player in program history to record 1,000 career points and 50 rebounds to move onto Miami's all-time rebounding list. He has never posted fewer than 173 rebounds in a season. Mason also is on pace to join Ron Harper as the only two players to record 1,000 points, 700 rebounds, 300 assists and 150 steals.
MASON MOVES ONTO CAREER STARTS LIST: With his Nov. 19 start against Purdue, senior guard Chet Mason moved onto Miami's all-time starts list. Mason is ninth with 92 career starts and has started 86 consecutive contests for the RedHawks.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS: Despite his 6-foot-4 stature, senior guard Chet Mason is one of the Mid-American Conference's most ferocious rebounders and the nation's top returning rebounder among guards. Mason averaged 7.9 boards per game as a junior, including 8.1 rpg in MAC action to rank third among conference leaders. His 7.9 rpg also ranked him second in the nation among guards behind Xavier's 6-foot-5 Romain Sato (8.03 rpg) and second for players 6-foot-4 and under behind IUPUI forward Odell Bradley (8.52 rpg), according to Stats, Inc. In addition to ranking among the top five in rebounds, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds, Mason tied for second in MAC only games with 2.94 offensive rebounds per game.
EXTREME MAKEOVER--MILLETT HALL EDITION: Although there will be no bulldozers or plasma-screen televisions, there is a new look to Millett Hall this season, which results in a down-sized capacity of 6,500. In an effort to create a more electric and exciting environment, a curtain will be dropped on the south end of the arena with court-side stage seating for students. The north end of the arena will have the red "Miami" bleachers, while two rows of court-side student seating for "Charlie's Corner" will be available in the northeast corner.
ANOTHER NEW LOOK ... SORT OF: As part of Miami's 100 Year's of Basketball Celebration, Miami's players will be wearing "retro" uniforms at home for the entire 2004-05 season, which the RedHawks will be donning for the first time on Nov. 19 against Purdue. While the team will not be going so far as sporting the "shorty-shorts" from past decades, the uniform style is a compilation of past Miami uniforms. Miami's warm-up shirts also have a throwback look this season.
FOR OPENERS: With an 81-71 win over Purdue to start the 2004-05 campaign, Miami improves to 68-32 (.680) in season openers and is 80-20 (.800) in home openers. Last season Miami won its season opener at Liberty (71-55) to snap a four-game drought for season openers. The RedHawks have won 16 straight home openers, dating back to a 93-82 loss to Evansville in 1991 to open the season.
MIAMI PUTS TWO ON MAC PRESEASON ALL-EAST TEAM: Senior guard Chet Mason and senior forward Danny Horace were tabbed Mid-American Conference Preseason All-East Division men's basketball selections by the MAC News Media Association. Miami returns 79.9 percent of its rebounding and 64.4 percent of its scoring from a year ago, mostly in the form of Mason and Horace, who averaged 7.9 and 5.8 rebounds per game and 10.3 and 9.9 points per game, respectively. Mason and Horace have been three-year starters for the RedHawks.
MIAMI BASKETBALL TURNS 100: During the 2004-05 season, the Miami men's basketball program will be celebrating its 100th official season. Throughout the season, Miami has several things on tap to "Celebrate the Tradition." In cooperation with Pepsi, there is a five-can collector's series, which runs throughout the season. The RedHawks also have "throwback" uniforms at home for the entire season, while Miami will recognize its teams prior to the 1970s on Dec. 4, teams from the 1970s and `80s on Jan. 30 and teams from the 1990s and 2000s on Feb. 5. The Red and White joined the Mid-American Conference in 1947-48 and since that time have won 20 regular-season league titles--twice as many as any other MAC school--three MAC Tournament titles and have advanced to 16 NCAA Tournaments and made four NIT appearances.
A MIAMI WIN WOULD ... Move Miami to 5-1 to start the season for the first time since the 1997-98 team started the season 6-1. Be Miami's first at Dayton since Dec. 14, 1996, snapping a two-game skid when facing the Raiders on their home court. Make Miami 14-6 all-time against the Raiders.
A MIAMI LOSS WOULD ... Drop the RedHawks to 4-2. Be Miami's third straight loss at Wright State.