Miami-Ohio (0-1) at Arizona State (1-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 12, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Wells Fargo Arena (16,110) -- Tempe, Arizona. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Miami-Ohio 0-0, ASU 1-0. Away Record: Miami-Ohio 0-1, ASU 0-0. Neutral Record: Miami-Ohio 0-0, ASU 0-0. Conference Record: Miami-Ohio 0-0, ASU 0-0. Series Record: Miami-Ohio leads, 2-0.
GAMES NOTES: Jahii Carson and the Arizona State Sun Devils will take the next step in a three-game homestand when the Miami-Ohio RedHawks invade Wells Fargo Arena for a non-league scuffle on Tuesday.
This is the second straight game for the RedHawks against a team from one of the power conferences as they tangled with Notre Dame on Friday in the season opener. Miami will be attempting to avoid another loss in this matchup after being dispatched, 74-62, by the Fighting Irish on the road. The difference came in ball control as the Irish scored 15 points off of 12 turnovers, while the RedHawks forced only five miscues. Miami has not had much success to speak of in recent years with back-to-back seasons of just nine wins. The Red Hawks haven't even had a winning record since 2009.
Balance really powered Arizona State as it easily claimed a victory in its season opener against UMBC. Carson and Jermaine Marshall each scored 19 points to lead all five starters in double figures for the Sun Devils, who posted a 96-61 triumph over the Retrievers. A year ago Arizona State earned a 22-13 overall record but missed out on the NCAA Tournament, instead settling for a run in the NIT, where the Sun Devils fell to Baylor, 89-86, in the second round.
In two prior meetings Miami has claimed two victories against Arizona State. The most recent came during the 1984-85 season as part of the Hoosier Classic, as the RedHawks earned a 68-52 victory.
Last season Miami was one of the weakest offensive teams in the Mid-American Conference and the showing against Notre Dame didn't do much to change anyone's opinion. The RedHawks shot at just a 43.8 percent clip, while the 62 points was right in line with their scoring average last year (63 ppg). Reggie Johnson managed to score a career-high 22 points in the contest. Johnson averaged just 8.4 points per game last season as a freshman but he got his sophomore season off to a strong start. Johnson scored in double figures 11 times last year, including two 20-point efforts. Quinten Rollins made his presence felt in the backcourt as well as he handed out seven assists to make up for a pedestrian scoring output (five points). Will Felder (13 points, seven rebounds) looked as solid as ever in the post and Geovonie McKnight (13 points) was a nice addition off the bench, but the rest of the team managed just 14 points.
Even though the Sun Devils lost versatile forward Carrick Felix in the offseason, their is still a ton of talent in Tempe. Carson is the primary reason for the optimism as the sophomore guard proved to be one of the best players in the Pac-12 last year. Carson got his second year off to a fast start as he scored 19 points to go with five assists against UMBC. Jordan Bachynski was a force on defense last year and he looked dominant inside against UMBC as well, with 15 rebounds and three blocked shots. Bachynski also scored 12 points, but he connected on just 3-of-8 shots from the field. Jonathan Hilling (10 points, six rebounds) was another double-figure scorer that will be leaned on throughout the year. Gilling and Bachynski helped the Sun Devils own a 50-34 edge on the boards against UMBC.
Carson is not only one of the best players in the Pac-12 but in the nation overall. The RedHawks don't have enough firepower to keep up with Carson, especially if Bachynski continues to dominate down low and the rest of the starters fill in the gaps like they did in the opener.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Arizona State 79, Miami-Ohio 60
11/12 10:35:55 ET