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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 6, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Savage Arena (7,300) -- Toledo, Ohio. Television: BCSN. Home Record: Miami 5-5, Toledo 4-2. Away Record: Miami 3-7, Toledo 4-8. Neutral Record: Miami 0-0, Toledo 1-0. Conference Record: Miami 3-5, Toledo 5-3. Series Record: Miami-Ohio leads, 68-51.
GAME NOTES: The Miami-Ohio RedHawks aim for the second straight decision as they trek to Savage Arena for Mid-American Conference action against the Toledo Rockets.
The RedHawks snapped a four-game losing slide on Saturday with a much needed 70-61 victory over Central Michigan on the road. The victory upped their league record to 3-5, which put them in a four-way tie with Kent State, Bowling Green, and Buffalo for last place in the East Division standings. Coach John Cooper's unit shot 42.9 percent from the floor while limiting the Chippewas to 35.3 percent shooting. Allen Roberts broke out of his slump and paced the team with 19 points. Will Felder and Will Sullivan scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, to help out Miami, which went 8-of-8 at the charity stripe in the final minute.
Miami is averaging 4.6 points less than its opposition this season. The RedHawks are one of the most generous teams in the MAC, allowing 69.9 ppg on 48.2 percent shooting from the field. Roberts is leading Miami with 12.8 and he is coming off of a strong 6-of-13 shooting performance. Felder (11.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and freshman guard Reggie Johnson (8.8 ppg) are both capable of filling it up on occasion as well.
Miami leads 68-51. UT won both games last year, including a 60-53 win in the first round of the MAC Tournament.
Tod Kowalczyk's Rockets continued their rise on Saturday with a 69-64 victory over Northern Illinois, marking their third consecutive decision. The win put Toledo in second place in the MAC's West Division, just one game behind Western Michigan. The team has been one of the most efficient at the charity stripe in the nation, connecting on 77-of-93 over its last four games to rise to a 78.8 percent clip for the season. The efficiency from the free-throw line has helped the Rockets to the fourth-best scoring offense in the MAC at 68.9 ppg, but they are third to last on the defensive end with an allowed average of 69.8 ppg.
Toledo was fueled by the trio of Rian Pearson, Matt Smith, and Julius Brown in its come-from-behind win over Ball State. Against NIU, Brown netted 20 points, Smith tallied 14 points, and Pearson contributed 12 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. The Huskies shot just 38.7 percent from the floor in the second half while the Rockets converted 21-of-26 attempts at the charity stripe to hang on for the win. Pearson is leading the MAC in scoring with 18.6 ppg and also the team in rebounding with 6.4 rpg. Brown is ninth in the league with 13.7 ppg and third with 5.4 assists per contest. The 5-foot-10 sophomore has found his tough after a slow start to go 18-of-34 (52.9 percent) from the floor over his past three outings. Smith and Dominique Buckley have both been chiming in offensively, producing over nine points per outing apiece.
Miami's win over a struggling CMU squad was a good start, but it will have trouble repeating that feat against a much hotter Toledo unit. The Rockets should be able to get whatever they want on the offensive end versus the RedHawks, who will need another solid outing from Roberts to have any chance.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Toledo 72, Miami-Ohio 65
02/06 10:51:12 ET