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Preview: Miami vs. Central Michigan


Who: Miami (7-12, 2-5 MAC East) at Central Michigan (9-11, 2-5 MAC West)

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: McGuirk Arena, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Radio: 1450, 1230, 980, 101.3

Probable Miami starters: Will Felder, 6-7, Jr., F, 11.8; Quinten Rollins, 6-0, Jr., G, 5.9; Reggie Johnson, 6-1, Fr., G, 8.8; Geovonie McKnight, 6-3, Fr., G, 5.3; Will Sullivan, 6-3, So., G, 4.1

Probable Central Michigan starters: Olivier Mbaigoto, 6-6, Sr., F, 7.4; John Simons, 6-8, Fr., F, 7.4; Kyle Randall, 5-10, Sr., G, 16.7; Chris Fowler, 6-0, Fr., G, 6.3; Austin Keel, 6-4, So., G, 5.1

About Miami: The RedHawks lead this series 48-17, winning 16 of the last 17 meetings. The lone loss came on Feb. 10, 2009, in Mt. Pleasant. … Miami is on a four-game losing streak. It has not lost five consecutive games in a season since the 2007-08 campaign (Kansas, Cincinnati, Akron, Ohio and Kent State from Dec. 22 to Jan. 17). … Rollins has moved into ninth place on MU’s all-time steals list with 125. Devin Davis is eighth with 136. … The RedHawks’ Feb. 9 home game against Akron has been moved from 3 to 1 p.m. so it can be televised on ESPNU.

About Central Michigan: The Chippewas have lost five of their last six games. They are 5-3 at home, 1-7 on the road and 3-1 on neutral courts. … Keno Davis is in his first season at the CMU helm. He was the head coach at Providence the last three years. … Central has not had a winning season since going 25-7 in 2002-03. … The Chippewas rank second in the MAC in free-throw percentage (72.8), trailing only Toledo (79.0). … Randall was a three-season player for North Carolina-Greensboro. He graduated from the school in three years.

Coach John Cooper on Central Michigan: “They have some similarities with us, pressuring and playing full-court basketball. Both head coaches are new and the styles are new and there’s a lot of adjustments going on. There’s some frustrations on our end, just like there’s some frustrations on our end. Randall is a guy that’s going to put some points up for them. If he’s struggling, there’s a chance they may struggle.”


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