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Miami (OH) 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule

Miami (Ohio) RedHawks - Mid-American Conference (18-14, 10-6)

Seed: #14 - Midwest Region

Big Wins: 1/7 Kent State (65-63), 2/21 Akron (64-62), 3/10 vs Akron (53-52)

Bad Losses: 12/27 at Cincinnati (52-60), 1/14 at Buffalo (51-68), 3/4 at Bowling Green (64-68)

Last NCAA Appearance: 1999, Elite Eight loss to Kentucky

Coach: Charlie Coles (2-3 in 3 NCAA appearances)



Probable Miami (OH) Starters:

  • Alex Moosman, Freshman, Guard, 4.5 ppg, 2.8 apg

  • Michael Bramos, Sophomore, Forward, 11. ppg, 2.3 apg, 3.8 rpg

  • Nathan Peavy, Senior, Forward, 14.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.2 bpg

  • Tim Pollitz, Junior, Forward, 15.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg

  • Monty St. Clair, Senior, Center, 3.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg

 

Key Roleplayers for Miami of Ohio:

  • Doug Penno, Senior, Guard, 5.1 ppg, 2.1 apg

  • Eric Pollitz, Sophomore, Guard, 1.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg

  • Tyler Dierkers, Sophomore, Forward, 2.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg

 

Why They Can Surprise:
As usual, Coach Charlie Coles employs a great defensive team. The RedHawks hold their opponents to under 58 points per game and allow them to shoot under 41%. Miami will not pick up a bunch of steals, but they will play solid and safe man-to-man defense.

Forwards Michael Bramos, Nathan Peavy and Tim Pollitz help the defensive intensity with their blocking ability, but that trio’s best attribute comes in the scoring column. Bramos may only make 1.4 three-pointers per game, but he is still the biggest threat from long range on the team. Peavy is the best rebounder on the team, but it is Pollitz will get on the offensive glass. Pollitz averages 15.9 points per game, but even if the scoring is not working out, the 6-6 junior will help in other ways.

 

Why Miami (OH) Can Disappoint:
The RedHawks' forwards are the only three players that average over six points per game. While some of the forwards have perimeter skills, the team really lacks a consistent scoring threat from anybody else. Doug Penno is a good three-point shooter, but will not do much else. Alex Moosman has done an admirable job controlling the team as a freshman, but is not much of a threat to score.

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Who To Watch:
Monty St. Clair provides the big body under the basket. The 6-9, 241-pound senior will not blow anybody away with his stats, but St. Clair will provide a presence under the basket on the defensive end and do some of the dirty work.

 

By the Numbers:

Scoring Offense: 59.6 (311th in nation, 12th in conference)

Scoring Defense: 57.4 (10, 1)

Field-Goal Percentage: 46.0 (84, 3)

Field-Goal Defense: 40.6 (37, 2)

Free-Throw Percentage: 70.9 (113, 4)

Rebound Margin: -0.3 (192, 9)

Assists Per Game: 12.8 (214, 7)

Turnovers Per Game: 13.3 (79, 2)

 

Joel’s Bracket Says: First Round loss to Oregon

 

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