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’Hawks host Bobcats

By Jack Brewer, For The Miami Student

The Miami University men's basketball team faces off against in-state rival Ohio University Saturday in Millet Hall. During the game, Charlie Coles' No. 10 jersey will be retired and hung in the rafters, marking the sixth Miami men's basketball jersey to be retired.

"Coach Coles, I mean, you bring up his name and there's a lot of success that goes along with that," Miami head coach John Cooper said. "It's certainly nice to see his name will be hanging in the rafters."

The RedHawks (8-16, 3-8 Mid-American Conference) are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, with two of those losses being by two points or less. The team is coming off a road loss to Eastern Michigan Feb. 10, in which the Eagles shot lights out from behind the arc en route a 14-point victory. The RedHawks struggled with turnovers all night, commiting 24 by the end of the game.

"We just had entirely too many turnovers to finish the game with 24 turnovers, but 15 of those being in the first half, and 20 of those turnovers coming out of our backcourt you really put yourself in a precarious situation," Cooper said after the game. "A lot of live ball turnovers, a lot of turnovers that were around the top of the key area to allow them to get into transition."

The Bobcats (9-13, 4-7 MAC) are coming off a home loss to Central Michigan University, 68-57. The Bobcats trailed by 19 at halftime and weren't able to overcome the large deficit.

This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams, who will also face each other again Mar. 6 in the regular season finale for both teams. After a recent string of close losses for the RedHawks, they look for a win on a special day for Miami athletics, as another jersey will be hanging in the rafters.

Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.