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Tribe Set for National TV Date with Miami (Ohio)
Updated: Thursday 11/20/2012 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Off its the program's first 3-0 start in 20 years, the William and Mary men's basketball team returns home for a nationally televised game against the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks on Wednesday evening at Kaplan Arena. The contest carries a 7 p.m. start and will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network. Click HERE to check for the NBC Sports Network in your area.

Tribe fans can also follow the action on the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley, Bill McDonald and Charlie Woollum on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM in Williamsburg is the flagship station of the Tribe Radio Network and the broadcast can also be heard on TribeAthletics.com. With the national TV broadcast on the NBC Sports Network, the game will NOT available via TribeAthletics TV.

All tickets for the contest are $5. Fans can call the Ticket Office at (757) 221-3340 or visit the Ticket Office Page on TribeAthletics.com for more information. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 as well.

  Game Day Information  -  Game 4 vs. Miami (Ohio)
When:     Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 7 PM
 Where:    Williamsburg, Va.  |  Campus Map  |  Visiting Williamsburg
Venue:    Kaplan Arena  |  Seating Chart
Broadcast:    Listen Online  |  Live Stats  | TV: NBC Sports Network
Tickets:    TribeAthletics.com  |  $5 Ticket Special
Game Notes:  William and Mary  |  Miami (Ohio)  |  CAA
Season Stats:  William and Mary  |  Miami (Ohio)  |  CAA
Highlights: 
Tribe at High Point (Nov. 17)  |  Tribe at Liberty (Nov. 12) 
News:   William & Mary Wallops HPU
Nov. 17, High Point Enterprise

Shaver Returns Home to Face HPU
Nov. 17, High Point Enterprise

W&M Signs Wing Recruit
Nov. 14, Daily Press

College Douses Flames to Move to 2-0
Nov. 12, The Flat Hat

Blogs:  
CAA Hoops Scoop  |  CAAHoops.com

News and Notes

- With its victory at High Point, W&M improved to 3-0 on the year for the first time since the 1992-93 season. It marked the 23rd time in the 108-year history of the program that the Tribe has started a season 3-0.

- Miami (Ohio) leads the all-time series with W&M at 5-0, including a 73-69 victory over the Green and Gold in Oxford last season.

- W&M leads the CAA in scoring defense, while ranking second in scoring offense. The Tribe is averaging 74.3 points per game, while limiting opponents to just 57 points per game. The 83 points W&M scored against High Point on Saturday night was the most for W&M since Feb. 19, 2011 when it scored 84 in a victory over Radford.

- The Tribe's game against Miami (Ohio) will be the second of 12 televised contests for the College. The game will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network. Fans can also catch the Tribe's road game at Wake Forest on Friday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.

Scouting Miami (Ohio)
Miami (Ohio) enters the game with the Tribe at 1-2 with both losses coming to top 10 opponents. The RedHawks started the season with a 97-59 setback at No. 6-ranked N.C. State, before winning its home opener over Grambling State, 80-54. Most recently, Miami fell at No. 2 Louisville, 80-39, on Sunday. John Cooper, who was 43-51 in three seasons as Tennessee State's head coach, including a 20-win season in 2011-12, is in his first season as Miami's head coach.

In the win over Grambling, the RedHawks broke open a four-point halftime advantage, shooting 52.9 percent in the second 20 minutes, including 7-of-14 from 3-point range. Freshman guard Reggie Johnson led MU with 20 points against Grambling. At Louisville, the RedHawks shot just 29.8 percent in losing to the No. 2 team in the country.

Redshirt junior Allen Roberts leads Miami (Ohio) in scoring at 11.3 points per game, while Johnson is the other double-digit scorer for the RedHawks at 10.7 points per game. Junior Bill Edwards averages 8.7 points per game, while fellow classmate Jon Harris chips in 6.0 points per game to go with a team-best 5.7 rebounds per game.

Tribe Against the Mid-American Conference
The Tribe is 2-8 all-time against the MAC, having faced five of the league's 12 teams. The College's game against Miami (Ohio) will marks its sixth against the RedHawks, the most for W&M against a single MAC foe. Miami (Ohio) holds a 5-0 advantage in the all-time series, including a 73-69 victory in Oxford last season. Josh Sewell and Quinten Rollins led Miami with 18 points each last season. For the Tribe, Marcus Thornton scored 15 points in his first collegiate start, while Tim Rusthoven added 14 points and eight rebounds. W&M shot 51 percent from the field, including 64 percent in the second half, but could not overcome Miami's eight 3-pointers and 21-of-26 from the free throw line. The Tribe's victories against the MAC both came against Akron during the 1949-50 and 2001-02 seasons.

Best Start in 20 Years
With its road victory at High Point, W&M opened the year at 3-0, marking the best start for the Green and Gold since 1992-93 campaign. In total, it is the 23rd time in the 108-year history of Tribe basketball that the program started 3-0 in a season and just the third time in the last 30 years. The College will look to go 4-0 for only the second time in the last 50 years when it hosts Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday night. The Tribe last started 4-0 in 1992-93 and is looking for its 10th 4-0 start in school history.

Three-Headed Scoring Monster
The Tribe's top three returning scorers, sophomore Marcus Thornton and juniors Brandon Britt and Tim Rusthoven, have upped their production in the early going of the 2012-13 campaign. All three have scored in double figures in each of the first three games and are averaging a combined 54.3 of the W&M's 74.3 points per game (73.1 percent). On the year, all three rank among the top five in the CAA with Thornton and Rusthoven tied for second in the league in scoring at 18.7 points per game, while Britt ranks fourth at 17 points per game.  In each of the Tribe's first three games, one of the trio has led W&M in scoring with better than 20 points. Thornton topped the Green and Gold against Hampton with 24 points, before Britt led the team with 21 points at Liberty. In the 83-61 win at High Point, Rusthoven scored a team-high 23 points, while Thornton added 21 points.

Offensive Effectiveness
The Tribe is operating at a high-level offensively through the early part of the 2012-13 season. W&M ranks second in the CAA at 74.3 points per game, while leading the league in assists per game (15.3) and field goal percentage (50 percent). According to KenPom.com, the Tribe ranks among the national leaders in a number of offensive categories as well. The Tribe is 22nd nationally, as of Nov. 19, according to the Web site in effective field goal percentage, which is the same as field goal percentage but gives teams more credit for 3-pointers made, at 56.9 percent. W&M was 18th in 2-point field goal percentage (58.1) as well as assist percentage at 66.7 percent. Assist percentage figures the percentage of field goals that W&M assisted. 

Getting to the Line
The Tribe has done a great job of getting to the free throw line this season. Through its opening three games, the Green and Gold is averaging 22 made free throws on 31.3 attempts per game. According to KenPom.com, as of Nov. 18, the Tribe ranks third nationally in free throw rate at 68.1 percent, which figures the rate based on free throw attempts per field goal attempts. During head coach Tony Shaver's 10 seasons, W&M is 46-18 (.719) when attempting 25 or more free throws in a game and 23-9 (.719) when taking 30 or more. Over the last seven seasons, the College has posted a 56-22 (.718) mark when connecting on 15 or more free throws. The Tribe's record jumps to 23-6 (.793) over the last seven seasons when hitting on 20-plus free throws. W&M has made at least 15 free throws and shot more than 26 in all three games this season.

50 Percent Equals Victories
The Tribe has been nearly flawless under head coach Tony Shaver when it hits on 50 percent or better from the floor, going a combined 39-4 (.907) over his 10 seasons. In CAA action, W&M is 22-2 (.917) during Shaver's tenure when it shoots 50 percent of better from the floor. The Tribe shot 55.3 percent (26-of-47) from the floor in its 83-61 road win at High Point on Nov. 17.

Rusthoven's Consistency
Junior Tim Rusthoven is the Tribe's most consistent player. Dating back to last season, Rusthoven has scored double digits on 13 occasions in his last 16 contests. He produced three straight games of 15-plus points to open the 2012-13 season, including topping his career high twice. After scoring a then career-high 18 points in the opener against Hampton, he tallied 15 points despite being limited to 21 minutes due to foul trouble at Liberty. Rusthoven registered his first career 20-point game with a game-high 23 points and a team-best nine rebounds at High Point on Nov. 17. On the year, he ranks second in the CAA at 18.7 points per game and 14th in the league in rebound at 6.7 per contest. He is also leading the CAA, shooting 65.5 percent from the field.










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