Records: IPFW (6-3), Miami (Ohio) (0-4)
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: John D. Millett Hall, Oxford, Ohio
Radio: 1380 AM
IPFW leaders: Luis Jacobo (14.7 ppg), Joe Reed (6 rpg), Pierre Bland (4.8 apg)
Miami leaders: Reggie Johnson (14 ppg), Will Felder (6 rpg), Quinten Rollins (4.8 apg)
Key matchup: When last seen, Bland was scaring Illinois green as he drove for a layup in the closing seconds and then intercepted the ensuing inbounds pass. He couldnt get a shot off before the horn, so Illinois survived 57-55. But thats about the only thing Bland hasnt done for the Mastodons; he comes to tonight averaging 10.4 points, a team-high 4.8 assists and 4.7 rebounds, and hes tied with Mo Evans for the team lead in steals with 14. That eerily mirrors his Miami counterpart, Rollins, who averages 6 points, leads the team in assists (19) and steals (7), and is Miamis second leading rebounder (5.3 rpg). So this could come down to which do-it-all player can do the most.
The skinny: With a win tonight, IPFW would finish its four-game road trip 3-1. Steve Forbes continues to develop as the Mastodons inside presence. The 6-foot-9 Floridian is the teams second-leading scorer (11.9 ppg) and leads the team in blocks with eight, and against Illinois he scored 11 points with five rebounds, a steal and a block Miami opened the season with road losses to Notre Dame, Arizona State and Xavier, then was surprised 65-63 by Wilmington in its home opener Michael Kibiloski, despite an 0 of 2 night at Illinois, continues to light it up from 3-point range. So far this season hes made 16 of 40, a 40 percent clip After tonight, the Mastodons return to Fort Wayne to play their only game in Memorial Coliseum, a 7 p.m. game with Dartmouth on Saturday.