Recently, the Battle of the Bricks has resembled a one-sided pummeling rather than a matchup between two of the Mid-American Conference’s most-storied basketball programs.
Memories of late Miami coach Charlie Coles, donned in a red turtleneck, prowling the RedHawks sidelines in The Convo and Millett Hall have been replaced by the Bobcats overwhelming their archrival.
The Bobcats have won 11 of the last 12 meetings, including the last one on Feb. 21, when they beat the RedHawks 79-62 in Oxford.
But the rivalry, score-lines aside, is perhaps the most notable conference rivalry in the MAC, as both teams have had runs dominating either the conference or the East Division.
When the teams meet Friday night in The Convo for Ohio’s Senior Night, the Redhawks arrive with the worst conference and regular season record in the MAC. Ohio will play host with the No. 2 seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament on the line.
In all likeliness, Friday night will mark Ohio’s 12th win from 13 previous games and will be Miami coach John Cooper’s last time coaching in The Convo. He’s currently in his fifth and final year of his contract.
Above are a few numbers to show that despite recent numbers, the Ohio and Miami matchup is more historical than recent times suggest.