Don't bother dwelling on Miami's 5-8 record.
Coach Charlie Coles challenged his team with several difficult road games, and his RedHawks responded admirably. They lost close games at No. 22 Kentucky, Xavier, Cincinnati and Illinois. The team's strength of schedule was 20th nationally coming into MAC play.
Proving a poor record was more indicative of a difficult schedule than an underperforming team, Miami bested Kent State in the MAC opener on Saturday.
Much like the Flashes, Miami is such a good program, it's hard to imagine the RedHawks being a below-average team.
Miami lost little to graduation other than All-MAC point guard William Hatcher. Here's how this year's lineup stacks up...
Miami has the ninth-worst offense in the nation -- at least statistically -- by scoring 55.7 points a game. On the other hand, the RedHawks allow only 55.5 points per game, which is among the nation's best.
They don't take care of the ball particularly well, but their defense makes up for it. Miami's assist-to-turnover ratio is 0.9 compared to its opponents' 0.7 mark.
Akron and Miami might not combine for 130 points. I'll have my prediction and the newspaper previews tomorrow.
David Harvey added to his accolades recently by earning a spot on the Scripps Freshman All-American Team as a kick returner.
What's funny is few teams would kick to him after the North Texas game, when he nearly ran two balls back for scores. Harvey probably deserves more recognition as a receiver.