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Toledo to Host 2022 NCAA Tournament Team Richmond on Wednesday in Blackout in Savage Arena

TOLEDO, Ohio – Toledo (4-2) returns home on Wednesday, Nov. 30 to host Atlantic 10 power Richmond (3-3) in Savage Arena. Wednesday’s contest will feature the Rockets wearing new black uniforms as part of a special Blackout promotion.

Toledo is playing for the first time since posting an 82-69 win over Northern Kentucky on Nov. 23 in its final game at the Gulf Coast Showcase.  The Rockets opened the tournament with losses to Kansas City (83-71) and East Carolina (86-75).

Setric Millner Jr. registered a double-double and four more Rockets scored in double figures in the 13-point win over the Norse. Millner tallied a game-high 22 points and 13 rebounds, while RayJ Dennis scored 13 points and dished out a team-best eight assists. Dante Maddox Jr. nearly finished with a double-double in his first start as a Rocket by scoring 12 points and grabbing a season-high nine boards.

Toledo is ranked 14th nationally with a MAC-best 86.3 ppg and also leads the MAC with a 49.1 FG%, a 38.1 3PTFG%, 15.3 apg and a 1.35 assist/turnover ratio. Individually, Dennis ranks 13th in the nation with a MAC-high 6.3 apg. Dennis is one of three Rockets to appear among the conference’s Top 10 scoring leaders, ranking fourth with 19.0 ppg. JT Shumate is sixth with 18.5 ppg, while Millner is 10th with 16.2 ppg.
       
Richmond has posted victories over VMI, Northern Iowa and Temple with its defeats coming at the hands of Charleston, Wichita State and Syracuse. The Spiders advanced to the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament by posting a 67-63 win over Iowa before falling to Providence.

Senior Tyler Burton leads the Spiders with 17.8 ppg and 9.2 rpg, including a 38-point outing vs. Charleston. Redshirt freshman Jason Nelson (13.0 ppg, 4.0 apg) and graduate transfer Isaiah Bigelow (10.3 ppg) are also scoring in double digits.

The first 400 UT students attending Wednesday’s game vs. Richmond will receive a free long-sleeve black shirt. The shirts will also be on sale to all fans at the game for $20. Click HERE to order.

As a special promotion for the game, the Rockets are offering $5 seats in the Upper East B section. Click HERE to take advantage of this special Black Out Game offer.

In addition, bleacher tickets for Toledo’s home games vs. Lourdes Univ. (Dec. 29), Ball State (Jan. 3) and Western Michigan (Jan. 6) are available for $8.00 in advance and $9.00 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Rocket Athletic Ticket Office at the Sullivan Athletic Complex in Savage Arena, contact the Rocket Athletic Ticket Office at 419-530-GOLD (4653) or go online to UTRockets.com/tix.

TOLEDO VS. RICHMOND
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022.
Tip-Off: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Toledo, Ohio.
Arena: Savage Arena (7,014).
Television/Streaming: ESPN+. Mason Lowry will provide play-by-play for broadcast with Rhett Boyd serving as analyst.
Radio: Rocket Radio Network. WSPD (1370 AM) in Toledo. Brent Balbinot will provide play-by-play for broadcast with Jay Lehman serving as analyst.
 
SERIES
Richmond leads 2-0. The Spiders defeated the Rockets, 76-66, in the 2021 National Invitational Tournament and by a 72-69 margin in Richmond last season.

A LOOK AT THE ROCKETS
Toledo captured its 10th Mid-American Conference title in program history last season and has registered four 20-win seasons in the last five years as well as six 20-win campaigns in the last nine seasons. The Rockets broke their school record last year with 17 MAC victories and their 26 overall wins were second in school history, one behind the 2013-14’s squad.

Toledo won 15 of its 17 league games last season by eight points or more. In the 2020-21 season, 13 of Toledo’s 15 MAC victories were by nine points or more.

Toledo returned four starters from last year’s squad which repeated as outright Mid-American Conference champions. The lone departure was sophomore guard Ryan Rollins who was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the NBA draft after leading the Rockets with 18.9 ppg.
 
ROCKETS IN THE MAC RANKINGS
•  Toledo leads the MAC with 86.3 ppg, nearly 10 points better than Ball State (77.4).
•  The Rockets are also first with a 49.1 FG%, a 38.1 3PTFG%, 15.3 apg and a 1.35 assist/turnover ratio.
•  UT ranks second with a plus-2.7 turnover margin and third with a plus-5.8 scoring margin, a 76.0 free-throw percentage, and 3.2 bpg.
•  Toledo is the only school to have three representatives among the MAC’s Top 20 scoring leaders — RayJ Dennis (19.0/4th), JT Shumate (18.5/6th) and Setric Millner Jr. (16.2 ppg/10th).
•  Dennis leads the MAC with 6.3 apg and a 3.20 assist/turnover ratio.
•  Shumate is second in the MAC with 1.8 bpg and fourth with a 58.7 FG%.
•  Shumate is tied for second in the MAC along with Ra’Heim Moss with a 92.3 FT%.
•  Millner Jr is third with 8.2 rpg and tied for sixth with an 88.9 FT%.
•  Tyler Cochran ranks fourth in the MAC with 2.2 spg.
•  Dante Maddox Jr. ranks fifth in the MAC with a team-best 45.5 three-point FG%.
 
TEAM TIDBITS
•  Toledo is the only MAC school to win 13 or more league games four of last five years.
•  Toledo scored 82 or more points in 15 of 20 MAC games last year.
•  Toledo was 8-2 in conference road games last season after posting a 6-3 mark in league contests away from home in the 2020-21 campaign.
•  Toledo committed the fewest turnovers (9.65/game) and posted a MAC-best 1.69 A/TO ratio in league play last year.
•  The Rockets were 22-1 last season when scoring 70 or more points and 14-1 when allowing less than 70 points.
•  Toledo’s 47 victories over the last two seasons entering this year was tied for 18th in the nation and was one win away from matching the most wins in back-to-back seasons by a Rocket squad – 23-11 in 2017-18 and 25-8 in 2018-19.
 
ON THE HORIZON
Toledo will play another Atlantic 10 foe when it travels to Fairfax, Va. to battle George Mason (3-4) on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2:00 p.m. The Rockets will play another road game with a trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Tuesday, Dec. 6 to meet Northern Iowa (2-3)
 

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