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Saul Phillips enters his second season as head coach of the Ohio men's basketball program in 2015-16.
The Phillips era began with a 73-47 victory over Appalachian State on Nov. 15, 2014, at the Convocation Center. The Bobcats posted a record-setting 99-78 win over Big East Conference foe DePaul on Dec. 23, 2014, in the 2014 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic to highlight non-conference play in 2014-15. Ohio set a Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic record with 99 points -- the most since Indiana State edged Ole Miss, 87-85, in overtime in 2012.
Ohio's 2015 Mid-American Conference slate featured home victories over East Division rivals Miami, Akron and eventual league tournament champion Buffalo. Phillips picked up his first MAC win on Jan. 21 -- an 82-73 triumph over Ball State in Muncie, Ind. Ohio closed the regular season by storming past Miami, 95-65, in a 'Battle of the Bricks' Senior Day clash on March 6 at the Convo. The Bobcats' 30-point win over the RedHawks marked Ohio's largest margin of victory in the 'Battle of the Bricks' since beating Miami by a 61-20 count in 1940-41 in Oxford. The Bobcats were scorching from behind the arc, converting a season-high 17-of-31 three-point attempts. Ohio's 17 three pointers made marked the program's most since knocking down 17 on Jan. 20, 2000 at Central Michigan, which ranks as the second-most in school history.
Senior forward Maurice Ndour garnered Second Team All-MAC honors for a second straight season while redshirt senior guard Javarez Willis earned Honorable Mention All-MAC recognition for the first time. Ndour competed in the 2015 NBA Las Vegas Summer League for the New York Knicks, where he averaged 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 block, 1.0 steal and 28.3 minutes over five games -- including four starts. Ndour earned a deal with the Dallas Mavericks for his efforts.
Ohio Director of Athletics Jim Schaus named Phillips the 18th head coach in men's basketball program history on April 6, 2014. He begins the 2015-16 campaign with a career head coaching record of 144-104 (.581).
"I am extremely excited about the future of Ohio basketball and I am elated to have a chance to add to its rich tradition," said Phillips at the time of his hiring. "This is an outstanding university in a terrific community. I share the vision of the administration as to what the enormous potential is of this storied program. I simply cannot wait to start working with our players and helping them reach their potential. I want our fans and my players to know that I will pour maximum energy and enthusiasm into Bobcat basketball."
Phillips came to Athens following seven seasons at North Dakota State, where he guided the Bison to a 134-84 record (.615) -- including a 75-45 mark in The Summit League -- and NCAA Championship appearances in 2009 and '14. He departed Fargo with the fourth-most wins by a head coach in program history. Under Phillips' watch, the Bison produced 14 All-Summit League selections.
"The hiring of Saul Phillips as the next head men's basketball coach for Ohio is indeed a tremendous hire for us," said Schaus at the time of Phillips' hiring. "I am just ecstatic to be able to welcome a coach with his experience and success to Bobcat Nation. Saul is passionate, energetic, a great communicator and is inspiring. He has a reputation as an excellent recruiter and players' coach. His North Dakota State team had many big wins including a win over Oklahoma in the NCAA tournament. I am confident about Saul helping us build Bobcat Basketball to new heights of excellence."
During the 2013-14 campaign, Phillips led North Dakota State to a 26-7 overall record -- including a 12-2 mark in league play -- and a Summit League title en route to earning a 2014 NCAA Championship berth. The No. 12-seeded Bison knocked off No. 5-seeded Oklahoma in overtime, 80-75 in the Second Round. Phillips garnered Summit League Coach of the Year laurels for the second time while senior guard Taylor Braun earned Summit League Player of the Year honors.
Phillips directed North Dakota State to its first Summit League crown and NCAA Division I Championship appearance in 2009 as the Bison went 26-7 overall and 16-2 in league play. The 2009 Summit League Coach of the Year was one of 10 finalists for the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year award. Senior guard Ben Woodside received Summit League Player of the Year under Phillips -- the first Bison to ever earn such honors.
NDSU had been on the rise since graduating four starters from that NCAA team. The Bison won 11, 14 and 17 games before a 24-win season and Summit League title game appearance in 2013. NDSU played in the College Basketball Invitational for the second straight year.
Phillips was an assistant coach at North Dakota State for three seasons before being elevated to the head job when Tim Miles was hired by Colorado State.
Before coming to North Dakota State in 2004, Phillips was the director of basketball operations for three years at Wisconsin, where he handled the day-to-day scheduling, coordinated travel, budgeting and on-campus recruiting for Bo Ryan's staff.
Phillips spent two years as an assistant coach under Ryan at Milwaukee (1999-01) and two years as an assistant at Lake Superior State (1997-99) under Marty McDermott.
A native of Reedsburg, Wis., Phillips graduated from Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in business and psychology in 1996. He played basketball for four seasons at UWP under Ryan and was captain of the Pioneers' undefeated national championship team in 1995.
He went on to become a graduate assistant at Wayne (Neb.) State for one season under Greg McDermott.
Phillips and his wife, Nicole, have one daughter, Jordan, and two sons, Charlie and Benjamin.