Jan. 5, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Athletics will honor the 2009-10 MAC Championship team at this Sunday's home game versus Miami at 2 p.m. on Champions Day. The 2010 MAC Championship banner will be dropped from the rafters at approximately 1:45 p.m.
Sunday's game marks the 187th game between Ohio and Miami and the beginning of MAC play. Last season, the long-time rivals played a thrilling contest in The Convo as Tommy Freeman made a three-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining in the game for a 70-68 Ohio victory.
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The Bobcats had a historic season in 2009-10, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005 and third time in the last 20 years. The No. 13-seeded Bobcats faced No. 4-seeded Georgetown and knocked off the Hoyas, 97-83. It was Ohio's first win against a nationally-ranked program since 1998 and advanced them into the NCAA Second Round for the first time since 1983. The win was also the fifth all-time for the Green & White in the Big Dance.
A stirring run in Cleveland last year earned Ohio their fifth MAC Tournament title and second in the last six years. The Bobcats' journey included an overtime win on the road in the first round, a toppling of regular-season champion Kent State in the quarterfinals, a victory over arch-rival Miami in the semifinals and another overtime victory against the defending conference champs, Akron, in the final.
The `Cats finished with the fourth-most wins in school history (22), led the league in scoring by averaging 74.7 points per game and had five players average 10.5 points or more for their 2009-10 campaigns. The 2,763 points scored were the most by any Bobcat team, breaking the previous mark of 2,668 set during the 1993-94 season.
The Green & White also finished second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.366), three-point field goal percentage defense (.312), rebounding offense (37.1), assists (14.16), turnover margin (+2.51) and three-point field goals made (7.51).