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Ohio Takes On Buffalo Wednesday In MAC Opener

Junior Nick Kellogg posted a season-high 22 points against Marshall Saturday.

Jan. 8, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (9-5, 0-0) opens Mid-American Conference play Wednesday against Buffalo (5-9, 0-0) inside the Convocation Center.

Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. (EST). The game will be televised locally on SportsTime Ohio and also can be seen across the nation on ESPN3. Michael Reghi will handle play-by-play duties while Dave Cecutti will serve as analyst. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon, with streaming audio and video available on OhioBobcats.com.

The Bobcats will face the Bulls in the first of 16 Mid-American Conference games this season. Ohio has posted a 20-12 (.625) record in league play over the past two seasons, including a 13-3 (.813) mark inside the Convocation Center.

Last time out, the Green and White defeated Marshall, 94-57, on Saturday (Jan. 5) at the Convo. It was the Bobcats' largest margin of victory against the Thundering Herd since the 1920-21 season (a 65-9 win).

Junior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) rebounded from an 0-for-12 performance over his past two games to notch a season-high 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting against the Herd. Kellogg also connected on a season-best five 3-pointers in the contest. Overall, the `Cats shot 65.3 percent (32-49) for the game - which broke Ohio's Convocation Center high mark - and tied a school record with 29 assists versus Marshall.

Senior guard D.J. Cooper distributed a career-best 17 assists against the Herd, which set an Ohio single game record and tied the MAC all-time mark. Cooper ranks third in the country this season with 8.5 assists per game and he now has 811 assists for his career. At 820, the Chicago, Ill., native moves into the top-25 all-time in NCAA Division I history.

The Bobcats continue to move the ball at an elite level this season, as their 19.1 assists per game ranks second-best in the nation. Over the past four games, Ohio has averaged an astounding 25.0 assists per contest.

Scouting The Bulls (5-9, 0-0)

The Bobcats and Bulls will meet on the hardwood for the 34th time Wednesday night. Ohio holds a 25-8 edge in the all-time series and has won the last four matchups between the programs (including a 3-0 mark last season). The teams first met during the 1929-30 season, with the Bulls earning a 41-23 victory. In the most recent meeting, Ohio defeated Buffalo, 77-74, on March 9, 2012, to advance to the MAC Championship game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

The Bulls have posted a 5-9 record this season and are 2-4 in road contests. In its last game on Jan. 2, Buffalo fell at Conference USA foe Tulsa, 63-57. Junior forward Javon McCrea posted a double-double (22 points, 11 rebounds) to pace the Bulls while sophomore forward Will Regan added 13 points and six boards.

McCrea leads Buffalo this season with 15.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while Regan is second on the team with 11.0 points per contest. Junior guard Jared Oldham is the team's leading assist man with 3.4 per contest.

Buffalo is coached by Reggie Witherspoon, who is in his 14th season. He ranks third all-time at the school with 189 career wins.

Next Game

Ohio will hit the road for the first time in MAC play to face Western Michigan on Saturday (Jan. 12) at 2 p.m. The matchup can be heard for free on OhioBobcats.com. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon.