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Walter Offutt and the 'Cats take on Toledo Saturday at 6p.m.

Jan. 18, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio -
The Ohio University men's basketball team (12-5, 3-0) looks to extend its winning streak to five games Saturday against MAC West Division-leading Toledo (6-8, 2-1).

Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. The game will be broadcast locally on SportsTime Ohio and across the nation on ESPN3. Michael Reghi will handle play-by-play duties, while Dave Cecutti will provide color commentary. "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.

Last time out, Ohio earned an 81-63 triumph over Northern Illinois Wednesday (Jan. 16) at the Convo. Senior guard Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the `Cats with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while D.J. Cooper added nine points, eight assists and four steals.

Against the Huskies, Cooper passed Butch Moore (SMU) to move into 24th place on the NCAA Division I all-time assists list (832). He ranks second in the country in assists per game (8.2) this season and is first in the MAC in that category.

The `Cats limited the Huskies to just 35.1 percent (27-53) from the floor and have now held four-straight opponents under 40 percent shooting. Over that stretch, Ohio has moved from eighth (.431) to third (.408) in the MAC in field goal percentage defense.

Ohio held an impressive 25-5 advantage in assists for the game. The +20 assists margin was the largest for the `Cats since a +21 (25-4) edge against Toledo on Feb.14, 2009.

With the win, Ohio moved to 3-0 in the MAC for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Green and White have compiled a 23-12 (.657) record in MAC games, including a 15-3 mark at the Convocation Center.

Scouting The Rockets (6-8, 2-1 MAC)

The Bobcats and Rockets will meet on the hardwood for the 121st time Saturday. Toledo is the Bobcats' fifth most common opponent all time. Ohio holds a 66-54 edge (.550) in the all-time series and has won five of the last six matchups. Toledo has not won at the Convo since 2002.

The teams first met during the 1930-31 season at Toledo, with the Rockets earning a 15-13 win. The teams split two meetings last season. Toledo picked up a home victory (77-73) on Feb. 8, 2012, while Ohio defeated the Rockets, 65-57, in the MAC quarterfinals on March 8 in Cleveland.

The Rockets have posted a 6-8 record this season and are 2-7 in games away from Savage Arena. Toledo is 2-1 in MAC contests this season and sits atop the league's West Division.

After opening conference play with wins over Kent State and Central Michigan, the Rockets dropped a 79-56 contest at Western Michigan on Wednesday (Jan. 16). Guard Julius Brown was the only Rocket to score in double figures, finishing with a game-high 16 points. Junior guard Rian Pearson was limited to eight points, the first time he has not reached double figures since UT's season opener at Loyola (IL).

Pearson ranks first in the MAC in scoring with 19.0 ppg and is the Rocket's leading rebounder (6.2 rpg). Brown averages 13.8 ppg and is the team's leading assists man with 4.9 per game.

Toledo is coached by Tod Kowalczyk, who has registered a 29-53 mark (.354) in three seasons as the Rockets' head coach.

Next Game

Ohio hits the road for a 7 p.m. contest with rival Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday (Jan. 23) in Oxford. The game will be televised locally on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. In addition, "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon.