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Junior Ricardo Johnson posted a career-high 13 points Saturday vs. Toledo

Jan. 22, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio -
The Ohio University men's basketball team (13-5, 4-0) looks to extend its winning streak to six games Wednesday against archrival Miami (7-9, 2-2) in Oxford, Ohio.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Millett Hall. The game will be televised live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. Ohio residents can find the network at Channel 311 or 1311 (HD) on their television dials. Tim Bray will handle play-by-play duties while Joe Brady will provide color commentary.

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, with streaming audio available on OhioBobcats.com beginning 30 minutes prior to tip (6:30 p.m.).

Last time out, Ohio moved to 4-0 in MAC play with a 76-67 victory over Toledo Saturday (Jan. 19) inside the Convocation Center. The Bobcats shot over 50 percent (27-53) from the field for the fifth-straight home game and committed a season-low five turnovers in the contest.

Senior forward Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio) led the `Cats with a career-high 24 points and connected on 9-of-9 field goal attempts. Keely leads Ohio with 16.3 ppg in MAC play and his .684 field goal percentage is tops in the MAC. Junior guard Ricardo Johnson (Covington, Ky.) added a career-best 13 points and a team-high six rebounds. Johnson is averaging 6.8 pts and 3.5 rebounds in conference play while shooting nearly 70 percent (9-13) from the floor (2.6 pts, 2.3 reb, 42.2 FG% in non-conference).

Senior guard D.J. Cooper led Ohio with a team-high nine assists against the Rockets. With his second assist, he passed Chris Thomas (Notre Dame) and Pooh Richardson (UCLA) to move into 21st place on the all-time NCAA Division I assists list. The 2013 Cousy Award finalist ranks second nationally with 8.3 assists per game this season.

In addition to those top performances, senior forward Ivo Baltic (Kansas City, Mo.) chipped in 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting and added five rebounds. Baltic needs 11 points against the RedHawks to become the 34th player in Ohio history to score 1,000 points in his career.

With a win against Miami on Wednesday, Ohio will move to 5-0 in conference play for the first time since the 1998-99 season. It would also mark the first time the Bobcats have won their first two MAC road games since 2001-02.

Scouting The RedHawks (7-9, 2-2 MAC)
The Bobcats and RedHawks will meet in the 190th edition of the "Battle of the Bricks" Wednesday. Archrival Miami is Ohio's most-common opponent in the 106 year history of the program. Ohio holds a 98-91 edge (.519) in the all-time series and won both meetings last season. The teams first met during the 1907-08 season in Oxford, with the RedHawks earning a 24-8 win. Last season, Ohio won at Miami, 63-54, on March 3 and earned a 69-65 win in Athens on Jan. 21, 2012 before 13,011 fans at the Convocation Center.

The RedHawks have posted a 7-9 record this season and are 5-2 inside Millett Hall. Miami is 2-2 in MAC play this season and is tied for third place in the East Division. Last time out, the RedHawks dropped a 65-58 contest to Eastern Michigan on Saturday (Jan. 19) in Ypsilanti. Junior forward Will Felder led the team with 12 points and nine rebounds while junior guard Allen Roberts added 11 points and five steals.

Roberts is pacing the RedHawks this season in points (13.1 ppg), while Felder, who's averaging 10.9 points per game, is the team's top rebounder (4.8 rpg). Freshman guard Geovonie McKnight leads the team with 1.9 assists per contest.

Miami is coached by John Cooper, who is in his first season with the RedHawks after spending the previous three seasons as the head coach of Tennessee State.

Next Game
Ohio remains on the road for a Saturday contest at Kent State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. The game will be televised locally on SportsTime Ohio and can be seen 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.

The Last Meeting
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March 3, 2012
Oxford, Ohio
Bobcats Lock up Bye, Beat Miami 63-54
D.J. Cooper broke Ohio's all-time assists mark and Jon Smith had a career-best showing as the Bobcats improved to 24-7 and locked up at least a bye in the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament with a 63-54 win at Miami this afternoon.