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Jan. 25, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (14-5, 5-0) looks to extend its winning streak to a season-best seven games Saturday against MAC East Division rival Kent State (11-8, 2-3 MAC).
Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. inside the MAC Center. It will mark Ohio head coach Jim Christian's first return to Kent State. Christian recorded 137-59 (.699) mark in six seasons and led the Golden Flashes to two NCAA Tournament berths.
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. 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. Streaming audio of the broadcast will be available on OhioBobcats.com, beginning 30 minutes prior to tip (5:30 p.m.). .
Last time out, Ohio moved to 5-0 in MAC play for the first time since 1998-99 with a 74-62 victory over Miami Wednesday (Jan. 23) in Oxford. Ohio shot over 50 percent from the floor (.520; 26-50) for the sixth time in seven games and held the RedHawks to just 34.9 percent shooting. It marked the fifth time in six games that Ohio held its opponent under 40 percent from the floor.
Senior guard D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) led the Bobcats with 17 points and a game-high nine assists to go along with seven rebounds and three steals. Cooper, a 2013 Cousy Award Finalist, ranks second nationally with 8.3 assists per game this season. If Cooper hits two 3-pointers against Kent State, he will move into second place all-time at Ohio in 3-pointers made. He also needs just six assists to take sole possession of 20th place on the all-time NCAA Division I assists list.
Ivo Baltic posted his first double-double of the season (13 pts, 12 reb) against Miami and became the 34th player in Ohio history to tally 1,000 career points in the second half. He also grabbed the 600th rebound of his career in the game.
With a win against Kent State on Saturday, Ohio will move to 6-0 in MAC games for the first time since 1973-74 and 3-0 in conference road contests for the first time since 1992-93.
Scouting The Golden Flashes (11-8, 2-3 MAC)
The Bobcats and Golden Flashes will meet for the 133rd time on the hardwood Saturday. Kent State is Ohio's third most common opponent all-time. The Green and White hold an 88-44 edge (.667) in the all-time series and split two meetings with Kent last season.
The Golden Flashes have won six of the last 10 games between the teams. Ohio and Kent first met during the 1949-50 season, with the Flashes earning a 70-57 home win. Last season, Ohio won 71-65 on Jan. 18, 2012, in Athens and fell 72-62 at Kent on Feb. 29.
The Golden Flashes have posted an 11-8 record this season and are 6-5 inside the MAC Center. Kent State is 2-3 in MAC play this season and is tied for third place in the East Division. Last time out, the Golden Flashes dropped a 70-55 contest at Bowling Green on Saturday. Senior guard Randal Holt led Kent with 17 points, four rebounds and five steals, while senior forward Chris Evans added 13 points and six rebounds.
Evans leads the Flashes this season with 16.9 points per game and he's recorded 18.2 ppg in conference play (13.1 ppg). He's also the team's leading rebounder (7.6 rpg) and ranks sixth in the MAC in that category. Sophomore guard Kris Brewer leads the team in assists (2.6 apg).
Kent State is coached by Rob Senderoff, who has compiled a 32-20 record in two seasons with the Golden Flashes.
Ohio returns home after a two-game road swing to face Eastern Michigan on Wednesday (Jan. 30) inside the Convocation Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Ohio is 3-0 against MAC West Division foes this season. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon, with live audio and video available on OhioBobcats.com. Pre-game audio coverage begins 30 minutes prior to tip (6:30 p.m.).