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OHIOBOBCATS.COM D.J. Cooper and the Ohio senior class will set the school record for victories by a class with a win at Central Michigan.
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D.J. Cooper and the Ohio senior class will set the school record for victories by a class with a win at Central Michigan.
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Feb. 12, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University men’s basketball team (17-6, 8-1 MAC) hits the road for the fifth time in six games to take on Central Michigan (9-14, 2-8 MAC) Wednesday in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at McGuirk Arena. “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with streaming audio available on OhioBobcats.com. Pre-game coverage begins 30 minutes prior to tip (6:30 p.m.). Streaming video is also available via the MAC Digital Network, courtesy of Central Michigan Athletics.

Last time out, Ohio earned a 72-63 win over Bowling Green Saturday (Feb. 9) before 10,846 fans at the Convocation Center. Senior Reggie Keely led Ohio with his first double-double of the season (15 pts, 10 reb). Walter Offutt added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, while T.J. Hall added 12 points in his second-straight start.

Senior guard D.J. Cooper made his 128th career start vs. the Falcons, which set a new Ohio program record. Cooper and fellow seniors Ivo Baltic and Reggie Keely are three games from setting the school record for most games played (135).

With a victory over the Chippewas, the Ohio senior class will break the school record for wins by a class with 88 career victories. In addition, Keely needs just 16 points to reach 1,000 for his career. If Keely reaches the 1,000 point plateau, it will mark the first time in Ohio history that a senior class includes three, 1,000 point scorers. Cooper (1,915) and forward Ivo Baltic (1,018) have already eclipsed the mark.

A win over Central Michigan also would move Ohio to 5-1 in MAC road games for the first time since the 1984-85 season. Ohio has not registered five MAC road wins since 2001-02.

Scouting The Chippewas (9-14, 2-8 MAC)

The Bobcats and Chippewas will meet for the 69th time Wednesday. The Bobcats hold a 43-25 edge in the all-time series and have won eight of the last 10 matchups. Both of the losses have come on the road, as Ohio has not won at McGuirk Arena since 2007. The teams first met during the 1972-73 season, with the Bobcats earning an 86-84, overtime victory in Athens. Last season, Ohio won, 68-42, on Feb. 4, 2012 at the Convocation Center.

The Chippewas have posted a 9-14 record this season and are 5-4 at McGuirk Arena. Central Michigan is 2-8 in conference play and sits in sixth place in the MAC West Division. Last time out, the Chippewas dropped an 87-72 contest at Kent State on Saturday (Feb. 9). Senior guard Kyle Randall led Central Michigan with 20 points in the contest.

Randall leads the team this season with a MAC-leading19.5 ppg in conference games. Freshman forward John Simons is the team’s leading rebounder (5.0 rpg), while freshman guard Chris Fowler has dished out a team-leading 4.9 assists per contest. Former Providence and Drake head coach Keno Davis is in his first season leading the Chippewas. He earned AP National Coach of the Year honors in 2008 with the Bulldogs.

Next Game

Ohio returns to the Convocation Center Saturday for an 11 a.m. showdown with MAC East Division rival Kent State on ESPNU. Joe Davis will handle play-by-play duties while Brook Weisbrod will serve as analyst. “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein also will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with streaming audio available on OhioBobcats.com. Ohio won at Kent State, 69-68, on Jan. 26 in the first meeting between the teams this season.

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The Last Meeting
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February 4, 2012
Athens, Ohio
Ohio Shoots Past Central Michigan, 68-42
Junior guard Walter Offutt scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Ohio men's basketball team (19-4; 7-2 MAC) past Central Michigan 68-42 Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.