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Bobcats Battle Bulls Saturday In Western New York

Nick Kellogg is averaging 24.0 ppg over Ohio's past two contests.

Feb. 14, 2014


ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (17-7, 7-4) makes the trek to Western New York to play the first of two divisional battles against Buffalo (14-7, 8-3) on Saturday (Feb. 15).

Tip-off from Alumni Arena is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein on the call. A live audio stream is available on OhioBobcats.com, while a live video stream can be accessed via the MAC Digital Network. Pre-game coverage on the Ohio IMG Sports Network begins at 2 p.m.

Last time out, Ohio held a six-point lead midway through the second half (57-51), but could not finish off host Toledo, falling to the Rockets (82-76) on Wednesday night at Savage Arena.

Senior guard Nick Kellogg led Ohio with 21 points and made four 3-pointers, moving past Tommy Freeman and into second-place all-time at Ohio in 3-pointers made (260). He is just 14 triples away from tying D.J. Cooper for first all time. Kellogg is averaging 24.0 points per game over Ohio's past two contests.

Senior guard Travis Wilkins (Springfield, Mo.) continued his torrid pace from beyond the arc, knocking down 5-of-7 triples to finish with 17 points while adding a career-best eight rebounds. Wilkins is averaging 20.0 ppg and shooting 73.3 percent (11-15) from beyond the arc over Ohio's past two contests.

Senior Jon Smith posted his first double-double in an Ohio uniform with 10 points and 11 rebounds (six offensive) at Toledo.

Junior guard Stevie Taylor has posted 11 assists and zero turnovers over Ohio's past two games. The Gahanna, Ohio native is second in the MAC in assist/turnover ratio this season. He's shooting 48.3 percent in conference play (35.2 percent in non-conference action).

A LOOK AT BUFFALO (14-7, 8-3)
Buffalo was picked to finish second in the MAC East Division in the league's preseason poll. The Bulls posted a 6-4 non-conference record before opening conference play by winning three of four games. The Bulls currently sit in a tie for first place in the MAC East Division with an 8-3 record.

Buffalo is led by preseason All-MAC selection Javon McCrea, who ranks second in the conference with 18.3 ppg and is 14th nationally with 10.2 rebounds per contest. The senior has posted 12 double-doubles on the season and is shooting 58.9 percent from the field. Senior guard Jarod Oldham leads the team and ranks second in the MAC with 5.3 assists per contest. Former Duke All-American Bobby Hurley is in his first season as head coach of the Bulls.

The Bobcats and Bulls will meet on the hardwood for the 36th time Tuesday night. Ohio holds a 27-8 edge in the all-time series and has won the last six matchups between the programs. The teams first met during the 1929-30 season, with the Bulls earning a 41-23 victory. Ohio swept the season series in 2012-13, winning in Athens (86-68) on Jan. 19, 2013 before capturing the re-match in Buffalo, 72-69, on March 5.

Ohio returns home for a rematch against Western Michigan (15-8, 8-3) on Wednesday (Feb. 19) at 7 p.m. Pre-game coverage on the Ohio IMG Sports Network begins at 6:30 p.m.