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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Reggie Keely led Ohio with 12 points Saturday vs. Belmont
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Reggie Keely led Ohio with 12 points Saturday vs. Belmont
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Feb. 26, 2013

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The Last Meeting
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February 2, 2013
Akron, Ohio
Bobcats Fall at Akron 86-72
The Ohio University Men's Basketball team (15-6; 6-1) had its season-best seven-game winning streak snapped Saturday night as it fell 86-72 to the University of Akron (17-4; 8-0) at James A. Rhodes Arena.

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University men’s basketball team (20-7, 11-1) looks to even the season series with Akron (22-4, 12-0) when the 24th-ranked Zips make the return trip to Athens Wednesday evening.

First place in the MAC East is on the line, as a win vs. Akron would move the Bobcats into a tie for the top spot in the division.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center, where the Bobcats are 37-2 (.949) in their last 39 games. Wednesday’s 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.

In addition, “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon, with streaming audio and video available on OhioBobcats.com. Pre-game coverage begins 30 minutes prior to tip (6:30 p.m.).

With a win, Ohio will move to 12-1 in MAC games for the first time since 1984-85 and earn its conference-best 20th-straight MAC win at home. The Bobcats have never recorded 12 wins in a 16-game MAC schedule.

A victory over the Zips or a loss by Western Michigan Wednesday also would clinch a top-two seed for the Bobcats in next month’s MAC Championship.

Last time out, the Bobcats fell at Belmont, 81-62, Saturday on ESPN2 as part of the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters series.

Senior forward Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio) led the ‘Cats in scoring for the second-straight game (12 pts) and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Junior forward T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) added 10 points and five rebounds, while senior guard D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) distributed a team-high three assists and added six points.

Ohio vs. Ranked Teams

The Zips are the first nationally-ranked team to make the trip to Athens in close to 16 years. Akron is ranked No. 24 in this week’s ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

Ohio has posted a 11-48 record all-time against teams ranked in either the AP poll or ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Bobcats have not played a ranked team at the Convo since Dec. 30, 1997, when No. 6 Kentucky came to Athens. The Bobcats are 3-4 at home, 4-26 away and 4-18 on neutral courts against ranked foes.

Two of those neutral court wins have come in the past four seasons, as the ‘Cats defeated No. 15 Georgetown (97-83) in the 2010 NCAA Tournament and No. 14 Michigan (65-60) in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats last regular season win came at No. 11 Syracuse on Dec. 4, 1998. The last home win was on Jan. 31, 1996 vs. No. 23 Eastern Michigan.

Scouting The Zips (22-4, 12-0 MAC)

The Bobcats and Zips will meet for the 68th time on the hardwood Saturday. The Green and White hold a 35-32 (.522) edge in the all-time series and have won five of the last seven meetings. Ohio and Akron first met during the 1911-12 season, with the Zips earning a 21-18 win in Athens.

This season, Akron won the first meeting between the MAC East rivals, 86-72, Feb. 2 at James A. Rhodes Arena. Last season, the ‘Cats upended the Zips, 64-63, in the MAC Championship game to advance to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Ohio has defeated Akron in the MAC Championship game in two of the past three seasons to earn an NCAA Tournament berth.

The Zips have posted a 22-4 record this season and are 6-3 away from James A. Rhodes Arena. Akron leads the MAC with a 12-0 record in conference action. Last time out, the Zips defeated North Dakota State, 68-53, on Friday (Feb. 22) to capture their 18th-straight victory. Senior center Zeke Marshall led Akron with 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.

Marshall ranks first on the team with 12.6 points per game and is fifth in the nation with 3.5 blocks per contest. Junior Demetrius Treadwell is Akron’s leading rebounder (7.7 rpg) while junior guard Alex Abreu paces the team with 5.9 assists per contest. Head coach Keith Dambrot is in his ninth season at Akron, during which he’s compiled a 206-91 (.694) record.

Next Game

Ohio’s two-game road trip begins with a noon contest at Bowling Green Saturday (March 2). 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. In addition, “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon.

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