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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Senior Walter Offutt recorded his first career double-double Wednesday vs. #24 Akron.
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Senior Walter Offutt recorded his first career double-double Wednesday vs. #24 Akron.
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March 1, 2013

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (20-8, 11-2) looks to snap a two-game losing skid Saturday afternoon against Bowling Green (12-16, 6-7).

Tip-off is scheduled for noon inside the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. The game will be televised locally on SportsTime Ohio and across the nation on ESPN3. Mike Cairns will handle play-by-play duties while Jacki Windon 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 available on OhioBobcats.com. Pre-game coverage begins 30 minutes prior to tip (11:30 a.m.).

With a win against the Falcons or a loss by Western Michigan Saturday, Ohio will clinch a top-two seed in the MAC Championship. A victory by Ohio also would give the Bobcats 12 league wins, which would set a new school record for conference victories in a 16-game league slate. The Bobcats have posted 14 MAC wins four times when the league schedule has included 18 games.

Ohio is 5-1 on the road in conference play this season for the first time since 2001-02. The Bobcats have never begun conference play with a 6-1 road record.

Last time out, the Bobcats fell in a hard-fought contest to No. 24 Akron, 88-81, in overtime before 11,109 fans at the Convocation Center Wednesday. Senior guard D.J. Cooper Chicago, Ill.) led Ohio with a season-best 26 points and made five 3-pointers on the night. Fellow senior Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) added his first career double-double with 15 points and a career-best 10 rebounds.

With 257 career 3-pointers, Cooper now needs just three treys to become the all-time leader at Ohio in career 3-pointers made. The current mark of 259 was set by former Bobcat standout Tommy Freeman (2008-11).

Cooper recorded his 900th assist against Akron and is one of just 13 players all time to accomplish the feat. Cooper is 16 points away from 2,000. At that point, he will become the first player in DI history to record 2,000 pts, 900 ast, 500 reb and 300 stl in a career.

Scouting The Falcons (12-16, 6-7 MAC)

The Bobcats and Falcons will meet for the 135th time Saturday. Bowling Green is Ohio's second most common oppponent all time and is the only MAC school that Ohio does not have a winning record against. The Falcons hold a 71-63 edge in the all-time series, and the Bobcats have not won in Bowling Green since 2007. The teams first met during the 1921-22 season, with the Bobcats earning a 41-19 victory in Athens. Ohio has won the last two matchups in the series, both at the Convocation Center. This season, Ohio upended the Falcons, 72-63, in Athens on Feb. 9.

The Falcons have posted a 12-16 record this season and are 10-3 at the Stroh Center. Bowling Green is 6-7 in conference play and sits in fourth place in the MAC East Division. The Falcons are coming off a 52-44 win at Miami on Wednesday (Feb. 27). Senior guard Jordon Crawford led the Falcons with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting.

Crawford is tied for first on the team with 15.1 ppg this season and leads the Falcons with 4.1 assists per contest. Fellow senior A'ustin Calhoun also averages 15.1 ppg and is the team's leading rebounder. His 7.8 rpg in conference games ranks fifth-best in the league. Head coach Louis Orr has compiled an 88-98 record (.473) in six seasons with the Falcons.

Next Game

Ohio's two-game road trip concludes with a 7 p.m. contest at Buffalo on Tuesday (March 5). The game will be broadcast locally in Western New York on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. 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 available on OhioBobcats.com.