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Ohio Opens Road Swing With Tuesday Game At BGSU

Senior guard Travis Wilkins leads the MAC with a 48.6 3-point field goal percentage in conference play.

March 3, 2014


ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University men’s basketball team (19-10, 9-7) kicks off the final week of the regular season Tuesday when the ‘Cats play at Bowling Green (12-17, 6-10). The Falcons won the season’s first meeting, 58-56, on Jan. 22 in Athens.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside the Stroh Center. Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius on the call. A live audio stream is available on OhioBobcats.com, while streaming video can be accessed via the MAC Digital Network. Pre-game coverage with Russ & Rob begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Bobcats will play their final two MAC games on the road. Ohio plays at Miami on Saturday (noon) in the regular season finale.

The Bobcats are 13-3 in their past 16 MAC road contests. Prior to the Feb. 5 setback at Western Michigan, Ohio’s 11-1 mark in its previous 12 league road games set a new program record. The Green & White have now posted eight road wins on the year. With one more victory, Ohio would earn nine road victories in a season for the first time since the 1985-86 campaign.

Last time out, Ohio dropped a 75-61 contest to Kent State Saturday on Senior Day. It marked the first time Ohio has fallen in two-straight games this season.

Senior guard Travis Wilkins (Springfield, Mo.) led the Bobcats with 14 points and knocked down 4-of-6 3-point attempts in 32 minutes on the floor. Senior forward Jon Smith added eight points, seven rebounds and three steals, while junior guard Javarez Willis (Homer, La.) distributed three assists and added seven points in 19 minutes.

Smith is averaging 11.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg and a 79.9 field goal percentage (15-19) over Ohio’s past three games. Wilkins leads the MAC in conference games in 3-point field goal percentage, hitting at a 48.6 percent clip.

The Bobcats currently hold a tiebreaker over Eastern Michigan for the No. 5 seed in the conference. Ohio is one game behind Akron for the coveted No. 4 position. Akron hosts Buffalo Tuesday, while Eastern Michigan hosts Ball State. If the tournament were to start with the current seeds in place, Ohio would host No. 12 Ball State on Monday (March 10) inside the Convo.

Bowling Greeen sits in sixth place in the MAC East Division with a 6-10 league record. The Falcons are 3-5 at home and on the road in MAC games. BGSU has split its last two contests, defeating Kent State (73-66) at the Stroh Center on Feb. 26 before falling at Akron, 57-47, on Saturday.

Bowling Green ranks second in the MAC in both scoring defense (63.5 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.404) and blocked shots/game (5.7). The Falcons are led by junior forward Richaun Holmes, who paces the team in scoring (13.5 ppg), ranks fifth in the MAC in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and ranks second in the conference in blocks (2.9 bpg). Junior Anthony Henderson ranks second in the MAC in steals (2.2 spg) and is fourth on the team with 10.8 points per contest. Former Syracuse University All-American Louis Orr is in his seventh season as the head coach of the Falcons, where he’s posted a 101-118 record.

The Bobcats and Falcons will meet for the 137th time Wednesday. Bowling Green is Ohio’s second most common opponent all time and is the only MAC program that Ohio does not have a .500 or better record against. The Falcons hold a 72-64 edge in the all-time series, but Ohio has won three of the last four meetings. The ‘Cats won at the Stroh Center last season for the first time since 2007. The teams first met during the 1921-22 season, with the Bobcats earning a 41-19 victory in Athens. BGSU won the first meeting between the team’s this season, 58-56, in Athens on Jan. 22.

Ohio wraps up the 2013-14 regular season when the Bobcats travel to Oxford to face off with Miami on Saturday (March 8) at noon. The game will be televised locally on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and streamed nationally on ESPN3. Pre-game coverage on the Ohio IMG Sports Network begins at 11:30 a.m.