Ivo Baltic and the senior class will be honored in a special pre-game ceremony (3:40 p.m.).
March 8, 2013
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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (22-8, 13-2) will face off with Miami University (8-20, 3-12) in the 191st edition of the "Battle of the Bricks" Saturday afternoon.
Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. inside the Convocation Center, where the Bobcats are 37-3 (.925) in their last 40 games. Saturday'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 (3:30 p.m.).
Prior to the contest, Ohio University Athletics will pay tribute to the program's six seniors in a special pre-game ceremony. Ivo Baltic, D.J. Cooper, Nick Goff, Reggie Keely, David McKinley and Walter Offutt will be honored. The ceremony will commence at approximately 3:40 p.m. (EST).
The sextet of seniors will go down as arguably the most accomplished class in Ohio history. The group has set the school record for overall wins by a class (92) as well as post-season wins (12).
Last time out, the Bobcats earned a come-from-behind win at Buffalo (72-69) on Tuesday. Ohio trailed 69-63 late in the second half, but out-scored the Bulls 9-0 over the game's final 3:51 to secure the victory.
D.J. Cooper led Ohio with a game-high 24 points (5-10 3pt FG) and hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1:34 remaining. Senior forward Ivo Baltic (Kansas City, Mo.) chipped in 12 points for the `Cats, marking the first time he had scored in double figures since Jan. 23.
Cooper became the Ohio all-time leader in 3-pointers made vs. Buffalo and has now knocked down 264 triples in his career.
The Chicago, Ill., native also eclipsed the 2,000 point milestone with his third field goal at Buffalo. He is the first player in NCAA Division I history to record 2,000 points, 900 assists, 600 rebounds and 300 steals in a career.
Cooper is now 12th all-time on the NCAA Division I assists list (912) and t-21st on the all-time steals list (321) with Chris Garner (Memphis) and Gary Payton (Oregon State).
With the win at Buffalo, the Green and White finished 7-1 in MAC road games for the first time in school history. The Bobcats' seven MAC road wins were the most by the program since the 1985-86 season. It's the first time Ohio has posted seven road wins during a 16-game league slate.
Ohio has also set a new school record for league wins (13) during a 16-game MAC schedule. With a win vs. Miami, the Bobcats will tie the program's all-time high mark of 14 league victories, set four previous times when the conference schedule included 18 games.
The best league mark in a 16-game scheduLe Ohio had posted prior to this season is 11-5.
Scouting The RedHawks (8-20, 3-12 MAC)
The Bobcats and RedHawks will meet in the 191st edition of the "Battle of the Bricks" Saturday. Rival Miami is Ohio's most-common opponent in the 106 year history of the program. Ohio is going for its 100th win against Miami, as the `Cats hold a 99-91 edge (.521) in the all-time series. Ohio has won the last three meetings between the teams. The teams first met during the 1907-08 season in Oxford, with the RedHawks earning a 24-8 win.
This season, D.J. Cooper posted 17 points and nine assists to lead Ohio as the Bobcats defeated the RedHawks, 74-62, in Oxford on Jan. 23.
The RedHawks have posted an 8-20 record this season and are 3-12 on the road this season. Miami is 3-12 in MAC play this season and sits in sixth place in the East Division. Last time out, the RedHawks dropped a 72-58 contest at Akron on March 5. Junior forward Jon Harris led Miami with a career-best 21 points and added six rebounds.
Junior forward Will Felder leads Miami with 12.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while junior Quinten Rollins is the team's leading assists man (3.9 apg). Miami is coached by John Cooper, who is in his first season with the RedHawks after spending the previous three seasons as the head coach of Tennessee State.
Ohio heads to Cleveland, Ohio, to take part in the annual MAC Championship. As the No. 2 seed, the Bobcats will play the quarterfinal winner of No. 3 Western Michigan/No. 6 TBD on Friday (March 15) at 9 p.m. The semifinal game will be broadcast locally on SportsTime Ohio and across the nation on ESPN3. In addition, "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network.
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