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Ohio To Host Wright State In CIT Second Round

Sophomore forward Treg Setty posted a season-best 13 points vs. Cleveland State on Wednesday

March 21, 2014


ATHENS, Ohio –
The Ohio University men’s basketball team hosts CIT Second Round action when intra-state foe Wright State (21-14, 10-6) invades the Convo Saturday. The ‘Cats hold an 8-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Raiders.

The Last Meeting
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December 17, 2011
Dayton, Ohio
Ohio Cruises Past Wright State, 82-54
D.J. Cooper scored 20 points, one shy of his season-high, and grabbed nine rebounds while Ivo Baltic added a season-high 15 points as Ohio defeated Wright State 82-54 on Saturday night. The Bobcats moved to 9-1 and are off to the best start in a season since 1969-70.

Tip-off between the Bobcats and Raiders is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday’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, with pre-game coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. In addition, a live video stream of the game will be made available via www.watchcollegeinsider.com.

With a win Saturday, Ohio would reach the 25-win plateau for just the third time in program history. The school record for wins is 29, set during the 2011-12 NCAA Sweet 16 season.

Ohio advanced to the CIT Second Round after dispatching of Cleveland State, 64-62, Wednesday inside the Convo. The game featured seven ties and a number of lead changes over the final few minutes, but Ohio prevailed after a game-winning pair of free throws from freshman forward Antonio Campbell with under 10 seconds to play.

Campbell notched a career-best 21 points in the game and made 9-of-10 free throw attempts. It marked the first 20+ point effort from an Ohio freshman forward since Ivo Baltic scored 20 in his Bobcat debut on Nov. 13, 2009, vs. Ohio Valley.

Nick Kellogg and Maurice Ndour averaged a combined 29.7 ppg entering the CIT First Round game but posted just a total of nine points versus the Vikings. Ohio made up for the production with a season-high 13 points from Treg Setty and a 13-point effort (3-4 3pt FG) from Stevie Taylor. It marked Taylor's highest point output since Feb. 12 at Toledo when he injured his leg.

In what is quickly becoming the golden era of Ohio University men’s basketball, the Bobcats have now participated in post-season action for a school-record five-consecutive seasons (2 NCAA, 2 CIT, 1 NIT). Ohio has won a total of five post-season games during that stretch (3 NCAA, 2 CIT). The team has been able to achieve this post-season success due to a string of stellar regular season campaigns. Over the past three seasons, the Bobcats have set a program record with 77 combined victories (23 in 2013-14; 24 in 2012-13; 29 in 2011-12). The team also has posted at least 22 wins in three-straight seasons for the first time in program history.

A LOOK AT THE RAIDERS (21-14, 10-6)
Wright State has posted a 21-14 record this season and finished third in the Horizon League with a 10-6 mark. The Raiders fell to Milwaukee in the Horizon League championship game, then advanced to the CIT Second Round with a 73-59 win at East Carolina on March 18. Wright State is led by senior forward A.J. Pacher, who paces the team in scoring (11.3 ppg) and rebounding (4.9 rpg). Junior guard Reggie Arceneaux averages a team-high 2.2 assists per game and shoots 48.4 percent (46-95) from 3-point territory.

The Bobcats and Raiders will meet for the 11th time on the hardwood Saturday. Ohio holds an 8-2 lead in the all-time series and has won the last four matchups. Ohio and Wright State first met during the 1990-91 season, with Ohio winning 75-56 in Athens. In the most recent meeting, the Bobcats won in Dayton, 82-54, on Dec. 17, 2011. Nick Kellogg (9) and T.J. Hall (8) combined for 17 points in the contest.

The Green & White have posted a 42-13 (.764) all-time record against teams currently in the Horizon League, including a 2-1 mark this season. The ‘Cats defeated Valparaiso, 76-72, fell at Oakland, 73-56 and defeated Cleveland State (64-62). Ohio’s most common opponent is Youngstown State (14-4), followed by Cleveland State (10-2) and Wright State (8-2).

If Ohio defeats Wright State on Saturday, the Bobcats will play a CIT Quarterfinal game during the window of March 25-27. The opponent and location is TBD.