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Ohio Looks To Slow Down VMI In CIT Quarters

Freshman forward Antonio Campbell is averaging 14.5 points per game in the CIT.

March 25, 2014


ATHENS, Ohio -
The Ohio University men's basketball team (25-11) looks to improve to 3-0 in the 2014 CIT when the Bobcats host VMI - the nation's No. 1 scoring team - Wednesday at 7 p.m. in quarterfinal action.

Tip-off between the Bobcats and the high-scoring Keydets is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation 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, with pre-game coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. In addition, a live video stream of the game will be made available via www.watchcollegeinsider.com.

VMI leads the country with 88.9 points per game this season and is averaging 108.5 points per game in two CIT contests.

With a victory over the Keydets, Ohio will earn a third post-season win for the first time in program history (excluding the MAC Tournament). The `Cats have won two post-season contests four times (1941 NIT, 1942 & 2012 NCAAs, 2014 CIT).

Ohio advanced to the CIT Quarters after earning a 56-54 win over Wright State in second round action Saturday at the Convo. Ohio trailed by five (48-43) with 5:15 to play, but out-scored the Raiders 13-6 in the game's final minutes.

Junior guard Javarez Willis (Homer, La.) hit the go-ahead 3-pointer (51-50) with a minute to play en route to tying his career-high with 21 points Saturday. He also knocked down a career-high five 3-pointers. Willis is averaging 13.6 ppg over Ohio's past seven games.

Senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) and junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) averaged a combined 29.7 ppg entering the CIT First Round game but have averaged just 9.5 as a duo in the CIT. Freshman forward Antonio Campbell (14.0 ppg), Willis (11.5 ppg), sophomore forward Treg Setty (10.0 ppg) and junior guard Stevie Taylor (9.5 ppg) have all stepped up their production during the Bobcats' CIT run.

Ohio has won its two CIT games by a combined four points. The 'Cats are 9-3 in games decided by five points or less this season and 15-5 in games decided by less than 10 points.

Prior to the game, Ohio Athletics will host a pre-game tailgate for students, featuring complimentary burgers and chicken nuggets courtesy of McDonald's. 


Freshman forward Antonio Campbell has shown great improvement over the final portion of Ohio's 2013-14 schedule. After averaging 2.0 ppg and 2.1 rpg and shooting 39.1 percent from the free throw line over the Bobcats' first 29 games, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native has posted 14.5 ppg and 4.0 rpg while making 72.7 percent of his free throws over Ohio's last seven contests. In the CIT first round game vs. Cleveland State, Campbell notched a career-best 21 points to lead Ohio, marking 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 .

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 six post-season games during that stretch (3 NCAA, 3 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 78 combined victories (25 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 KEYDETS (21-12, 11-5)
VMI has posted a 21-12 record this season and finished second in the Big South North Division with an 11-5 mark. The Keydets fell to Coastal Carolina in the Big South Tournament semifinals, before winning their first two games of the CIT at Canisius (111-110) and vs. IPFW (106-95). VMI leads the nation in scoring (88.9 ppg) this season and is averaging 108.5 ppg over its two CIT contests.

The team is led by senior forward D.J. Covington, who paces the team in scoring (19.9 pgg), rebounding (9.3 rpg) and shoots 59 percent from the field. Covington is averaging 39.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg while shooting 73.7 percent (28-38) in two CIT contests. Freshman guard Q.J. Peterson is second on the team with 19.8 ppg, while senior guard Rodney Glasgow puts up 18.5 points per contest.

The Bobcats and Keydets will meet for just the second time on the basketball court Wednesday. In the only other matchup between the squads, Ohio defeated VMI, 98-60, in Athens on Feb. 1, 1972.

Ohio has posted an 8-2 (.800) all-time mark against teams currently in the Big South Conference, including a 2-0 mark this season. The Bobcats' most common opponent is Radford (3-1). This season, Ohio defeated Longwood, 78-43, on Dec. 30 in Athens and won at UNC-Asheville, 79-70, on Jan. 4.

If Ohio defeats VMI on Wednesday, the Bobcats will play a CIT Semifinal game on Tuesday, April 1. The opponent and location is TBD. The game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.