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Bobcats Battle Lamar on Tuesday Night

D.J. Cooper and the Bobcats host Lamar tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.

Nov. 14, 2011

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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Men's Basketball plays its second game in three days when it welcomes Lamar to town on Tuesday evening. Tip-off between the Bobcats and Cardinals will be at 7 p.m. The game will be Ohio's second contest in the Global Sports Invitational.

This will be the third meeting ever between the two schools with each team winning once. Lamar opened the series with a 76-67 win at Louisville's Marques Maybin Classic on Dec. 6, 2008. Ohio then won 71-46 at home on Nov. 23, 2009, as part of the Global Sports Invitational.

Ohio Bobcats Men’s Basketball team opened the 2011-12 season with a 74-65 win against the University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks at the Convocation Center on Sunday. In his first official game as a Bobcat, junior Walter Offutt led Ohio with 17 points, four rebounds and three steals. Junior Reggie Keely added 16 points and four rebounds while classmate D.J. Cooper also had an impressive showing posting 12 points, 10 assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Ohio shot 42.9 percent from the field but struggled beyond the arc (26.1 percent) and at the line (14-of-27). The Bobcat defense was stifling at times, limiting UT-Martin to 2-of-13 three-point shooting and forcing 23 turnovers. The Bobcats finished with 35 points off Skyhawk turnovers and also held a big edge in the paint, 36-20.

A Look at Lamar

Through two games this season, the Cardinals are scoring 56.5 points per game and are giving up 65.0. Lamar has done a good job on the boards against a pair of bigger teams, averaging the same 43.5 rebounds per game as its two opponents.

Senior guard Brandon Davis currently leads the team in scoring at 13.0 points per game after dropping 17 on ASU in the season opener, and then adding nine at Louisville. The 6-foot-6 sharpshooter is 6-of-12 from 3-point range.

Devon Lamb is averaging a double-double for Lamar at 11.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. At only 6-foot-2, Lamb matched his career-high with 15 rebounds against the Red Wolves, and pulled down eight more Sunday at Louisville.

Anthony Miles is the Cardinals' other double-digit scorer through two games at 10.5 ppg, while also leading the team in assists with 4.5 per contest. Miles' six points at Louisville gave him an even 1,000 career points, making him the 19th player in school history to reach the mark.

2010-11 Review

Last year, The Bobcats advanced to their third postseason appearance in four years and became only the third team in the nation to play in all four postseason tournaments (NCAA, NIT, CBI, and CIT). The 65-64 victory over Marshall in the first round of the CIT was the 11th win in postseason history for the Bobcats, most of any team from the Mid-American Conference.

This also marked the first time in Ohio history that the Bobcats had earned wins in consecutive postseasons, and has now earned a win in three of the last four postseasons. Ohio’s 41 wins over the past two seasons are its most since the 94-95 campaigns, and the Bobcats are one of three MAC teams to have one or fewer losing seasons since 2004. The Green & White also achieved their first winning record in true road games since 2002.

Preseason Points of Interest

Ohio was selected to finish third in the East Division as the Mid-American Conference released its 2011-12 Preseason Poll. Junior guard D.J. Cooper was named to the East Division's Preseason All-MAC Team after being a First Team selection last season. He is averaging 14.6 points, 6.7 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals for his career after ranking third nationally in assists last year with 7.5 per game. 

In Ohio's lone exhibition game against Mercyhurst College, Baltic tallied a double-double on the night, finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds. New addition Walter Offutt finished with 23 points and four steals. He and Kellogg combined to shoot 13-of-18 from the field, going 7-for-10 on three-pointers, for 40 of Ohio's 82 points. In his first action on the collegiate level, Stevie Taylor earned the start and added nine points along with a team-high four assists for the Green & White.

Ohio Adds LeVert

Ohio Men’s Basketball announced the signing of Caris LeVert, a 6-5 shooting guard from Pickerington Central, for the 2012-13 season.

The addition of LeVert is a great boost for OU, given the in-state recruit is currently ranked at No. 8 overall among Ohio prospects, according to ESPN. A pure shooter and scorer with deep range and a quick release, LeVert uses his long frame to get shots off over defenders. He has proven to be a slashing scorer as well that can use the bounce to create shots. LeVert has the athleticism and the length to make up for his thin, yet wiry, frame.

“He has great feel for the game and a tremendous knack for scoring the basketball,” Groce added. “He also has good size for his position and the athleticism we look for at the wing position. He is extremely excited about being a Bobcat.”

LeVert joins current Bobcats Jon Smith, Nick Kellogg, Nick Goff, David McKinley and Stevie Taylor as local products that have decided to stick close to home. LeVert was a second team Ohio Capital Conference selection last season, with Taylor being named the league’s Player of the Year.