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Ohio Hosts Valparaiso Sunday In The Convo

Senior Nick Kellogg is averaging a team-best 18.5 ppg through two games this season.

Nov. 15, 2013


The Last Meeting
November 23, 2010
Athens, Ohio
Ohio Outlasts Valparaiso, 78-75
Six Ohio players scored in double figures as Ohio held off Valparaiso, 78-75, when Brandon Wood's desperation three-pointer was short of the basket at the buzzer Tuesday night at The Convo.

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (1-1) returns to the Convocation Center for a Sunday matchup against Horizon League foe Valparaiso (2-1).

Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network. “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the game, with live video and audio available on OhioBobcats.com. Pre-game coverage begins 30 minutes prior to tip (1:30 p.m.). The Ohio IMG Sports Network includes 16 radio affiliates throughout southern Ohio and West Virginia.

The game is the first of four home contests for the Bobcats in the Ohio Classic. In addition to Sunday's game, Ohio also will host Heidelberg (Nov. 23), Mercer (Nov. 26) and Evansville (Nov. 30) as part of the home event.

The Bobcats have posted a 39-3 (.929) record in their past 42 games inside the Convocation Center.

Last time out, Ohio dropped a 79-69 contest at No. 10/9 Ohio State on Tuesday night at Value City Arena. Ohio used a 13-4 run to move within five of the Buckeyes (65-60) late in the second half but could not move any closer for the remainder of the game.

Ohio outscored Ohio State in the second half (41-39) and held the Buckeyes to 35 percent shooting (7-20) from the floor and a .222 3-point mark (2-9) in the stanza.

A duo of Columbus-area natives put together outstanding offensive performances, as junior guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) led the Bobcats with a career-high 21 points, while senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) matched him with 21 points and added five rebounds.

With his third 3-pointer of the night, Kellogg moved past Steve Esterkamp and into fourth place on the Ohio all-time 3-pointers made list with 208 in his career.

Taylor reached career highs in points (21) and field goals made (8) in the contest against the Buckeyes.

Valparaiso was picked to finish sixth in the Horizon League this season after winning the conference last season and earning a bid in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders had to replace all five starters from a year ago, including 2011-2012 Conference Player of the Year Ryan Broekhoff. Valparaiso opened the season with wins over Murray State and North Park before falling at Illinois (64-52) Wednesday.

The Crusaders offense is sparked by a senior duo in the backcourt. Jordan Coleman is leading the team with 15 points per game and is tied for the team lead with 6.7 rebounds per game. LaVonte Dority was the league’s top sixth man last season, but is starting and averaging 14 points and shooting 53 percent from 3-point territory this season.

Maurice Ndour won’t be the only Senegal-native on the floor as Valpo starts 7-footer Moussa Gueye, a graduate transfer from Alabama. Gueye has eight blocked shots in 47 minutes thus far in 2013-14. Starting forward Alec Peters is one of three freshmen that are averaging more than 20 minutes per game.

The Bobcats are 2-0 all-time against the Crusaders. The teams first met during the 1972-73 season, when the Bobcats triumphed, 86-68, in Athens. In the last meeting between Ohio and Valpo, the Green & White edged the Crusaders, 78-75, on Nov. 23, 2010 in Athens.

The Green & White have posted a 41-12 (.774) all-time record against teams currently in the Horizon League. Ohio’s most common Horizon opponent is Youngstown State (14-4), followed by Cleveland State (9-2) and Wright State (8-2). Ohio holds a winning record against every Horizon League team its faced except Illinois-Chicago (1-2).

Ohio hits the road for a Wednesday matchup against MEAC opponent Morgan State. The Bobcats and Bears tip off at 7:30 p.m. in Baltimore, Md. The game will be broadcast live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with an audio stream available on OhioBobcats.com. “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the game.