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Ohio Heads to Memphis to Face Tigers

Ivo Baltic

Dec. 4, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (6-1) will look to get back in the win column Wednesday night as it faces off against the University of Memphis Tigers (4-2) for the first time in school history.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (ET) at the FedEx Forum and will be aired live on the CBS College Sports Network. Fans can also listen to the game for free on OhioBobcats.com. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon.

Ohio returns to the hardwood for the first time since its 84-76 loss this past Saturday at Robert Morris. The Bobcats were the last team in the Mid-American Conference to suffer a defeat.

Senior D.J. Cooper scored 17 of his team-high 19 points in the second half against the Colonials. Senior guard Walter Offutt, sophomore Stevie Taylor and senior forward Ivo Baltic finished the game with 16, 11 and 10 points, respectively. It marked the fourth time this season in which Ohio has had four players finish in double figures. The Bobcats are 3-1 in those contests. Taylor's 11 points were a season-best.

Ohio entered the week with four players averaging 10.0 points-or-more per game. The Bobcats were one of only three teams in the league that had four players averaging double figures in scoring entering the week.

Ohio head coach Jim Christian enters the game against Memphis just one win shy of collecting his 200th career victory.

Ohio's Wednesday night meeting with Memphis will mark the first all-time meeting with the Tigers. The Bobcats' meeting with Memphis will mark the fourth opponent Ohio has faced this season for the first time in school history.

The Tigers (4-2) enter Wednesday night's matchup with the Bobcats after recording their second straight win this past Thursday at home against UT Martin after they posted a 93-65 triumph. The Tigers opened the year ranked in both the Preseason Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Polls.

Memphis' two losses came in the Battle 4 Atlantis in Nassau, The Bahamas as it fell to VCU (78-65) and Minnesota (84-75). The Tigers' three additional wins came against North Florida, Samford and Northern Iowa.

Through six games this season, Memphis is averaging 71.8 points per game and owns a +6.2 margin of victory. The Tigers rank second in Conference USA in steals, averaging 8.67 per game. Four individuals are averaging double figures in scoring with Adonis Thomas leading the team in scoring (12.5).

Head coach Josh Pastner coaches the Tigers. Now in his fourth season at Memphis, Pastner has guided the Tigers to a 79-31 mark.