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OHIOBOBCATS.COM Junior Travis Wilkins posted a career-best 14 points in Ohio's game against UMES on Dec. 22.
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Junior Travis Wilkins posted a career-best 14 points in Ohio's game against UMES on Dec. 22.
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Dec. 27, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio -

The Ohio University men's basketball team (8-4) will look to earn its first road win of the season Saturday night against the University of Oklahoma.

Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m. (EST) inside the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. The game can be heard through a live audio stream 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. The contest also will be televised live on Fox Sports Southwest via Sooner Sports TV.

The Green and White are playing their first game in seven days after a break for the Christmas holiday. In their last outing, the Bobcats set season highs in points (93), field goals made (35) and assists (29) in a 93-57 win over Maryland Eastern Shore on Dec. 22. The 29 assist mark tied a school record set on two previous occasions.

Over the last two contests, Ohio is averaging 27.5 assists per game. The Bobcats have eclipsed the 20-assist plateau in four of the past five games and average 18.6 helpers per game on the year, which ranks fifth-best in the country.

Leading the assists charge for the Green and White is senior guard D.J. Cooper, who was named MAC East Division Player of the Week on Dec. 26. The Chicago, Ill., native posted a season-best 14 assists against Maryland Eastern Shore and is averaging 10.0 assists over his past four games. Cooper's 7.6 assists per game this season is the fourth best assist mark in the nation.

Against the Hawks, six Ohio players scored in double figures for the first time since Dec. 30, 2010 (a 92-56 win over Norfolk State). Senior guard Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the Bobcats with 15 points, while junior guard Travis Wilkins (Springfield, Mo.) notched a career-best 14 points and knocked down 4-of-7 3-point attempts.

Ohio On The Road

The Bobcats are 0-3 in road games this season. Ohio is shooting just 41.2 percent from the field (75-182) in those contests, compared to the team's .497 mark (245-493) in nine games inside the Convocation Center.While Bobcat opponents average 55.1 points per game in the team's home contests, foes post an average of 84.3 points per game when the `Cats are on the road. Ohio compiled an 8-6 mark in road games last season.

Scouting The Sooners (7-3)

Ohio will take on Oklahoma Saturday for the first time in program history. It marks the sixth time this season Ohio has matched up with a first time opponent.

The Sooners return to action for the first time in 11 days Saturday. Oklahoma is coming off a 56-55 home loss to Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 18. Prior to that contest, the Sooners knocked off Texas A&M, 64-54, on Dec. 15 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The team is led by forward Romero Osby. The 6-foot-8-inch senior ranks first on the Sooners with 12.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Senior guard Sam Grooms paces the team with 2.4 assists per contest.

Oklahoma is coached by Lon Kruger, who has compiled a 22-18 mark in two seasons with the Sooners. The team was picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 preseason poll.