CLEVELAND -- Junior guard Jordan Dartis (Newark, Ohio) and sophomore forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) represented the Ohio men's basketball team on the 2017-18 Preseason All-Mid-American Conference East Division, which was announced on Thursday (Oct. 26) by the league office.
Dartis is coming off of a 2016-17 sophomore campaign in which he garnered Second Team All-MAC honors. He started a career-high 31 games, tallying a career-high 390 points (12.6 per game) to rank second on the team, a career-high 113 rebounds (3.6 per game) to rank fifth on the team, a career-high 56 assists (1.8 per game) to rank third on the team, a career-high 39 steals (1.3 per game) to lead the team and a career-high six blocks (0.2 per game) over a career-high 1,082 minutes (34.9 per game) to rank second on the team. Dartis shot 44.0 percent (118-of-268) from the field -- including a team-best 44.1 percent (86-of-195) from three-point range, which ranks as the seventh-best three-point field goal percentage in a single season in program history and ranked as the best in the conference and 11th in the nation. He also posted a team-best 88.3 percent (68-of-77) free throw percentage. Dartis finished in double figures in points a career-high 23 times to rank second on the team -- including recording 20 or more points a career-high four times -- and led the team in scoring a career-high four times and in assists a career-high two times.
Carter received All-MAC Freshman Team selection in 2016-17 after playing in all 31 games and starting the final 15 contests. He logged 306 points (9.9 per game) to rank fourth on the team, 202 rebounds (6.5 per game) to lead the team, 20 blocks (0.6 per game) to rank second on the team, 20 steals (0.6 per game) to rank fifth on the team and 18 assists (0.6 per game) over 643 minutes (20.7 per game) to rank fifth on the team. Carter shot 50.9 percent (115-of-226) from the field to rank fourth on the team. He finished in double figures in points 13 times -- including recording 20 or more points three times -- and double figures in rebounds six times. Carter achieved six double-doubles to tie for the team lead and led the team in scoring six times and rebounding a team-high 15 times.
Ohio has been picked to finish third in the MAC East Division in 2017-18, according to the conference's preseason poll, which was determined by the league's 12 head coaches and an 18-member MAC News Media Panel. The Bobcats earned 127 points in the poll and received three first-place votes. Ohio was picked to finish behind Buffalo, which earned 166 points and received a conference-high 24-first place votes, and Kent State, which earned 139 points and received two-first place votes. Akron has been tabbed to finish fourth in the MAC East after earning 84 points and receiving one first-place vote. Bowling Green and Miami rounded out the MAC East with 82 points and 32 points, respectively.
Western Michigan has been selected to win the MAC West Division after racking up a conference-high 169 points and receiving 22 first-place votes. Ball State has been picked to finish second in the MAC West after earning 156 points and receiving eight first-place votes. Toledo (107 points), Eastern Michigan (103 points), Northern Illinois (57 points) and Central Michigan (38 points).
The Broncos have beene selected as the favorite to win the 2018 MAC Basketball Tournament with a conference-high 10 votes. Buffalo (9), Ball State (5), Kent State (2), Toledo (2), Bowling Green (1) and Miami (1) also received votes to capture the conference tournament crown. The 2018 MAC Basketball Tournament will once again be held at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. This year's tournament will begin on March 5 with first round games on campus before moving to Cleveland (March 8-10). The tournament semifinal games will once again air on CBS Sports Network, while the title game will be played on Saturday, March 10 on ESPN2. Ohio will be looking to earn in its seventh MAC tournament crown in program history and first since 2012.
Ohio enters its fourth season under the direction of head coach Saul Phillips in 2017-18. Phillips has led the Bobcats to 53 wins over the past three seasons.
Ohio is coming off a 20-11 (11-7 MAC) 2016-17 season in which it recorded 20 overall wins for the second year in a row and achieved a second-straight 11-win MAC campaign. The Bobcats locked down the No. 2 seed in the 2017 MAC Tournament presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com for the second year in a row, earning a bye to the quarterfinals. Ohio topped No. 7-seeded Toledo in the quarters, 67-66, before falling to No. 6-seed and eventual tournament champion Kent State, 68-66, in the league semifinals.
The Bobcats will play in front of their fans for the first time in 2017-18 on Nov. 4 with a 3:30 p.m. ET home exhibition game against Capital. Ohio opens the regular season on Nov. 11 against Alabama A&M. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.