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Ohio Men’s Basketball Heads to Michigan for Battle with Detroit Mercy

Ohio Men’s Basketball Heads to Michigan for Battle with Detroit Mercy

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 • GAME TEN
SATURDAY, Dec. 15, 2018
1 p.m. | Ohio (6-3) vs. Detroit Mercy (3-7) | Calihan Hall | Detroit, Mich. |Watch ESPN | Live Stats Listen | Ohio Notes | Detroit Mercy Notes

ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio men's basketball team (6-3) returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 15 when the Bobcats head to Detroit, Mich. for a matchup with Detroit Mercy (3-7). Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside Calihan Hall. 

Saturday's game will be shown on ESPN+ with Jeremy Otto and Earl Cureton on the call. The contest will also be broadcast on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with Marty Bannister on the call. Radio pregame coverage is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'

SCOUTING DETROIT MERCY
Detroit Mercy enters the game with the Bobcats with an overall record of 3-7 and are currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak. The Titans are coming off of a 101-57 loss at the hands of Toledo on Dec. 5. The Titans have played five other Mid-American Conference schools, defeating Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan, while falling to Kent State, Akron and Toledo. 

The Titans are averaging 70.4 points a game to go along with 33.1 rebounds per contest. Detroit Mercy is shooting 40.1 percent from the field, 38.4 percent from three-point range and 64.2 percent from the free throw line. The Titans are also dishing out an average of 11.0 assists per game, while grabbing 7.4 steals and 3.3 blocks per game. Detroit Mercy is also forcing opponents to turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per game. 

On the defensive end, the Titans allow opponents to score an average of 80.6 points per game while allowing them to shoot 45.7 percent from the field, 32.2 percent from three-point range and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. Opponents also average 20.0 assists, 4.8 steals and 3.4 blocks per game. 

Individually, Antoine Davis leads the Titans with 27.4 points per game. He is shooting 37.6 percent from the field, 40.8 percent from three-point range and 44.3 percent from the free throw line. He also averages 3.7 rebounds per game and has dished out a team-high 36 assists this season. Josh McFolley is averaging 12.9 points per game and is shooting 39.2 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from three-point range and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. 

IN DETROIT MERCY'S LAST GAME
Detroit Mercy is coming off of a 101-57 defeat at the hands of Toledo on Dec. 5. 

Antoine Davis led the way with 19 points, netting five more three-pointers to push his NCAA lead to 54 on the year and also collected a team-high six rebounds and four assists. Harrison Curry made his Titan debut and ended with 16 points, three rebounds and two blocks, while graduate senior Jacob Holland scored seven points.

Overall, the Titans shot 31.9 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from three-point range and 45.5 percent from the free throw line. They grabbed 29 rebounds, dished out nine assists, had seven blocks and four steals.

For Toledo, the Rockets shot 51.6 percent from the field, 42.4 percent from three-point range and 91.3 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets grabbed 54 rebounds, had 27 assists, five blocks and two steals. 

SERIES HISTORY
This is the fourth all-time meeting between the Bobcats and the Titans, with Ohio leading 2-1.  

LAST TIME AGAINST RADFORD
The last time Ohio and Detroit Mercy met was back on Dec. 19, 2005 in Detroit, Mich., where the Bobcats came away with the 66-65 win. 

The Bobcats and Titans also met on Feb. 19 in Detroit, where Ohio also won that matchup, 66-65. Ohio and Detroit Mercy also met on Dec. 21, 1971 in Ann Arbor, Mich., with the Bobcats falling, 84-77. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
Behind redshirt sophomore forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio), who registered a game-high 19 points, and a career-high 16 rebounds from senior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio), the Ohio men's basketball team (6-3) defeated Radford (6-3), 78-69, on Saturday (Dec. 8) inside the Convocation Center.

Carter went 7-of-13 from the field as well as 5-of-5 from the free-throw line, while compiling six rebounds and an assist in 31 minutes of play. Following closely behind was sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) who compiled 17 points, going 6-of-11 from the field and added six rebounds, three assists, and a team-high two steals in 34 minutes of work for Ohio. Redshirt freshman forward Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) compiled 14 points and five rebounds in 18 minutes, while Taylor added seven points, a career-high and game-high 16 rebounds, an assist and a block in 31 minutes for the Bobcats. Freshman guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fl.) added eight points and two rebounds in 23 minutes of play, while junior guard Antonio Cowart, Jr. (McComb, Miss.) added seven points and three rebounds for Ohio in his 36 minutes on the court. Senior guard/forward Gavin Block (Lincoln, Ill.), added six points and a game-high four assists in 26 minutes for the Bobcats. 

Ohio finished the game with a 51 percent (27-of-53) field goal percentage and 39 total rebounds compared to Radford who finished the game with a 39 percent (25-of-64) field goal percentage and 31 total rebounds. Ohio registered 46 points in the paint and 20 points from the bench compared to 22 points in the paint and 12 points of the bench for the Highlanders. Ohio shot 80 percent from the free-throw line going 20-of-25 compared to Radford who shot 58 percent from the free-throw line, going 7-of-12.  

Carlik Jones and Caleb Tanner both finished with a team-high 16 points to lead Radford in scoring. Jones added three rebounds, a team-high three steals and a team-high six assists in 31 minutes. Tanner added a rebound in his 30 minutes, while Travis Fields, Jr. followed closely behind with 14 points, while also compiling five rebounds, a steal and three assists in 31 minutes of play. Ed Polite, Jr. finished with seven points and a team-high eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes, while Devin Hutchinson added 10 points for Radford.

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats enter the matchup with Detroit Mercy with an overall record of 6-3. 

Nine games into the season, Ohio is averaging 77.1 points per game. They are shooting 44.9 percent from the field, 28.0 percent from three-point range and 69.2 from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 41.8 rebounds a contest to go along with 15.8 assists, 8.1 steals and 3.9 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 19.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He is shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 73.0 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 15.8 points per game 6.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. 

Ben Vander Plas is averaging 11.6 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 47.4 from the field and 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. 

Doug Taylor is leading the Bobcats with 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, while Gavin Block is now shooting a team-leading 40.4 percent from beyond the arc. 

BLOCK PARTY
Doug Taylor, who currently registers 108 blocks in his career, which ties him for ninth all-time with Reggie Keely for career blocks. 

Taylor needs 11 more blocks to move into eighth place, which is currently held by Antonio Campbell. 

OHIO IN THE MAC -TEAM
In the Mid-American Conference, the Bobcats currently rank second in rebounding offense (41.8), second in rebounding margin (+8.4), fifth in offensive rebounds (12.6), third in defensive rebounds (29.2) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.780). 

Ohio is also second in steals (8.1) and fifth in blocked shots (3.9) and fourth in assists (15.4). 

OHIO IN THE MAC -INDIVIDUAL 
Individually, Carter is currently third in the MAC in scoring (19.2), while Taylor is fifth in rebounding (8.7).

Kirk is tied for fourth in steals (1.9), while Taylor is second in blocked shots (2.0) and fourth in offensive rebounds (3.3). Taylor sits ninth in defensive rebounds (5.3), while Kirk is sixth in minutes played (32.1).

Antonio Cowart, Jr. is tied for 10th in steals (1.3) and Kirk is 10th in assists (3.4). 

MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jason Carter was named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 3 for his performance the week of Nov. 26. 

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Ohio has registered an impressive 504-161 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.

In four-plus seasons under Phillips, Ohio has gone 52-19 (.708) at home. 

TAYLOR SET CAREER HIGH AGAINST RADFORD
On Dec. 8 against Radford, Taylor set a new career-high, grabbing 16 rebounds in Ohio's 78-69 win in the Convo. 

#CONVO50
Ohio announced on Dec. 3, 2018 - the 50th anniversary of the first game inside the Convocation Center - the plans for a 50th anniversary celebration for the Convo. 

Ohio Athletics will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Convocation Center on Saturday, Feb. 2 with a Sibs Weekend basketball doubleheader as the women's team battles Ball State at 1 p.m. ET and the men's team takes on Akron at 3:30 p.m. ET. Tickets for the doubleheader are $5 and include admission to both games. 

The gameday atmosphere surrounding the doubleheader will have a throwback feel to it. Celebration elements are set to include:
• Men's team wearing 1968 throwback uniforms
• Women's team wearing 1980s throwback uniforms
• Cheer and dance teams and Rufus the Bobcat in retro gear
• Retro Ohio "Attack Cat" logo displayed on the court
• Retro music playlist
• Commemorative 50th anniversary posters for the first 2,000 fans in attendance
• Men's basketball reunion attendees introduced to the crowd
• Women's basketball reunion attendees introduced to the crowd
• Internationally known entertainer, Red Panda, to perform at halftime of the men's basketball game

UP NEXT
Following their matchup with Detroit Mercy, the Bobcats will head to West Lafayette, Ind. on Dec. 20 for their final game before the holiday break where the Bobcats will take on Purdue. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and will be seen on the Big Ten Network.

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