ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team (7-3) returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 20 when the Bobcats head to West Lafayette, Ind. to take on Big Ten opponent Purdue (6-5) for the first time since the 1969-70 season. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Mackey Arena.
Thursday's game will be shown on the Big Ten Network with Kevin Kugler and Andy Katz on the call. The contest will also be broadcast on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with Russ Eisenstein, Rob Cornelius on the call. Radio pregame coverage is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'
Purdue enters the matchup with the Bobcats with an overall record of 6-5. The Boilermakers have played the fourth-toughest schedule in the country and are currently looking to snap a two-game losing streak, having dropped contests against Texas and Notre Dame.
As a team, Purdue averages 77.4 points per game, while shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from three-point range and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Boilermakers are averaging 36.4 rebounds, 14.3 assists, 5.7 steals and 3.5 blocks per game. Purdue is also forcing opponents to turn the ball over an average of 14.0 times per game. Meanwhile, Purdue is holding opponents to 69.5 points per game, while allowing them to shoot 43.7 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from three-point range and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are averaging 30.5 rebounds, 12.5 assists, 4.6 steals and 2.6 blocks per game. Opponents are also forcing Purdue to turn the ball over an average of 14.3 times per game.
Individually, Carsen Edwards is leading the Boilermakers with 25.6 points per game. Edwards is shooting 42.9 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from three-point range and 89.8 percent from the free throw line. He is also averaging 3.0 rebounds with 41 total assists. Next is Ryan Cline who adds 13.5 points per game, 3.1 rebounds and 38 total assists. He is shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 38.0 from three. Evan Boudreaux leads the Boilermakers with 5.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 47.1 percent from the field.
IN PURDUE'S LAST GAME
Purdue is coming off of a 88-80 loss at the hands of Notre Dame on Dec. 15.
In the game, Purdue shot 42.9 percent from the field, 31.0 percent from three-point range and 61.1 percent from the free throw line. The Boilermakers grabbed 40 rebounds, dished out 17assists, had five steals and two blocks.
Carsen Edwards led Purdue, scoring 27 points while going 8-of-22 from the field, 4-of-10 from three-point range and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Ryan Cline added 15 points, three rebounds and a team-high five assists, while Trevion Williams scored 10 points in nine minutes on the court.
The Irish shot lights out, hitting 52 percent from the field and 52.4 percent from 3-point land. And for good measure, Notre Dame hit 25-of-29 free throws (86.2 percent). Conversely, Purdue connected on just 42.9 percent of its shots and 31.0 percent from 3-point range, also hitting only 11-of-18 free throws (61 percent). John Mooney, a 6-9 junior forward, did most of the damage for Notre Dame with 21 points, hitting 6-of-8 shots to go along with a game-high six boards.
This is the seventh all-time meeting between Ohio and Purdue, with the Boilermakers leading the series, 4-2.
The last meeting coming on Dec. 6, 1969, with the Bobcats winning, 80-79 in Athens.
LAST TIME AGAINST PURDUE
The last meeting coming on Dec. 6, 1969, with the Bobcats winning, 80-79 in Athens.
Prior to that, the Bobcats played every season for six straight years with Ohio taking the game in 1969 in Athens and a 74-73 victory against the Boilermakers in 1965.
Meanwhile, Purdue won the meetings in 1964, 1966, 1967 and 1968.
OHIO vs. BIG TEN
The Bobcats are 23-67 (.255) all-time against current members of the Big Ten. Ohio last faced a Big Ten team on Dec. 25, 2014, dropping a 71-58 decision to Nebraska in the 2014 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic fifth-place game in Honolulu. Ohio's last road victory over a Big Ten team came on Nov. 16, 1994 -- a 74-67 triumph over in-state rival Ohio State in the Preseason NIT. Ohio's last win over a Big Ten opponent occurred on March 16, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn., when the No. 13-seeded Bobcats upset No. 4-seeded Michigan, 65-60, in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Championship.
Last season the Bobcats took on Maryland, falling to the Terps in College Park.
LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
The Bobcats are coming off of a thrilling 63-61 victory over Detroit Mercy on Dec. 15.
Redshirt sophomore forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) posted a game-high 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting and an 8-of-9 performance from the free throw line. Carter added two rebounds and two blocks to his day. Kirk had 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting with five free throws made. He took and made one three-point attempt, the game winner. Kirk hauled in seven boards, assisted on three baskets and earned two steals in the win. Senior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio) was one point shy of a double-double after nine points and 13 boards in 29 minutes of play. Freshman guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) contributed with six points, six assists and four rebounds. His six helpers were a career best. Junior guard Antonio Cowart, Jr. (McComb, Miss.) chipped in with three points and five rebounds.
Off the bench, Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) hit two three pointers for six total points, blocked two shots and pulled in two rebounds during his 18 minutes on the floor. Connor Murrell (Sioux City, Iowa) tied his career high with three points in five minutes of play.
The Bobcats shot 43.1 percent (22-of-51) from the field and was 5-of-14 from deep. Ohio got to the line 25 times and converted on 14 of those attempts. Ohio outrebounded the Titans 42-29 had 14 assists compared to Detroit's seven. Ohio scored 19 points off turnovers and had seven second chance points.
The Bobcats enter the matchup with Purdue with an overall record of 7-3.
10 games into the season, Ohio is averaging 75.7 points per game. They are shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from three-point range and 67.7 from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 41.8 rebounds a contest to go along with 15.6 assists, 8.0 steals and 4.1 blocks per game.
Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 19.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 15.8 points per game 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
Vander Plas is averaging 11.0 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 46.3 from the field and 35.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Doug Taylor, who currently registers 109 blocks in his career, which moves him into ninth all-time for career blocks.
Taylor needs 10 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 (+8.9), fifth in offensive rebounds (12.6), third in defensive rebounds (29.2) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.779).
Ohio is also second in steals (8.0) and third in blocked shots (4.1) and fourth in assists (15.3).
OHIO IN THE MAC -INDIVIDUAL
Individually, Carter is currently third in the MAC in scoring (19.3), while Taylor is fourth in rebounding (9.1).
Kirk is fourth in steals (1.9), while Taylor is second in blocked shots (1.9) and third in offensive rebounds (3.6). Taylor sits tied for sixth in defensive rebounds (5.5), while Kirk is seventh in minutes played (32.0).
Antonio Cowart, Jr. is ninth in steals (1.4) 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.
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
Following their matchup with Purdue, the Bobcats will have 10 days off for the holiday break, returning to action on Sunday, Dec. 30. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.