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Ohio Men’s Basketball Set for Trip to Central Michigan This Weekend

Ohio Men’s Basketball Set for Trip to Central Michigan This Weekend

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 • GAME 24
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
4:30 p.m. ET | Ohio (11-12, 3-8 MAC) vs. Central Michigan (16-8, 5-6 MAC) |McGuirk Arena | Mount Pleasant, Mich. | Live Stats | ESPN+ | Listen | Ohio Notes | CMU Notes

ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio men's basketball team (11-12, 3-8 MAC) returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 16 when the Bobcats head to Mount Pleasant, Mich. to take on Mid-American Conference West foe Central Michigan (16-8, 5-6 MAC). Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. inside McGuirk Arena. 

Saturday's contest will be broadcast on the WatchESPN App with Adam Jaksa and Matt DeVries on the call. The game will also be on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College, with 'The voice of the Bobcats' Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius on the call. Radio pregame coverage is set to begin at 4:00 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'

SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN
CMU enters the matchup with Ohio with a 16-8 overall record and a 5-6 conference mark. 

CMU averages 83.8 points per game are shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. They also average 38.5 rebounds per game to go along with 13.8 assists, 8.0 steals and 3.3 blocks per game. CMU also forces opponents to turn the ball over an average of 15.3 times per game. 

Meanwhile, opponents are averaging 76.5 points per game and are shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from three-point range and 67.6 percent from the free throw line. Opponents also grab an average of 37.4 rebounds per game to go along with 11.7 assists, 5.5 steals and 4.4 blocks per game. Opponents also force CMU to turn the ball over an average of 12.8 times per game. 

Individually, Larry Austin averages 17.0 points per game and is shooting 49.4 percent from the field and has a team-leading 135 assists on the year. Shawn Roundtree adds 16.1 points per game and is shooting 37.7 from three-point range and 79.0 percent from the free throw line. David DiLeo adds 11.8 points per game, while Kevin McKay averages 11.3 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game. 

IN CMU'S LAST GAME
Central Michigan is coming off of a 79-72 loss against Bowling Green on Feb. 12.  

Overall, CMU shot 39.7 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line, while Bowling Green show 45.3 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three-point range and 82.1 percent from the free throw line. CMU grabbed 39 rebounds dished out 14 assists, had six blocks and three steals, while Bowling Green had 35 rebounds, 10 assists, six blocks and 10 steals. 

Individually, Shawn Roundtree scored 20 points, going 7-of-15 from the field and 3-of-7 from three-point range. David DiLeo scored 15 points, going 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, and Larry Austin scored 13 points and dished out eight assists. Kevin McKay added 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. 

SERIES HISTORY
This is the 77th meeting all-time between the Bobcats and CMU, with Ohio leading 45-31. However, Ohio has dropped the last six meeting with Central Michigan, including last year's 101-98 double-overtime thriller inside the Convocation Center. 

LAST TIME AGAINST CMU
Ohio and CMU last met on Feb. 3, 2018 in Athens, where the Bobcats dropped a double-overtime thriller, 101-98 inside the Convocation Center. 

The Bobcats led for 42:31 and scored 98 points off of 50.7 percent (36-of-71) shooting from the field and a season-high 24 assists but could not overcome a 16-of-31 (51.6 percent) effort from the free throw line. The Chippewas were able to cash in on their opportunities at the free throw line, making 31 of 36 attempts at the charity stripe.

All five Ohio starters finished in double figures. Teyvion Kirk scored a career-high 24 points. He went 7-of-13 from the floor with a trey and made nine free throws. Kirk chipped in six rebounds, three steals and two assists in 36 minutes. MikeLaster also finished with 24 points, shooting 8-of-13 from field with four triples. Laster also dished out three assists, grabbed a rebound and collected a steal over 46 minutes of work. Gavin Block shot 6-of-13 from the floor with two threes en route to a 16-point effort. He also hauled in eight rebounds, dished out five assists, blocked a shot and recorded a steal in 43 minutes. Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio) scored 14 points off of 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed a team-high 10 boards. He also handed out three assists and blocked a shot over 37 minutes of action. James Gollon went 5-of-10 with a pair of treys en route to 13 points. He also grabbed six rebounds, dished out a career-high five assists and matched his career high with three steals in 43 minutes.

LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
The Bobcats are coming off of a 66-57 loss against Eastern Michigan at home on Feb. 12.  

Leading Ohio was redshirt sophomore forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) who scored 18 points, going 7-of-17 from the field, 1-of-4 from three-point range and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. He also grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists. Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) also had 18 points. Going 8-of-11 from the field, while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out four assists. Freshman forward Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) scored nine points and grabbed five boards, while senior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio) scored six points and had three blocks.

Overall, Ohio shot 41.8 percent from the field, 25.0 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Eagles out-rebounded the Bobcats 31-30, while the Bobcats dished out 18 assists, had one steal and three blocks to EMU's 14 assists, 10 steals and three blocks. The Bobcats also scored 30 points in the paint and had 14 second chance points. 

For EMU, Elijah Minnie scored 19 points, going 8-of-17 from the field, 3-of-9 from three-point range and grabbed six rebounds. Thompson IV scored 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while Paul Jackson added 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats enter the matchup with Central Michigan with an overall record of 11-12 and a 3-8 mark in MAC play. 

Ohio is averaging 68.8 points per game. They are shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 29.5 percent from three-point range and 62.8 percent from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 37.6 rebounds a contest to go along with 14.1 assists, 6.8 steals and 3.7 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 16.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He is shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from three-point range and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 14.8 points per game 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. 

Doug Taylor is leading the Bobcats with 7.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, while Jason Preston is shooting 47.5 percent from the field, while also adding 2.9 assists per game. 

CARTER'S MUCH NEEDED BOOST
Carter has led the Bobcats in scoring in 16of Ohio's 23 games, recording a double-double against Wilberforce, and scoring 24 points against Campbell. 

Carter also added a double-double against Austin Peay on Nov. 24, while trying a career-high with 25 points in that matchups and did the same thing on Dec. 1 against Marshall.  Carter added another double-double on Jan. 15 against Kent State, scoring 11 points and grabbing 13 boards. 

So far this season, Carter is averaging 16.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He is shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. He has also jumped his three-point shooting percentage, shooting 32.7 percent overall and 39.4 percent since MAC play began. 

Carter was also named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 3. 

Carter's presence inside has also been huge, most notably on Dec. 30 when Carter grabbed an offensive board with just under 10 seconds to go and connected on the go-ahead basket in Ohio's 68-66 victory over FIU. 

On Jan. 8 at Bowling Green, Carter hit a new career-high with five made three-point baskets. 

BIG BEN ALERT
The redshirt freshman, who missed all of last season due to injury, scored 16 against Wilberforce, 15 against Campbell and 10 points against LMU. 

Right now, Vander Plas' biggest impact came on Nov. 27 against Iona, where he scored a career-high 18 points and 11 rebounds to register his first career double-double. 

Vander Plas would go on to tie his career-high of 18 points on Dec. 1 against Marshall. 

On Dec. 20 at Purdue, Vander Plas led the Bobcats with 15 points and tying a career-high with four made three-pointers. 

On Jan. 26 against Ball State, Vander Plas grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. 

Vander Plas is averaging 8.3 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting .404 from the field and .310 from three-point range.

TK GOING FOR ROUND TWO
Currently, Kirk is second on the team with 14.8 points per game. He also added 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 41.6 percent from the field. He has also recorded 55 total assists and 37 steals for the Bobcats.  

On Dec. 15 at Detroit Mercy, Kirk drained the game-winning three-pointer with under a minute to go to lead Ohio to a 63-61 victory. 

BLOCK PARTY
Doug Taylor, who currently registers 134 blocks in his career, which moves him into sixth all-time in program history. 

Taylor needs five more to pass Leon Williams for fifth all-time.

GAVIN CHARGE
Throughout his career, senior forward/guard Gavin Block has drawn 87 charges.

OHIO IN THE MAC -TEAM
In the Mid-American Conference, the Bobcats currently rank sixth in rebounding offense (37.6), fifth in rebounding defense (35.0), seventh in rebounding margin (+2.7), sixth in offensive rebounds (11.3), sixth in defensive rebounds (26.3) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.755). 

Ohio is also sixth in steals (6.8), fourth in blocked shots (3.7) and third in assists (14.0). 

OHIO IN THE MAC -INDIVIDUAL 
Individually, Carter is currently seventh in the MAC in scoring (16.3) and 10th in offensive rebounds (2.3), while Taylor is 10th in rebounding (7.0).

Kirk is fourth in steals (1.6), while Taylor is first in blocked shots (1.9) and sixth in offensive rebounds (3.0). 

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. 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats will head to Buffalo, N.Y. on Tuesday, Feb. 19 when they Bobcats take on Buffalo. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Alumni Arena. 

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