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Ohio Men’s Basketball Heads North for Matchup with Nationally Ranked Buffalo

Ohio Men’s Basketball Heads North for Matchup with Nationally Ranked Buffalo

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 • GAME 25
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019
7 p.m. ET | Ohio (11-13, 3-9 MAC) vs. Buffalo (22-3, 10-2 MAC) |Alumni Arena | Buffalo, N.Y. | Live Stats | ESPN+ | Listen | Ohio Notes | Buffalo Notes

ATHENS, Ohio-- The Ohio men's basketball team (11-13, 3-9 MAC) returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 19 when the Bobcats head to Buffalo, N.Y. to take on Mid-American Conference East foe No. 25 Buffalo (22-3, 10-2 MAC). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Alumni Arena. 

Tuesday's contest will be broadcast on the WatchESPN App  with Paul Peck and Amy Audibert 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 6:30 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'

OHIO vs. BGSU MOVED TO FEB. 22
CBS Sports Network has selected the Ohio men's basketball team's Mid-American Conference home matchup against East Division foe Bowling Green in February as their MAC Wildcard Selection. 

The Bobcats and Falcons will now square off on Friday, Feb. 22. The contest was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, Feb. 23. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET inside the Convocation Center and will be seen on CBS Sports Network.

SCOUTING BUFFALO
Buffalo enters the matchup with Ohio as the 25th team in the nation and a 22-3 overall record and a 10-2 conference mark. 

Buffalo is averaging 84.8 points per game and is shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from three-point range and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. Buffalo also averages 40.5 rebounds. 16.6 assists, 7.2 steals and 4.0 blocks per game. The Bulls also force opponents to turn the ball over an average of 15.9 times per contest. Meanwhile, opponents are averaging 71.6 points per game and are shooting 42.0 percent from the field. 31.7 percent from three-point range and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are also averaging 10.1 assists, 37.0 rebounds, 5.4 steals and 3.2 blocks per game, and are forcing the Bulls to turn the ball over an average of 12.1 times per game. 

Individually, Buffalo is led by C.J. Massinburg who is averaging 18. 3 points per game and is shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 43.0 percent from three-point range and grabbing 6.2 rebounds a game. Nick Perkins is adding 13.9 points per game and is grabbing a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game. Jeremy Harris also adds 13.7 points a game and 6.6 rebounds a game. 

IN BUFFALO'S LAST GAME
Buffalo is coming off of an 88-82 road victory at Toledo on Feb. 15. 

In that game, Buffalo outscored Toledo, 52-43 in the second half and were lead by Nick Perkins who scored 26 points, going 7-of-16 from the field , while also grabbing 10 rebounds. C.J. Massinburg added 14 points, while Montell McRae added 12 and Jeremy Harris scored 11 points with 10 rebounds. 

For Toledo, the Rockets were led by Jaelan Sanford who scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Marreon Jackson scored 20 points. 

SERIES HISTORY
This is the 47th all-time meeting between Ohio and Buffalo, with Ohio leading the series, 32-14. However, Buffalo has won the last three contests and the last four out of five matchups. 

OHIO vs. RANKED TEAMS
Ohio is 11-51 all-time against ranked opponents, with the last one being UMass in 2013 when they were ranked #22/20. 

LAST TIME AGAINST BUFFALO
Ohio and Buffalo last met on Feb. 24, 2018 in Amherst, N.Y., where the Bulls came away with the 108-82 victory. 

The Bobcats led by as many as eight in the opening 20 minutes of play, but the Bulls used a 23-11 run over the final 5:53 of the half to take a 14-point lead into the break at 56-52. First-place Buffalo never led by less than 12 in the second half and led by as many as 28 at one point. 

The Bobcats saw five players finish in double figures in points in the loss.  Teyvion Kirk led the way for Ohio with 21 points. Kirk also tied for the team lead with three assists in addition to adding four rebounds and a steal in 32 minutes. Mike Laster finished with 19 points. He also posted three assists to tie for the team lead as well as three boards and a steal in 33 minutes of action. James Gollon tallied 13 points. He shot 4-of-8 from the floor with a pair of three-pointers and converted three of his four free throw attempts. Doug Taylor achieved his third double-double of the year with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. He shot 6-of-9 from the floor. Taylor also chipped in two assists, two steals and a block in 30 minutes. Gavin Block provided 11 points off of the bench thanks in large part to sink three treys in the first half. He also logged two assists and a rebound over 26 minutes of work.

The Bulls saw six players finish in double figures in the victory. Nick Perkins scored 21 points off of the bench, going 7-of-10 from both the field and the free throw line. He also contributed four rebounds and an assist in 23 minutes. Dontay Caruthers also gave Buffalo a boost with his play off of the bench, scoring 19 points thanks in large part to an 8-of-12 effort from the floor that included a pair of three-pointers. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
The Bobcats are coming off of an 87-80 loss against Central Michigan on the road on Feb. 16. 

Leading Ohio was Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) who finished the game with 24 points, going 10-of-15 from the field and 4-of-8 from three-point range, He also grabbed 13 rebounds, four assists, one block and two steals. Redshirt sophomore forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio), finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) also finished with 13 points, going 6-of-13 from the field. Freshman guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) finished with 11 points, going 5-of-12 from the field, while also dishing out four assists. 

Overall, Ohio shot 47.9 percent from the field, 26.1 percent from three-point range and 30.8 percent from the free throw line, while CMU finished shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 27.8 percent from three-point range and 80.0 percent from the free throw line. Ohio was out rebounded, 42-41, while Ohio dished out 13 assists, had five blocks and six steals to CMU's seven assists, two blocks and four steals. 

For CMU, Shawn Roundtree led the way with 22 points, going 5-of-12 from the field and 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Larry Austin added 19 points and eight rebounds, while David DiLeo finished the game with 18 points, going 5-of-8 from the field. Kevin McKay and Rob Montgomery both scored in double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats enter the matchup with Buffalo with an overall record of 11-13 and a 3-9 mark in MAC play. 

Ohio is averaging 69.3 points per game. They are shooting 42.9 percent from the field, 29.4 percent from three-point range and 61.9 percent from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 37.8 rebounds a contest to go along with 14.1 assists, 6.8 steals and 3.8 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 16.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He is shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from three-point range and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 14.8 points per game 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. 

Doug Taylor is leading the Bobcats with 1.8 blocks per game, while Jason Preston is shooting 46.9 percent from the field, while also adding 3.0 assists per game. 

CARTER'S MUCH NEEDED BOOST
Carter has led the Bobcats in scoring in 16  of Ohio's 24 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 16.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He is shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. He has also jumped his three-point shooting percentage, shooting 31.4 percent overall and 37.1 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. 

Carter added another double-double on the season on Feb. 16 at CMU with 13 points and 10 rebounds. 

BIG BEN ALERT
Vander Plas is averaging 8.9 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting .426 from the field and .322 from three-point range.

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' career day came on Feb. 16 with he scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, while also dishing out a career-high four assists against CMU. 

TK GOING FOR ROUND TWO
Currently, Kirk is second on the team with 14.8 points per game. He also added 5.9 rebounds, while shooting 41.7 percent from the field. He has also recorded 56 total assists and 38 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 136 blocks in his career, which moves him into sixth all-time in program history. 

Taylor needs three 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 (37.8), fifth in rebounding defense (35.2), sixth in rebounding margin (+2.5), fifth in offensive rebounds (11.5), fifth in defensive rebounds (26.3) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.750). 

Ohio is also sixth in steals (6.8), fourth in blocked shots (3.8) and third in assists (14.0). 

OHIO IN THE MAC -INDIVIDUAL 
Individually, Carter is currently eighth in the MAC in scoring (16.2) and 10th in offensive rebounds (2.3). 

Kirk is fourth in steals (1.6), while Taylor is first in blocked shots (1.9) and fifth in offensive rebounds (2.9). 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats return to  Athens on Friday, Feb. 22 when Ohio hosts Bowling Green in a nationally televised contest on the CBS Sports Network. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.

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