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Ohio Men’s Basketball Set for Nationally Televised Matchup with Bowling Green on Friday

Ohio Men’s Basketball Set for Nationally Televised Matchup with Bowling Green on Friday

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 • GAME 26
Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
6:30 p.m. ET | Ohio (11-14, 3-10 MAC) vs. Bowling Green (19-7, 11-2 MAC) |Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | CBS Sports Network | Listen | Ohio Notes | BGSU Notes

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team (11-14, 3-10 MAC) returns to action on Friday, Feb. 22 when the Bobcats host Mid-American Conference East foe Bowling Green (19-7, 11-2). Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. 

Tuesday's contest will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network where Steve Wolf and Dave Ryan will have 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 6:00 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'

SCOUTING BOWLING GREEN
Bowling Green enters the matchup with Ohio with a 19-7 overall record and a 11-2 conference mark and are coming off of an 73-69 victory over Akron on Tuesday, 

As a team, Bowling Green is averaging 78.9 points per game, while shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from three-point range and 67.3 percent from the free throw line. The Falcons are also averaging 42.0 rebounds per game to go along with 6.9 steals, 13.4 assists and 2.7 blocks per game. The Falcons also force opponents to turn the ball over an average of 11.2 times per game. 

Opponents are averaging 70.6 points per game, while shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from three-point range and 70.1 from the free throw line. Opponents are also averaging 35.1 rebounds per game to go along with 11.2 assists, 6.4 steals and 2.9 blocks per game. Opponents are also forcing Bowling Green to turn the ball over an average of 12.3 times per game. 

Individually, Justin Turner is leading the Falcons with 19.0 points per game and is shooting 49.2 percent from the field, and 39.0 percent from three-point range, while recording a team-leading 86 total assists. Dylan Frye also averages double figures in points, scoring 12.8 per game, while shooting 38.2 percent from three-point range. Demajeo Wiggins is adding 12.6 points per game and is shooting 49.0 percent from the field, while grabbing a team-leading 11.2 rebounds per game. 

IN BOWLING GREEN'S LAST GAME
Bowling Green is coming off of a 73-69 victory at home against Akron on Feb. 19. 

In that game, Bowling Green shot 40.9 percent from the field, 32.0 percent from three-point range and 68.8 from the free throw line, while Akron shot 37.1 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from three-point range and 70.0 percent from the free throw line. 

Individually, BGSU was led by Justin Turner with 23 points, including the game-winning layup with 0.9 seconds left. Dylan Frye added 16 points, while Daeqwon Plowden and Michael Laster both scored 10. 

SERIES HISTORY
This is the 147th meeting between the Bobcats and the Falcons, with Ohio leading the all-time series, 77-69. The Bobcats fell to BGSU earlier this season.  

LAST TIME AGAINST BOWLING GREEN
The Bobcats and Falcons last met on Jan. 8 in Bowling Green, falling to BGSU, 82-63. 

Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) finished the game with 22 points, going 8-of-17 from the field and hitting a career-high five three-pointers, while also grabbing six rebounds. Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) finished the game with 17 points, going 8-of-14 from the field and 1-of-2 from three-point range. Redshirt junior guard James Gollon (Stevens Point, Wis.) finished the game with six points, as did freshman guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) Junior guard Antonio Cowart, Jr. (McComb, Miss) finished the game with seven rebounds and a team-high five assists and two steals.

Overall, Ohio shot 44.1 percent from the field, 34.8 from three-point range and 75.0 percent from the free throw line, while Bowling Green shot 53.4 percent from the field, 47.8 percent from three-point range, including 66.7 percent in the second half, and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. Bowling Green recorded 35 rebounds to the Bobcats' 26, while Ohio dished out 11 assists, had seven steals and three blocks, while BGSU had 16 assists, 10 steals and one block. 

For Bowling Green, Justin Turner finished the game with 20 points, going 7-of-13 from the field. Michael Laster finished the game with 15 points and four assists, while Dylan Frye finished with 13 points and four assists. Antwon Lillard also finished with 13 points, while Jeffrey Uju also scored in double figures, wrapping up the game with 10 points.

LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
The Bobcats are coming off of an 114-67 loss at Buffalo on Feb. 19. 

The Bobcats were led by Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) who scored 16 points, going 5-of-10 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Senior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio), finished the game with 14 points, going a perfect 6-of-6 from the field and 2-of-5 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill,) scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Bobcats, while junior guard Connor Murrell (Sioux City, Iowa) added seven points for the Bobcats.

Overall, Ohio shot 42.6 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from three-point range and 52.5 percent from the free throw line, while Buffalo shot 56.9 percent from the field, 57.6 percent from three-point range and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls out rebounded Ohio 48-27, with the Bobcats dished out 17 assists, had five steals and two blocks. 

For UB, Jayvon Graves scored 26 points, going 7-of-9 from three-point range, while CJ Massinburg added 13 points, going 8-of-11 from the field. Jeenathan Williams added 13 points and eight boards, while Montell McRae scored 11 points.

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 OHIO
The Bobcats enter the matchup with Bowling Green with an overall record of 11-14 and a 3-10 mark in MAC play. 

Ohio is averaging 69.2 points per game. They are shooting 42.9 percent from the field, 29.3 percent from three-point range and 61.4 percent from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 37.3 rebounds a contest to go along with 14.2 assists, 6.7 steals and 3.7 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 16.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He is shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from three-point range and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 14.6 points per game 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. 

Doug Taylor is leading the Bobcats with 1.8 blocks per game, while Jason Preston is shooting 45.8 percent from the field, while also adding 3.1 assists per game. 

CARTER'S MUCH NEEDED BOOST
Carter has led the Bobcats in scoring in 17 of Ohio's 25 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 6.9 rebounds per game. He is shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. He has also jumped his three-point shooting percentage, shooting 32.7 percent overall and 38.9 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 5.3 rebounds while shooting .424 from the field and .332 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 14.6 points per game. He also added 5.9 rebounds, while shooting 41.3 percent from the field. He has also recorded 58 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 137 blocks in his career, which moves him into sixth all-time in program history. 

Taylor needs two 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 (37.3), ninth in rebounding defense (35.8), eighth in rebounding margin (+1.6), sixth in offensive rebounds (11.4), eighth in defensive rebounds (26.0) and fifth in defensive rebounding percentage (.743). 

Ohio is also sixth in steals (6.7), fourth in blocked shots (3.7) and third in assists (14.1). 

OHIO IN THE MAC -INDIVIDUAL 
Individually, Carter is currently eighth in the MAC in scoring (16.2) and 10th in offensive rebounds (2.2). 

Kirk is fifth in steals (1.5), while Taylor is first in blocked shots (1.8) and sixth in offensive rebounds (2.8). 

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Ohio has registered an impressive 507-166 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.

In four-plus seasons under Phillips, Ohio has gone 55-24 (.708) at home. 

500 W'S IN THE CONVO
Not only is this the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Convocation Center, but another milestone was set on Nov. 12. 

With Ohio's win over Campbell, the Bobcats reached 500 victories inside the Convo. 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 26 when Ohio heads to Kent, Ohio to take on Kent State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the M.A.C. Center. 

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