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Ohio Men’s Basketball Looks to Carry Momentum to Kent State

Ohio Men’s Basketball Looks to Carry Momentum to Kent State

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 • GAME 27
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019
7 p.m. ET | Ohio (12-14, 4-10 MAC) vs. Kent State (19-8, 8-6 MAC) |M.A.C Center | Kent, Ohio | Live Stats | ESPN+Listen | Ohio Notes | Kent State Notes

ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio men's basketball team (12-14, 4-10 MAC) returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 26 when the Bobcats head to Kent, Ohio for a matchup with Mid-American Conference East foe Kent State (19-8, 8-6). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the M.A.C Center. 

Tuesday's contest will be broadcast on the WatchESPN App where Ty Linder and Tanner Castora will have the call. The game will also be on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College, Marty Bannister and Rob Cornelius on the call. Radio pregame coverage is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'

SCOUTING KENT STATE
Kent State enters the matchup with Ohio with an overall record of 18-8 with an 8-6 mark in MAC Play. The Golden Flashes are coming off of an 80-57 loss at Buffalo on Feb. 22

As a team, Kent State averages 75.2 points per game and are shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from three-point range and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. Kent State also adds 35.4 rebounds per game to go along with 13.3 assists, 6.9 steals and 3.7 blocks per game. Meanwhile, opponents are averaging 72.6 points per game and are shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from three-point range and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are also averaging 34.8 rebounds, 13.4 assists, 3.4 blocks and 5.9 steals per game. 

Individually, Jaylin Walker leads the Flashes with 21.4 points per game and he is shooting 38.8 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from three-point range and 82.6 percent from the free throw line. Jalen Avery adds 11.4 points per game and is shooting 35.3 percent from the field and 76.0 percent from the free throw line. He has also dished out a team-leading 87 assists. 

Antonio Williams adds 11.4 points and 3.8 boards per game, while Philip Whittington averages 10.3 points per game, 8.0 rebounds and has a team-high 34 blocks. 

IN KENT STATE'S LAST GAME
Kent State is coming off of an 80-57 loss at Buffalo on Feb. 22. 

Kent State shot 40.4 percent from the field, 15.4 percent from three-point range and 64.3 percent from the free throw line, while Buffalo shot 43.7 percent from the field, 15.4 percent from three-point range and 63.6 percent from the free throw line. 

Individually, Antonio Williams led the way with 17 points and five rebounds, while Jaylin Walker scored 12 points and Philip Whittington grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds. 

SERIES HISTORY
This is the 146th all-time meeting between the Bobcats and the Golden Flashes, with the Bobcats leading the series, 94-51. The Bobcats and Kent State last met on Jan. 15 of this year, with Kent State winning the game by the final of 66-52 inside the Convocation Center.  

LAST TIME AGAINST KENT STATE
The Bobcats and Flashes met earlier this season in Jan. 15 in Athens, where Kent State came away with the 66-52 victory. 

Jason Carter went 4-of-9 from the field as well as 2-of-2 from the free-throw line for 11 points while compiling a game-high 13 rebounds and a game-high four assists in 31 minutes of play. Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) also compiled 11 points going 4-of-22 from the field and added seven rebounds, two assists, and a game-high four steals in 33 minutes of work for Ohio. Junior guard Antonio Cowart, Jr. (McComb, Miss.) followed closely behind adding 10 points, five rebounds and a steal in 29 minutes. Senior guard/forward Gavin Block (Lincoln, Ill.), added six points and an assist in 26 minutes of play, while senior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio) also added six points and contributed eight rebounds, an assist and a block in 32 minutes of play for the Bobcats.

Ohio finished the game with a 32 percent (20-of-63) field goal percentage and 46 total rebounds compared to Kent State who finished the game with a 43 percent (23-of-53) field goal percentage and 38 total rebounds. Ohio registered 32 points in the paint and 13 assists compared to 22 points in the paint and 14 assists for the Golden Flashes. Ohio shot 50 percent from the free-throw line going 8-of-16 compared to Kent State who shot 57 percent from the free-throw line going 12-of-21.  

Jaylin Walker finished with a game-high 21 points to lead Kent State in scoring. Walker added three rebounds, a game-high four assists and a steal in 36 minutes of play. Jalen Avery followed closely behind with 15 points and added five rebounds, a game-high four assists and a steal in 38 minutes of play. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
The Bobcats are coming off of a 92-87 overtime victory against Bowling Green in Athens on Feb. 22. 

Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) compiled a game-high 23 points, going 8-of-12 from the field, and a team-high eight rebounds. Carter added a block and a steal in his 38 minutes of work. Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) compiled 17 points, going 7-of-15 from the field, and added four rebounds and an assist in his 31 minutes of play. Redshirt freshman forward Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) added 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists in his 32 minutes of work while junior guard Antonio Cowart, Jr. (McComb, Miss.) added 10 points and two assists in his 25 minutes of work for Ohio. Senior guard/forward Gavin Block (Lincoln, Ill.), and freshman guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) both added nine points for the Bobcats. Block added four rebounds, two assists and a steal in his 26 minutes of work while Preston added six rebounds, a game-high seven assists and a team-high two steals in his 43 minutes of work. Senior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio) added eight points, seven rebounds and a game-high two blocks in his 20 minutes of play for the Bobcats.

Ohio finished the game with a 56.1 percent (32-57) field goal percentage and 40 total rebounds compared to Bowling Green who finished the game with a 41.1 percent (30-73) field goal percentage and 42 total rebounds. Ohio registered 42 points in the paint and 25 points off the bench compared to 30 points in the paint and 18 points off the bench the Falcons. Ohio forced nine turnovers with five steals, but Bowling Green forced 16 turnovers with nine steals. However, Ohio compiled 17 assists and three blocks compared to Bowling Green who compiled 11 assists and only one block. 

Demajeo Wiggins led the Falcons in scoring with a team-high 20 points going 7-of-9 from the field in his double-double performance. Wiggins added a game-high 14 rebounds and added an assist and a steal in his 34 minutes of play. Dylan Frye followed closely behind with 18 points and an assist in his 37 minutes of play. Justin Turner added 15 points, five rebounds and a team-high three assists in his 39 minutes of work while Antwon Lillard added 14 points and five rebounds for the Falcons.

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats enter the matchup with Kent State with an overall record of 12-14 and a 4-10 mark in MAC play. 

Ohio is averaging 70.1 points per game. They are shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 30.0 percent from three-point range and 61.3 percent from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 37.4 rebounds a contest to go along with 14.3 assists, 6.6 steals and 3.7 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 16.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He is shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 14.7 points per game 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. 

Doug Taylor is leading the Bobcats with 1.9 blocks per game, while Jason Preston is shooting 46.5 percent from the field, while also adding 3.3 assists per game. 

CARTER'S MUCH NEEDED BOOST
Carter has led the Bobcats in scoring in 18 of Ohio's 26 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 16.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He is shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. He has also jumped his three-point shooting percentage, shooting 33.3 percent overall and 39.5 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. 

On Feb. 22 in Ohio's upset victory over BGSU, Carter scored 23 points and has eight rebounds in the OT win. 

BIG BEN ALERT
Vander Plas is averaging 9.0 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting .422 from the field and .3318 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 14.7 points per game. He also added 5.8 rebounds, while shooting 41.6 percent from the field. He has also recorded 59 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 139 blocks in his career, which moves him into fifth all-time in program history. 

Taylor needs eight more to pass Jon Smith for fourth all-time.

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

PRESTON COMING INTO HIS OWN
Freshman guard Jason Preston has begun to prove himself down the stretch of the 2018-19 season. Preston has registered a team-high 82 assists on the season, while dishing out a career-high nine against WMU. Then on Feb. 22, Preston registered seven assists and did not commit a turnover in 43 minutes in the 92-87 OT victory over BGSU. 

OHIO IN THE MAC -TEAM
In the Mid-American Conference, the Bobcats currently rank sixth in rebounding offense (37.4), ninth in rebounding defense (36.0), ninth in rebounding margin (+1.4), sixth in offensive rebounds (11.2), seventh in defensive rebounds (26.2) and fifth in defensive rebounding percentage (.741). 

Ohio is also seventh in steals (6.6), fifth in blocked shots (3.7) and third in assists (14.2). 

OHIO IN THE MAC -INDIVIDUAL 
Individually, Carter is currently seventh in the MAC in scoring (16.5), while Taylor is fourth in field goal percentage (.582). 

Kirk is fifth in steals (1.5), while Taylor is first in blocked shots (1.8) and eighth in offensive rebounds (2.7). Preston in second in assists/turnover ratio (2.5). 

90-POINT MARK
The Bobcats have reached the 90-point mark in 2018-19.  Ohio is 16-2 when scoring at least 90 points under Phillips.

In 2017-18 Ohio scored at least 90 points six times.  

OHIO IN OVERTIME GAMES
With Ohio's 92-87 OT victory on Feb. 22 Ohio is now 67-48 all-time in overtime game and is 33-19 all-time in OT games inside the Convo. 

On the road, the Bobcats are 26-24 in OT and 7-6 in neutral site games. 

Ohio is 8-8 all-time in 2OT games, 0-2 in 3OT games and 1-2 in 4 OT games. 

The Bobcats are 4-3 all-time in overtime games in Phillips. 

This season, Ohio is 2-1 in overtime games, defeating Austin Peay and BGSU, while falling to NIU. 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, March 2 when Ohio heads to Akron, Ohio for a matchup with Akron. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside James A. Rhodes Arena.  

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