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Ohio Men's Basketball Set to Host No. 19 Buffalo in the Convo on Tuesday

Ohio Men's Basketball Set to Host No. 19 Buffalo in the Convo on Tuesday

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 • GAME 29
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
7 p.m. ET | Ohio (13-15, 5-11 MAC) vs. No. 19 Buffalo (26-3, 14-2 MAC) | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | ESPN+Listen | Ohio Notes | Buffalo Notes

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team (13-15, 5-11 MAC) returns to action on Tuesday, March 5 for the first of the final two home games of the regular season when the Bobcats host Mid-American Conference East foe No. 19 Buffalo (26-3, 14-2 MAC). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.

Tuesday's contest will be broadcast on the WatchESPN App where Marty Bannister and Toni Roesch will have the call. The game will also be on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College, 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.'

SCOUTING BUFFALO
Buffalo enters the matchup with Ohio as the 19th team in the nation and a 26-3 overall record and a 14-2 conference mark. 

Buffalo is averaging 85.1 points per game and is shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 34.0 percent from three-point range and 69.0 percent from the free throw line. Buffalo also averages 40.8 rebounds. 17.1 assists, 7.3 steals and 4.1 blocks per game. The Bulls also force opponents to turn the ball over an average of 16.1 times per contest. Meanwhile, opponents are averaging 70.6 points per game and are shooting 41.8 percent from the field. 31.0 percent from three-point range and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are also averaging 10.2 assists, 37.0 rebounds, 5.2 steals and 3.2 blocks per game, and are forcing the Bulls to turn the ball over an average of 12.0 times per game. 

Individually, Buffalo is led by CJ Massinburg who is averaging 18. 7 points per game and is shooting 49.6 percent from the field, 42.2 percent from three-point range and grabbing 6.4 rebounds a game. Nick Perkins is adding 14.6 points per game and is grabbing a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game. Jeremy Harris also adds 12.9 points a game and 6.2 rebounds a game. 

IN BUFFALO'S LAST GAME
Buffalo is coming off of an 77-69 win at Miami on March 2. 

In that game. CJ Massinburg scored 20 points, going 7-of-17 from the field and grabbing 10 rebounds. Jayvon Graves added 13 points, while Davonta Jordan scored 12 points and dished out six assists. Meanwhile Miami's Dalonte Brown and Nike Sibande scored 15 points each, while Bam Bowman added 13 points. 

Overall, Buffalo shot 42.6 percent from the field, 32.4 percent from three-point range and 47.1 percent from the free throw line, while Miami shot 40.0 percent from the field, 20.0 percent from three-point range and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. 

SERIES HISTORY
This is the 48th all-time meeting between the Bobcats and Buffalo, where Ohio holds the 32-15 advantage. The Bobcats and Bulls last met on Feb. 19 where Buffalo defeated Ohio, 114-67. The Bulls has also won the last four games against Ohio and five of the last six meetings. 

OHIO vs. RANKED TEAMS
Ohio is 11-52 all-time against ranked opponents, with the last one being UMass in 2013 when they were ranked #22/20. Ohio is also 10-47 against top 20 opponents and 3-6 against ranked opponents in the Convo. 

Buffalo will be the highest ranked MAC opponent to play inside the Convo at no. 19. Previously, the highest-ranked MAC team to play in the Covno was Eastern Michigan at #23 on Jan. 31, 1996. The last ranked MAC team in the Convo was #24 Akron on Feb. 27, 2013. 

The highest ranked MAC team Ohio has played was Ball State on March 10, 1989 in the MAC Tournament, when the Cardinals were ranked #19 at the time. 

Buffalo is the highest ranked opponent in the Convo since #6 Kentucky came to town on Dec. 30, 1997. 

The last Ohio win against a ranked team was on March 16, 2012 against #14 Michigan. 

LAST TIME AGAINST BUFFALO
Ohio and Buffalo last met on Feb. 19 in Amherst, with UB winning, 114-67. 

The Bobcats were led by 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.

LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
The Bobcats are coming off of a 73-49 victory at Akron on March 2. 

Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) finished with 20 points, going 7-of-13 from the field and a career-best 6-of-10 from three-point range. He also grabbed five rebounds, dished out three assists and has one block and three steals. Senior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio) finished with 14 points, going 3-of-3 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw line, while grabbing seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) finished with 11 points and three assists, while freshman guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) finished with nine rebounds and five assists.

Overall, Ohio shot 45.6 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the free throw line, while Akron shot 29.3 percent from the field, 18.2 percent from three-point range and 57.9 percent from the free throw line. Ohio out-rebounded the Zips, 39-34, while the Bobcats dished out 19 assists, had five blocks and 11 steals compared to Akron's eight assists, one block and five steals. Ohio also forced 14 turnovers, while scoring 16 points off of them.

For Akron, Deng Roak scored 11 points, going 4-of-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range, while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. Jimond Ivey and Channel Banks both scored eight points, while Tyler Cheese added seven points and six boards. 

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats enter the matchup with Buffalo with an overall record of 13-15 and a 5-11 mark in MAC play. 

Ohio is averaging 70.3 points per game. They are shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from three-point range and 61.9 percent from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 37.3 rebounds a contest to go along with 14.7 assists, 6.6 steals and 3.8 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 16.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting 48.0 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from three-point range and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 14.4 points per game 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. 

Doug Taylor is leading the Bobcats with 1.8 blocks per game, while Jason Preston is shooting 44.4 percent from the field, while also adding 3.5 assists per game. 

CARTER'S MUCH NEEDED BOOST
Carter has led the Bobcats in scoring in 19of Ohio's 28 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 6.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting 48.0 percent from the field and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. He has also jumped his three-point shooting percentage, shooting 36.2 percent overall and 42.9 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. 

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 9.1 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting .426 from the field and .331 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.

BVP was dominate again in Ohio's 73-49 win at Akron on March 2, scoring 20 points and hitting a career-high six three pointers in the victory.  

TK GOING FOR ROUND TWO
Currently, Kirk is second on the team with 14.4 points per game. He also added 5.7 rebounds, while shooting 41.6 percent from the field. He has also recorded 65 total assists and 29 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 142 blocks in his career, which moves him into fifth all-time in program history. 

Taylor needs five 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 95 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. 

Preston continued that trend the next game on Feb. 26 against Kent State, scoring 11 points and dishing out eight assists with no turnovers. 

Once again Preston was solid in Ohio's win at Akron, grabbing a career-high nine rebounds, dished out five assists and had no turnovers in 33 minutes.  

In the last three games,  Preston has averaged 7.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists and no turnovers in 37.7 minutes. 

OHIO IN THE MAC -TEAM
In the Mid-American Conference, the Bobcats currently rank sixth in rebounding offense (37.3) and sixth in defensive rebounding percentage (.729). Ohio is also seventh in steals (6.6), fourth in blocked shots (3.8) and third in assists (14.6). 

OHIO IN THE MAC -INDIVIDUAL 
Individually, Carter is currently seventh in the MAC in scoring (16.3), while Taylor is third in field goal percentage (.597) and Preston is eighth in assists (3.4).  

Kirk is 10th in steals (1.4), while Taylor is first in blocked shots (1.8) and eighth in offensive rebounds (2.6). Preston in second in assists/turnover ratio (3.0). 

On Dec. 30 against FIU, senior forward/guard Gavin Block drew five charge calls in the Bobcats 68-66 victory over the Panthers. Overall in the game, Block drew six total fouls.

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Ohio has registered an impressive 508-166 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.

In four-plus seasons under Phillips, Ohio has gone 56-24 (.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 the Convo for one final time in the regular season on Friday, March 8 when Ohio hosts Miami. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convo. It will also serve as Senior Day for the Bobcats, where Gavin Block, James Gollon and Doug Taylor will be honored for the Bobcat careers. 

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