ATHENS, Ohio -- The Voice of the Bobcats, Russ Eisenstein, sat down with Men's Basketball Head Coach Saul Phillips to get a preview of their upcoming season. The Bobcats will be back in the Convo on Saturday, Nov. 3 when the Bobcats host Rio Grande for a Dad's Weekend exhibition game. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. Ohio opens the regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 7 against Wilberforce. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and can be seen on ESPN3. For tickets call 1-800-575-CATS (2287), or click here.
Ohio has won 67 games over the past four seasons under fifth-year head coach Saul Phillips and made back-to-back MAC Tournament semifinal appearances in 2016 and '17. The Bobcats advanced to the College Basketball Invitational Semifinals in 2016. Ohio has tallied 10 All-MAC selections over the last four years under Phillips. Returning for the Bobcats in 2018-19 will be senior guard Jordan Dartis (Newark, Ohio) – an All-MAC Honorable Mention selection each of the past two seasons – as well as guard Teyvion Kirk (Joilet, Ill.), who garnered MAC All-Freshman Team honors in 2017-18. Also returning for Ohio next season is forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio), who missed all but three games last year due to injury after earning a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team in 2016-17.