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Ohio Men’s Basketball Opens 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational Against No. 24 Baylor 

Ohio Men’s Basketball Opens 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational Against No. 24 Baylor 

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 • GAME 5
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
4:30 p.m. EST | Ohio (3-1) vs. No. 24 Baylor (2-1) | Myrtle Beach Invitational | HTC Center | Conway S.C. | ESPN2 | Live Stats | WatchESPNListen | Ohio Notes | Baylor Notes

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team (3-1) heads south for the 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational Nov. 21-24 in Conway, S.C. The Bobcat's will take on No. 24 Baylor (2-1) on Thursday, Nov. 21. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. inside the HTC Center. Thursday's contest will be aired on ESPN2 with Rich Hollenberg and Fran Fraschilla on the call. 

Thursday's game can also be heard on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College. Russ Eisenstein returns for his 12th season as the "Voice of the Bobcats," along with Ohio Alum Rob Cornelius. WXTQ (Power 105) in Athens returns as the 11-station network's flagship. The broadcasts are also available online through TuneIn.com/OhioBobcats and on the TuneIn app.

STORYLINES
• This is the first meeting between the Bobcats and the Bears.  
• Ohio is 11-55 all time against teams in the Top-25. 
• The Bobcats are 4-18 all-time against ranked opponents on a neutral floor. 
• Baylor is the second of three currently ranked teams that Ohio will face this season (Villanova, Baylor, Purdue). 
• The Bobcats have not defeated a ranked team since March 16, 2012 when they defeated #14 Michigan in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. The last regular season win over a ranked opponent was Dec. 4, 1998 at #11 Syracuse. 
• Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently first in the nation in total assists (37.0), third in the nation in assists per game (9.3), and fifth in double doubles (3). 
Jason Preston was named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 18 for his play the week of Nov. 11. 
• The Bobcats will face off with either Costal Carolina or Utah on Friday, Nov. 22 in the second game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational. 
• The final game on Sunday, Nov. 24 could see Ohio face off with either Tulane, Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee St. or Villanova. 
• The Ohio men's basketball team has added Colin Granger and Jalen White to the 2020-21 roster during the early signing period,

OHIO VS. EVERYONE AT MYRTLE BEACH INVITATIONAL
Baylor: First Meeting
Costal Carolina: First Meeting
Middle Tenn.: 2-0 (Last Meeting: 2009-10)
Mississippi St.: First Meeting
Tulane: 1-0 (Last Meeting: 1976-77)
Utah: 0-1: (Last Meeting: 1973-73)
Villanova: 0-2 (Last Meeting: Nov. 16, 2019)

Ohio is a combined 3-3 against possible opponents. 

SCOUTING No. 24 BAYLOR
Ohio and Baylor meet for the first time on Thursday, with the Bears entering the matchup with a 2-1 record after defeating Texas State on Nov. 15.  

Through three games, Baylor is averaging 80.3 points per game, while shooting .447 from the field, .416 from three-point range and .660 from the free throw line. The Wildcats are also averaging 40.0 rebounds per game to go along with 9.0 steals, 4.3 blocks and 18.6 assists per game. 

Opponents are averaging 63.7 points per game and are shooting .411 from the field, .309 from three-point range and .625 from the free throw line and 31.3 rebounds per game. 

Jared Butler leads the Bears with 21.0 points per game, while shooting 58.3 percent from the field and 56.0 percent from three-point range. MaCio Teague leads Baylor with 4.3 assists per game, while Freddie Gillespie leads the Bears with 9.7 rebounds per game. 

Teague also adds 12.7 points per game, while Gillespie adds 12.0.  

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 3-1 on the season after suffering their first loss at the hands of 10th-ranked Villanova on Nov. 16.  

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 72.0 points, 35.8 rebounds, 17.0 assists and 6.8 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting .482 from the field, .394 from three-point range and .627 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 63.3 points, 32.0 rebounds, 12.5 assists and 7.3 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 37.7 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from three-point range and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is averaging 14.8 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 13.5 times a game.  

THE JAY PRESTON SHOW
Through four games, point guard Jason Preston is on fire.

Preston scored 11 points, while setting a new career-high in assists (13) and steals (7) while playing all 40 minutes. 

Preston's seven steals was the first 7+ steals game for a Bobcat since 2010 when D.J. Cooper has eight against St. Bonaventure. 

Preston was masterful on Nov. 13 at Iona. Scoring a career high 27 points, going 10-of-17 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 5-of-5 from the free throw line. He also grabbed a team-leading and career-high 14 rebounds, dished out five assists and had two steals. 

So far this season, Preston has averaged 17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 9.3 assists, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. 

Preston was named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 18 for his play the week of Nov. 11. 

OHIO IN THE NCAA
Jason Preston is currently first in the nation in total assists (37.0), third in the nation in assists per game (9.3), and fifth in double doubles (3). 

IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are third in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage. Ohio is third in field goal percentage defense and second in rebounding defense. Ohio is also third in assists.

Jason Preston in first in the conference in assists, fourth in steals and fifth in defensive rebounds. 

Ben Vander Plas is fourth in field goal percentage (.605). 

BVP BACK FOR ROUND TWO
Two games into the season and redshirt sophomore forwards Ben Vander Plas is picking up where he left off last season. 

Vander Plas is averaging 15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 60.5 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from three-point range. 

On Nov. 16 at No. 10 Villanova, Vander Plas led Ohio his with first double double of the season, scoring 19 points and grabbing 10 boards. 

MAC EAST POW
Jason Preston was named the MAC East Co-Player of the week on Nov. 18 for his play the week on Nov. 11. Preston averaged 21.5 points per game, while grabbing 8.5 rebounds, dished out 6.5 assists and grabbed three steals and had one block. Overall, Preston shot 51.4 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and was perfect from the charity stripe.

UP NEXT
The Bobcats continue play at the 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational on Friday, Nov. 22 when the Bobcats face off with either Utah or Coastal Carolina.

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