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Ohio Men’s Basketball Wraps Up November Against Detroit Mercy at Home on Saturday

Ohio Men’s Basketball Wraps Up November Against Detroit Mercy at Home on Saturday

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 • GAME 8
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 | 1 p.m. EST | Ohio (4-3) vs. Detroit Mercy (1-4) | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats |Listen | Ohio Notes Detroit Mercy Notes

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team (4-3) returns to Athens after two-straight weeks on the road on Saturday, Nov. 30 when the Bobcats host Detroit Mercy (1-4) Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. 

Due to the holiday weekend, the game will not be streamed on ESPN3 or ESPN+. However, Saturday's game can 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 fifth all-time meeting between the Bobcats and the Titians 
• Ohio is 3-1 all-time against Detroit Mercy. 
• The Bobcats and Titians last met on Dec. 15, 2018 when the Bobcats defeated Detroit Mercy, 63-61 on the road. 
• Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently second in the nation in total assists and fourth in assists per game (7.6). 
• Ohio is coming off of a 75-63 victory over Middle Tennessee State in the final game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational. 
• The Bobcats have not played in Athens since Nov. 9. 
• Ohio has registered an impressive 510-167 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.
•  The Bobcats will now play six-straight games at the Convo over the month of December. 

SCOUTING DETROIT MERCY
Detroit Mercy enters the game with a 1-4 overall record and are coming off of an 81-62 loss at the hands of Louisiana on Nov. 25. 

Overall, the Titans are averaging 65.4 points per game, while shooting 35.2 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from three-point range and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. Detroit Mercy averages 35.0 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 6.4 steals and 2.4 blocks per game. The Titans also turn the ball over an average of 14.6 times per game. 

Overall, opponents are averaging 80.4 points per game, while shooting 45.4 percent from the field, 30.7 percent from three-point range and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are also grabbing 38.6 rebounds, dishing out 17.6 assists and grabbing 6.6 steals per game. 

Individually, Antoine Davis is averaging 23.6 points per game, while shotting 34.0 percent from the field, 25.0 percent from three-point range and 89.5 percent from the free throw line. Justin Miller adds 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, while Brad Calipari adds 6.4 points per game. 

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 4-3 on the season after defeating Middle Tennessee State, 75-63, on Nov. 24 in the final game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational. 

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 68.9 points, 33.9 rebounds, 15.0 assists and 7.0 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting .448 from the field, .365 from three-point range and .649 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 67.4 points, 34.1 rebounds, 12.0 assists and 6.6 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 39.7 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from three-point range and 81.2 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is averaging 14.9 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 13.2 times a game.  

THE JAY PRESTON SHOW
Through seven 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 16.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 7.6 assists, while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 76.9 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. 

On Nov. 22 against Utah, Preston score 21 points, going 8-of-16 from the field, while dishing out four assists. 

RODERICK MAKES HIS DEBUT
The 2019 Ohio High School Gatorade Player of the Year, Ben Roderick, made his Ohio debut on Nov. 21 against No. 24 Baylor. 

In the game, Roderick scored nine points, going 3-of-9 from the field and 3-of-7 from three-point range. Roderick grabbing one rebound, dished out two assists and had two steals. 

OHIO IN THE NCAA
Jason Preston is currently second in the nation in total assists and fourth in assists per game. 

IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are fifth in field goal percentage and is third in rebounding defense.

Jason Preston in first in the conference in assists and in minutes played, while Jordan Dartis is second in minutes played. 

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

Vander Plas is averaging 12.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 53.4 percent from the field. 

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

JORDY'S BACK, TELL A FRIEND
Jordan Dartis made his return to the course on Nov. 5 against St. Bonaventure. The game marked his first season game on the court since March 5, 2018. 

In the game, Dartis scored 19 points, hitting three threes and going 7-of-15 from the field. 

On Nov. 13 at Iona, Dartis scored 13 points and went 3-of-9 from the field. 

On Nov. 24 against Middle Tennessee State, Dartis went off, finishing the game with a season-high 32 points, going 9-of-18 from the field, 8-of-13 from three-point range and 6-of-8 from the free throw line, while grabbing two rebounds and dishing out four assists. 

So far this season, Dartis is averaging 12.9 points per game, while shooting 33.7 percent from the field and 36.2 from three-point range. 

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.

THREES FOR DAYS
Jordan Dartis enters the season ranked fourth all-time in Ohio history in made three-pointers with 252. He is 38 away from tying Nick Kellogg with 290 made threes. 

Dartis is also first in Ohio history with a career .444 three-point field goal percentage. 

DARTIS DROPS 32 AGAINST MTSU
Redshirt senior guard Jordan Dartis led the Bobcats with 32 points, helping the Ohio men's basketball team (4-3) wrap up the 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational with a 75-63 victory over Middle Tennessee State (3-4) Sunday night (Nov. 24) inside the HTC Center. 

Dartis (Newark, Ohio) finished the game with a season-high 32 points, going 9-of-18 from the field, 8-of-13 from three-point range and 6-of-8 from the free throw line, while grabbing two rebounds and dishing out four assists. 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 4 when the Bobcats host Rio Grande. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. 

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