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ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio men's basketball team (5-3) returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 4 when the Bobcats host Rio Grande. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Inside the Convocation Center. Wednesday's game can be seen on ESPN+ where Marty Bannister and Toni Roesch will have the call.
Wednesday'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.
• This is the sixth all-time regular season meeting between the Bobcats and the Red Storm,
• Ohio is 5-0 all-time against Rio Grande.
• The Bobcats and Red Storm last met on Nov. No. 2, 2018 in the Bobcats exhibition matchup, where Ohio won, 93-58.
• The last time Ohio and Rio Grande met in the regular season was Nov. 22, 2000, where Ohio won 91-70.
• Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently fourth in the nation in total assists and fourth in assists per game (8.1).
• Ohio is coming off of a 91-81 victory over Detroit Mercy on Nov. 30 inside the Convo.
• Ohio has registered an impressive 511-167 (.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.
• Jason Preston was named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 18 for his play the week of Nov. 11.
• Jordan Dartis was named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 2 for his play the week of Nov. 25.
SCOUTING RIO GRANDE
Rio Grande enters the matchup against the Bobcats with a 6-4 overall record.
Overall, Rio Grande averages 73.6 points per game, while opponents are averaging 74.1 points per game.
Leading the Red Storm is Cameron Schreiter who averages 13.3 points per game, he also adds 6.6 rebounds, while dishing out 52 assists. Gunner Short adds 12.8 points, while Kyle Lamotte averages 11.8 points per game and 4.2 rebounds a game.
The Bobcats are 5-3 on the season after defeating Detroit Mercy, 91-81, on Nov. 30 in Athens.
Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 71.6 points, 33.9 rebounds, 15.4 assists and 6.9 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting .459 from the field, .374 from three-point range and .686 from the free throw line.
Ohio is holding opponents to 69.1 points, 33.3 rebounds, 11.8 assists and 6.5 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 80.4 percent from the free throw line.
Ohio is averaging 14.5 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 13.4 times a game.
Jason Preston leads the Bobcats with 7.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game. Jordan Dartis adds 14.5 points per game and is shoot 40.3 percent from the field, while Ben Vander Plas averages 12.6 points per game and 6.1 rebounds.
THE JAY PRESTON SHOW
Through eight 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 17.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 8.1 assists, while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 79.4 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.
On Nov. 30 against Detroit Mercy, Preston finished the game with 20 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists.
OHIO IN THE NCAA
Jason Preston is currently fourth in the nation in total assists and fourth in assists per game and fifth in assists.
Jordan Dartis enters the week ranked 17th in nation in three-point field goals per game.
IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are third in field goal percentage and third in three-point field goal percentage. Ohio is third in rebounding defense
Jason Preston in first in the conference in assists and in minutes played. He is also sixth in the conference in scoring.
Jordan Dartis is first in the conference in three-pointers made and 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 12.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 53.0 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.
THREES FOR DAYS
Jordan Dartis is currently ranked fourth all-time in Ohio history in made three-pointers with 258. He is two away from moving into third all-time and is 32 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.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Ohio has registered an impressive 511-167 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.
The Bobcats return to action on Sunday, Dec. 8 when the Bobcats host Tennessee Tech. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and can be seen on ESPN3.