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Ohio Men’s Basketball Set to Take On USF At Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic

Ohio Men’s Basketball Set to Take On USF At Jersey Mike’s Jamaica Classic

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 • GAME TWO
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
4:30 p.m. | Ohio (2-0) vs. South Florida (2-0) | Montego Bay Convention Centre | Montego Bay, Jamaica | CBS Sports Network | Live Stats | Listen | Ohio Notes | USF Notes

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team returns to action on Friday, Nov. 16 when the Bobcats head to Montego Bay, Jamaica for the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic. The Bobcats will take on South Florida at 4:30 p.m. inside the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

Friday's game will be aired on the CBS Sports Network with Bill Roth and Mark Wise on the call. The contest will also be broadcast on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with 'Voice of the Bobcats' Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius on the call. Radio pregame coverage is set to begin at 4:00 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'

JERSEY MIKE'S JAMAICA CLASSIC
In its second year, the annual pre-season college basketball tournament will be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica from November 16-18, 2018, in one of the most iconic destinations in the Caribbean. With its picturesque beaches, modern resorts, and exciting nightlight, Montego Bay is one of the Caribbean's most popular tourist destinations – and a great setting for the 2018 Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic.

In addition to Ohio, seven (7) other universities round out the host and travel teams participating, including Austin Peay State University, Campbell University, Central Connecticut State University, Florida A&M University, Georgetown University, Loyola Marymount University, and University of South Florida. Eight (8) tournament games will be held on the four (4) host campus sites and eight (8) games at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Jamaica.

All games played in the Montego Bay Convention Centre will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.

Montego Bay is the capital of the parish of St. James and is also Jamaica's only other officially incorporated city, referred to as The Second City or more widely known as MoBay in local lingo and sometimes Bay by the locals. From reggae to dancehall, few countries are so defined by their music as Jamaica. For its size, the country produces more music than any other place on earth and its beats and bass. Additionally, Jamaica is home to some of the finest golf courses and resorts in the Caribbean. The Caribbean has been a favorite golf destination for years: balmy nights, emerald ocean waters, lilting sounds of distant steel drums and ever-pervasive tropical atmosphere is not only relaxing but inspiring too. Montego Bay also boasts Doctor's Cave beach, one of the most famous beaches in Jamaica for its clean and beautiful waters. It is open to the public as well as to members of the Doctor's Cave Bathing Club where the whole family can have fun by renting a snorkel and scuba gear to explore the expansive world beneath the surface.

SCOUTING THE BULLS
USF is currently 2-0 on the season and has victories against Alabama A&M (80-63), and Austin Peay (74-70 OT). 

As a team, the Bulls are averaging 77.0 points per game, to go along with 39.5 rebounds a contest. The Bulls are averaging 48.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 54.2 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls also average 15.5 assists, 11.0 steals and 5.0 blocks per game. USF also forces 20.5 turnovers for a +1.5 turnover margin. 

Leading USF is David Collins who is averaging a team-high 16.0 points per game. He is shooting .407 from the field, .222 from three-point range and .533 from the free throw line. T.J. Lang is averaging 12.5 points per game and is shooting .500 from the field. Justin Brown and Laquincy Rideau are both averaging 12.5 points per game, while Brown is leading the team with 5.0 rebounds per contest.  Rideau is dishing out a team-high 7.5 assists per game. 

IN SOUTH FLORIDA'S LAST GAME
USF is coming off of a 74-70 overtime victory over Austin Peay on Nov. 12 in the opening round of the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic. 

The Bulls were led by Rideau who scored 17 points, going 6-of-16 from the field and dishing out five assists. David Collins and Lang both added 15 points, while Mayan Kiir scored 11 and grabbed six rebounds. 

As a team, USF shot 41.1 percent from the field, 23.8 percent from three-point range and 51.2 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls also grabbed 47 rebounds, dished out 11 assists, had 11 steals and six blocks. 

For Austin Peay, who will play in the Convocation Center in about a week, they shot 32.7 from the field, 43.8 percent from beyond the arch and 75.0 percent from the free throw line. 

SERIES HISTORY
Ohio leads the all-time series against USF, 2-0. The Bobcats and Bulls first met on Dec. 23, 1974 where Ohio won, 73-63. 

The last time these two teams met, was on March 8, 2012 in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. 

The Bobcats came away with the 62-56 victory to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. 

LAST TIME AGAINST USF
The last time these two teams met, was on March 8, 2012 in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. 

The Bobcats came away with the 62-56 victory to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. 

In that game, Walter Offutt scored a game-high 21 points. Offutt connected on 7-of-9 from the field, including 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. He also had a game-high four steals. Junior guard D.J. Cooper also played a major role on the offensive end as he scored 19 points and dished out a game-high seven steals. Cooper also pulled down team-best six rebounds.

The Bobcats were outrebounded 33-25, but limited Ohio held USF to just 13.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Ohio also held a slight edge in turnovers (9-10).

Ohio rallied back from a six-point halftime deficit, coming back to outscore the Bulls 41-29 in the second half. Ohio shot 50.0 percent from the field, including 62.5 percent from the beyond the arc. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
The Bobcats are coming off of a, 81-73 comeback victory against Campbell on Nov. 12. 

In that matchup, Jason Carter led the Bobcats again with 24 points, going 8-of-10 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Next was Doug Taylor who wrapped up the game with his first double double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Teyvion Kirk and Ben Vander Plas both finished with 14 points, while Jason Preston finished with 12 points. 

As a team, Ohio shot .491 from the field, .389 from three-point range and .667 from the free throw line. The Bobcats also grabbed 40 boards, dished out 17 assists and had five steals and six blocks. The Bobcats also scored 15 points off of turnovers and 36 points in the paint.  

SCOUTING OHIO

The Bobcats enter the matchup with South Florida with an overall record of 2-0 and are coming off of an 81-73 victory over Campbell in Nov. 12. 

Two games into the season, Ohio is averaging 89.0 points per game. They are shooting 48.9 percent from the field, 31.0 percent from three-point range and 67.3 from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 48.0 rebounds a contest to go along with 19.0 assists, 6.5 steals and 6.0 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 20.5 points and 8. 5 rebounds per game. He is shooting 68.4 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is added 15.5 points per game 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. 

Vander Plas is averaging 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting .647 from the field. Jason Preston is also averaging double figures, scoring 11.0 points per game, while shooting 61.5 percent from the field.

90-POINT MARK
The Bobcats have already reached the 90-point mark in 2018-19.  Ohio is 15-2 when scoring at least 90 points under Phillips.

In 2017-18 Ohio scored at least 90 points six times. 

CARTER'S RETURN ALREADY FELT
Two games into the season and the return of Jason Carter has already been felt. The redshirt sophomore, who missed all but three games in 2017-18, has been a force for the Bobcats. 

Carter has led the Bobcats in scoring in the first two games, recording a double double against Wilberforce, and scoring 24 points against Campbell. 

So far this season, Carter is averaging 20.5 points and 8. 5 rebounds per game. He is shooting 68.4 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. 

BIG BEN ALERT
Ben Vander Plas' addition to the lineup as also been notability. The redshirt freshman, who missed all of last season due to injury, has been the Bobcats' biggest source off the bench, scoring 16 against Wilberforce and 15 against Campbell. 

Vander Plas is averaging 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting .647 from the field. He is also shooting 54.5 percent from three-point range, going 6-of-11 from behind the arc. 

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. 

OHIO IN THE MAC -TEAM
In the Mid-American Conference, the Bobcats currently rank second in scoring offense (89.0), third in scoring margin (+22.0), fourth in scoring defense (67.0) and fourth in field goal percentage (.489). Ohio is also second in rebounding offense (48.0), first in rebounding defense (28.5) and second in rebounding margin (+19.5).

Ohio is also first in assists (19.0), blocked shots (6.0), third in assist/turnover ratio (1.5), first in defensive rebound percentage (.816) and first in offensive rebound percentage (.442). 

OHIO IN THE MAC - INDIVIDUAL
Individually, Jason Carter in third in the conference in scoring (20.5) and fourth in field goal percentage (.684). 

Doug Tayloris currently ranked fourth in rebounds (10.5) and fourth in blocked shots (3.0). Jason Preston is fourth in steams (2.0). 

Ben Vander Plas is ranked fourth in three-point field goals made (3.0). 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats remain in Montego Bay, Jamaica for the Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic. The Bobcats will take on Loyola Marymount on Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Fans can the game on CBS Sports Network. 

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