OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 • GAME 14
Saturday, Jan. 8, 2019
7 p.m. | Ohio (8-5, 0-1 MAC) vs. Bowling Green (9-5, 1-0 MAC) | Stroh Center | Bowling Green, Ohio | Live Stats | Watch ESPN| Listen | Ohio Notes | Bowling Green Notes
ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio men's basketball team (8-5, 0-1 MAC) takes Mid-American Conference play on the road this week when the Bobcats head to Bowling Green (9-5, 1-0 MAC) to take on the Falcons on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Stroh Center.
Tuesday's contest will be broadcast on the Watch ESPN App with Brad Woznicki & Rhett Boyd on the call. The game will also be on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with 'The Voice of the Bobcats' Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius on the call. Radio pregame coverage is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'
SCOUTING BOWLING GREEN
Bowling Green enters the matchup with Ohio with a 9-5 overall record and a 1-0 conference mark and are coming off of an 86-64 victory over Kent State on Saturday,
As a team, Bowling Green is averaging 78.2 points per game, while shooting 44.9 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from three-point range and 62.9 percent from the free throw line. The Falcons are also averaging 45.1 rebounds per game to go along with 5.7 steals, 14.1 assists and 3.0 blocks per game. The Falcons also for opponents to turn the ball over an average of 12.5 times per game.
Opponents are averaging 69.9 points per game, while shooting 39.4 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from three-point range and 66.7 from the free throw line. Opponents are also averaging 33.6 rebounds per game to go along with 12.4 assists, 7.1 steals and 2.9 blocks per game. Opponents are also forcing Bowling Green to turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per game.
Individually, Justin Turner is leading the Falcons with 18.9 points per game and is shooting 50.5 percent from the field, and 37.1 percent from three-point range, while recording a team-leading 54 total assists. Demajeo Wiggins is adding 15.3 points per game and is shooting 53.8 percent from the field, while grabbing a team-leading 12.4 rebounds per game. Dylan Frye also averages double figures in points, scoring 10.9 per game, while shooting 37.8 percent from three-point range.
IN BOWLING GREEN'S LAST GAME
Bowling Green is coming off of an 86-64 victory at Kent State on Saturday.
In that game, the Falcons shot 50.7 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from three-point range and 63.6 percent from the free throw line. BGSU also 38 rebounds, dished out 21 assists and had nine steals and one block in the winning effort.
Justin Turner led the Falcons with 20 points, going 9-of-14 from the field and 2-of-2 from three-point range, while dishing out five assists. Demajeo Wiggins added 19 points, going 8-of-14 from the field, while also grabbing 14 rebounds. Antwon Lillard scored 14 points, going 5-of-7 from the field, and Dylan Frye scored 14 points to round out the Falcons in double figures.
This is the 146th all-time meeting between Ohio and Bowling Green, with the Falcons leading the series, 77-68. The two teams last met on Feb. 27, 2018, with Ohio coming away with the 75-59 victory inside the Convocation Center.
LAST TIME AGAINST BOWLING GREEN
The Bobcats and Falcons last met on Feb. 27, 2018 in Athens, with Ohio coming away with the 75-59 victory.
In that game, All five Ohio starters finished in double figures in points. Mike Laster tied for the team lead with 16 points to finish in double figures and distributed a career-high seven assists. He also tallied four rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes. Teyvion Kirk went 5-of-12 from the field with three three-pointers and made three of his four free throw attempts to match Laster for the team lead with 16 points. Kirk also grabbed a team-high eight boards, handed out four assists and tallied a steal over 34 minutes of work. Doug Taylor finished with 14 points off of 7-of-10 shooting. He also blocked three shots. Jordan Dartis made four of his eight shots -- including three treys -- en route to an 11-point effort. Dartis also recorded five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 29 minutes. James Gollon finished with 10 points after going 4-of-9 from the floor with a pair of triples. He also grabbed six rebounds and had a steal in 35 minutes.
For Bowling Green, Demajeo Wiggins achieved a double-double to lead Bowling Green, scoring a game-high 18 points and hauling in a game-high 15 rebounds over 30 minutes of work. He went 7-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. He also tallied two blocks and an assist. Justin Turner also finished in double figures for the Falcons, scoring 14 points. He also chipped in four rebounds, three steals and an assist over 37 minutes of action.
LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
The Bobcats are coming off of a 72-66 overtime defeat at the hands of Northern Illinois in the MAC opener on Jan. 5 inside the Convocation Center.
Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) finished the game with 22 points, going 10-of-16 from the field, while also grabbing nine boards. Junior guard Antonio Cowart, Jr. (McComb, Miss.) wrapped up the game with a career-high 14 points, going 3-of-7 from three-point range and 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Redshirt sophomore forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) finished with nine points and seven rebounds, while freshman guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) finished with nine points and a team-high four assists.
Overall, Ohio shot 43.6 percent from the field, 29.2 percent from three-point range and 44 percent from the free throw line, while NIU shot 41 percent from the field, 42.9 percent from three and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. Both teams finished the game even in rebounds, with 38 apiece, while Ohio dished out 11 assists, had three steals and seven blocks compared to NIU's 12 assists, six steals and three blocks.
For the Huskies, Lacey James finished the game with 20 points and 14 rebounds, followed by Eugene German who finished the game with 16 points and five assists. Dante Thorpe finished the game with 12 points, while Levi Bradley finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
The Bobcats enter the matchup with Bowling Green with an overall record of 8-5.
13 games into the season, Ohio is averaging 73.7 points per game. They are shooting 44.9 percent from the field, 28.9 percent from three-point range and 65.0 from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 40.5 rebounds a contest to go along with 14.8 assists, 7.1 steals and 4.2 blocks per game.
Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 16.4 points per game 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
Vander Plas is averaging 10.5 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 45.1 from the field and 36.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Doug Taylor, who currently registers 118 blocks in his career, which moves him into ninth all-time for career blocks.
Taylor needs two more blocks to move into eighth place, which is currently held by Antonio Campbell.
OHIO IN THE MAC -TEAM
In the Mid-American Conference, the Bobcats currently rank third in rebounding offense (40.5), second in rebounding margin (+7.5), sixth in offensive rebounds (12.2), fourth in defensive rebounds (28.4) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.772).
Ohio is also third in steals (7.1) and third in blocked shots (4.2) and fourth in assists (14.5).
OHIO IN THE MAC -INDIVIDUAL
Individually, Carter is currently sixth in the MAC in scoring (17.7), while Kirk is eighth in the conference in scoring (16.4). Taylor is fourth in rebounding (8.8) and eighth in field goal percentage (.553).
Kirk is fifth in steals (1.7), while Taylor is first in blocked shots (2.2) and third in offensive rebounds (3.5). Taylor sits seventh in defensive rebounds (5.3), while Kirk is sixth in minutes played (32.2).
On Dec. 30 against FIU, senior forward/guard Gavin Block drew five charge calls in the Bobcats 68-66 victory over the Panthers. Overall in the game, Block drew six total fouls.
THE RETURN OF JIMMY G
Redshirt junior James Gollon made his return to the floor on Jan. 5 against NIU. Gollon has missed the first 12 games due to injury.
One of the Bobcats' strengths during non conference play has been their rebounding. Currently the Bobcats average 40.5 rebounds per game and have a +7.5 rebounding margin.
Ohio has won the rebounding battle in eight out of 13 games this season, with a season-high 56 against Wilberforce in the season opener.
Nationally, the Bobcats rank 21st in rebounding margin, 36th in defensive and 61st in offensive boards. Meanwhile, in the MAC, Ohio is third in rebounding offense (40.5), second in rebounding margin (+7.5), sixth in offensive rebounds (12.2), fourth in defensive rebounds (28.4) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.772).
Following their matchup with Bowling Green, the Bobcats stay on the road when they take on Ball State on Saturday, Jan. 12. Tip-off is set for Noon inside Worthen Arena.