Ohio Men’s Basketball Returns to Athens for Tuesday Night Battle with Kent State

Ohio Men’s Basketball Returns to Athens for Tuesday Night Battle with Kent State

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 • GAME 16
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019
7 p.m. | Ohio (9-6, 1-2 MAC) vs. Kent State (12-4, 1-2 MAC) | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | Watch ESPNListen | Ohio Notes | Kent State Notes
 

ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio men's basketball team (9-6, 1-2 MAC) returns to Athens on Tuesday, Jan. 15 when the Bobcats take on Mid-American Conference East foe Kent State (12-4, 1-2 MAC). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. 

Tuesday's contest will be broadcast on the Watch ESPN App with Marty Bannister and Jim Scoby 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 a.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'

SCOUTING KENT STATE
Kent State enters the matchup with Ohio with an overall record of 12-4 with a 1-2 mark in MAC Play. The Golden Flashes are coming off of a 95-61 loss at Eastern Michigan on Jan. 12. 

As a team, Kent State averages 76.9 points per game and are shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from three-point range and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. Kent State also adds 35.2 rebounds per game to go along with 14.6 assists, 6.9 steals and 3.3 blocks per game. Meanwhile, opponents are averaging 72.7 points per game and are shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from three-point range and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are also averaging 34.5 rebounds, 13.6 assists, 3.6 blocks and 5.7 steals per game. 

Individually, Jaylin Walker leads the Flashes with 21.8 points per game and he is shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 47.7 percent from three-point range and 83.0 percent from the free throw line. Jalen Avery adds 12.5 points per game and is shooting 36.0 percent from the field and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. He has also dished out a team-leading 63 assists. 

Antonio Williams adds 11.3 points and 3.8 boards per game, while Philip Whittington averages 10.0 points per game, 8.1 rebounds and has a team-high 21 blocks. 

IN KENT STATE'S LAST GAME

Kent State is coming off of a 95-61 loss at the hands of Eastern Michigan on Jan. 12 in Ypsilanti, Mich. 

In that game, Kent State shot 35.5 percent from the field, 32.1 percent from three-point range and 50.0 percent from the free throw line, while Eastern Michigan shot 65.4 percent from the field, 63.2 percent from three-point range and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Flashes also grabbed 27 rebounds, dished out 11 assists, had three blocks and six steals. EMU had 39 rebounds, 19 assists, eight blocks and six steals. 

Individually, Jaylin Walker scored 14 points, going 4-of-13 from the field and 3-of-9 from three-point range. Philip Whittington added 13 points, going 5-of-11 from the field and grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Meanwhile, EMU had five players score in double figures, including Elijah Minnie who added 22 points and eight rebounds. 

SERIES HISTORY
This is the 145th all-time meeting between the Bobcats and the Golden Flashes, with the Bobcats leading the series, 94-50. The Bobcats and Kent State last met on Feb. 20, 2018, with Ohio winning the game by the final of 88-76 inside the Convocation Center. 

LAST TIME AGAINST KENT STATE
The Bobcats and Golden Flashes last met on Feb. 20, 2018 inside the Convocation Center, with Ohio coming away with the 88-76 victory. 

In the game, Jordan Dartis led the way for the Bobcats, totaling a game-high 20 points thanks in large part to going 7-of-15 from the floor with five treys. Dartis also compiled four assists to tie for the team lead as well as three rebounds and two steals in 33 minutes. Teyvion Kirk continued his strong play in his rookie season, scoring 17 points off of 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Kirk also tied for the team lead with four assists in addition to hauling in five boards in 32 minutes of action. James Gollon made 5-of-8 attempts from the floor -- including three triples -- to log 13 points. Gollon also notched a team-high seven rebounds, three steals to tie his career high and an assist in 31 minutes. Kevin Mickle recorded 13 points over 22 minutes of work off of the bench, going 5-of-6 from the field with a three and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. Mickle also collected six rebounds and an assist. Mike Laster recorded 11 points. He also posted three assists, two rebounds and a steal in 28 minutes. Doug Taylor made five of his seven shots to finish with 10 points. He also added five rebounds over 21 minutes of action.

Kent State made 44.9 percent (31-of-69) of its shots but was just 6-of-25 from beyond the arc. Junior center Adonis De La Rosa led the Golden Flashes with 13 points and tied for the team lead with seven rebounds. He also recorded a steal in 30 minutes on the court. Junior guard Jaylin Walker, senior guard Desmond Ridenour and senior guard Kevin Zabo all totaled 12 points apiece for Kent State. Walker shot just 1-of-9 from three-point range. He also finished with three rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes. Ridenour went 5-of-6 from the field with a pair of triples. He also tallied two steals and a rebound in 16 minutes off of the bench. Zabo contributed six rebounds, four assists to tie for the team lead and a steal over 34 minutes of work off of the bench.

LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
The Bobcats are coming off of a 70-52 performance at Ball State on Jan. 12. 

Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) led the Bobcats with 19 points, going 6-of-18 from the field and 7-of-12 from throw line, while grabbing nine rebounds. Redshirt sophomore forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) added 13 points, going 5-of-12 from the field, 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, while grabbing nine boards. Senior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio) scored 11 points and grabbed seven boards while going 5-of-6 from the field. Freshman guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) added a career-high eight assists off the bench

Overall, Ohio shot 41.7 percent from the field, 47.1 from three-point range and 57.1 from the free throw line, while Ball State shot 35.4 percent from the field, 8.3 percent from three-point range and 63.0 percent from the free throw line. Ohio out-rebounded the Cardinals 39-36, including grabbing 12 offensive boards to BSU's nine. The Bobcats also dished out 13 assists to Ball State's five, while also recording 13 steals and registering three blocks, compared to Ball State's one block and eight steals. The Bobcats also forced the Cardinals to turn the ball over 19 times and scored 19 points off of them. Ohio scored 32 points in the paint and 14 second chance points. 

For Ball State, the Cardinals were led by Tayler Persons, who scored 16 points, going 7-for-17 from the field. K.J. Walton and Zach Gunn both added 10 points, while Trey Moses grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats enter the matchup with Kent State with an overall record of 9-6 and an 1-2 mark in MAC play. 

15 games into the season, Ohio is averaging 72.7 points per game. They are shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 30.4 percent from three-point range and 64.6 from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 39.5 rebounds a contest to go along with 14.4 assists, 7.5 steals and 4.0 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 17.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He is shooting 49.5 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from three-point range and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 16.6 points per game 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. 

Vander Plas is averaging 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 43.1 from the field and 35.0 percent from beyond the arc. 

Doug Taylor is leading the Bobcats with 8.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, while Jason Preston is shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 64.3 percent from the free throw line. while also adding 2.8 assists per game. 

CARTER'S RETURN ALREADY FELT
A few games into MACplay, it is evident that return of Jason Carter has 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 11 of Ohio's 14 games, recording a double-double against Wilberforce, and scoring 24 points against Campbell. 

Carter also added a double-double against Austin Peay on Nov. 24, while trying a career-high with 25 points in that matchups and did the same thing on Dec. 1 against Marshall. 

So far this season, Carter is averaging 17.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He is shooting 49.5 percent from the field and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. 

Carter was also named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 3. 

Carter's presence inside has also been huge, most notably on Dec. 30 when Carter grabbed an offensive board with just under 10 seconds to go and connected on the go-ahead basket in Ohio's 68-66 victory over FIU. 

On Jan. 8 at Bowling Green, Carter hit a new career-high with five made three-point baskets. 

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, 15 against Campbell and 10 points against LMU. 

Right now, Vander Plas' biggest impact came on Nov. 27 against Iona, where he scored a career-high 18 points and 11 rebounds to register his first career double-double. 

Vander Plas would go on to tie his career-high of 18 points on Dec. 1 against Marshall. 

On Dec. 20 at Purdue, Vander Plas led the Bobcats with 15 points and tying a career-high with four made three-pointers. 

Vander Plas is averaging 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting .431 from the field and .350 from three-point range.

TK GOING FOR ROUND TWO
Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk has picked up where he left off last season. 

Currently, Kirk is second on the team with 16.6 points per game. He also added 6.4 rebounds, while shooting 45.7 percent from the field. He has also recorded 38 total assists and 25 steals for the Bobcats.  

On Dec. 15 at Detroit Mercy, Kirk drained the game-winning three-pointer with under a minute to go to lead Ohio to a 63-61 victory. 

BLOCK PARTY
Doug Taylor, who currently registers 121 blocks in his career, which tied him into seventh all-time for career blocks, surpassing Antonio Campbell and tying him with John Rhodes. 

Taylor needs one more block to pass Rhodes for seventh all-time, and three more to pass Maurice Ndour for sixth all-time

OHIO IN THE MAC -TEAM
In the Mid-American Conference, the Bobcats currently rank fifth in rebounding offense (39.5), third in rebounding defense (33.4), second in rebounding margin (+6.1), seventh in offensive rebounds (11.7), fourth in defensive rebounds (27.7) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.769). 

Ohio is also third in steals (7.5), fifth in blocked shots (4.0) and fifth in assists (14.2). 

OHIO IN THE MAC -INDIVIDUAL 
Individually, Carter is currently fourth in the MAC in scoring (17.3), while Kirk is seventh in the conference in scoring (16.6).  Taylor is fifth in rebounding (8.3) and fifth in field goal percentage (.570).

Kirk is fourth in steals (1.7), while Taylor is first in blocked shots (2.1) and second in offensive rebounds (3.4). Kirk is ninth in defensive rebounds (4.9) and ninth in minutes played (32.0).

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.  

On Jan. 8 at Bowling Green, Gollon scored his first points of the season, scoring six points, going 2-of-3 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. 

On Jan. 12 at Ball State, Gollon drained his first three of the season in the 70-52 victory. 

REBOUNDING MACHINES
One of the Bobcats' strengths during nonconference play has been their rebounding. Currently the Bobcats average 39.5 rebounds per game and have a +6.1-rebounding margin. 

Ohio has won the rebounding battle in nine out of 15 games this season, with a season-high 56 against Wilberforce in the season opener. 

Nationally, the Bobcats rank 36th in rebounding margin, 49th in defensive, 78th in offensive boards and 43rd in total rebounds per game. Meanwhile, in the MAC, Ohio is fifth in rebounding offense (39.5), third in rebounding defense (33.4), second in rebounding margin (+6.1), seventh in offensive rebounds (11.7), fourth in defensive rebounds (27.7) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.769). 

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Ohio has registered an impressive 505-163 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.

In four-plus seasons under Phillips, Ohio has gone 53-21 (.708) at home. 

This season the Bobcats are in impressive 7-1 inside the Convo.

UP NEXT
The Bobcats return head to Toledo, Ohio for a Friday night matchup with the Rockets on Jan. 18. TIp-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Savage Arena and can be seen on CBS Sports Network. 

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