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Ohio Men’s Basketball Looks to Bounce Back Against Toledo on Friday Night

Ohio Men’s Basketball Looks to Bounce Back Against Toledo on Friday Night

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 • GAME 17
Friday, Jan. 18, 2019
7 p.m. | Ohio (9-7, 1-3 MAC) vs. Toledo (14-3, 2-2 MAC) | Savage Arena | Toledo, Ohio | Live Stats | CBS Sports NetworkListen | Ohio Notes | Toledo Notes
 

ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio men's basketball team (9-7, 1-3 MAC) returns to action on Friday, Jan. 18 when they head to Toledo, Ohio for a matchup with the Rockets (14-3, 2-2 MAC). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Savage Arena.

Friday's contest will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network with Darren Goldwater and Steve Wolf 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 TOLEDO
Toledo enters the matchup with the Bobcats with an overall record of 14-3 overall and a 2-2 conference mark. 

Overall, Toledo is averaging 81.0 points per game and are shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from three-point range and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are also averaging 40.1 rebounds, 17.1 assists, 5.3 steals and 4.1 blocks per game. Opponents are forcing Toledo to turn the ball over an average of  11.9 times per game. Toledo's opponents are averaging 69.0 points point and are shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 31.0 percent from three-point line and 67.7 percent from the free throw line. Opponents also average 35.4 rebounds, 11.6 assists, 5.9 steals and 3.1 blocks per game and turn the ball over an average of 11.6 times. 

Individually, Jaelan Sanford is averaging 16.8 points per game and is shooting 46.9 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from three-point range and 87.8 percent from the free throw line. Nate Navigato is adding 12.7 points and is shooting 50.0 percent from three-point range and 94.4 percent from the free throw line. Chris Darrington adds 10.6 points per game, while Luke Knapke averages 10.2 points per game. Meanwhile, Willie Jackson averages a team-high 10.4 rebounds per game, while Marreon Jackson has dished out 80 assists this season. 

 IN TOLEDO'S LAST GAME
Toledo is coming off of a 71-59 victory over Miami on Jan. 15. 

Toledo shot 42.9 percent from the floor and went 10-for-26 from three-point range. The Rockets held Miami to 39.2 percent on the floor and just 5-of-16 from beyond the arc. UT had 18 assists and just seven turnovers, while the RedHawks tallied just four assists and 11 miscues.

Jaelan Sanford scored 19 points, going 7-of-11 from the floor, while grabbing five boards and dishing out four assists. Luke Knapke added 11 points and seven boards, with Spencer Lettleson grabbing seven boards and adding 12 points to the Rockets' total. Marreon Jackson added 10 points and a game-high six assists. 

SERIES HISTORY
This is the 129th all-time meeting between Ohio and Toledo, with the Bobcats leading the series, 69-59. The last time the two teams met was on Feb. 12, 2018, with the Rockets coming away with the 82-74 victory. 

LAST TIME AGAINST TOLEDO
Ohio and Toledo last met on Feb. 13, 2018 inside Savage Arena, with the Rockets coming away with the 82-74 victory. 

The Bobcats lost despite leading the way in rebounds (37-33), points in the paint (36-22) and bench points (39-20). Toledo took advantage of 37 attempts at the free throw line, making 32 foul shots for an 86.5 percent success rate. The Rockets went 28-of-33 from the charity stripe in the second half, allowing Toledo to seal the victory despite shooting just 29.2 percent (7-of-24) from the floor over the final 20 minutes.

Mickle provided Ohio with a lift with his performance off of the bench,, scoring 24 points, going 10-of-19 from the floor with a three-pointer and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. The contest marked his first career game with at least 20 points. Teyvion Kirk finished with 21 points and a game-high 10 boards to achieve another double-double. He shot 7-of-11 from both the field and the free throw line, shaking off a tough first half in which he went 1-of-3 for two points with a second half in which he went 6-of-8 for 19 points. Kirk also totaled an assist, a block and a steal over 26 minutes of work. James Gollon joined Mickle in helping the Bobcats account for 39 bench points, scoring 11 points off of 3-of-6 shooting from the floor -- including a pair of treys -- and 3-of-3 shooting from the charity stripe. Gollon also added five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes. Doug Taylor had four blocks -- including three in the second half. 

Jaelan Sanford led the way for Toledo with 21 points off a 6-of-9 performance from the field that included two triples and a 7-of-8 effort from the free throw line. He also had five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 37 minutes. Tre-Shaun Fletcher finished with 17 points, going 5-of-11 from the floor with a three-pointer and 6-of-6 from the line. He led the Rockets with eight rebounds and also added an assist, a block and a steal over 36 minutes.

LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
The Bobcats are coming off of a 66-52 loss against Kent State on Jan. 15. 

Jason Carter went 4-of-9 from the field as well as 2-of-2 from the free-throw line for 11 points while compiling a game-high 13 rebounds and a game-high four assists in 31 minutes of play. Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk also compiled 11 points going 4-of-22 from the field and added seven rebounds, two assists, and a game-high four steals in 33 minutes of work for Ohio. Junior guard Antonio Cowart, Jr. followed closely behind adding 10 points, five rebounds and a steal in 29 minutes. Senior guard/forward Gavin Block, added six points and an assist in 26 minutes of play, while senior forward Doug Taylor also added six points and contributed eight rebounds, an assist and a block in 32 minutes of play for the Bobcats

Ohio finished the game with a 32 percent (20-of-63) field goal percentage and 46 total rebounds compared to Kent State who finished the game with a 43 percent (23-of-53) field goal percentage and 38 total rebounds. Ohio registered 32 points in the paint and 13 assists compared to 22 points in the paint and 14 assists for the Golden Flashes. Ohio shot 50 percent from the free-throw line going 8-of-16 compared to Kent State who shot 57 percent from the free-throw line going 12-of-21.  

Jaylin Walker finished with a game-high 21 points to lead Kent State in scoring. Walker added three rebounds, a game-high four assists and a steal in 36 minutes of play. Jalen Avery followed closely behind with 15 points and added five rebounds, a game-high four assists and a steal in 38 minutes of play. Philip Whittington and Antonio Williams both compiled 10 points for Kent State. Whittington registered a double-double adding a team-high 10 rebounds and a block in 24 minutes of play. Williams added three rebounds, two assists and a game-high four steals in his 36 minutes of play for the Golden Flashes.

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats enter the matchup with Toledo with an overall record of 9-7 and an 1-3 mark in MAC play. 

16 games into the season, Ohio is averaging 71.4 points per game. They are shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 29.7 percent from three-point range and 63.9 from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 39.9 rebounds a contest to go along with 14.3 assists, 7.3 steals and 3.9 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 16.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He is shooting 49.2 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 16.3 points per game 6.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. 

Vander Plas is averaging 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 43.0 from the field and 33.7 percent from beyond the arc. 

Doug Taylor is leading the Bobcats with 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, while Jason Preston is shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 64.3 percent from the free throw line. while also adding 2.6 assists per game. 

CARTER'S RETURN ALREADY FELT
A few games into MAC  play, 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 12  of Ohio's 16 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.  Carter added another double-double on Jan. 15 against Kent State, scoring 11 points and grabbing 13 boards. 

So far this season, Carter is averaging 16.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He is shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 72.7 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 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting .421 from the field and .337 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 16.3 points per game. He also added 6.4 rebounds, while shooting 43.0 percent from the field. He has also recorded 40 total assists and 29 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 122 blocks in his career, which moves him into seventh all-time for career blocks, surpassing John Rhodes. 

Taylor two more to pass Maurice Ndour for sixth all-time. 

OHIO IN THE MAC -TEAM
In the Mid-American Conference, the Bobcats currently rank fourth in rebounding offense (39.9), third in rebounding defense (33.7), second in rebounding margin (+6.2), fifth in offensive rebounds (12.1)), fourth in defensive rebounds (27.8) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.771). 

Ohio is also fourth in steals (7.3), fifth in blocked shots (3.9) and fifth in assists (14.1). 

OHIO IN THE MAC -INDIVIDUAL 
Individually, Carter is currently tied for fourth in the MAC in scoring (16.9), while Kirk is ninth in the conference in scoring (16.3).  Taylor is fifth in rebounding (8.3) and sixth in field goal percentage (.567).

Kirk is third in steals (1.8), while Taylor is first in blocked shots (2.0) and second in offensive rebounds (3.5). Kirk 10th in minutes played (32.1).

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 39.9 rebounds per game and have a +6.2 rebounding margin. 

Ohio has won the rebounding battle in 10 out of 16 games this season, with a season-high 56 against Wilberforce in the season opener. 

Nationally, the Bobcats rank 35th in rebounding margin, 48th in defensive , 57th in offensive boards and 95th in total rebounds per game. Meanwhile, in the MAC, Ohio is fourth in rebounding offense (39.9), third in rebounding defense (33.7), second in rebounding margin (+6.2), fifth in offensive rebounds (12.1)), fourth in defensive rebounds (27.8) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.771). 

#CONVO50
Ohio announced on Dec. 3, 2018 - the 50th anniversary of the first game inside the Convocation Center - the plans for a 50th anniversary celebration for the Convo. 

Ohio Athletics will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Convocation Center on Saturday, Feb. 2 with a Sibs Weekend basketball doubleheader as the women's team battles Ball State at 1 p.m. ET and the men's team takes on Akron at 3:30 p.m. ET. Tickets for the doubleheader are $5 and include admission to both games. 

The gameday atmosphere surrounding the doubleheader will have a throwback feel to it. Celebration elements are set to include:
• Men's team wearing 1968 throwback uniforms
• Women's team wearing 1980s throwback uniforms
• Cheer and dance teams and Rufus the Bobcat in retro gear
• Retro Ohio "Attack Cat" logo displayed on the court
• Retro music playlist
• Commemorative 50th anniversary posters for the first 2,000 fans in attendance
• Men's basketball reunion attendees introduced to the crowd
• Women's basketball reunion attendees introduced to the crowd
•Internationally known entertainer, Red Panda, to perform at halftime of the men's basketball game

UP NEXT
The Bobcats return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 22 when Ohio hosts Western Michigan inside the Convocation Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+. 

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