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Ohio Men’s Basketball Set to Host Western Michigan Tuesday Night in Athens

Ohio Men’s Basketball Set to Host Western Michigan Tuesday Night in Athens

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 • GAME 18
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
7 p.m. | Ohio (9-8, 1-4 MAC) vs. Western Michigan (6-12, 0-5 MAC) | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | ESPN+Listen | Ohio Notes | WMU Notes

ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio men's basketball team (9-8, 1-4 MAC) return to Athens on Tuesday Jan. 22 for their first of two-straight home games, when the Bobcats host Mid-American Conference West foe Western Michigan (6-12, 0-5 MAC). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. 

Tuesday's contest will be broadcast on the WatchESPN App with Marty Bannister and Toni Roesch 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 WESTERN MICHIGAN
Western Michigan enters the matchup with the Bobcats with an overall record of 6-12 and a 0-5 mark in MAC play. 

Overall, WMU averages 71.5 points per game and are shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 32.0 percent from three-point range and 69.9 percent from the free throw line. They also average 37.7 rebounds, 12.1 assists, 4.4 steals and 2.4 blocks per game. WMU also turns the ball over an average of 14.7 times per game. Meanwhile, WMU opponents are averaging 74.2 points per game, while shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are also averaging 34.9 rebounds, 13.6 assists, 7.6 steals and 3.7 blocks per game, while also turning the ball over an average of 10.6 times per game. 

Individually, Michael Flowers averages 15.6 points per game and is shooting 42.8 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from three-point range and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. He also leads the team with 64 assists and 13 steals. Seth Dugan is averaging 14.4 points per game and is shooting 52.7 percent from the field and is leading the team with 8.3 rebounds per game. Josh Davis is averaging 12.9 points per game and is shooting 45.5 percent from the field, while also averaging 6.0 rebounds per game. 

IN WMU'S LAST GAME
Western Michigan is coming off of a 79-48 loss at Bowling Green on Jan. 19 in Bowling Green. 

From the field, the Broncos shot a season-low 28.1 percent and was just 3-of-24 from long distance. WMU matched its lowest point total of the season with 48 points and had a season-low 17 points in the first half.

WMU had 11 of its 12 players that saw the court score with Seth Dugan leading the way with eight points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field. Dugan nearly had a double-double as well, registering nine rebounds. Kawanise Wilkins was the Broncos second leading scorer with seven points. Wilkins was 2-of-3 from the field and knocked down one three-pointer along with corralling three rebounds. 

Meanwhile, Bowling Green shot 41.4 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from three-point range and 75.0 percent from the free throw line. 

SERIES HISTORY
This is the 133rd all-time meeting between the Bobcats and the Broncos, with Ohio leading the series, 67-65. The last time the two teams met was on Feb. 10, 2018 in Kalamazoo, Mich., with the Bobcats falling, 69-60.

While the Bobcats have dropped the last two meetings with the Broncos, Ohio has won the last two matchups inside the Convocation Center.  

LAST TIME AGAINST WESTERN MICHIGAN
Ohio and Western Michigan last met on Feb. 10 in Kalamazoo, with WMU winning, 69-60. 

The Bobcats shot 43.4 percent (23-of-53) from the field while limiting the Broncos to 37.9 percent (25-of-66) from the floor, but Ohio could not overcome its miscues, which included 12 turnovers in the first half.

Teyvion Kirk led Ohio with 14 points off of 7-of-15 shooting. Kirk also distributed a team-high four assists and grabbed three rebounds in 31 minutes of work.  Jordan Dartis finished with 13 points after going 5-of-14 from the floor with three treys. Dartis also logged five rebounds, two steals and an assist over 30 minutes. Gavin Block logged 13 points off of 4-of-9 shooting with three triples. Block also notched four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes. Mike Laster made four of his five shots -- including two three-pointers -- to finish with 12 points. Laster also tallied a rebound, an assist and a steal in 32 minutes.

Western Michigan was led by a 19-point effort from senior guard Thomas Wilder, who went 7-of-14 from the floor with a pair of triples and 3-of-4 shooting from the free throw line. He also dished out a game-high six assists, tied for the team lead with six boards, blocked a game-high two shots and tied for the team lead with two steals in 34 minutes. Sophomore guard/forward Reggie Jones contributed 13 points in 17 minutes of work off of the bench. He also chipped in five rebounds and an assist. Sophomore forward Brandon Johnson compiled 10 points, tied for the team lead with six rebounds and added two assists and a block in 28 minutes.

LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
The Bobcats are coming off of a 75-52 loss at Toledo on Jan. 18. 

Senior guard/forward Gavin Block (Lincoln, Ill.) led the Bobcats with 12 points, going 4-of-8 form the field and 2-of-6 from three-point range. Redshirt sophomore Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) was next, scoring eight points, followed by sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.), who scored seven points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. 

Overall, Ohio shot 32.2 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 56.6 percent from the free throw line, while Toledo shot 48.3 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from three-point range and 7-of-7 from the free throw line. The Rockets out rebounded the Bobcats 39-32, while Toledo also dished out 20 assists to Ohio's 10 and registered 11 blocks and five steals to the Bobcats' three blocks and seven steals. 

For Toledo, Luke Knapke scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Marreon Jackson and Jaelan Sanford both scored 14 points and dished out five assists. 

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats enter the matchup with Western Michigan with an overall record of 9-8 and an 1-4 mark in MAC play. 

Ohio is averaging 70.3 points per game. They are shooting 43.1 percent from the field, 30.0 percent from three-point range and 63.7 from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 39.4 rebounds a contest to go along with 14.1 assists, 7.3 steals and 3.9 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 16.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He is shooting 47.9 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from three-point range and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 15.7 points per game 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. 

Vander Plas is averaging 9.1 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 42.4 from the field and 33.7 percent from beyond the arc. 

Doug Taylor is leading the Bobcats with 8.1 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
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.  

Carter is averaging 16.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He is shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. He has also jumped his three-point shooting percentage, shooting 37.1 percent overall and 52.6 percent since MAC play began. 

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 9.1 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting .424 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 15.7 points per game. He also added 6.5 rebounds, while shooting 42.0 percent from the field. He has also recorded 41 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 123 blocks in his career, which tied him for sixth all-time in career blocks. 

Taylor needs one 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 (39.4), third in rebounding defense (34.0), second in rebounding margin (+5.4), sixth in offensive rebounds (11.8), fourth in defensive rebounds (27.6) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.774). 

Ohio is also fourth in steals (7.3), fifth in blocked shots (3.9) and fifth in assists (13.9). 

OHIO IN THE MAC -INDIVIDUAL 
Individually, Carter is currently seventh in the MAC in scoring (16.4), while Taylor is sixth in rebounding (8.1) and seventh in field goal percentage (.559).

Kirk is fourth in steals (1.7), while Taylor is second in blocked shots (1.9) and second in offensive rebounds (3.3). 

THE RETURN OF JIMMY G
Redshirt junior James Gollon made his return to the floor on Jan. 5 against NIU. Gollon had 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 non conference play has been their rebounding. Currently the Bobcats average 39.4 rebounds per game and have a +5.4 rebounding margin. 

Ohio has won the rebounding battle in 10 out of 17 games this season, with a season-high 56 against Wilberforce in the season opener. 

Nationally, the Bobcats rank 45th in rebounding margin, 46th in defensive rebounds, 69th in offensive boards and 39th in total rebounds per game. Meanwhile, in the MAC, Ohio is fourth in rebounding offense (39.4), third in rebounding defense (34.0), second in rebounding margin (+5.4), sixth in offensive rebounds (11.8), fourth in defensive rebounds (27.6) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.774). 

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Ohio has registered an impressive 505-164 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.

In four-plus seasons under Phillips, Ohio has gone 53-22 (.708) at home. 

This season the Bobcats are in impressive 7-2 inside the Convo. 

#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 Saturday, Jan. 26 when Ohio hosts Ball State. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. 

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