Ohio Men’s Basketball Looks to Get Back on Track at Miami 

Ohio Men’s Basketball Looks to Get Back on Track at Miami 

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 • GAME 22
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
2:00 p.m. ET | Ohio (11-10, 3-6 MAC) vs. Akron (12-11, 4-6 MAC) |Millett Hall | Oxford, Ohio | Live Stats | ESPN+ | Listen | Ohio Notes | Miami Notes

ATHENS, Ohio– The Ohio men's basketball team (11-10, 3-6 MAC) returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 9 when the Bobcats head to Oxford, Ohio to take on Mid-American Conference East foe Miami (12-11, 4-6 MAC) for the first installment of this year's 'Battle of the Bricks'. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside Millett Hall. 

Saturday's contest will be broadcast on the WatchESPN App with Steve Baker & Randy Hollowell on the call. The game will also be on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College, with 'The voice of the Bobcats' Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius on the call. Radio pregame coverage is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'

SCOUTING MIAMI
Miami enters the game against Ohio with an overall record of 12-11 and a 4-6 mark in conference play.  

Miami is averaging 66.5 points per game and is shooting 41.9 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from three-point range and  69.4 percent from the free throw line. The RedHawks are averaging 33.7 rebounds per game to go along with 9.9 assists, 4.9 steals and 2.3 blocks per game. Miami is also turning the ball over an average of 12.2 times per game and has a -1.6 turnover margin. Meanwhile, opponents are averaging 68.9 points per game and are shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from three-point range and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are also averaging 35.9 rebounds, 11.5 assists, 5.6 steals and 3.1 blocks per game, and are turning the ball over an average of 10.6 times per game. 

Individually, Nike Sibande is averaging 15.5 points per game and is shooting 39.3 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from three-point range and 61.8 percent from the free throw line. He also averages 4.2 rebounds per game. Bam Bowman is averaging 9.9 points per game and is shooting 44.3 percent from the field and leads the team with 5.9 rebounds per contest. Dalonte Brown also adds 9.9 points per game and is shooting 80.8 percent from the free throw line. 

IN MIAMI'S LAST GAME
Miami is back in action after falling to Kent State, 70-67 on Feb. 5 in Kent, Ohio. 

In that game, Miami shot 41.5 percent from the field,. 37.5 percent from three-point range and 87.5 percent from the free throw line. The RedHawks added 30 rebounds, dished out 13 assists, had three steals and two blocks. Meanwhile, Kent State shot 41.5 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 91.3 percent from the free throw line. The Flashes grabbed 32 boards, dished out 11 assists and had five block and seven steals. 

Individually for Miami, Nike Sibande scored 19 points, going 5-of-14 from the field, 3-of-7 from three-point range and 6-of-6 from the free throw line, while also grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.  Mekhi Lairy added 12 points, going 5-of-9 nine from the field and 2-of-5 from three-point range. Bam Bowman added 10 points and seven rebounds, while Darrian Ringo dished out seven assists.   

SERIES HISTORY
This is the 204th all-time meeting between Ohio and Miami. The Bobcats have won 10 out of the last 12 meeting between the two teams. 

Head coach Saul Phillips is 7-2 against the RedHawks. 

LAST TIME AGAINST MIAMI
Ohio and Miami last met in the first round of the 2018 MAC Tournament, falling to the RedHawks 68-55. 

Mike Laster led Ohio with 16 points off of 5-of-11 shooting from the floor -- including a pair of three-pointers -- and 4-of-6 shooting from the free throw line. Laster also grabbed two rebounds in 38 minutes. Doug Taylor made six of his eight attempts from the floor en route to 13 points. He also pulled down eight boards and added an assist in 25 minutes of action. James Gollon made five field goals -- including two triples -- to finish with 12 points. He also logged a game-high four steals to set a new career high in addition to recording three rebounds. Teyvion Kirk posted 11 points to finish in double figures for a team-high 28th time this year. 

Darrian Ringo led the way for Miami with a game-high 21 points, shooting 6-of-10 from the floor with a pair of treys and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. He also posted three rebounds, tallied a team-high three assists and three steals and had a block in 33 minutes. Nike Sibande went 5-of-10 from the field with two three-pointers en route to 13 points. He nearly achieved a double-double with a team-high nine boards over 33 minutes of action. Logan McLane provided 10 points off of 5-of-9 shooting and blocked a game-high four shots in 30 minutes off of the bench. He also chipped in four rebounds and an assist.

LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
The Bobcats are coming off of a 65-53 loss against Akron on Feb. 2.

Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) compiled a team-high 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds in his double-double performance. Carter added a team-high two blocks and a steal in his 35 minutes of work. Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) registered nine points, five rebounds and a team-high three assists in his 31 minutes of play. Senior guard/forward Gavin Block (Lincoln, Ill.), senior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio) and freshman guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) all contributed six points for the Bobcats. Block added a team-high three assists in his 21 minutes of play while Taylor added a team-high two blocks and four rebounds in his 25 minutes of play. Preston added two rebounds, two assists and a block in his 26 minutes of play for the Bobcats.

Ohio finished the game with a 37.7 percent (20-of-53) field goal percentage and 32 total rebounds compared to Akron who finished the game with a 41.7 percent (25-of-60) field goal percentage and 41 total rebounds. Ohio registered 26 points in the paint and nine points off the bench compared to 28 points in the paint and nine points off the bench the Zips. Ohio forced 13 turnovers with two steals, but Akron forced 14 turnovers with six steals. Ohio however, compiled 12 assists and five blocks compared to Akron who compiled 11 assists and five blocks.

Jimond Ivey led the Zips in scoring with a game-high 21 points going 8-of-17 from the field. Ivey added a team-high nine rebounds assists and two steals in his 36 minutes of play. Daniel Utomi added 14 points and four rebounds in his 29 minutes of play. Loren Cristian Jackson followed closely behind with 12 points and a game-high five assists in his 33 minutes of work. Deng Riak added a team-high nine rebounds and a game-high three blocks in his 25 minutes of play for the Zips.

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats enter the matchup with Miami with an overall record of 11-10 and a 3-6 mark in MAC play. 

Ohio is averaging 69.9 points per game. They are shooting 43.1 percent from the field, 29.7 percent from three-point range and 63.3 percent from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 38.4 rebounds a contest to go along with 14.1 assists, 7.0 steals and 3.9 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 16.3 points and 7.1  rebounds per game. He is shooting 47.3 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 14.5 points per game 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. 

Vander Plas is averaging 8.0 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 40.6 from the field and 30.6 percent from beyond the arc. 

Doug Taylor is leading the Bobcats with 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, while Jason Preston is shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 72.2 percent from the free throw line, while also adding 2.9 assists per game. 

CARTER'S MUCH NEEDED BOOST
Carter has led the Bobcats in scoring in 15  of Ohio's 21 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 16.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He is shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. He has also jumped his three-point shooting percentage, shooting 33.3 percent overall and 42.3 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
The redshirt freshman, who missed all of last season due to injury, scored 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. 

On Jan. 26 against Ball State, Vander Plas grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. 

Vander Plas is averaging 8.0 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting .406 from the field and .306 from three-point range.

TK GOING FOR ROUND TWO
Currently, Kirk is second on the team with 14.5 points per game. He also added 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 40.6 percent from the field. He has also recorded 49 total assists and 32 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 129 blocks in his career, which moves him into sixth all-time in program history. 

Taylor needs 10 more to pass Leon Williams for fifth all-time. 

OHIO IN THE MAC -TEAM
In the Mid-American Conference, the Bobcats currently rank fifth in rebounding offense (38.4), third in rebounding defense (34.6), third in rebounding margin (+3.8), fifth in offensive rebounds (11.5), fifth in defensive rebounds (26.5) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.762). 

Ohio is also fourth in steals (7.0), fourth in blocked shots (3.9) and fourth in assists (14.0). 

OHIO IN THE MAC -INDIVIDUAL 
Individually, Carter is currently eighth in the MAC in scoring (16.3), while Taylor is ninth in rebounding (7.3) and tied for fifth in field goal percentage (.571).

Kirk is seventh in steals (1.5), while Taylor is second in blocked shots (1.8) and fourth in offensive rebounds (3.0).

MAC EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jason Carter was named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 3 for his performance the week of Nov. 26. 

CHARGEEEEEEEEEE
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.

 

REBOUNDING MACHINES
One of the Bobcats' strengths during non conference play has been their rebounding. Currently the Bobcats average 38.4 rebounds per game and have a +3.8 rebounding margin. 

Ohio has won the rebounding battle in 10 out of 21 games this season, with a season-high 56 against Wilberforce in the season opener. 

Nationally, the Bobcats rank 77th in rebounding margin, 68th in defensive rebounds, 80th in offensive boards and 50th in total rebounds per game. Meanwhile, in the MAC, Ohio is  fifth in rebounding offense (38.4), third in rebounding defense (34.6), third in rebounding margin (+3.8), fifth in offensive rebounds (11.5), fifth in defensive rebounds (26.5) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.762).

UP NEXT
The Bobcats will return to Athens on Tuesday, Feb. 12 when Ohio hosts Eastern Michigan. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.

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