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Ohio Men’s Basketball Hosts Eastern Michigan in Athens on Tuesday

Ohio Men’s Basketball Hosts Eastern Michigan in Athens on Tuesday

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2018-19 • GAME 23
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
7:00 p.m. ET | Ohio (11-11, 3-7 MAC) vs. Eastern Michigan (10-13, 4-6 MAC) |Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | ESPN+ | Listen | Ohio Notes | EMU Notes

ATHENS, Ohio--The Ohio men's basketball team (11-11, 3-7 MAC) returns to Athens on Tuesday, Feb. 12 when the Bobcats host Mid-American Conference West Division foe Eastern Michigan (10-13, 4-6 MAC). TIp-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. 

Saturday'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 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 6:30 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.' 

SCOUTING EASTERN MICHIGAN
Eastern Michigan enters the matchup with Ohio a 10-13 record and a 4-6 conference mark. 

Overall, EMU is averaging 70.3 points per game, while shooting 54.2 percent from the field, 29.7 from three points range and 63.4 percent from the free throw line. EMU is also averaging 37.2 rebounds, 12.3 assists, 7.4 steals and 4.6 blocks per game, while also turning the ball over al average of 14.0 times per game. Meanwhile, opponents are averaging 69.9 points per game, while shooting 43.1 percent from the field, 33.6 percent from three-point range and 66.1 percent from the free throw line. Opponents also average 34.8 rebounds, 16.7 assists, 7.0 steals and 2.9 blocks per game. They also turn the ball over an average of 13.9 times per game. 

Individually, Paul Jackson leads the team with 14.0 points per game and is shooting 39.9 percent from the field and has dished out 106 assists on the year. Elijah Minnie adds 13.9 points per game, while shooting 40.7 percent from the field and is shooting a team-high 78.9 percent from the free throw line. James Thompson IV adds 10.3 points per game and is leading EMU with 10.3 rebounds and is shooting 63.3 percent from the field. 

IN EMU'S LAST GAME
Eastern Michigan is coming off of a 57-49 victory against Northern Illinois on Feb. 9. 

Paul Jackson scored 20 of his team-leading 23 points in the second half, while pacing EMU with eight assists and three steals. Elijah Minnie scored 11 points, three blocks, and two swipes, while Tariq Silver scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting.

The Eagles finished 43.2 percent (19-of-44) from the floor, as the Huskies ended the afternoon at a 34.7 percent clip and shot a woeful 1-of-13 from downtown. EMU out-blocked NIU, 9-2, and overmatched the visitors in assists (9-8), steals (8-5), and fast-break points (8-4).

SERIES HISTORY
This is the 76th all-time meeting between Ohio and EMU. With the Bobcats leading the all-time series, 50-25. The Bobcats have also won eight out of the last 10 matchups against the Eagles. 

LAST TIME AGAINST EMU
Ohio and Eastern Michigan last met on Jan. 20, 2018 in Ypsilanti, Mich., defeating the Eagles 72-66. 

Jordan Dartis scored 24 points and went 8-of-12 from the field -- including 7-of-10 from three-point range. He piled up 21 points in the second half, draining six treys. Dartis also finished the contest with two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 33 minutes.

Mike Laster scored 16 points, shooting 6-of-12 from the field with a pair of triples. He also added three rebounds and a block over 32 minutes. Teyvion Kirk finished with 12 points thanks in large part to an 8-of-8 effort from the free throw line. Kirk also dished out three assists, hauled in three boards and matched his career high with four steals in 30 minutes. Doug Taylor went 4-of-4 from the floor to total eight points. He also grabbed two rebounds, blocked a game-high three shots and had an assist in 20 minutes. Gavin Block notched six points, five rebounds, a game-high eight assists and a steal over 38 minutes. 

James Thompson IV led Eastern Michigan with a double-double performance, going 7-of-7 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line to score a team-high 21 points to go along with a game-high 14 rebounds in 39 minutes. Groce went 5-of-8 from the field -- including 4-of-5 from three-point range -- to finish with 15 points. He also logged four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal over 35 minutes. Jackson finished with 12 points, a team-high three assists and tallied a steal in 34 minutes of work. Bond scored 11 points in 29 minutes off of the bench, going 5-of-6 from the field. He also recorded three rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.

LAST TIME OUT FOR OHIO
The Bobcats are coming off of a 79-59 loss at Miami on Feb. 9

Leading Ohio was sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) with 18 points, going 7-of-18 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and 3-of-6 from the free throw line. Kirk also added five steals. Redshirt Sophomore forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) added 16 points, going 5-of-13 from the field and six rebounds, while redshirt freshman forward Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) added 12 points and dished out four assists in 30 minutes. Freshman guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) added seven points for the Bobcats in 30 minutes on the floor.

Overall, the Bobcats shot 35.6 percent from the field, 31.6 percent from three-point range and 52.4 percent from the free throw line, while Miami shot 46.2 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. Miami out rebounded the Bobcats, 47-29, while the Bobcats dished out 11 assists, had nine steals, two blocks and forced 17 turnovers, while the RedHawks dished out 13 assists, had seven steals, five blocks and forced 12 turnovers. The Bobcats scored 15 points off of turnovers and scored 30 points in the paint, while Miami scored 14 points off of turnovers and 24 points in the paint. 

For Miami, Bam Bowman scored 23 points, going 7-of-10 from the field, 2-of-3 from three-point range and 7-of-10 from the free throw line. He also grabbed a game-high 12 boards. Darrian Ringo added 14 points and dished out five assists, while Nike Sibande added 13 points and seven boards.

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats enter the matchup with Miami with an overall record of 11-11 and a 3-7 mark in MAC play. 

Ohio is averaging 69.4 points per game. They are shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 29.8 percent from three-point range and 62.8 percent from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 38.0 rebounds a contest to go along with 14.0 assists, 7.0 steals and 3.8 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 16.3 points and 7.0  rebounds per game. He is shooting 46.9 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 14.7 points per game 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. 

Vander Plas is averaging 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 40.5 from the field and 30.5 percent from beyond the arc. 

Doug Taylor is leading the Bobcats with 7.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, while Jason Preston is shooting 49.0 percent from the field and 72.2 percent from the free throw line, while also adding 2.8 assists per game. 

CARTER'S MUCH NEEDED BOOST

Carter has led the Bobcats in scoring in 15  of Ohio's 22 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 7.0 rebounds per game. He is shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 71.4 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 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting .405 from the field and .356 from three-point range.

TK GOING FOR ROUND TWO
Currently, Kirk is second on the team with 14.7 points per game. He also added 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 40.5 percent from the field. He has also recorded 51 total assists and 37 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 131 blocks in his career, which moves him into sixth all-time in program history. 

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

GAVIN CHARGE
Throughout his career, senior forward/guard Gavin Block has drawn 86 charges. 

OHIO IN THE MAC -TEAM
In the Mid-American Conference, the Bobcats currently rank sixth in rebounding offense (38.0), sixth in rebounding defense (35.1), third in rebounding margin (+2.8), sixth in offensive rebounds (11.4), fifth in defensive rebounds (26.5) and second in defensive rebounding percentage (.756). 

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 (7.2).

Kirk is fourth in steals (1.7), while Taylor is first in blocked shots (1.8) and fifth in offensive rebounds (3.0). 

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Ohio has registered an impressive 507-165 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.

In four-plus seasons under Phillips, Ohio has gone 55-23 (.708) at home. 

This season the Bobcats are in impressive 9-3 inside the Convo. 

500 W'S IN THE CONVO
Not only is this the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Convocation Center, but another milestone was set on Nov. 12. 

With Ohio's win over Campbell, the Bobcats reached 500 victories inside the Convo. 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats starts their two-game road trip on Saturday, Feb. 16 when Ohio heads to Mount Pleasant, Mich. to take on Central Michigan. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m.

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