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Ohio Men’s Basketball Set for Sunday Matchup Against Tennessee Tech

Ohio Men’s Basketball Set for Sunday Matchup Against Tennessee Tech

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 • GAME 10
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 | 2 p.m. EST | Ohio (6-3) vs. Tennesese Tech (3-6) | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | Listen | ESPN3 | Ohio Notes | Tennessee Tech Notes | Tickets 

PROMOTION: Holiday/Ugly Sweater Day: Santa hats for the first 200 fans. Students are encouraged to wear their best ugly sweaters and Santa outfits to the game for your chance to win 12-prizes in game. Post game autograph session. 

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team (6-3) returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 8 when the Bobcats host Tennessee Tech (3-6). Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.   Sunday's game can be seen on ESPN3 where Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will have the call. Sunday's game can be heard on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College. where Marty Bannister will have the call. 

WXTQ (Power 105) in Athens returns as the 11-station network's flagship. The broadcasts are also available online through TuneIn.com/OhioBobcats and on the TuneIn app.

STORYLINES
• This is the second all-time meeting between the Bobcats and Tennessee Tech. 
• Ohio is 1-0 all-time against the Golden Eagle. 
• The Bobcats and Tennessee Tech last met on Nov. 25, 2016 when Ohio defeated the Golden Eagles, 68-57 inside the Convocation Center. 
• Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently second in the nation in total assists and fourth in assists per game (8.7). 
• Ohio is coming off of a 90-51 victory over Rio Grande on Dec. 4 inside the Convo. 
• Ohio has registered an impressive 512-167 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.
• The Bobcats will now on the third game of a six-game homestand through the month of December. 

SCOUTING TENNESSEE TECH
Tennessee Tech enters the matchup with the Bobcats with a 3-6 overall record and are coming off of an 86-47 win victory against Reinhardt on Dec. 2. 

Tennessee Tech averages 61.7 points per game, while shooting 40.6 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from three-point range and 66.3 percent from the free throw line. The Golden Eagles average 36.8 rebounds, 12.6 assists, 6.0 steals and 2.9 blocks per game, while also turning the ball over an average of 17.6 times a contest. 

Opponents are averaging 66.6 points per game, while shotting 42.9 percent from the field, 31.5 percent from three-point range and 69.0 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are averaging 35.1 rebounds, 12.9 assists, 84. steals and 3.1 blocks per game, while turning the ball over an average of 14.4 times per game. 

Leading the Golden Eagles is Hunter Vick who averages 9.2 points per game, while shotting 41.7 percent from the field. Amadou Sylla adds 8.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, while Keishawn Davidson adds 8.5 points and 37 total assists. 

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 6-3 on the season after defeating Rio Grande, 90-81, on Dec. 4  in Athens. 

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 73.7 points, 34.3 rebounds, 16.2 assists and 7.0 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting .475 from the field, .374 from three-point range and .689 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 67.1 points, 32.7 rebounds, 11.1 assists and 6.1 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 40.0 percent from the field, 32.0 percent from three-point range and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is averaging 13.8 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 13.8 times a game.  

Jason Preston leads the Bobcats with 16.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game. Jordan Dartis adds 12.9 points per game and is shooting 39.1 percent from the field, while Ben Vander Plas averages 12.8 points per game and 5.7 rebounds, while Sylvester Ogbonda averages a team-leading 6.3 boards per game. 

THE JAY PRESTON SHOW
Through nine games, point guard Jason Preston is on fire.

Preston scored 11 points, while setting a new career-high in assists (13) and steals (7) while playing all 40 minutes in Ohio's game against St. Bonaventure on Nov. 5. 

Preston's seven steals was the first 7+ steals game for a Bobcat since 2010 when D.J. Cooper has eight against St. Bonaventure. 

Preston was masterful on Nov. 13 at Iona. Scoring a career high 27 points, going 10-of-17 from the field, 2-of-4 from three-point range and 5-of-5 from the free throw line. He also grabbed a team-leading and career-high 14 rebounds, dished out five assists and had two steals. 

So far this season, Preston has averaged 16.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 8.7 assists, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. 

Preston was named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 18 for his play the week of Nov. 11. 

On Nov. 22 against Utah, Preston score 21 points, going 8-of-16 from the field, while dishing out four assists. 

On Nov. 30 against Detroit Mercy, Preston finished the game with 20 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists. On Dec. 4 against Rio Grande, Preston tied his career-high with 13 assists. 

OHIO IN THE NCAA
Jason Preston is currently fourth in the nation in total assists and fourth in assists per game and fifth in assists. 

Jordan Dartis enters the week ranked 17th in nation in three-point field goals per game. 

IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are first in field goal percentage and second in three-point field goal percentage. Ohio is second in rebounding defense and second in total assists. 

Jason Preston in first in the conference in assists and in minutes played. He is also sixth in the conference in scoring and fourth in field goal percentage. 

Jordan Dartis is third in the conference in three-pointers made per game. 

THREES FOR DAYS
Jordan Dartis is currently ranked fourth all-time in Ohio history in made three-pointers with 258. He is two away from moving into third all-time and is 32 away from tying Nick Kellogg with 290 made threes. 

Dartis is also first in Ohio history with a career .444 three-point field goal percentage. 

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Ohio has registered an impressive 512-167 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.

UP NEXT
The Bobcats will take a week off for finals before returning to action on Tuesday, Dec. 17 when the Bobcats host Big 10 opponent Purdue for some late-night action in the Convo. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. and cam be seen on ESPN2. 

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