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Ohio Men’s Basketball Returns Home to Take on Radford Saturday

Ohio Men’s Basketball Returns Home to Take on Radford Saturday


SATURDAY, Dec. 8, 2018
3:30 p.m. | Ohio (5-3) vs. Radford (6-2) | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio |Watch ESPNLive Stats Listen | Ohio Notes | Radford Notes

ATHENS, Ohio --The Ohio men's basketball team (5-3) returns to the Convocation Center for the last time before the holiday break on Saturday, Dec. 8, when the Bobcats play host to Radford (6-2). Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. and will follow the women's basketball game that is set to begin at 1 p.m. 

Saturday's game will be shown on ESPN3 with 'Voice of the Bobcats'Russ Eisenstein and Toni Roesch on the call. The contest will also be broadcast on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with Marty Bannister and Rob Cornelius on the call. Radio pregame coverage is set to begin at 3 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'

Radford enters the contest the Bobcats with an overall record of 6-2. This season the Highlanders have defeated Notre Dame and #17 Texas on the road. 

Overall, Radford is averaging 77.1 points per game, while shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from three-point range and 73.0 percent from the free throw line. The Highlanders also grab an average of 36.6 rebounds per game to go along with 14.6 assists, 6.0 steals and 3.6 blocks. Radford is holding opponents to 67.1 points per game, while forcing them to turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per game. 

Individually, the Highlanders are led by Carlik Jones who is averaging 16.0 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per contest. Jones is shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the free throw line, while also dishing out 28 total assists. Ed Polite, Jr. is averaging 12.1 points per game and a team-high 9.8 rebounds a contest. Caleb Tanner is averaging 11.1 points per game and is shooting 49.2 percent from the field, while Travis Fields, Jr. adds 10.7 points a game and is shooting 45.8 percent from three-point range, while dishing out 26 total assists. 

After coming off of a victory over #17 Texas, Radford fell to James Madison, 73-66 on Dec. 4 in Harrisonburg, Va. 

In that game, Radford shot 47.3 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from three-point range and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Highlanders also grabbed 24 rebounds, dished out 14 assists and had three blocks and 10 steals. Meanwhile, JMU shot 48.1 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from three-point range and 61.1 percent from the free throw line. They also grabbed 36 rebounds, dished out 11 assists and had two blocks and five steals, however they did turn 10 Radford turnovers into 15 points. 

Individually, Carlik Jones led Radford with 15 points, going 7-of-16 from the field and 1-of-4 from beyond the arc, while grabbing a team-high six boards. Mawdo Sallah and Caleb Tanner both scored nine points, while Ed Polite, Jr. scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds, and Travis Fields, Jr. scored 12 points and dished out a team-high six assists. 

This is the fifth all-time meeting between Ohio and Radford, with the Bobcats leading the series, 3-1. 

The last time Ohio and Radford squared off was on Dec. 2, 1997 in Radford Va., where the Highlanders came away with the 72-63 overtime victory. 

Prior to that, the Bobcats had won the previous three meetings, all in Athens. 

The Bobcats are coming off of an 82-61 defeat at the hands of Xavier on Wednesday, Dec. 5 inside the Cintas Center. 

Leading the Bobcats was redshirt sophomore Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio), who scored 17 points, going 6-of-12 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 4-of-6 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) finished the game with 11 points, going 4-of-11 from the field, 1-of-2 from beyond the arc and 2-of-4 from the free throw line, while grabbing a team-high six rebounds and dishing out four assists. Senior forward Doug Taylor (Columbus, Ohio) finished the game with nine points and two blocks, while freshman guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) finished with nine points, going 4-for-4 from the field.

Overall, the Bobcats finished the game shooting 46.0 percent (23-of-50) from the field, 37.5 percent (6-of-16) and 60.0 percent (9-of-15) from the free throw line, while Xavier shot 57.4 percent (31-54) from the field, 42.1 percent (8-of-19) form the field and 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from the free throw line. The Musketeers outrebounded the Bobcats 33-23 and dished out 16 assists compared to Ohio's 13. The Bobcats however did collect 10 steals to Xavier's eight, while Both teams had two blocks each. The Bobcats forced Xavier to turn the ball over 16 times, scoring 19 points off of them, while Xavier scored 25 points off of Ohio miscues.

The Bobcats enter the matchup with Radford with an overall record of 5-3. 

Eight games into the season, Ohio is averaging 77.0 points per game. They are shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from three-point range and 67.6 from the free throw line. The Bobcats are also averaging 42.1 rebounds a contest to go along with 16.4 assists, 8.5 steals and 4.1 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jason Carter is averaging 19.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He is shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. Meanwhile, Teyvion Kirk is adding 15.6 points per game 6.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. 

Ben Vander Plas is averaging 11.3 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 47.8 from the field and 34.1 percent from beyond the arc. 

Doug Taylor is leading the Bobcats with 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, while Gavin Block is now shooting a team-leading 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. 

Doug Taylor, who currently registers 107 blocks in his career, which ties him for ninth all-time with Reggie Keely for career blocks. 

Taylor needs 12 more blocks to move into eighth place, which is currently held by Antonio Campbell. 

In the Mid-American Conference, the Bobcats currently rank second in rebounding offense (42.1), second in rebounding margin (+8.5), fourth in offensive rebounds (13.1), third in defensive rebounds (29.0) and first in defensive rebounding percentage (.784). 

Ohio is also second in steals (8.5) and fifth in blocked shots (4.1) and fourth in assists (16.0). 

Individually, Carter is currently third in the MAC in scoring (19.3) and tied for ninth in rebounds (7.5), while Taylor is eighth in rebounding (7.8) and tied for sixth in field goal percentage (.583). 

Kirk is tied for fifth in steals (1.9), while Taylor is second in blocked shots (2.1) and seventh in offensive rebounds (3.1). Carter sits 10th in defensive rebounds (5.0), while Kirk is tied for seventh in minutes played (31.9).

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

Ohio has registered an impressive 503-161 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.

In four-plus seasons under Phillips, Ohio has gone 51-19 (.708) at home. 

The Bobcats have already reached the 90-point mark in 2018-19. Ohio is 15-2 when scoring at least 90 points under Phillips.

In 2017-18 Ohio scored at least 90 points six times. 

The Bobcats reached the 100-point mark on Dec. 1 against Marshall, when Ohio won the game, 101-84. 

It was the first time since Feb. 27, 2016 (Buffalo), that the Bobcats have scored at least 100 points in a game. 

Ohio 85-82 overtime victory on Nov. 24 was the first OT win of the season. Ohio is now 66-47 all-time in overtime game and is 32-18 all-time in OT games inside the Convo. 

On the road, the Bobcats are 26-24 in OT and 7-6 in neutral site games. 

Ohio is 8-8 all-time in 2OT games, 0-2 in 3OT games and 1-2 in 4 OT games. 

The Bobcats are 4-2 all-time in overtime games in Phillips. 

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

The Bobcats will take a week off for finals and then return to action on Saturday, Dec. 15 when the Bobcats head to Detroit, Mich. for a matchup with Detroit Mercy. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+.


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