ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio men's and women's basketball teams will host a Bobcats on the Blacktop event prior to the Homecoming football game. The event will begin at 12:30 and feature the coaches and players of both the men's and women's basketball teams and is free for all to attend.
The event will take place at the Bobcat Nation Pavilion next to Peden Stadium and Walter Fieldhouse. Fans and students will have the opportunity to meet with head coach Jeff Boals, head coach Bob Boldon and the players of both teams during the event.
Free Steak 'n Shake will be available to students who attend the event. Students will have the chance to play in various shooting games with the teams with a chance to win Ohio basketball gear.
The Ohio men's basketball team enters their season under Boals and will return MAC Freshman of the Year and MAC All-Freshman Team member Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wisc.), along with fellow All-Freshman Team member Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.). Ohio will welcome seven newcomers to the roster: freshmen Ben Roderick (Columbus, Ohio), Marvin Price (Baltimore, Md.), Miles Brown (Rochester, N.Y.), Michael Brown (Rochester, N.Y.), Lunden McDay (Akron, Ohio), Nolan Foster (Mattawan, Mich.) and graduate transfer Sylvester Ogbonda (Port Harcourt, Nigeria).
The Ohio women's basketball team is coming off an historic 30-win season. Ohio returns the MAC Freshman and Sixth Player of the Year (Erica Johnson), the MAC Defensive Player of the Year (Cece Hooks) and three All-MAC winners (Johnson, Hooks and Amani Burke). Ohio advanced to the round of eight of the Women's National Invitation Tournament last season.