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Ohio Men’s Basketball Set for Matchup with No.10 Villanova 

Ohio Men’s Basketball Set for Matchup with No.10 Villanova 

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Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019
12 p.m. EST | Ohio (3-0) at No. 10 Villanova (1-1) | Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, Pa. | Live Stats | FoxSportsGo | Listen | Ohio Notes | Villanova Notes

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio men's basketball team (3-0) looks to continue its hot start when they head to Philadelphia, Pa. on Saturday, Nov. 16 to take on No. 10 Villanova (1-1). Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. inside the Wells Fargo Center.  Saturday's contest will be aired on FS2 with Scott Graham and Vin Parise on the call. Saturday's game can also be heard on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College. Russ Eisenstein returns for his 12th season as the "Voice of the Bobcats," along with Ohio Alum Rob Cornelius.  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.

• This is the second all-time meeting between Ohio and Villanova, with the Wildcats leading the series, 1-0. 
• Ohio and Villanova last met in the 1939-40 season where Ohio fell on the road to the Wildcats, 49-44. 
• Ohio is 3-0 to open the season for the first time since the 2016-17 season when the Bobcats began 4-0. 
• It is only the third time since the 2012-13 season that Ohio is 3-0 to open the season. 
• Ohio is 11-54 all time against teams in the Top-25. 
• Ohio is 2-27 all time against teams ranked in the Top-10
• Villanova is the first of three current ranked teams that Ohio will face this season (Villanova, Baylor, Purdue). 
• The Bobcats have not defeated a ranked team since March 16, 2012 when they defeated #14 Michigan in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. The last regular season win over a ranked opponent was Dec. 4, 1998 at #11 Syracuse. 
• Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently first in the nation in double doubles (3), second in the nation in total assists (29) and third in the nation in assists per game (9.7).
• The Ohio men's basketball team has added Colin Granger and Jalen White to the 2020-21 roster during the early signing period,
• Ohio enters its first season under new head coach Jeff Boals. Boals, a 1995 Ohio Alum, comes to the Bobcats after spending the last three seasons at Stony Brook. 
• Ohio returns seven players from last year's squad, including MAC Freshman of the Year Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) and MAC All-Freshman Team member, Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.).
• Redshirt senior Jordan Dartis (Newark, Ohio) returns to the court after missing all of 2018-19 with a hip injury. Dartis enters the season with 231 career three-pointers, which places him fifth all-time in Ohio history. 
• Ohio welcomes seven new comers to the roster including six freshmen and Sylvester Ogbonda (Port Harcourt, Nigeria), a graduate transfer from Georgia Tech. 

Villanova welcomes Ohio after falling to Ohio State on Nov. 13, 76-51. Overall, the Wildcats are 1-1 after defeating Army to open the season. 

Through two games, Villanova is averaging 74.0 points per game, while shooting .420 from the field, .367 from three-point range and .696 from the free throw line. The Wildcats are also averaging 44.5 rebounds per game to go along with 4.5 steals, 4.0 blocks and 16.0 assists per game. 

Opponents are averaging 65.0 points per game and are shooting .439 from the field, .348 from three-point range and .636 from the free throw line. Opponents are also averaging 30.5 rebounds, 14.5 assists, 7.5 steals and 4.5 blocks per game. 

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl leads the Wildcats with 16.0 points per game, while going 12-of-25 from the field and grabbing a team-high 9.5 rebounds per game. Cole Swider adds 14.5 points per game while going 10-of-16 from the field. Saddiq Bey, Jermain Samuels and Collin Gillespie all average double figures as well. 

The Bobcats are 3-0 to open the season after defeating Iona, 81-72 on Nov. 13. 

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 78.0 points, 33.7 rebounds, 19.0 assists and 8.3 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting .512 from the field, .459 from three-point range and .653 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 58.3 points, 30.7 rebounds, 10.7 assists and 7.3 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 37.3 percent from the field, 27.0 percent from three-point range and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is averaging 14.3 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 16.3 times a game.  

Although it's only three 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. 

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 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 9.6 assists, while shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three-point range. 

Through three games the Bobcats featured in the top-20 in a few NCAA categories. 

Ohio is ranked nine in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (45.9), 13th in total three-pointers (34), 15th in three-point field goals per game (11.3) and 19th in assists per game (19.0) and total assists (57.0). 

Meanwhile, Jason Preston is currently first in the nation in double doubles (3), second in the nation in total assists (29) and third in the nation in assists per game (9.7).

The Bobcats are second in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage. Ohio is third in field goal percentage defense and second in rebounding defense. Ohio is also second in assists.

Jason Preston in fifth in the conference in rebounding, first in assists, fourth in steals and second in defensive rebounds. 

Nolan Foster is first in field goal percentage (.900), while Ben Vander Plas is fifth in field goal percentage, and third in three-point field goal percentage. 

Two games into the season and redshirt sophomore forwards Ben Vander Plas is picking up where he left off last season. 

Vander Plas is averaging 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 65.2 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from three-point range. 

Jordan Dartis enters the season ranked fourth all-time in Ohio history in made three-pointers with 240. He is 50 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. 

The Bobcats head to Conway, S.C. for the 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational Nov. 21-24. Ohio will open the tournament Thursday, Nov. 21 when they take on Baylor at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.