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Ohio Men's Basketball to Take on Utah on Friday at Myrtle Beach Invitational

Ohio Men's Basketball to Take on Utah on Friday at Myrtle Beach Invitational

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Friday, Nov. 21, 2019
7:30 p.m. EST | Ohio (3-2) vs. Utah (3-1) | Myrtle Beach Invitational | HTC Center | Conway, S.C. | ESPNNews | Live Stats | WatchESPN | Listen | Ohio Notes 

CONWAY, S.C. -- The Ohio men's basketball team (3-2) continues play at the 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational Nov. 22 in Conway, S.C. The Bobcat's will take on Utah (3-1) on Friday, Nov. 22. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. inside the HTC Center. Friday's contest will be aired on ESPNNews with Rich Hollenberg and Fran Fraschilla on the call. 

Friday'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 first meeting between the Bobcats and the Bears.  
• Ohio is 0-1 all-time against Utah. 
• The Bobcats and Utah last met on Dec. 18, 1973 where the Bobcats fell 71-68.  
• Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently fourth in the nation in total assists.
Jason Preston was named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 18 for his play the week of Nov. 11. 
• The final game on Sunday, Nov. 24 could see Ohio face off with either Tulane, Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee St. or Villanova. 
• Ohio is coming off of a 76-53 loss at the hands of No. 24 Baylor Thursday in game one of the Myrtle Beach Invitational. 

Baylor: 0-1
Coastal Carolina: First Meeting
Middle Tenn.: 2-0 (Last Meeting: 2009-10)
Mississippi St.: First Meeting
Tulane: 1-0 (Last Meeting: 1976-77)
Utah: 0-1: (Last Meeting: 1973-74)
Villanova: 0-2 (Last Meeting: Nov. 16, 2019)
Ohio is a combined 3-4 against possible opponents. 

Utah enters the matchup with the Bobcats with an overall record of 3-1 and are coming off of a 79-57 loss at the hands of Coastal Carolina on Nov. 21 in its first game at the Myrtle Beach Invitational.

Overall, Utah averages 88.0 points per game, while shooting 50. 2 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from three-point range and 66.0 percent from the free throw line. Utah averages 51.0 rebounds per game, while dishing out 18.3 assists, 3.5 steals and 3.3 blocks per game. The Utes also force 13.8 turnovers a game. 

Opponents are averaging 67.8 points per game and are shooting 36.4 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from three-point range and 58.1 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are averaging 35.0 rebounds, 12.5 assists, 8.3 steals and 5.3 blocks per game. Opponents also turn the ball over an average of 10.0 times per game. 

Timmy Allen leads Utah with 20.8 points per game and is shooting 57.4 percent from the field, while also grabbing 8.5 rebounds a game. Both Gach adds 14.5 points a game, while Riley Battin averages 10.8 points a game. 

The Bobcats are 3-2 on the season after falling to No. 24 Baylor, 76-53 Thursday in the first game of the 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational. 

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 68.2 points, 35.0 rebounds, 16.0 assists and 6.8 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting .458 from the field, .374 from three-point range and .606 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 65.8 points, 34.0 rebounds, 12.0 assists and 8.0 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 38.7 percent from the field, 32.1 percent from three-point range and 75.0 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is averaging 15.6 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 12.8 times a game.   

The 2019 Ohio High School Gatorade Player of the Year, Ben Roderick, made his Ohio debut on Nov. 21 against No. 24 Baylor. 

In the game, Roderick scored nine points, going 3-of-9 from the field and 3-of-7 from three-point range. Roderick grabbing one rebound, dished out two assists and had two steals. 

The Bobcats wrap up play at the 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational on Sunday, Nov. 24. Opponent and time are currently TBA.