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Ohio Men’s Basketball Concludes Myrtle Beach Invitational Against Middle Tennessee State on Sunday

Ohio Men’s Basketball Concludes Myrtle Beach Invitational Against Middle Tennessee State on Sunday

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 • GAME 7
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019
7:30 p.m. EST | Ohio (3-3) vs. Middle Tennessee State (3-3) | Myrtle Beach Invitational | HTC Center | Conway, S.C. | ESPNNews | Live Stats | WatchESPN Listen | Ohio Notes | MTSU Notes

CONWAY, S.C. -- The Ohio men's basketball team (3-3) concludes play at the 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational Nov. 24 in Conway, S.C. The Bobcat's will take on Middle Tennessee State (3-3) on Sunday, Nov. 24. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. inside the HTC Center. Sunday's contest will be aired on ESPNNews with Rich Hollenberg and Fran Fraschilla on the call. 

Sunday'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.

STORYLINES
• This is the third meeting between the Bobcats and MTSU. 
• Ohio is 2-0 all-time against Middle Tennessee State.
• The Bobcats and MTSU last met on Nov. 15, 2009 where the Bobcats won, 81-68.  
• Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently first in the nation in total assists and ninth in assists per game (7.3). 
• Ohio is coming off of an 80-66 loss at the hands of Utah Friday in game two of the Myrtle Beach Invitational. 
Jason Preston was named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 18 for his play the week of Nov. 11. 

OHIO VS. EVERYONE AT 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: 0-2: (Last Meeting: 1973-73)
Villanova: 0-2 (Last Meeting: Nov. 16, 2019)
Ohio is a combined 3-5 against possible opponents. 

SCOUTING MTSU
Middle Tennessee State enters the matchup with the Bobcats with a 3-3 record and are coming off of an 86-74 loss at the hands of Costal Carolina on Nov. 22 in the Myrtle Beach Invitational. 

Overall, MTSU averages 83.8 points per game, while shooting 48.1 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from three-point range and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. MTSU is also averaging 37.5 rebounds, 17.2 assists, 7.7 steals and 3.5 blocks per game, while turning the ball over an average of 14.8 times a game. 

Opponents are averaging 81.7 points per game, while shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from three-point range and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are also averaging 37.3 rebounds, 14.0 assists, 6.8 steals and 2.8 blocks, while turning the ball over 14.0 times per game. 

Leading MSTU is C.J. Jones who averages 19.3 points and is shooting 54.3 percent from the field and from three-point range. Antonio Green is averaging 18.2 points per game, while Jo'Vontae Millner adds 10.0 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game. 

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 3-3 on the season after falling to Utah, 80-66 Friday in the second game of the 2019 Myrtle Beach Invitational. 

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 67.8 points, 33.8 rebounds, 14.8 assists and 6.3 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting .453 from the field, .354 from three-point range and .640 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 68.2 points, 33.5 rebounds, 11.8 assists and 7.2 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 40.1 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from three-point range and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is averaging 15.3 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 12.8 times a game.  

THE JAY PRESTON SHOW
Through six 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 17.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 72.2 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. 

RODERICK MAKES HIS DEBUT
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. 

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

IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are fourth in field goal percentage and is second in rebounding defense

Jason Preston in first in the conference in assists and in minutes played. 

BVP BACK FOR ROUND TWO
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 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 59.2 percent from the field and 45.0 percent from three-point range. 

On Nov. 16 at No. 10 Villanova, Vander Plas led Ohio with his first double double of the season, scoring 19 points and grabbing 10 boards. 

MCDAY HAS A DAY
On Nov. 21 against No. 24 Baylor, McDay had his best game of his young career. McDay scored 16 points, going 6-of-11 from the field, 1-of-4 from three-point range, 3-of-5 from the free throw line, while grabbing five rebounds in 28 minutes. 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats are back in action after the Thanksgiving holiday when they finally return to Athens on Saturday, Nov. 30 to take on Detroit Mercy. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. 

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