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Ohio Men’s Basketball Looks to Bounce Back Against Morehead State on Saturday

Ohio Men’s Basketball Looks to Bounce Back Against Morehead State on Saturday

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 • GAME 12
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 | 1 p.m. EST | Ohio (7-4) vs. Morehead State (5-6) | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | Live Stats | Listen | Ohio Notes | Morehead State Notes | Tickets 

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 21 when the Bobcats host Morehead State. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. 

Due to the holiday break, the game will not be streamed, however, Saturday's game can 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 25th all-time meeting between Ohio and Morehead State. 
• Ohio leads the all-time series, 17-7. 
• The Bobcats and Morehead State last met on March 23, 2016 in the CBI in Athens, Ohio. The Bobcats fell to the Eagles, 77-72. 
• The last time Ohio and Morehead State squared off in the regular season was Dec. 7 1988 when the Bobcats won, 87-72 in Athens. 
•  Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently fourth in the nation in total assists and fourth in assists per game (8.6). 
• Ohio is coming off of an 69-51 loss against Purdue on Dec. 17 inside the Convocation Center. 
• Ohio has registered an impressive 511-168 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.
•  The Bobcats are now on game five of their six-game homestand to close out December. 

SCOUTING MOREHEAD STATE
Morehead State enters the game with a 5-6 overall record and are coming off of an 89-62 loss against Marshall on Dec. 16. 

Overall, Morehead State averages 67.8 points and 38.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 43.6 percent from the field, 28.4 percent from three-point range and 59.9 percent from the free throw line. Morehead State is also averaging 13.5 assists, 13.8 turnovers, 7.3 steals and 4.3 blocks per game. 

Opponents are averaging 67.2 points and 36.3 rebounds a game, while shooting 40.6 percent from the field, 31.1 percent from three-point range and 69.0 percent from the free throw line. Opponents average 12.2 assists, 14.0 turnovers, 6.6 steals and 4.5 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jordan Walker leads the way with 13.1 points per game, while shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 24.6 percent from three-point range. James Baker averages 10.5 points per game, while Justin Thomas adds 8.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and is shooting 50.6 percent from the field. 

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 7-4 on the season after falling to Purdue, 69-51 on Dec. 17. 

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 72.3 points, 34.6 rebounds, 16.3 assists and 7.0 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting .468 from the field, .362 from three-point range and .678 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 66.1 points, 32.5 rebounds, 11.2 assists and 6.2 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from three-point range and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is averaging 13.6 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 13.8 times a game.  

Jason Preston leads the Bobcats with 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. Jordan Dartis adds 13.2 points per game and is shooting 37.1 percent from the field, while Ben Vander Plas averages 12.6 points per game and 6.2 rebounds, while Sylvester Ogbonda averages a team-leading 6.3 boards per game. 

LAST TIME VS. MOREHEAD STATE
This is the 25th all-time meeting between Ohio and Morehead State and Ohio leads the all-time series, 17-7. 

The Bobcats and Morehead State last met on March 23, 2016 in the CBI in Athens, Ohio. The Bobcats fell to the Eagles, 77-72. 

The last time Ohio and Morehead State squared off in the regular season was Dec. 7 1988 when the Bobcats won, 87-72 in Athens. 

THE JAY PRESTON SHOW
Through 11 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 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 8.3 assists, while shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 75.0 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. 

On Nov. 30 against Detroit Mercy, Preston finished the game with 20 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists. 

On Dec. 8 against Tennessee Tech, Preston finished the day with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. 

Preston was named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week for the second time this season on Dec 9. 

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

Jordan Dartis enters the week ranked 38th in nation in three-point field goals per game. 

IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are first in field goal percentage and third in three-point field goal percentage. Ohio is second in rebounding defense and third in total assists. 

Jason Preston in first in the conference in assists and in minutes played. He is also fifth in the conference in scoring.

Jordan Dartis is second in the conference in three-pointers. 

BVP BACK FOR ROUND TWO
11 games into the season and redshirt sophomore forwards Ben Vander Plas is picking up where he left off last season. 

Vander Plas is averaging 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 53.1 percent from the field. 

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. 

On Dec. 8 against Tennessee Tech, Vander Plas led the way with 21 points, going 8-of-16 from the field and 3-of-7 from three-point range, while grabbing 11 rebounds, dishing out four assists and grabbing four steals. 

Vander Plas was named the MAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Week on Dec. 12. 

THREES FOR DAYS
Jordan Dartis is currently ranked third all-time in Ohio history in made three-pointers with 261. He is 29 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. 

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Ohio has registered an impressive 511-168 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.

UP NEXT
The Bobcats wrap up the non-conference slate on Sunday, Dec. 29 when the Bobcats host Campbell. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. 

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