OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 • GAME 15
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2019 | 7 p.m. EST | Ohio (8-6, 0-1 MAC) vs. Eastern Michigan (10-4, 0-1 MAC) | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | ESPN+ | Live Stats | Listen | Ohio Notes | EMU Notes |Tickets
ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team (8-6, 0-1 MAC) continues Mid-American Conference play on Tuesday, Jan. 7 when the Bobcats host Eastern Michigan (10-4, 0-1 MAC) in Athens. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Tuesday's game can be seen on ESPN+ where Marty Bannister and Jim Scoby will have the call.
Tuesday'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.
• This is the 77th all-time meeting between Ohio and Eastern Michigan.
• Ohio leads the all-time series, 50-26
• The Bobcats and EMU last met last season on Feb. 12, 2019 where Ohio fell to the Eagles, 66-57.
• The Bobcats last defeated EMU at home on Feb. 16, 2016.
• Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently fifth in the nation in total assists and fifth in assists per game.
• Ohio is coming off of a 77-65 loss at Western Michigan on Jan. 4 in Kalamazoo.
• Ohio has a 512-457 all-time record in MAC Play.
• Ohio has registered an impressive 512-169 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.
• Jordan Dartis is currently ranked third all-time in Ohio history in made three-pointers with 269. He is 21 away from tying Nick Kellogg with 290 made threes.
SCOUTING EASTERN MICHIGAN
EMU enters the matchup with the Bobcats with a 10-4 record and a 0-1 mark in MAC play. The Eagles are coming off of a 69-45 loss at home against Akron on Jan. 4.
Overall, Eastern Michigan averages 66.3 points per game, while shooting 42.2 percent from the field, 30.2 percent from three-point range and 63.9 percent from the free throw line. The Eagles also average 34.9 rebounds, 10.8 assists, 11.4 steals, which leads the nation. EMU also averages 3.1 blocks and 15.5 turnovers per game.
Opponents are averaging 61.3 points and 34.6 rebounds a game, while shooting 40.8 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from three-point range and 63.1 percent from the free throw line. Opponents average 12.8 assists, 19.6 turnovers, 7.2 steals and 2.9 blocks per game.
Individually, Ty Groce leads the Eagles with 12.2 points per game, while shooting 40.8 percent from the field. Noah Morgan adds 9.9 points a game, while Boubacar Toure averages 9.5 points and a team-leading 8.4 boards a game.
The Bobcats are 8-6 on the season and 0-1 in MAC play after falling to Western Michigan, 77-65 on Jan. 4 in the MAC opener on the road.
Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 71.2 points, 35.0 rebounds, 15.4 assists and 6.6 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting .455 from the field, .343 from three-point range and .691 from the free throw line.
Ohio is holding opponents to 67.4 points, 32.7 rebounds, 11.32 assists and 5.8 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from three-point range and 79.0 percent from the free throw line.
Ohio is averaging 13.0 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 13.0 times a game.
Jason Preston leads the Bobcats with 15.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game. Jordan Dartis adds 14.3 points per game and is shooting 39.7 percent from the field, while Ben Vander Plas averages 13.9 points per game and 7.1 rebounds, while shooting 51.4 percent from the field.
ALL TIME VS. EMU
This is the 77th all-time meeting between Ohio and Eastern Michigan.
Ohio leads the all-time series, 50-26.
LAST TIME VS. EMU
The Bobcats and EMU last met last season on Feb. 12, 2019 where Ohio fell to the Eagles, 66-57.
THE JAY PRESTON SHOW
Through 14 games, point guard Jason Preston is on fire.
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 is averaging 15.6 points, 6.20rebounds and 7.9 assists, while shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 75.8 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.
Preston was named the MAC East Player of the Week for the third time this season on Dec 30.
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.
After sustaining an injury on Nov. 30 against Detroit Mercy, Roderick returned to the court on Jan. 4 at Western Michigan, where he scored six points in 21 minutes
OHIO IN THE NCAA
Jason Preston is currently fifth in the nation in total assists and assists per game. Preston is also ranked ninth in minutes per game.
Jordan Dartis enters the week ranked 20th in nation in three-point field goals per game.
As a team, Ohio ranks 95th in total assists, 53rd in assists per games and 55th in assist/turnover ratio.
IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are second in field goal percentage and rebounding defense and second in total assists.
Jason Preston in first in the conference in assists and in minutes played. He is also seventh in the conference in scoring and eighth in steals.
BVP BACK FOR ROUND TWO
14 games into the season and redshirt sophomore forwards Ben Vander Plas is picking up where he left off last season.
Vander Plas is averaging 13.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 51.8 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.
On Dec. 21 against Morehead State, Vander Plas was clutch, tying his career-high with 24 points while also recording 11 rebounds in the victory.
JORDY'S BACK, TELL A FRIEND
Jordan Dartis made his return to the court on Nov. 5 against St. Bonaventure. The game marked his first season game on the court since March 5, 2018.
In the game, Dartis scored 19 points, hitting three threes and going 7-of-15 from the field.
On Nov. 13 at Iona, Dartis scored 13 points and went 3-of-9 from the field.
On Nov. 24 against Middle Tennessee State, Dartis went off, finishing the game with a season-high 32 points, going 9-of-18 from the field, 8-of-13 from three-point range and 6-of-8 from the free throw line, while grabbing two rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Dartis continued his hot streak on Nov. 30 against Detroit Mercy when he scored 26 points, 18 of while came in the first four minute of the game.
Dartis was named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 2.
So far this season, Dartis is averaging 14.3 points per game, while shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from three-point range.
On Dec. 21 against Morehead State, Dartis was on fire, leading the Bobcats with 25 points while hitting five threes in the Bobcats' victory.
After miss all of the non-conference slate with an injury, redshirt junior forward Connor Murrell returned to the Bobcats lineup on Jan. 4 at Western Michigan.
In his first game back, Murrell played 18 minutes and scored seven points while grabbing seven rebounds.
The Bobcats continue MAC play on Saturday, Jan. 11 when Ohio hosts MAC East foe Bowling Green. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and can be seen on ESPN+.