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Ohio Men’s Basketball Set to Host Bowling Green Saturday Afternoon

Ohio Men’s Basketball Set to Host Bowling Green Saturday Afternoon

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 • GAME 16
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2019 | 1 p.m. EST | Ohio (9-6, 1-1 MAC) vs. Bowling Green (10-1, 1-1 MAC) | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | ESPN+ | Live Stats | Listen | Ohio Notes | BGSU Notes |Tickets

PROMOTION: Ohio Faculty/Staff can claim up to two free tickets for the game by presenting their Faculty/Staff ID at the ticket window with additional tickets can be purchased for $10/seat. Faculty/Staff members can also purchase $1 Popcorn at the concession stands by presenting their faculty/staff ID AND Students can come by pre-game to get FREE Taco Bell. 

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio men's basketball team (9-6, 1-1 MAC) continues Mid-American Conference play on Saturday, Jan. 11 when the Bobcats host Bowling Green (10-5, 1-1 MAC) in Athens. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Saturday's game can be seen on ESPN+ where Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will have the call. 

Saturday's game can be heard on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College where Marty Bannister will have the call. 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.

STORY LINES
• This is the 148th all-time meeting between Ohio and Bowling Green. 
• BGSU leads the all-time series, 78-69. 
• The Bobcats and BGSU last met last season on Feb. 22, 2019 where Ohio defeated the then MAC-leading Falcons, 92-87 in overtime inside the Convo. 
• Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently fifth in the nation in total assists and fourth in assists per game.  
• Ohio is coming off of a 74-68 victory over EMU on Jan. 7. 
• Ohio has a 513-457 all-time record in MAC Play.  
•  Ohio has registered an impressive 513-169 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.
Jordan Dartis is currently ranked second all-time in Ohio history in made three-pointers with 275. He is 15 away from tying Nick Kellogg with 290 made threes and 16 away from setting the new program record. 

SCOUTING BOWLING GREEN
BGSU enters the matchup with the Bobcats with a 10-5 record and a 1-1 mark in MAC play.  The Falcons are coming off of a 78-76 victory at home to Miami on Jan. 7.

Overall, Bowling Green averages 75.5 points per game, while shooting 41.9 percent from the field, 31.9 percent from three-point range and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Falcons also average 41.0 rebounds, 13.1 assists and 6.0 steals per game. BGSU also averages 2.7 blocks and 10.8 turnovers per game. 

Opponents are averaging 71.9 points and 39.2 rebounds a game, while shooting 40.4 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from three-point range and 65.7 percent from the free throw line. Opponents average 12.1 assists, 13.4 turnovers, 5.3 steals and 2.8 blocks per game. 

Individually, Justin Turner leads Bowling Green with 17.3 points per game and is shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 96.9 percent from the free throw line. Dylan Frye adds 14.1 points per game and is shooting 31.4 percent from three-point range. Daeqwon Plowden adds 13.1 points and team-leading 8.0 rebounds a game. 

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 9-6 on the season and 1-1 in MAC play after defeating to Eastern Michigan, 74-68 on Jan. 7 inside the Convocation Center. 

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 71.4 points, 35.0 rebounds, 15.7 assists and 6.9 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting .455 from the field, .353 from three-point range and .679 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 67.4 points, 32.7 rebounds, 11.3 assists and 6.5 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 41.1 percent from the field, 32.9 percent from three-point range and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is averaging 13.5 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 13.6 times a game.  

Jason Preston leads the Bobcats with 15.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. Jordan Dartis adds 15.2 points per game and is shooting 40.6 percent from the field, while Ben Vander Plas averages 13.7 points per game and 7.1 rebounds, while shooting 50.7 percent from the field. 

ALL TIME VS. BGSU
This is the 148th all-time meeting between Ohio and Bowling Green. 

BGSU leads the all-time series, 78-69. 

LAST TIME VS. BGSU 
The Bobcats and BGSU last met last season on Feb. 22, 2019 where Ohio defeated the then MAC-leading Falcons, 92-87 in overtime inside the Convo. 

THE JAY PRESTON SHOW
Through 15 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 is averaging 15.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.7 assists, while shooting 49.1 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. 

Preston was named the MAC East Player of the Week for the third time this season on Dec 30.  

OHIO IN THE NCAA
Jason Preston is currently fifth in the nation in total assists and fourth in assists per game. Preston is also ranked ninth in minutes per game. 

Jordan Dartis enters the week ranked eighth in nation in three-point field goals per game and 26th in total 3-point field goals made. 

As a team, Ohio ranks 51st in total assists, 45th in assists per games and 66th in assist/turnover ratio. 

IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are second in field goal percentage, first in rebounding defense and second in total assists. 

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

Jordan Dartis is first in the conference in three-pointers made.  Ben Vander Plas ranks seventh in the MAC in field goal percentage. 

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

Vander Plas is averaging 13.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 50.7 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 15.2 points per game, while shooting 40.6 percent from the field and 40.7 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. 

On Jan. 7 against EMU, Dartis caught fire once again, leading the Bobcats to victory with 26 points and eight made threes.  

MURRELL RETURNS
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 following game and Jan. 7 against EMU, Murrell was solid again, grabbing a career-high eight rebounds and dishing out a career-high five assists. 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats hit the road on Tuesday, Jan. 14 when Ohio heads to Amherst, N.Y. to take on Buffalo. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Alumni Arena. 

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