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Ohio Men’s Basketball Heads to Buffalo for Tuesday Night Matchup with the Bulls

Ohio Men’s Basketball Heads to Buffalo for Tuesday Night Matchup with the Bulls

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 • GAME 17
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2019 | 7 p.m. EST | Ohio (9-7, 1-2 MAC) vs. Buffalo (10-6, 1-2 MAC) | Alumni Arena | Amherst, N.Y. | ESPN+ | Live Stats | Listen | Ohio Notes | Buffalo Notes 

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team (9-7, 1-2 MAC) hits the road on Tuesday, Jan. 14 when the Bobcats head north to Amherst, N.Y. to take on Buffalo (10-6, 1-2 MAC). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Alumni Arena. Tuesday's game can be seen on ESPN+ where Paul Peck and Matt Mattia 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.

STORYLINES
• This is the 49th all-time meeting between Ohio and Buffalo. 
• Ohio leads the all-time series, 32-16. 
• The Bobcats and Buffalo last met on March 5, 2019 when the Bobcats pushed the then 19th-ranked Bulls to the edge of defeat, ultimately falling to Buffalo, 82-79 inside the Convo. 
•  Ohio and Buffalo are an even 7-7 head-to-head since the start of the 2011-12 season.
•  Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently fifth in the nation in total assists and sixth in assists per game.  
• Ohio is coming off of an 83-74 loss against Bowling Green on Jan. 11. 
• Ohio has a 513-458 all-time record in MAC Play.  
Jordan Dartis is currently ranked second all-time in Ohio history in made three-pointers with 278. He is 12 away from tying Nick Kellogg with 290 made threes and 13 away from setting the new program record. 

SCOUTING BUFFALO
Buffalo enters the matchup with the Bobcats with a 10-6 record and a 1-2 mark in MAC play.  The Bulls are coming off of an 83-78 victory at Miami on Jan. 11.

Overall, Buffalo averages 79.6 points per game, while shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from three-point range and 62.9 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls also average 41.5 rebounds, 16.4 assists and 8.8 steals per game. Buffalo also averages 4.3 blocks and 14.1 turnovers per game. 

Opponents are averaging 76.9 points and 38.2 rebounds a game, while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from three-point range and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. Opponents average 14.6 assists, 15.3 turnovers, 7.1 steals and 4.3 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jayvon Graves leads Buffalo with 17.2 points per game. Graves adds 5.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three-point range. Davonta Jordan adds 12.9 points per game, while shooting 47.3 percent from the field. Jeenathan Williams averages 10.9 points per game, while Josh Mballa averages 10.5 points and 9.1 rebounds a game. 

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 9-7 on the season and 1-2 in MAC play after falling to Bowling Green, 83-74 on Jan. 11 inside the Convocation Center. 

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 71.6 points, 34.8 rebounds, 15.3 assists and 6.7 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting .456 from the field, .357 from three-point range and .684 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 68.4 points, 33.0 rebounds, 11.3 assists and 6.4 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 42.0 percent from the field, 33.0 percent from three-point range and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is averaging 13.3 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 13.2 times a game.  

Jason Preston leads the Bobcats with 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game. Jordan Dartis adds 14.9 points per game and is shooting 40.4 percent from the field, while Ben Vander Plas averages 14.4 points per game and 7.1 rebounds, while shooting 51.1 percent from the field. 

ALL TIME VS. BUFFALO
This is the 49th all-time meeting between Ohio and Buffalo. 

Ohio leads the all-time series, 32-16. 

Ohio and Buffalo are an even 7-7 head-to-head since the start of the 2011-12 season.

LAST TIME VS. BUFFALO
The Bobcats and Buffalo last met on March 5, 2019 when the Bobcats pushed the then 19th-ranked Bulls to the edge of defeat, ultimately falling to Buffalo, 82-79 inside the Convo. 

THE JAY PRESTON SHOW
Through 16 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, 5.8 rebounds and 7.6 assists, while shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 75.7 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 sixth in assists per game. Preston is also ranked 10th in minutes per game. 

Jordan Dartis enters the week ranked 10th in nation in three-point field goals per game and 30th in total 3-point field goals made. 

As a team, Ohio ranks 55th in assists per games and 68th in assist/turnover ratio. 

IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are second in field goal percentage, first in rebounding defense and third 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 sixth in the MAC in field goal percentage. 

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

Vander Plas is averaging 13.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 52.1 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. 

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. 

In Jan. 11, Vander Plas scored a career-high 25 points against Bowling Green. Vander Plas finished the day, 10-of-15 from the field and 5-of-9 from three-point range. 

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 14.9 points per game, while shooting 40.4 percent from the field and 41.2 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. 

THREES FOR DAYS
Jordan Dartis is currently ranked second all-time in Ohio history in made three-pointers with 278. He is 12 away from tying Nick Kellogg with 290 made threes and 13 away from setting the new program record. 

Dartis is also first in Ohio history with a career .444 three-point field goal percentage. 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Jan. 18 when Ohio heads to Ypsilanti, Mich. to take on Eastern Michigan for the second time in 11 days. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside the EMU Convocation Center. 

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