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Ohio Men’s Basketball Set to Face Eastern Michigan for Second Time in 11 Days

Ohio Men’s Basketball Set to Face Eastern Michigan for Second Time in 11 Days

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 • GAME 18
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2019 | 2 p.m. EST | Ohio (9-8, 1-3 MAC) vs. Eastern Michigan (10-7, 0-4 MAC) | EMu Convocation Center | Ypsilanti, Mich. | ESPN+ | Live Stats | Listen | Ohio Notes | EMU Notes 

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio men's basketball team (9-8, 1-3 MAC) hits the road on Saturday, Jan. 18 when the Bobcats head to Ypsilanti, Mich. to face off with Eastern Michigan (10-7, 0-4 MAC) for the second time in 11 days. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. inside the EMU Convocation Center. Saturday's game can be seen on ESPN3 where Ryan Wooley and Tom Helmer will have the call. 

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 78th all-time meeting between Ohio and Eastern Michigan. 
• Ohio leads the all-time series, 51-26
• The Bobcats and EMU last met 11 days ago on Jan. 7 where the Bobcats downed the Eagles, 75-68 inside the Convo. 
•  Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently fourth in the nation in total assists and fifth in assists per game.  
• Ohio is coming off of a 76-73 loss at Buffalo on Jan. 14. 
• Ohio has a 513-459 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. 
• In the last five games, Ben Vander Plas is averaging 19.0 points per game and 8.0 rebounds, while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from three-point range. 
• Since the start of conference play, Ben Vander Plas is averaging 19.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, while Jason Preston is averaging 16.5 points per game, 5.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. 

SCOUTING EASTERN MICHIGAN 
EMU enters the matchup with the Bobcats with a 10- record and a 0-4 mark in MAC play.  The Eagles are coming off of a 69-52 loss at Ball State on Jan. 14.

Overall, Eastern Michigan averages 65.6 points per game, while shooting 41.26 percent from the field, 29.5 percent from three-point range and 63.6 percent from the free throw line. The Eagles also average 35.1 rebounds, 10.7 assists, 11.3 steals, which leads the nation. EMU also averages 3.2 blocks and 15.6 turnovers per game. 

Opponents are averaging 63.1 points and 35.8 rebounds a game, while shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 36.9 percent from three-point range and 62.4 percent from the free throw line. Opponents average 13.9 assists, 18.8 turnovers, 7.6 steals and 2.7 blocks per game. 

Individually, Ty Groce leads the Eagles with 11.2 points per game, while shooting 38.8 percent from the field. Noah Morgan adds 10.4 points a game, while Boubacar Toure averages 9.5 points and a team-leading 8.7 boards a game. 

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 9-8 on the season and 1-3 in MAC play after falling to Buffalo, 76-73 on Jan. 14 inside the Alumni Arena.

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 71.6 points, 34.9 rebounds, 15.1 assists and 6.5 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting .455 from the field, .356 from three-point range and .681 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 68.8 points, 33.2 rebounds, 11.35 assists and 6.4 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 42.4 percent from the field, 33.4 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 16.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. Ben Vander Plas averages 15.2 points per game and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting 52.4 percent from the field. Jordan Dartis adds 14.9 points per game and is shooting 40.4 percent from the field, while 

ALL TIME VS. EMU
This is the 78th all-time meeting between Ohio and Eastern Michigan. 

Ohio leads the all-time series, 51-26

LAST TIME VS. EMU
The Bobcats and EMU last met 11 days ago on Jan. 7 where the Bobcats downed the Eagles, 75-68 inside the Convo. 

In that game, Jordan Dartis (Newark, Ohio) finished the game with 26 points, going 9-of-19 from the field, 8-of-15 from three-point range, while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out two assists. Freshman guard Lunden McDay (Akron, Ohio) finished with 13 points, going 4-of-7 from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point range, while sophomore guard Jason Preston (Orlando, Fla.) finished with 13 points and six assists. Redshirt sophomore forward Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.) finished the game with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while freshman center Nolan Foster (Mattawan, Mich.) finished with 10 points and redshirt junior forward Connor Murrell (Sioux City, Iowa) finished with a career-high eight rebounds. 

THE JAY PRESTON SHOW
Through 17 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 16.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 7.5 assists, while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 72.8 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. 

Preston tied his career high on Jan. 14 at Buffalo, scoring 27 points, going 11-of-21 from the field, 2-of-3 from three-point range, while dishing out six assists and grabbing 10 rebounds. 

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

Jordan Dartis enters the week ranked 17th in the nation in three-point field goals per game and 38th in total 3-point field goals made. 

As a team, Ohio ranks 58th in assists per games and 78th in assist/turnover ratio. Ohio is also 63rd in three-pointers made per game. 

IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are third 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 seventh 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
17 games into the season and redshirt sophomore forwards Ben Vander Plas is picking up where he left off last season. 

Vander Plas is averaging 15.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 52.4 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. 

Vander Plas was even better on Jan. 14 at Buffalo, setting a new career-high, scoring 28 points, going 11-of-20 from the field, 4-of-6 from three-point range and grabbed five rebounds. 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats return to Athens on Tuesday, Jan. 21 to take on Toledo. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. 

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