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Ohio Men’s Basketball Set for Tuesday Night Matchup with Toledo Inside the Convo

Ohio Men’s Basketball Set for Tuesday Night Matchup with Toledo Inside the Convo

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 • GAME 19
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2019 | 7 p.m. EST | Ohio (10-8, 2-3 MAC) vs. Toledo (10-8, 2-3 MAC) | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | ESPN3 | Live Stats | Listen | Ohio Notes | Toledo Notes | Tickets

PROMOTIONS: Tuesday, Jan 21 vs. Toledo: Free t-shirts for the first 150 students. Students also receive free Steak n Shake, and one student will win a $250 gift card to the College Bookstore. The 2020 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl champion football team will also be honored at halftime.

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team (10-8, 2-3 MAC) returns to Athens on Tuesday, Jan. 21 when it hosts Toledo (10-8, 2-3 MAC). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Tuesday's game can be seen on ESPN3 where Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will have the call. 

Tuesday'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.

STORYLINES
• This is the 130th all-time meeting between Ohio and Toledo. 
• Ohio leads the all-time series, 69-60
• The Bobcats and Toledo last met on Jan. 18, 2019 when the Rockets defeated Ohio, 75-52, in Toledo. 
•  Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently fourth in the nation in total assists and fifth in assists per game.  
• Ohio has a 514-459 all-time record in MAC Play.  
Jordan Dartis is currently ranked second all-time in Ohio history in made three-pointers with 283. He is six away from tying Nick Kellogg with 290 made threes and seven away from setting the new program record. 
• In the last five games, Ben Vander Plas is averaging 19.5 points per game and 8.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three-point range. 
• Since the start of conference play, Ben Vander Plas is averaging 20.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, while Jason Preston is averaging 16.0 points per game, 6.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. 
• Last week, Vander Plas averaged 25.0 points per game, 8.0 rebounds and shot 55.9 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three-point range. 
• The Bobcats have not defeated the Rockets since March 9, 2017 in the MAC Tournament Quarterfinals, with the Bobcats winning, 67-66. 
• Ohio has not defeated Toledo in the regular season since Jan. 26, 2016 at Toledo, while Ohio hasn't defeated the Rockets in Athens since Feb. 1, 2014 when Ohio won, 95-90 inside the Convo. 
•  Ohio assistant coach Kyle Barlow, who is in his first season with the Bobcats, spent the last five seasons at Toledo. 

SCOUTING TOLEDO
Toledo enters the matchup with the Bobcats with a 10-8 record and a 2-3 mark in MAC play.  The Rockets are coming off of a 99-89 win at Akron on Jan. 18.

Overall, Toledo averages 77.0 points per game, while shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from three-point range and 72.5 percent form the free throw line. The Rockets also average 39.7 rebounds, 15.6 assists and 6.9 steals per game. Toledo also averages 3.9 blocks and 13.1 turnovers per game. 

Opponents are averaging 69.2 points and 40.5 rebounds a game, while shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. Opponents average 12.2 assists, 13.2 turnovers, 6.9 steals and 3.5 blocks per game. 

Individually, Marreon Jackson leads the Rockets with 18.2 points per game, while shooting 40.4 percent from the field. Luke Knapke adds 15.4 points a game and shoots 48.2 percent from the field, while Willie Jackson averages 12.1 points and a team-leading 12.5 boards a game. 

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 10-8 on the season and 2-3 in MAC play after defeating to Eastern Michigan, 60-58 on Jan. 18 inside the EMU Convocation Center.

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 71.0 points, 35.7 rebounds, 14.9 assists and 6.3 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting .451 from the field, .351 from three-point range and .667 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 68.2 points, 33.5 rebounds, 11.2 assists and 6.7 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 41.9 percent from the field, 31.6 percent from three-point range and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is averaging 13.6 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 13.1 times a game.  

Jason Preston leads the Bobcats with 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game. Ben Vander Plas averages 15.6 points per game and 7.2 rebounds, while shooting 52.8 percent from the field. Jordan Dartis adds 13.8 points per game. 

ALL TIME VS. TOLEDO
This is the 130th all-time meeting between Ohio and Toledo. 

Ohio leads the all-time series, 69-60

LAST TIME VS. TOLEDO
The Bobcats and Toledo last met on Jan. 18, 2019 when the Rockets defeated Ohio, 75-52, in Toledo. 

The Bobcats have not defeated the Rockets since March 9, 2017 in the MAC Tournament Quarterfinals, with the Bobcats winning, 67-66. 

Ohio has not defeated Toledo in the regular season since Jan. 26, 2016 at Toledo, while Ohio hasn't defeated the Rockets in Athens since Feb. 1, 2014 when Ohio won, 95-90 inside the Convo. 

THE JAY PRESTON SHOW
Through 18 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 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists, while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 70.1 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 eighth in minutes per game. 

Jordan Dartis enters the week ranked 16th in the nation in three-point field goals per game and 41st in total 3-point field goals made. 

As a team, Ohio ranks 57th in assists per games and is 67th in three-pointers made per game. 

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 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 and eighth in scoring. 

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

Vander Plas is averaging 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 52.8 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. 

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. 

 In the last five games, Ben Vander Plas is averaging 19.5 points per game and 8.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three-point range. 

Since the start of conference play, Ben Vander Plas is averaging 20.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

The week of Jan. 13, Vander Plas averaged 25.0 points per game, 8.0 rebounds and shot 55.9 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three-point range.

THREES FOR DAYS
Jordan Dartis is currently ranked second all-time in Ohio history in made three-pointers with 283. He is six away from tying Nick Kellogg with 290 made threes and seven away from setting the new program record. 

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

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Ohio has registered an impressive 513-170 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.

UP NEXT
The Bobcats stays in Athens on Saturday, Jan. 25 when they face Akron. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. the game is the second game of a men's and women's basketball doubleheader. 

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