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Ohio Men’s Basketball Heads to Ball State for Saturday Matchup with the Cardinals

Ohio Men’s Basketball Heads to Ball State for Saturday Matchup with the Cardinals

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 • GAME 22
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 | 1 p.m. EST | Ohio (10-11, 2-6 MAC) vs. Northern Illinois (11-9, 4-3 MAC) | Worthen Arena | Muncie, Ind. | ESPN3 | Live Stats | Listen | Ohio Notes | Ball State Notes

ATHENS, Ohio –  The Ohio men's basketball team (10-11, 2-5 MAC) looks to get back on track on Saturday, Feb. 1 when the Bobcats head to Ball State (11-9, 4-3 MAC). Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. inside Worthen Arena. Saturday's game can be seen on ESPN3 where Jack Kizer (play-by-play), Kyle Sellers (analyst) and Rachel Berry (sideline) 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.

STORYLINE
• This is the 85th all-time meeting between Ohio and Ball State. 
• Ohio leads the all-time series, 49-35.
• The Bobcats and Cardinals last met on Jan. 26, 2019 where the Bobcats won, 78-74 inside the Convocation Center. 
• Ohio and Ball State met twice last season, with Ohio winning both meetings, including the Bobcats defeating the Cardinals, 70-52 in Muncie. 
• Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently first in the nation in total assists and fourth in assists per game.  
• Ohio has a 514-462 all-time record in MAC Play.  
Jordan Dartis is currently ranked second all-time in Ohio history in made three-pointers with 289. He is one away from tying Nick Kellogg with 290 made threes and two away from setting the new program record. 
• Since the start of conference play, Ben Vander Plas is averaging 18.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, while Jason Preston is averaging 16.5 points per game, 6.1 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game. 
• Last week, Jason Preston averaged 21.0 points per game, 5.5 rebounds and shot 56.3 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three-point range.  He also dished out 8.5 assists per game. 
• Ohio is 10-1 against Ball State in their last 11 matchups, including winning four out of five of the last meeting. 

SCOUTING BALL STATE
Ball State enters the matchup with the Bobcats with an 11-9 record and a 4-3 mark in MAC play.  The Cardinals are coming off of a 67-61 loss at Bowling Green on Jan. 25.  The cardinals did not compete on Tuesday (Jan. 28). 

Overall, Ball State averages 70.7 points per game, while shooting 43.3 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three-point range and 65.1 percent form the free throw line. The Cardinals also average 36.7 rebounds, 14.1 assists and 7.2 steals per game. Ball State also averages 3.6 blocks and 13.1 turnovers per game. 

Opponents are averaging 62.4 points and 36.7 rebounds a game, while shooting 40.3 percent from the field, 33.5 percent from three-point range and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. Opponents average 10.3 assists, 14.8 turnovers, 6.2 steals and 2.8 blocks per game. 

Individually, Tahjai Teague averages 15.0 points per game, while grabbing a team-leading 9.0 rebounds and shooting 51.5 percent from the field. Ishmael El-Amin adds 14.3 points per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. 

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 10-11 on the season and 2-6 in MAC play after falling to NIU, 61-59 on Jan. 28 inside the NIU Convocation Center.

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 71.3 points, 35.4 rebounds, 14.8 assists and 6.1 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting .450 percent from the field, .350 from three-point range and .663 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 69.5 points, 33.7 rebounds, 11.5 assists and 6.4 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 43.0 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from three-point range and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is averaging 13.0 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 11.5 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 15.5 points per game and 6.9 rebounds, while shooting 53.4 percent from the field. Jordan Dartis adds 13.4 points per game. 

ALL TIME VS. BALL STATE
This is the 85th all-time meeting between Ohio and Ball State. 

Ohio leads the all-time series, 49-35.

Ohio is 10-1 against Ball State in their last 11 matchups, including winning four out of five of the last meeting. 

LAST TIME VS. BALL STATE
The Bobcats and Cardinals last met on Jan. 26, 2019 where the Bobcats won, 78-74 inside the Convocation Center. 

Ohio and Ball State met twice last season, with Ohio winning both meetings, including the Bobcats defeating the Cardinals, 70-52 in Muncie. 

THE JAY PRESTON SHOW
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. 

This season, Preston is averaging 16.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 7.5 assists, while shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 70.7 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. 

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. 

Preston tied his career high again on Jan. 21 against Toledo, where he scored 27 points, going 11-of-21 from the field, while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out eight assists. 

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

Jordan Dartis enters the week ranked 22nd in the nation in three-point field goals per game and 50th in total 3-point field goals made. 

As a team, Ohio ranks 66th in assists per games and is 69th 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 eighth in steals. 

Jordan Dartis is first in the conference in three-pointers made. 

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

Vander Plas is averaging 15.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 53.4 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. 

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.

Since the start of conference play, Ben Vander Plas is averaging 18.3 points per game and 7.4 rebounds, while shooting 52.8 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from three-point range. 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats are back on the road on Saturday, Feb. 8 when Ohio hosts MAC East Division foe Miami. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. The game will be the second game of a Sibs Weekend Men's and Women's basketball doubleheader.  

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