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Ohio Men’s Basketball Set for Sibs Weekend Matchup With Miami

Ohio Men’s Basketball Set for Sibs Weekend Matchup With Miami

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 • GAME 23
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 | 3:30 p.m. EST | Ohio (10-12, 2-7 MAC) vs. Miami (9-13, 2-7 MAC) | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | ESPN+ | Live Stats | Listen | Ohio Notes | Miami Notes | Tickets
PROMOTIONS: Free toboggans for the first 500 fans. Halftime performance by the Frisbee Catching Dogs and a postgame autograph session. 

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team (10-12, 2-7 MAC) is back in Athens on Saturday, Feb. 8 when the Bobcats host Miami (9-13, 2-7 MAC). Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Saturday's game is the second game of Ohio's annual Sibs Weekend men's and women's basketball doubleheader. 

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.

STORYLINES
• This is the 206th all-time meeting between Ohio and Miami. 
• Ohio leads the all-time series, 111-94.
• The Bobcats and RedHawks last met on Mar. 8, 2019 where the Bobcats won, 66-57 inside the Convocation Center. 
• Ohio and Miami met twice last season, with each side winning once, including the Bobcats defeating the RedHawks, 66-57 at home. 
•  Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently fourth in the nation in total assists and fourth in assists per game.  
• Ohio has a 514-463 all-time record in MAC Play.  
Jordan Dartis is currently ranked second all-time in Ohio history in made three-pointers with 290, tying Nick Kellogg for the most in program history. He needs one more to set the new program record. 
•  Ohio has registered an impressive 513-172 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.
• Since the start of conference play, Ben Vander Plas is averaging 17.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, while Jason Preston is averaging 15.7 points per game, 5.9 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game. 
• Ohio is 14-3 against Miami since the start of the 2011-12 season. 
•  The Bobcats have won eight in a row at home against the RedHawks. 
•  Jordan Dartis was named to the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship Midseason Watch List on Feb. 4. 

SCOUTING MIAMI
Miami enters the matchup with the Bobcats with an 9-13 record and a 2-7 mark in MAC play.  The RedHawks are coming off of a 64-60 loss against Western Michigan in Oxford on Tuesday (Feb. 4).

Overall, Miami averages 73.0 points per game, while shooting 43.1 percent from the field, 35.1 percent from three-point range and 72.0 percent from the free throw line. The RedHawks also average 35.9 rebounds, 12.8 assists and 5.1 steals per game. Miami also averages 2.7 blocks and 11.7 turnovers per game. 

Opponents are averaging 72.3 points and 37.3 rebounds a game, while shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 65.8 percent from the free throw line. Opponents average 11.2 assists, 12.9 turnovers, 5.5 steals and 3.3 blocks per game. 

Individually, Nike Sibande averages 13.4 points per game, while grabbing 5.7 rebounds and shooting 43.5 percent from the field. Dalonte Brown adds 11.5 points per game while shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. 

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 10-12 on the season and 2-7 in MAC play after falling to Ball State, 65-54 on Feb. 1 in Muncie. 

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 70.5 points, 35.5 rebounds, 14.5 assists and 6.0 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 34.1 from three-point range and 66.6 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 69.3 points, 33.7 rebounds, 11.5 assists and 6.5 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 42.8 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from three-point range and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is averaging 13.1 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 12.5 times a game.  

Jason Preston leads the Bobcats with 15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game. Ben Vander Plas averages 15.3 points per game and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting 52.0 percent from the field. Jordan Dartis adds 13.0 points per game. 

ALL TIME VS. MIAMI
This is the 206th all-time meeting between Ohio and Miami. 

Ohio leads the all-time series, 111-94.

Ohio is 14-3 against Miami since the start of the 2011-12 season. 

The Bobcats have won eight in a row at home against the RedHawks. 

LAST TIME VS. MIAMI
The Bobcats and RedHawks last met on Mar. 8, 2019 where the Bobcats won, 66-57 inside the Convocation Center. 

Ohio and Miami met twice last season, with each side winning once, including the Bobcats defeating the RedHawks, 66-57 at home. 

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 15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.4 assists, while shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 71.6 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 scored 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 fourth in the nation in total assists and fourth in assists per game. Preston is also ranked eighth in minutes per game. 

Jordan Dartis enters the week ranked 35th in the nation in three-point field goals per game and 65th in total 3-point field goals made. 

As a team, Ohio ranks 74th in assists per games and is 77th 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 seventh 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 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 52.0 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.  

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 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. 

This season, Dartis is averaging 13.0 points per game, while shooting 37.2 percent from the field and 36.2 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 tied for first all-time in Ohio history in made three-pointers with 290, tying Nick Kellogg. He needs one more to set the new program record. 

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

UP NEXT
The Bobcats stay in Athens on Tuesday, Feb. 11 when Ohio hosts Western Michigan. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. 

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