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Ohio Men’s Basketball Set for Matchup with Buffalo Tuesday Night in the Convo

Ohio Men’s Basketball Set for Matchup with Buffalo Tuesday Night in the Convo

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 • GAME 28
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 | 7 p.m. EST | Ohio (13-14, 5-9 MAC) vs. Buffalo (18-9, 9-5 MAC) | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | ESPN+ | Live Stats | Listen | Ohio Notes | Buffalo Notes

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team (13-14, 5-9 MAC) is back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 25 when the Bobcats welcome Buffalo (18-9, 9-5 MAC). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Tuesday's game can be seen on ESPN+ where Marty Bannister and Toni Roesch will have the call. 

Tuesday's game can be heard on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield IMG College where Jake Hromada and Rob Cornelius 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 50th all-time meeting between Ohio and Buffalo.
• Ohio leads the all-time series, 32-17.
• The Bobcats and Bulls last met on Jan. 14, 2020 in Amherst, where the Bulls pulled out the 76-73 victory. 
• Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently third in the nation in total assists and third in assists per game.  
• Ohio has a 517-465 all-time record in MAC Play.  
• Ohio has registered an impressive 516-172 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.
Jordan Dartis became the all-time leader in three-pointers made on Feb. 8 against Miami. He now currently sites with 307. 
• Dartis is currently 14 made three-pointers away from setting the new MAC record for three made. Current Central Michigan forward David DiLeo just set the new record on Feb. 7 with 321 made threes. 
• Since the start of conference play, Ben Vander Plas is averaging 16.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while Jason Preston is averaging 16.4 points per game, 6.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. 
• Ohio is 7-8 against Buffalo since the start of the 2011-12 season.  
• The Bobcats have lost six in a row to the Bulls and have not defeated them in Athens since Jan. 24, 2015. 
Ben Vander Plas was named to the 2019-20 Academic All-American All-District Men's Basketball team on Feb. 20. 
Jason Preston recorded the second triple-double in Bobcats history on Feb. 8, second only to D.J. Cooper who registered one on Dec. 10, 2011 at Portland. 
•  Ohio's Feb. 29 home game against Kent State has been flexed to Friday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. and will be seen on the CBS Sports Network. 

SCOUTING BUFFALO
Buffalo enters the matchup with the Bobcats with a 18-9 record and a 9-5 mark in MAC play.  Buffalo is coming off of a 104-98 double overtime victory against Kent State on the road on Friday (Feb. 21).

Overall, Buffalo averages 77.2 points per game, while shooting 42.9 percent from the field, 29.9 percent from three-point range and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls also average 43.6 rebounds, 13.2 assists and 7.2 steals per game. Buffalo also averages 4.9 blocks and 13.6 turnovers per game. 

Opponents are averaging 74.8 points and 37.8 rebounds a game, while shooting 43.6 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from three-point range and 66.4 percent from the free throw line. Opponents average 12.9 assists, 15.0 turnovers, 7.1 steals and 4.1 blocks per game. 

Individually, Jayvon Graves averages 17.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 42.9 percent from the field. Jeenathan Williams adds 11.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and is shooting 45.5 percent from the field, while Davonta Jordan adds 11.6 points per game. 

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 13-14 on the season and 5-9 in MAC play after falling to Bowling Green, 62-61, Saturday in the Stroh Center. 

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 71.2 points, 35.5 rebounds, 14.8 assists and 6.5 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting 44.7 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from three-point range and 67.9 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 68.8 points, 33.9 rebounds, 11.0 assists and 6.5 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 42.5 percent from the field, 33.6 percent from three-point range and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. 

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

Jason Preston leads the Bobcats with 16.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game. Ben Vander Plas averages 15.5 points per game and 6.9 rebounds, while shooting 50.3 percent from the field. Jordan Dartis adds 13.4 points per game. 

ALL TIME VS. BUFFALO
This is the 50th all-time meeting between Ohio and Buffalo.

Ohio leads the all-time series, 32-17.

Ohio is 7-8 against Buffalo since the start of the 2011-12 season.  

The Bobcats have lost six in a row to the Bulls and have not defeated them in Athens since Jan. 24, 2015. 

LAST TIME VS. BUFFALO
The Bobcats and Bulls last met on Jan. 14, 2020 in Amherst, where the Bulls pulled out the 76-73 victory. 

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 16.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists, while shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 72.5 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. 

Preston recorded the second triple-double in Bobcats history on Feb. 8, second only to D.J. Cooper who registered one on Dec. 10, 2011 at Portland. 

Preston was named the MAC East POW for the fourth time this season on Feb, 10.

The week of Feb. 10. Preston was sensational, averaging 20.5, 9.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists in two games. 

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

Jordan Dartis enters the week ranked 22nd in the nation in three-point field goals per game and 39th in total 3-point field goals made. 

As a team, Ohio ranks 67th in assists per game and is 75th in three-pointers made per game.  

IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are third in field goal percentage, first in rebounding defense and second 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 tied for seventh in steals. 

Jordan Dartis is second 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 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 49.8 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. 

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 17.6 points per game and 7.2 rebounds, while shooting 49.6 percent from the field and 33.9 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 13.2 points per game, while shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 38.2 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. 

Jordan Dartis became the all-time leader in three-pointers made on Feb. 8 against Miami. He now currently sites with 307. 

VANDER PLAS NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL- AMERICAN ALL DISTRICT TEAM
Ohio men's basketball redshirt sophomore forward Ben Vander Plas has been named to the 2019-20 Academic All-District® Men's Basketball Team, selected by CoSIDA, the organization announced today (Feb. 20). 

Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.), who was selected as one of five honorees in District 5, is a Communications Studies major and currently sports a 3.98 GPA.

The NCAA Division I teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada, with District 5 comprising all student-athletes from Division I schools in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. To be nominated, a student-athlete must hold at least sophomore status, be a starter or key reserve, and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher. Team members are selected by a vote of CoSIDA members within the district.

First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced between March 9-12.

TRIPLE DOUBLE ALERT
Preston recorded the second triple-double in Bobcats history on Feb. 8, second only to D.J. Cooper who registered one on Dec. 10, 2011 at Portland.

It was the second triple-double in the MAC this season and the 18th in NCAA DI basketball .

THREES FOR DAYS
Jordan Dartis became the all-time leader in three-pointers made on Feb. 8 against Miami. He now currently sits with 307. 

Dartis is currently 14 made three-pointers away from setting the new MAC record for three made. Current Central Michigan forward David DiLeo just set the new record on Feb. 7 with 321 made threes. 

PROTECT THIS HOUSE
Ohio has registered an impressive 515-172 (.756) all-time record at the Convocation Center, which opened in 1968.

UP NEXT
The Bobcats are home on Friday, Feb. 28 when Ohio hosts Kent State. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. inside the Convocation Center and can be seen nationally on CBS Sports Network.  In their final regular season home game, the Bobcats will host Senior Night and honor Sylvester Ogbonda and Jordan Dartis prior to the start of the game. 

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