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Ohio Men’s Basketball Set Senior Night Matchup Against Kent State on Friday

Ohio Men’s Basketball Set Senior Night Matchup Against Kent State on Friday

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 • GAME 28
Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. EST | Ohio (14-14, 6-9 MAC) vs. Kent State (18-10, 8-7 MAC) | Convocation Center | Athens, Ohio | CBS Sports Network | Live Stats | Listen | Ohio Notes | Kent State Notes
PROMOTIONS: Senior Night. Free Raisin' Canes for studnets who attend the game. 

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio men's basketball team (14-14, 6-9 MAC) is back in action on Friday, Feb. 28 when the Bobcats welcome Kent State (18-10, 8-7 MAC). Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Friday night is Senior Night in the Convo. Prior to the start of the game, the Bobcats will honor senior managers, Sylvester Ogbonda and Jordan Dartis in a pregame ceremony. Friday's game can be seen CBS Sports Network where Dave Ryan and Steve Wolf will have the call. 

Friday'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 138th all-time meeting between Ohio and Kent State.
• Ohio leads the all-time series, 94-53.
• The Bobcats and Golden Flashes last met on Feb. 15, 2020 in Kent, Ohio, with the Flashes defeating Ohio, 87-72. 
•  Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently fourth in the nation in total assists and fourth in assists per game.  
• Ohio has a 518-465 all-time record in MAC Play.  
• Ohio has registered an impressive 517-172 (.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 sits with 308. 
• Dartis is currently 18 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 326 made threes. 
• Since the start of conference play, Ben Vander Plas is averaging 16.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while Jason Preston is averaging 16.6 points per game, 7.0 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game. 
• Ohio is 7-11 against Kent State since the start of the 2011-12 season.  
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. 

SCOUTING KENT STATE
Kent State enters the matchup with the Bobcats with a 18-10 record and a 9-6 mark in MAC play.  Kent State is coming off of a 74-68  victory against Miami on the road on Tuesday (Feb. 25).

Overall, Kent State averages 76.0 points per game, while shooting 45.4 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from three-point range and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Flashes also average 36.0 rebounds, 13.8 assists and 7.1 steals per game. Buffalo also averages 4.3 blocks and 12.8 turnovers per game. 

Opponents are averaging 69.3 points and 35.5 rebounds a game, while shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 34.9 percent from three-point range and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. Opponents average 12.6 assists, 14.7 turnovers, 5.1 steals and 2.1 blocks per game. 

Individually, Antonio Williams averages 14.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 50.4 percent from the field. Danny Pippen adds 13.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and is shooting 40.3 percent from the field, while Troy Simons adds 12.9 points per game. 

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 14-14 on the season and 6-9 in MAC play after defeating Buffalo, 80-69, Tuesday in the Convocation Center. 

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 71.1 points, 35.5 rebounds, 14.5 assists and 6.6 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting 44.5 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from three-point range and 68.1 from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 68.5 points, 34.3 rebounds, 11.1 assists and 6.3 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 42.0 percent from the field, 34.0 percent from three-point range and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is averaging 12.9 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 13.2 times a game.  

Jason Preston leads the Bobcats with 16.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game. Ben Vander Plas averages 15.4 points per game and 6.9 rebounds, while shooting 49.4 percent from the field. Jordan Dartis adds 13.2 points per game. 

ALL TIME VS. KENT STATE
This is the 138th all-time meeting between Ohio and Buffalo.

Ohio leads the all-time series, 94-53.

Ohio is 7-11 against Kent State since the start of the 2011-12 season.  

LAST TIME VS. KENT STATE
The Bobcats and Golden Flashes last met on Feb. 15, 2020 in Kent, where the Flashes pulled out the 87-72 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 16.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.4 assists, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 73.3 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 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 29th in the nation in three-point field goals per game and 33rd in total 3-point field goals made. 

As a team, Ohio ranks 67th in assists per game and is 51st 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 ninth 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 6.9 rebounds per game. Vander Plas is also shooting 49.4 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 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 38.6 percent from the field and 37.6 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 308. 

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 .

RODERICK MAKES HIS DEBUT
The 2019 Ohio High School Gatorade Player of the Year, Ben Roderick, made his Ohio debut on Nov. 21 against No. 24 Baylor. 

In the game, Roderick scored nine points, going 3-of-9 from the field and 3-of-7 from three-point range. Roderick grabbing one rebound, dished out two assists and had two steals. 

After sustaining an injury on Nov. 30 against Detroit Mercy, Roderick returned to the court on Jan. 4 at Western Michigan, where he scored six points in 21 minutes

Roderick's best game of the season so far came on Jan. 21 against Toledo, where Roderick scored 11 points, going 3-of-5 from the field in 20 minutes on the court. 

Roderick's breakout game came on Feb. 25 against Buffalo, where the freshman scored a career-high 21 points, went 7-of-9 from the field, 6-of-8 from three-point range and grabbed one rebound and had one blocked shot in Ohio's 80-69 victory over the Bulls. 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats are back in action on Tuesday, March. 3 when Ohio visits Akron. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. inside James A. Rhodes Arena and can be seen nationally on CBS Sports Network.  

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