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Ohio Men’s Basketball Set For Mid-Week Matchup at Akron Tuesday Night

Ohio Men’s Basketball Set For Mid-Week Matchup at Akron Tuesday Night

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OHIO MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 • GAME 30
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. EST | Ohio (15-14, 7-9 MAC) vs. Akron (22-7, 12-4 MAC) | James A. Rhodes Arena | Akron, Ohio | CBS Sports Network | Live Stats | Listen | Ohio Notes |Akron Notes

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio men's basketball team (15-14, 7-9 MAC) is back in action this week for the final two games of the regular season starting Tuesday, March 3 when they head to Akron, Ohio to take on Akron (22-7, 12-4 MAC). Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. inside James A. Rhodes Arena. Tuesday's game can be seen on CBS Sports Network where Dave Ryan and Steve Wolf will have the call. 

Tuesday'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 84th all-time meeting between Ohio and Akron.
• Akron leads the all-time series, 43-40. 
• The Bobcats and Zips last met on Jan. 25 when the Bobcats fell to Akron, 88-86 inside the Convocation Center. 
• Sophomore guard Jason Preston is currently second in the nation in total assists and third in assists per game.  
• Ohio has a 519-465 all-time record in MAC Play.  
Jordan Dartis became the all-time leader in three-pointers made on Feb. 8 against Miami. He now currently sites with 311. 
• Dartis is currently 15 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 16.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while Jason Preston is averaging 16.7 points per game, 6.9 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. 
• Ohio is 5-8 against Akron since the start of the 2013-14 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. 
Jason Preston was named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week on March 2 for his performance the week of Feb. 25. 

SCOUTING AKRON
Akron enters the matchup with the Bobcats with a 22-7 record and a 12-4 mark in MAC play. The Zips are coming off of an 86-73 victory at Buffalo on Saturday.

Overall, Akron averages 75.7 points per game, while shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from three-point range and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Zips also average 38.1 rebounds, 13.0 assists and 5.0 steals per game. Akron also averages 3.0 blocks and 12.7 turnovers per game.

Opponents are averaging 66.2 points and 36.7 rebounds a game, while shooting 39.9 percent from the field, 29.9 per- cent from three-point range and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. Opponents average 10.0 assists, 13.4 turnovers, 5.0 steals and 2.8 blocks per game.

Individually, Loren Cristian Jackson leads Akron with 20.2 points per game, while shooting 46.9 percent from the field. Tyler Cheese adds 15.9 points and 4.7 rebounds, while Xeyrius Williams averages 13.4 points per game and a team-leading 9.4 rebounds per game.

SCOUTING OHIO
The Bobcats are 15-14 on the season and 7-9 in MAC play after defeating Kent State, 76-69, Friday in the Convocation Center. 

Overall this season, the Bobcats are averaging 71.3 points, 35.3 rebounds, 14.6 assists and 6.6 steals per game. The Bobcats are shooting 44.5 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from three-point range and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is holding opponents to 68.6 points, 34.3 rebounds, 11.2 assists and 6.1 steals per game. Opponents are also shooting 42.0 percent from the field, 34.0 percent from three-point range and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. 

Ohio is averaging 13.2 turnovers per game, while forcing opponents to turn the ball over 12.7 times a game.  

Jason Preston leads the Bobcats with 16.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. Ben Vander Plas averages 15.5 points per game and 6.8 rebounds, while shooting 49.4 percent from the field. Jordan Dartis adds 13.3 points per game. 

ALL TIME VS. AKRON
This is the 84th all-time meeting between Ohio and Akron.

Akron leads the all-time series, 43-40. 

Ohio is 5-8 against Akron since the start of the 2013-14 season.  

LAST TIME VS. AKRON
The Bobcats and Zips last met on Jan. 25 when the Bobcats fell to Akron, 88-86 inside the Convocation Center. 

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 7.5 assists, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 73.6 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. 

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. 

Preston was named the MAC East Co-Player of the Week on March 2 for his performance the week of Feb. 24. 

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

Jordan Dartis enters the week ranked 26th in the nation in three-point field goals per game and 43rd in total 3-point field goals made. 

As a team, Ohio ranks 64th in assists per game and is 59th in three-pointers made per game. 

IN THE MAC
The Bobcats are second in field goal percentage, first in rebounding defense and second in total assists. Ohio is also second in the conference in assist/turnover ratio. 

Jason Preston in first in the conference in assists and in minutes played. He is also seventh in the conference in scoring and seventh in steals. 

Jordan Dartis is fourth 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 15.45points and 6.8 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 16.9 points per game and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 30.0 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 13.3 points per game, while shooting 38.7 percent from the field and 37.7 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 311. 

UP NEXT
The Bobcats wrap up the regular season on Friday, March 6 when the Bobcats head to Oxford, Ohio to take on Miami. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside Millett Hall and can be seen on ESPN3. 

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