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ATHENS, Ohio — The Ohio men’s basketball team (8-6, 0-1 MAC) returns to action on Saturday, Jan 7 when Ohio heads to Bowling Green (7-7, 1-0 MAC). Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. inside the Stroh Center. The Bobcats matchup will be seen on ESPN3.
The Bobcats’ matchup can also be heard on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield. Russ Eisenstein returns for his 15th season as the “Voice of the Bobcats” and will be joined by Ohio alum Rob Cornlius, who has been a part of the broadcasts for two decades. WXTQ (Power 105) in Athens returns as the 11-station network’s flagship.
• Ohio is coming off a 75-72 loss at Buffalo on Tuesday to open MAC play.
• This is the 153rd all-time meeting between Ohio and Bowling Green.
• Bowling Green leads the all-time series, 82-70.
• The Bobcats and Falcons met twice last season, splitting the series, 1-1.
• The Bobcats won the first matchup last season in Athens, 85-78, before falling later in the season at BG, 80-77.
• Ohio is 9-12 against Bowling Green since 2011-12, while the Bobcats are 1-4 against the Falcons under Jeff Boals.
• Ohio has not won in the Stroh Center since Jan. 28, 2017
• Ohio is ranked 130 in the latest NET Rankings, with Bowling Green ranked 240.
• The Bobcats rank in the top-60 in the NCAA in offensive rebounds (56) and defensive rebounds (55) per game, and 30th in total rebounds per game.
• Dwight Wilson is 41st in the NCAA in field goal percentage and 31st in offensive rebounds per game and 28th in rebounds per game.
• Senior Miles Brown is coming off a career-high 24 points at Buffalo on Jan. 3. Brown went 7-of-16 from the field, 4-of-7 from three and was 6-of-6 from the line.
• AJ Clayton recorded a career day at Delaware on Dec. 21, scoring a career-high 23 points, while hitting a career-high nine free throws.
• The Ohio free throw shooting was clutch on Dec. 21 at Delaware, with the Bobcats going 20-of-21 from the line, including going 16-of-17 in the second half.
SCOUTING BOWLING GREEN
Bowling Green enters the matchup with Ohio with a 7-7 record and is coming off a 91-65 win at Eastern Michigan on Tuesday.
Overall, BGSU averages 76.9 points a game, while shooting .440 from the field, .325 from three and .757 from the line. The Falcons also average 38.4 rebounds a game, 14.9 assists and 6.1 steals a game. BGSU also forces 11.9 turnovers a game.
Meanwhile, Opponents average 73.7 points and 35.7 rebounds a game. Opponents also shoot .432 from the field, .339 from three and .715 from the line. Opponents also dish out 12.8 assists and grab 6.3 steals a game, while also forcing 11.4 turnovers a game.
Individually, Leon Ayers III averages 17.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while shooting .482 from the field. Samari Curtis adds 12.3 points and 4.6 assists per game, while Rashaun Agee averages 10.9 points and 6.6 rebounds a game.
Ohio enters the matchup with Bowling Green with an 8-6 record after falling to Buffalo, 75-72, Tuesday night in Buffalo.
As a team, Ohio is averaging 77.1 points and 39.7 rebounds a game, while opponents average 70.5 points and 36.1 rebounds a game. The Bobcats are also shooting .456 from the field, .358 from three and .717 from the line. Ohio also adds 13.9 assists, 6.5 steals and force 12.2 turnovers a game.
Opponents are shooting .415 from the field, .342 from three and .649 from the line, while dishing out 13.2 assists, 6.6 steals and 12.2 turnovers a game.
Individually, Dwight Wilson III leads Ohio with 13.0 points a game, while shooting .581 from the field, while also averaging 9.5 rebounds a game. AJ Brown adds 11.4 points and is shooting .488 from the field, while Miles Brown averages 10.8 points , AJ Clayton adds 9.4 points and 6.9 rebounds and Jaylin Hunter adds 9.5 points and 4.4 assists per game.
ALL TIME VS. BOWLING GREEN
This is the 153rd all-time meeting between Ohio and Bowling Green.
Bowling Green leads the all-time series, 82-70.
The Bobcats and Falcons met twice last season, splitting the series, 1-1.
The Bobcats won the first matchup last season in Athens, 85-78, before falling later in the season at BG, 80-77.
Ohio is 9-12 against Bowling Green since 2011-12, while the Bobcats are 1-4 against the Falcons under Jeff Boals.
Ohio has not won in the Stroh Center since Jan. 28, 2017
LAST TIME AGAINST BUFFALO
The Bobcats and Falcons last met on March 1, 2022, with Ohio falling, 80-77, in Bowling Green.
Overall, Ohio shot 34.7 percent from the field, 31.7 percent from three and 80 percent from the line, while BGSU shot 50 percent from the field 34.8 percent from three and 75.9 percent from the line. Ohio outrebounded the Falcons 41-37, while the Bobcats dished out 17 assists to the Falcons’ 12.
Individually Ben Vander Plas led Ohio with 25 points, going 5-of-11 from three and grabbed eight rebounds. Mark Sears added 22 points, going 10-of-10 from the line, while grabbing 13 boards. Ben Roderick added 14 points and went 4-of-8 from three. Jason Carter added seven rebounds.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite a career-high 24 points from senior guard Miles Brown (Rochester, N.Y.), the Ohio men’s Basketball team (8-6, 0-1 MAC) opened Mid-American Conference play Tuesday night (Jan. 3), falling to Buffalo (7-7, 1-0 MAC), 77-72, inside Alumni Arena.
Overall, Ohio shot 37.5 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from three and were 17-of-23 from the line, while Buffalo shot 37 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from three and were 13-of-25 from the line. Buffalo out-rebounded the Bobcats, 52-46, including 20 offensive rebounds. Buffalo dished out 15 assists to Ohio’s five, while the Bulls forced 14 turnovers.
Individually, Miles Brown led with 24 points and six rebounds, while going 7-of-16 from the field, 4-of-7 from three and was 6-of-6 from the line. Jaylin Hunter added 10 points, while Dwight Wilson III scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds. AJ Brown also scored eight points for Ohio.
For Buffalo, four Bulls scored in double figures, with Curtis Jones scoring 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds. LaQuill Hardnett added 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Isaiah Adams scored 14 points, followed by Armoni Foster with 12.
OHIO IN NET
Ohio is ranked 130 in the latest NET Rankings, with Bowling Green ranked 240.
OHIO IN NCAA
The Bobcats rank in the top-60 in the NCAA in offensive rebounds (56) and defensive rebounds (55) per game, and 30th in total rebounds per game.
Dwight Wilson is 41st in the NCAA in field goal percentage and 31st in offensive rebounds per game and 28th in rebounds per game.
ANOTHER CAREER MILESTONE FOR MILES
Miles Brown set another career-high on Jan. 3 at Buffalo, scoring a personal best 24 points. Brown went 7-of-16 from the field, 4-of-7 from three and was 6-of-6 from the line.
FREE THROWS FOR DAYS
The Ohio free throw shooting was clutch on Dec. 21 at Delaware, with the Bobcats going 20-of-21 from the line, including going 16-of-17 in the second half.
AJ Clayton also hit a career-high nine free throws in the win.
Ohio kept that string going against Chicago State, going 19-of-25 from the line, with Clayton hitting five of six attempts.
AJ BROWN MAKES A STATEMENT
Freshman guard AJ Brown showed the type of talent Ohio could see over the next four years against UC Clermont, where he scored a game-high 18 points, went 7-of-11 from the field and dished out four assists in the victory.
As AJ Brown continues to see more minutes, he continues to get more comfortable, with a stellar game on Dec. 11 at Youngstown State where he scored 16 points, while going 6-of-8 from the field.
He was also stellar off the bench against Florida, scoring a team-high 14 points in 24 minutes.
Brown made his first career start on Dec. 17 against Stetson, scoring 13 points, grabbed four rebounds and drained three 3-pointers.
On Dec. 21 at Delaware, Brown was efficient, scoring 14 points, going 5-of-9 from the field, 2-of-2 from three and grabbed a career-high five boards.
So far this season, Brown is averaging 11.4 points a game and is shooting .488 from the field.
HUNTER FINDING A GROOVE
15 games into his Bobcat career, junior guard Jaylin Hunter started to find his groove in the Green and White.
On Dec. 11 at Youngstown State, Hunter led the Bobcats with 17 points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the victory.
Hunter led Ohio against Cleveland State, scoring 17 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out seven assists in the victory.
As of Jan. 5, Hunter averages 9.5 points and 4.4 assists a game.
BROWN SETTING UP FOR CAREER YEAR
Senior guard Miles Brown is already on pace to set new marks in his fourth season in the Green and White.
After a solid game at Belmont, Brown was clutch against Cleveland State, scoring 14 points and going a perfect 6-of-6 from the line in the victory.
Brown was also solid against No. 20 Michigan, scoring 11 points and grabbing a season-hight nine rebounds.
He was back in action during the Bobcat battle where he averaged 16.0 points and set and matched a career-high four made threes before being named the tournament MVP.
Brown set another career-high on Jan. 3 at Buffalo, scoring a personal best 24 points. Brown went 7-of-16 from the field, 4-of-7 from three and was 6-of-6 from the line.
So far on the early season, Brown averages 10.8 points and 2.6 rebounds a game, while shooting .509 from three, .458 from the field and .833 from the line.
WELCOME BACK DJ
In his return to the court after missing all of last season due to a knee injury, Dwight Wilson III put on a show.
Wilson III finished the game with a game-high 20 points, going 8-of-10 from the field and 4of-4 from the line. He also grabbed eight rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
He then put on a show at No. 20 Michigan, scoring 21 points and grabbing nine boards.
Wilson III was the hero on Dec. 11 at YSU, hitting the buzzer beater to give Ohio the victory. In that game, he scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Wilson III recorded another 20-point performance on Dec. 17 against Stetson, scoring 20 points, while going 8-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line.
Wilson III was clutch in Ohio’s win at Delaware on Dec. 21, scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Wilson III added another double double on Dec. 30, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against Chicago State.
Wilson III has continued to dominate during the early part of the season, averaging 13.0 points and 9.5 rebounds a game, while shooting .581 from the field.
BROD’S NEW ROLE
After starting every game last season, senior Ben Roderick is fitting in with his new role off the bench.
This season, Roderick averages 5.1 points, while shooting .379 from the field and .394 from three, while also recording a .875 shooting percentage from the line in just 15.7 minutes a game.
QUIET YET MIGHTY
Freshman guard Elmore James responded well in the Bobcats’ game against Cleveland State.
James scored eight points, while going 3-of-4 from the field and hitting both of his free throws. James also added one steal and drew a foul in his nine minutes of action.
James was stellar on Nov. 30 against UC Clermont, scoring 16 points and going 8-of-12 from the field and grabbed three rebounds in the win.
So far this season, James is averaging 4.6 points and is shooting .595 in 8.4 minutes off the bench.
SLASH FITTING RIGHT IN
Sophomore AJ Clayton is taking advantage of his new starting roll.
After grabbing a career-high nine rebounds at Belmont to open the season, Clayton added on, scoring a career-high 15 points at Detroit Mercy on Wednesday.
Clayton was consistent again on Dec. 11 at YSU, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Clayton scored a career-high 23 points on Dec. 21 at Delaware, and went 9-for-9 from the line in the victory. Clayton led Ohio against on Dec. 30, scoring 13 points and grabbing six rebounds against Chicago State.
So far this season, Clayton averages 9.4 points and 6.9 rebounds a game.
Up next, Ohio is back in Athens on Tuesday, Jan. 10 when they host Ball State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. inside the Convo.
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