ATHENS, Ohio — The Ohio men’s basketball team (1-2) is back in action on Sunday, Nov. 20 when the Bobcats head to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on 20th-ranked Michigan (3-1), tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. inside the Crisler Center. The Bobcats matchup will be seen on the Big Ten Network where Connor Onion and Rapheal Davis will have the call.
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 Cornelius, 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 88-74 defeat at Detroit Mercy Wednesday night.
• This is the fifth all-time meeting between Ohio and Michigan
• Ohio and Michigan last met on March 16, 2012 in the NCAA First Round. The Bobcats would go on to upset then 14th-ranked Michigan, 65-60 on their way to the Sweet 16.
• Michigan leads the all-time series 3-1.
• The Bobcats are 12-59 all-time against the Top-25 and 10-49 all-time against the Top-20.
• Ohio last defeated a ranked opponent on March 20, 2021 in the NCAA First Round when Ohio defeated 16th-ranked Virginia, 62-58.
• Ohio is 2-12 against a ranked opponent in their last 14 matchups.
• Michigan opened the season with three-straight wins, including wins over EMU and Pitt.
• Michigan is coming off an 87-62 loss to Arizona State on Thursday night in the Legends Classic championship game.
• In his return to the court on Nov. 7, Dwight Wilson III scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds at Belmont.
• Ohio finished last season 25-10, with its 25 wins the fourth-most in program history.
• Ohio welcomes nine newcomers to the roster for the season, including transfers Jaylin Hunter, DeVon Baker and Gabe Wiznitzer.
• Ohio also adds six freshmen to this year’s roster.
• Ohio returns three members of the 2021 NCAA Tournament team, with Ben Roderick, Miles Brown and Dwight Wilson III back in the Green and White.
• Dwight Wilson III returns to Ohio after missing all of 2021-22 with a knee injury.
• The Bobcats also return three sophomores from last season’s roster, AJ Clayton, Olumide Adelodun and IJ Ezuma.
• Ohio enters the season losing its top three scorers from last season.
• In total, the Bobcats return only three that saw significant playing time last year, while losing 10 to graduation and the transfer portal.
• Ohio spent nine days in Spain in August for its foreign tour. While there, Ohio played three games against a Spain Select team that was comprised of Spanish professional players.
• Ohio was picked to finish fifth in the 2022 MAC Coaches Poll.
SCOUTING NO. 20 MICHIGAN
Michigan enters the matchup with Ohio with a 3-1 record after opening the season with three-straight wins and victories over Eastern Michigan and Pitt. Michigan is coming off an 87-62 loss to Arizona State on Thursday night in the Legends Classic championship game.
As a team, Michigan is averaging 79.0 points and 36.5 rebounds a game. The Wolverines are shooting .467 from the field, .293 from three and .648 from the line. Michigan also dishes out 15.8 assists per game, while forcing 12.5 turnovers and grabbing 6.5 steals a game.
Meanwhile, opponents are averaging 71.5 points and 36.3 rebounds a contest. They are shooting .433 from the field, .337 from three and .721 from the line. Opponents also dish out an average of 10.5 assists per game, while grabbing 4.8 steals and forcing 8.3 turnovers a game.
Individually, Michigan is led by Hunter Dickinson who averages 19.5 points and 7.8 rebounds a game. He also shoot .623 from the field and .750 from the line. Jett Howard adds 14.8 points a game and is shooting .407 from three, while Kobe Bufkin adds 9.0 points a game.
Ohio enters the matchup with Michigan with a 1-2 record after defeating falling to Detroit Mercy, 88-74 Wednesday night on the road.
As a team, Ohio is averaging 74.7 points and 33.0 rebounds a game, while opponents average 76.0 points and 31.7 rebounds a game. The Bobcats are also shooting .466 from the field, .397 from three and .875 from the line. Ohio also adds 11.3 assists, 6.0 steals and force 12.7 turnovers a game.
Opponents are shooting .488 from the field, .358 from three and .655 from the line, while dishing out 15.0 assists, 7.3 steals and 14.0 turnovers a game.
Individually, DeVon Baker leads Ohio with 13.7 points a game, while shooting .444 from the field and .500 from three. Miles Brown adds 12.3 points a game while shooting .500 from the field, and Dwight Wilson III scored 10.7 pints and averages 11.7 rebounds a game. Jaylin Hunter adds 10.7 points a game, while AJ Clayton tacks on 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds a game.
ALL TIME VS. MICHIGAN
This is the fifth all-time meeting between Ohio and Michigan
Ohio and Michigan last met on March 16, 2012 in the NCAA First Round. The Bobcats would go on to upset then 14th-ranked Michigan, 65-60 on their way to the Sweet 16.
Michigan leads the all-time series 3-1.
LAST TIME VS. MICHIGAN
Ohio and Michigan last met on March 16, 2012 in the NCAA Second Round. The Bobcats would go on to upset then 14th-ranked Michigan, 65-60 on their way to the Sweet 16.
DJ Cooper was one of four Bobcats, which finished in double figures with 21. Joining Cooper in double figures was junior Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.), junior Ivo Baltic (Kansas City, Mo.) and junior Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio), who finished with 11, 10 and 10 points, respectively.
Ohio outshot Michigan 51.2-40.7 percent from the field as it held Michigan to six points under its season average of 66.5 points per game.
LAST TIME OUT
Ohio is coming off an 88-74 loss to Detroit Mercy on Nov. 16
Overall, Ohio shot 45.3 percent from the field, 23.1 percent from three and were 10-of-12 from the line, while Detroit Mercy shot 51.7 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from three and were 17-of-21 from the line. Both teams grabbed 33 rebounds, while the Titans dished out 14 assists to Ohio’s nine. Ohio also forced 12 turnovers, while committing 15.
Individually, senior guard DeVon Baker scored 16 points, while sophomore forward AJ Clayton scored a career-high 15 points and grabbed four rebounds. Senior guard Miles Brown added 12 points, while graduate student forward Dwight Wilson III scored eight points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
For Detroit Mercy, Antoine Davis scored 28 points, while Jayden Stone scored 15 and grabbed five rebounds.
OHIO AND RANKED TEAMS
Overall Ohio is 12-58 (.169) against the top-25. vs. #1: 0-6 (.000);
vs. Top 5: 2-17 (.111)
vs. Top 10: 2-28 (.069);
vs. Top 15: 9-38 (.195);
vs. Top 20: 11-50 (.169);
at home: 3-7 (.300); away: 4-30 (.121); neutral: 4-18 (.154)
The Bobcats are 12-59 all-time against the Top-25 and 10-49 all-time against the Top-20.
Ohio last defeated a ranked opponent on March 20, 2021 in the NCAA First Round when Ohio defeated 16th-ranked Virginia, 62-58.
Ohio is 2-12 against a ranked opponent in their last 14 matchups.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF EXTRA POINTS
Three games into the season and the Bobcats are taking advantage of their free throws.
As of Nov. 18, Ohio ranks first in the NCAA in free throw percentage, shooting .875 (45-of-50) from the line.
HUNTER FINDING A GROOVE
In his second game for the Bobcats, junior guard Jaylin Hunter started to find his groove in the Green and White.
Hunter led Ohio against Cleveland State, scoring 17 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out seven assists in the victory.
STILL SETTING NEW MARKS
Coming off his stellar performance at Belmont, Dwight Wilson III added on to his career marks, setting a new career high with four assists in the Bobcats’ victory over Cleveland State.
CAREER DAY FOR SLASH
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.
After a short break for Thanksgiving, Ohio is back in action Nov. 25 for the first game of the Bobcat Battle. Ohio will take on Eastern Illinois at 2 p.m. inside the Convo.
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