ATHENS, Ohio — The Ohio men’s basketball team (4-3) is back in action on Saturday, Dec. 3 when the Bobcats head to Huntington, W. Va. to take on Marshall (6-1). Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. inside the Cam Henderson Center. The Bobcats matchup will be seen on ESPN+.
The Bobcats’ matchup can also be heard on the Ohio Sports Network from Learfield, where Marty Bannister will be on the call. WXTQ (Power 105) in Athens returns as the 11-station network’s flagship.
• Ohio is coming off a 113-44 victory over UC Clermont on Nov. 30.
• This is the 107th all-time meeting between Ohio and Marshall.
• Ohio leads the all-time series, 57-49.
• The Bobcats defeated Marshall last season, 75-65 in Athens.
• Ohio is 6-7 against The Herd in their last 13 meetings dating back to 2004-05.
• Ohio last won in Huntington on Nov. 30, 2011, with the Bobcats winning, 70-68.
• Marshall enters the matchup with Ohio with a 6-1 record, with there only loss coming against Queens.
• Marshall is coming off of a 68-57 win over Akron on Nov. 30 in Huntington.
• AJ Brown and Elmore James put on a show on Nov. 30 against UC Clermont, with Brown scoring a career-high 18 points and James dropping 16.
• Ohio’s 69-point win over UC Clermont is the largest margin of victory since Ohio defeated Cleveland State by 55 on Dec. 6, 2020 in the Convo.
• It is also the first time Ohio has dropped at least 100 points in a game since Ohio defeated Cleveland State by 55 on Dec. 6, 2020 in the Convo.
• Miles Brown was named MAC Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 28.
Marshall enters the matchup with Ohio with a 6-1 record and is coming off a 68-57 victory over Akron on Nov 30 in Huntington. Their only loss this season was against Queens.
Overall, Marshall averages 83.9 points a game, while shooting .473 from the field, .344 from three and .658 from the line. Marshall also averages 43.0 rebounds a game, 20.1 assists and 9.7 steals a game. The Herd also force 15.6 turnovers a game.
Meanwhile, Opponents average 67.1 points and 36.7 rebounds a game. Opponents also shoot .392 from the field, .282 from three and .691 from the line. Opponents also dish out 11.7 assists and grab 5.9 steals a game, while also forcing 11.7 11.7 turnovers a game.
Individually, Taevion Kinsey leads The Herd with 20.9 points a game, while shooting .540 from the field, .545 from three and .783 from the line. She also averages 5.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists a game. Andrew Taylor adds 19.4 points and 5.6 rebounds a game, while shooting .430 from the field. Kamdyn Cufman adds 11.5 points, while Micah Handlogten averages 10.3 rebounds a contest.
Ohio enters the matchup with Marshall with a 4-3 record after defeating UC Clermont, 113-44 in Athens on Nov. 30.
As a team, Ohio is averaging 79.0 points and 40.7 rebounds a game, while opponents average 66.7 points and 32.3 rebounds a game. The Bobcats are also shooting .464 from the field, .359 from three and .699 from the line. Ohio also adds 15.4 assists, 6.3 steals and force 12.9 turnovers a game.
Opponents are shooting .422 from the field, .353 from three and .619 from the line, while dishing out 11.7 assists, 6.7 steals and 11.7 turnovers a game.
Individually, Miles Brown leads Ohio with 12.3 points a game, while shooting .509 from the field, .581 from three and .857 from the line. Dwight Wilson III adds 12.3 points and 10.7 rebounds a game and is shooting .561 from the field. Jaylin Hunter adds 9.9 points and 4.6 assists a game.
ALL TIME VS. MARSHALL
This is the 107th all-time meeting between Ohio and Marshall.
Ohio leads the all-time series, 57-49.
The Bobcats defeated Marshall last season, 75-65 in Athens.
Ohio is 6-7 against The Herd in their last 13 meetings dating back to 2004-05.
Ohio last won in Huntington on Nov. 30, 2011, with the Bobcats winning, 70-68.
LAST TIME AGAINST MARSHALL
The Bobcats defeated Marshall last season, 75-65 in Athens.
Individually, Mark Sears led with a game-high 24 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. He went 6-of-12 from the field, 2-of-3 from three and was 10-of-10 from the line. Jason Carter added 19 points, nine rebounds and went 6-of-15 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line. Ben Roderick added 10 points and four rebounds, while going 6-of-7 from the line.
Overall, Ohio shot 40 percent from the field, 30.4 percent from three and were 24-of-26 (.923) from the line. Meanwhile, Marshall shot 37.3 percent from the field, 32.1 percent from three and 76.9 percent from the line. Marshall outrebounded the Bobcats, 37-36, while both teams dished out 10 assists. The Bobcats forced 22 Marshall turnovers, scoring 25 points off them.
For Marshall, four scored in double figures and were led by Obinna Anochili-Killen with 18 points and nine rebounds, followed by Taevion Kinsey with 15 points and seven rebounds. David Early added 14 points, while Andrew Taylor scored 11 points and dished out five assists.
LAST TIME OUT
Led by six players in double figures, including double doubles by Dwight Wilson III and AJ Clayton and career nights from AJ Brown and Elmore James, the Ohio men’s basketball team (4-3) defeated UC Clermont, 113-44, Wednesday night (Nov. 30) inside the Convocation Center.
The 69-point margin of victory was the largest margin since Ohio defeated Cleveland State by 55 on Dec. 6, 2020 in the Convo.
Overall, Ohio shot 62.5 percent from the field, 36 percent from three and were 14-of-24 from the line, while Clermont shot 30.5 percent from the field, 29.4 percent from three and 25 percent from the line. Ohio also grabbed 53 rebounds, dished out 26 assists and had seven steals and forced 17 turnovers.
Individually, Brown led with 18 points and four assists, while James added 16 points. Clayton scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Wilson III scored 11 points and grabbed 12 boards. Jaylin Hunter added 10 points, while Aidan Hadaway added 10 points and five boards.
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.
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.
MAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Miles Brown was named the Mid-American Conference Co-Player of the Week for his performance the week of Nov. 21, the league announced Nov. 28.
Brown led Ohio this past weekend to two victories in the 2022 Bobcat Battle. Overall, Brown averaged 16.0 points. 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals a game. He shot .688 from the field and was 8-of-11 (.727) from three, while making both free throws. He was also named the Bobcat Battle Tournament MVP.
On Nov. 25 against Eastern Illinois, Brown scored 14 points, went 4-of-6 from the field, 4-of-4 from three, while setting a new career-high in threes made. He also grabbed three rebounds and has three steals in the 78-67 victory. Then on Nov. 27 against Alabama State, Brown was sensational, scoring 18 points, going 7-of-10 from the field, 4-of-7 from three and grabbing two rebounds and recording one block in the 72-58 win.
HADAWAY FINDS A WAY
Freshman Aidan Hadaway had his best performance of his young season on Nov. 25 against Eastern Illinois, scoring 11 points, going 4-of-8 from the field, 1-of-2 from three and grabbed three rebounds in the win.
On Nov. 30 against UC Clermont, Hadaway recorded a career-best three blocks and grabbed five rebounds in the victory.
SHELLY FINDING HIS WAY
Freshman guard Ajay Sheldon hit career marks on Nov. 30 against UC Clermont, scoring six points and hitting two threes while dishing out four assists in the win.
After a week off for finals, the Ohio men’s basketball team is back on the road on Sunday, Dec. 11 when they head to Youngstown, Ohio to take on Youngstown State. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
COURTESY OHIO ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS