Ohio University (20-10) at Miami-Ohio (12-16)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 8, 12 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Millett Hall (6,400) -- Oxford, Ohio. Television: ESPN3. Home Record: Ohio 11-6, Miami 7-5. Away Record: Ohio 9-4, Miami 5-11. Neutral Record: Ohio 0-0, Miami 0-0. Conference Record: Ohio 10-7, Miami 8-9. Series Record: Ohio University leads, 101-91.
GAME NOTES: The Ohio University Bobcats conclude their regular season on Saturday as they visit Millett Hall for another installment of the "Battle of the Bricks" series versus the Miami-Ohio RedHawks.
Coach Jim Christian's Bobcats ended a two-game losing slide on Tuesday with a 72-61 victory over Bowling Green. A victory over Miami would give Ohio a road sweep of the Mid-American Conference East for the first time since divisional play was implemented in the 1997-98 campaign. The Bobcats can earn the No. 4 seed and a double bye in the MAC Tournament with a win and losses by Akron and Eastern Michigan. Ohio is 14-3 in its past 17 MAC road games.
Miami coasted to a 73-61 decision over the Golden Flashes at Kent State on Tuesday to notch its third win in four outings on Tuesday. The RedHawks' recent surge has lifted them to an 8-9 MAC record and they currently hold the seventh seed in the league heading into their regular-season finale. Coach John Cooper's squad is 7-5 at Millett Hall, including a 4-4 home record versus MAC foes.
This will be the second matchup between Ohio and the RedHawks this season. The Bobcats won the first meeting, 82-75, in Athens on Feb. 8 and have won the past five games between the schools en route to a 101-91 all-time series lead. Ohio needed to overcome a 16-point second-half deficit when Miami visited the Convocation Center last month to keep its streak in the rivalry intact.
In Ohio's win over Bowling Green, senior guard Nick Kellogg knocked down 8- of-13 field goal attempts for 25 points, which he accompanied with six rebounds. Kellogg sank a pair of shots from behind the 3-point line in the contest and now has 273 career makes from beyond the arc, which leaves him just two 3-pointers shy of becoming the program's all-time leader in the category. Junior point guard Javarez Willis posted a season-high 16 points versus the Falcons. The Bobcats have played well on both ends of the floor throughout the campaign as they rank third in the MAC in field goal percentage (.456) and second in the conference in field goal percentage defense (.406). Kellogg is posting a team-high 15.3 ppg, while Maurice Ndour contributes 14.4 ppg and seven rpg.
Although Miami's 43.6 percent shooting from the floor has it ranked sixth among MAC schools in field-goal percentage, it paces the league and is 19th nationally in free-throw percentage (.750). Senior forward Will Felder tallied 26 points and nine rebounds to power the RedHawks past Kent State in their last outing. Felder, who ranks seventh in the MAC in scoring (14.9 ppg) and is ninth in rebounding (6.8 rpg), made good on 10-of-18 shots from the field and sank 6- of-7 tries at the charity stripe. Sophomore guard Willie Moore added 14 points and six boards, while junior guard Will Sullivan netted 13 points. Sullivan has drained a team-best 42 attempts from 3-point range.
Ohio can not afford to fall behind Miami by a double-digit deficit again since staging a similar comeback on the road will be much more challenging. The RedHawks are capable of defeating the Bobcats, but they will need to figure out a way to contain Kellogg, who poured in 27 points versus Ohio in February.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Miami-Ohio 70, Ohio University 66
03/08 10:15:10 ET