GAME NOTES: The Tigers will try to stay perfect at home as the Ohio University
Bobcats storm into FedExForum to challenge Memphis on Wednesday.
Ohio will be hungry for a win after enduring an 84-76 loss at Robert Morris on
Saturday. The setback was the first of the season for coach Jim Christian's
team. The 6-1 Bobcats reeled off wins in every game before Saturday, although
the home court advantage was on their side in each of the victories. Ohio was
the last team in the Mid-American Conference to suffer a defeat. Christian
will pick up his 200th career win if the Bobcats manage to tame the Tigers.
Josh Pastner's Tigers have recovered from their back-to-back losses to
Virginia Commonwealth and Minnesota in the Battle 4 Atlantis as they enter
this one on a two-game winning streak after defeating Northern Iowa (52-47)
and Tennessee-Martin (93-65). Since 2004-05, Memphis has won 148 games at
FedExForum, the most home wins in the country over that span of time.
This will be the first meeting between these programs on the hardwood.
The Bobcats lost to RMU their last time out due to a poor defensive
performance. The Colonials shot 56.4 percent from the floor including 12-of-18
from three-point range. RMU also converted 28-of-35 attempts at the charity
stripe and held a slight advantage in the rebounding battle. Ohio converted
only 40.3 percent of its field goal attempts, but assisted 20 of 25 made field
goals and had just eight turnovers. D.J. Cooper led the team with 19 points
and 10 assists, but he went just 6-of-17 from the field to do so. Walter
Offutt added 16 points in the loss. Cooper leads the MAC in steals (2.3) and
assists per game (7.3) and also paces Ohio with 14.7 ppg. Offutt is producing
15.3 ppg in his last three outings. Nick Kellogg can take over a game with his
marksman like 3-point shooting ability.
Memphis is netting 71.8 ppg on 46.1 percent shooting from the field. Its
opponents are averaging only 65.7 ppg, but they have converted 48-of-122 from
three-point range in six games. The Tigers played very well on both ends of
the floor their last time out, as they held UTM to 35.3 percent shooting and
drained 52.2 percent of their own field goals. It was a collective effort on
offense with freshman forward Shaq Goodwin leading the way with his first
career double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Adonis Thomas scored 15
points, Chris Crawford drilled four 3-pointers on his way to 14 points, and
Joe Jackson added 13 points and eight assists. Geron Johnson tallied a career-
high 13 points off the bench. Thomas leads the team with 12.5 ppg.
The Bobcats may have been looking ahead on their schedule to this game when
they fell to RMU. However, the Tigers are once again a very athletic and
talented unit. Cooper will need to deliver a big time performance for Ohio to
hand Pastner's squad a loss in Tennessee.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Memphis 75, Ohio University 71