GAME NOTES: The Ohio University Bobcats will try to improve to 8-1 in MAC play
for the first time since the 1984-85 campaign as they host the Bowling Green
Falcons at the Convocation Center for a Mid-American Conference tilt.
The Bobcats and Falcons will meet for the 134th time on Saturday. Bowling
Green is the only MAC school that Ohio does not have a winning record against.
The Falcons hold a 71-62 edge in the all-time series and have won six of the
last 10 matchups. Ohio has won three-straight meetings in the rivalry at the
Bowling Green collected its second win in a row on Wednesday with a 57-41
triumph over the Huskies at Northern Illinois. The victory put the Falcons at
9-13 overall and gave them their first true road win of the season. A'uston
Calhoun recorded a double-double with a game-high 15 points and 12 boards to
power the Falcons past NIU. One game after going finishing with 19 point and
eight assists, Jordon Crawford went 1-of-9 from the floor to generate just two
points. Richaun Holmes chipped in 11 points for the Falcons in the win as the
team shot 43.1 percent from the field and limited the Huskies to 27.5 percent
The Falcons will need much more out of the 5-foot-6 Crawford against tougher
competition going forward. The senior point guard paces the team in the
scoring column with 15.5 ppg, while Calhoun is close behind at 15.4 ppg.
Crawford's lightning quick first step has helped him run the show for BGSU as
he deals out 4.3 assists and record 1.9 steals per contest. Calhoun is
consistently a force on the glass to grab 7.5 rpg, while Holmes rejects 2.5
shots per tilt. Bowling Green is one of the better defensive teams in the MAC,
limiting their opposition to 62.3 ppg. However, it is only 10th in scoring
with a mere average of 61.8 ppg.
Jim Christian's Bobcats bounced back from their inaugural MAC loss of the
season on Wednesday by coasting to a 69-42 rout of the Ball State Cardinals on
the road. Ohio is now 16-6 overall as it returns to the Convocation Center,
where it owns a nearly flawless 12-1 mark. The Bobcats are led by senior point
guard D.J. Cooper, who leads the team with 14.1 points per game and the
conference with 7.9 assists per tilt. Cooper will set a new program record for
career starts on Saturday as he makes his 128th appearance in Ohio's starting
five. Thanks largely in part to Cooper's efforts, Ohio is leading the nation
in assists per game (18.9) and ranks inside the top 20 in field goal
percentage (0.482) as well.
Walter Offutt scored 17 points in Ohio's win over Ball State, which marked
the team's eighth victory in nine outings. The Bobcats forced 22 turnovers and
had a 26-9 edge in points off takeaways to run away from the Cardinals. The
strong showing improved Ohio's average scoring margin to +9.1 versus league
The Bobcats have shown they are a very dangerous team from beyond the arc by
hitting a conference leading total of 184 3-pointers in 22 games. Reggie Keely
is second in scoring with 11.4 ppg, and Offutt is a close third at 11.1 ppg.
Ohio has some more contributors down the line in Nick Kellogg, Ivo Baltic,
Jon Smith, and Hall. Its depth and homecourt advantage should be enough to
fend off the inconsistent Falcons, who will have no chance of winning unless
Crawford finds his shooting touch.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Ohio University 73, Bowling Green 59