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DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 18, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Convocation Center (13,080) -- Athens, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Wofford 1-0, Ohio 2-0. Away Record: Wofford 0-2, Ohio 0-0. Neutral Record: Wofford 0-0, Ohio 0-0. Conference Record: Wofford 0-0, Ohio 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Ohio University Bobcats will attempt to keep their undefeated start to the season alive when they play host to the Wofford Terriers on Sunday afternoon.
Wofford's season has kicked off with a pair off losses in difficult road games against Colorado (74-59) and Ball State (66-61) with a home win over Webber International (87-54) sandwiched in between. This marks the second game of a five-game road swing for the Terriers, who won't return to Spartanburg until Nov. 28.
After advancing to the Sweet 16 last season, high hopes surround this year's version of the Ohio Bobcats, and they have not disappointed in the early going with a pair of wins over Portland (81-52) and UNC Wilmington (85-47). OU is in the midst of a six-came homestand to open the campaign, and the team went 16-1 at the Convocation Center a year ago.
This bout marks the first-ever meeting between these two programs in men's basketball.
Wofford was able to beat up on Webber International in posting its lone win of the season, logging 87 points, but in its two losses it has shot just 36.1 percent or below from the floor. On Friday, the Terriers played sound defense against Ball State, limiting the Cardinals to 42.2 percent success from the field, but they could not take advantage as they ended the game with nearly as many turnovers (17) as field goals made (18). One of the few bright spots in that matchup was Lee Skinner, who tallied a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Spencer Collins has a difficult night from the field (2-of-12) and he turned the ball over seven times, but he still finished with 14 points, and he leads the team in scoring on the young season (15.3 ppg). Karl Cochran saw extended playing time off the bench and scored 10 points, although he too had lackluster aim on the night (4-of-15, 2-of-9 from three-point range). Wofford's biggest strength is probably on the boards, where it outrebounds its opponents by an average of 5.3 rpg.
It's been nothing but smooth sailing for Ohio in the early going, as it is shooting 53.8 percent from the floor, scoring 83 ppg, and outscoring its opponents by an incredible 33.5 ppg. In its latest outing, the team flashed its muscles at the defensive end as well, goading UNCW into 26 turnovers. The outburst was paced by Ivo Baltic, who shot 10-of-12 from the field for 20 points while also tallying six boards and four steals. The blowout victory allowed Reggie Keely to see extended time off the bench, and he took advantage by scoring 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Walter Offutt and Nick Kellogg scored 11 and 10, respectively, while D.J. Cooper finished with nine points and 14 assists, just one shy of his career high. Through two games, four Bobcats are averaging between 13.5 and 15.0 ppg, and all 12 players who have seen action have scored.
Wofford hasn't been a pushover in its road games this year, but it hasn't been able to get over the hump to win a tough game in the second half. Don't expect things to be any different against one of the better mid-major squads in the country.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Ohio University 85, Wofford 71
11/18 10:45:52 ET
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