Ohio (19-10) at Bowling Green (12-17)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 4, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Stroh Center (5,000) -- Bowling Green, Ohio. Television: None. Home Record: Ohio 11-6, Bowling Green 7-7. Away Record: Ohio 8-5, Bowling Green 4-9. Neutral Record: Ohio 0-0, Bowling Green 1-1. Conference Record: Ohio 9-7, Bowling Green 6-10. Series Record: Bowling Green leads, 73-62.
GAME NOTES: The Ohio Bobcats have lost two straight contests, and with two games left in the regular season they'll try to turn their fortunes around as they start with a road game against the Bowling Green Falcons in a Mid- American Conference clash at Stroh Center.
Ohio has lost two in a row and three of its last four games in conference play, slipping to 9-7 in the MAC East Division. The Bobcats were dropped by Kent State, 75-62, on Saturday.
Bowling Green has also lost three of its last four games, most recently to Akron, 57-47, Saturday night. The Falcons, at 6-10 in the conference standings, occupy the bottom spot in the MAC East Division.
Still, Bowling Green has an 11-game lead in the all-time series between the two conference opponents, 73-62. The Falcons were victorious in the only other head-to-head matchup between the two sides earlier this season by a slim 58-56 margin.
Kent State built up a 12-point halftime lead over Ohio on Saturday in the Bobcats' Senior Day contest. Ohio was able to shave off two points from that deficit in the second half, but nothing more. Travis Wilkins was the only Ohio player to score in double figures in the contest, netting 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Nick Kellogg scored just two points before fouling out, and Maurice Ndour added eight points with six rebounds. The Bobcats shot just 34.5 percent from the floor in the loss.
Kellogg is the team's leading scorer this season, who was unusually quiet Saturday. He is averaging 15 ppg with a team high-tying 79 assists on the year. Ndour is the second and only other scorer averaging a double-digit point total with 14.4 ppg. The big man is the team's leading rebounder at 7 rpg and has 51 blocked shots to his resume. Stevie Taylor is tied with Kellogg at 79 assists on the season. The Bobcats as a team average 71.3 ppg through 29 games played.
Bowling Green had more production from its top players than Akron did in the contest, but the Falcons lacked scoring from their bench and from other key role players. Bowling Green was down by just two points, 20-18, at the end of the first half, but a strong Zips second half fueled a run that eventually buried the Falcons. Richaun Holmes led Bowling Green with 14 points in the game, adding nine rebounds and four blocked shots to his stat line. Spencer Parker tallied 12 points with seven boards, and Cameron Black notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Holmes tops the Falcons this season with a 13.5 ppg average, adding a team- best 7.7 rpg mark and a Bowling Green single-season record of 83 blocked shots on the year (and counting). Parker nets 12.4 ppg with a 5.4 rpg average, and Jehvon Clarke adds 12.7 ppg with a team-high 4.8 apg. Anthony Henderson rounds out the double-digit scorers for Bowling Green with 10.8 ppg, also registering a team-best 61 total steals on the season.
Bowling Green's inconsistency this year has been well documented, highlighted by a surprising victory earlier this season on the road against this same Ohio unit. The Falcons post a strong scoring defense, but haven't been able to keep up on the offensive end (63.1 ppg). Ohio, even on the road, should be able to take down the Falcons, as long as players like Kellogg and Ndour don't disappear.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Ohio 73, Bowling Green 64
03/04 10:35:39 ET