After finishing off a two game home stand with two straight wins, Ohio hits the road to Northern Illinois on Tuesday night. Tip-off was rescheduled to 6 p.m. EDT due to the expected cold weather that’s set to sweep through the Midwest. The Bobcats are now 11-8 and 3-4 in the Mid-American Conference.
Opponent: Northern Illinois
Game time: 6 p.m. EDT
Venue: NIU Convocation Center (DeKalb, Illinois)
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Listen: Ohio IMG Sports Network
Meet the opponent
00 Dante Thorpe (6-4, 195)
04 Lacey James (6-9, 240)
10 Eugene German (6-0, 185)
22 Rod Henry-Hayes (6-4, 185)
42 Levi Bradley (6-7, 210)
05 Zaire Mateen (6-0, 170)
12 Anastasios Demogerontas (6-7, 215)
15 Jalen Key (6-7, 215)
32 Austin Richie (6-6, 225)
Individual Statistical Leaders:
Points: German (20.8)
Rebonds: James (7)
Assists: German (2.9)
FG Pct: Thorpe (54.6 percent)
3-point percentage: Bradley (44.2 percent)
FT Pct: Bradley (79.1 percent)
Team Statistical Profile:
Points Per Game: 77.3
Rebounds Per Game: 35.9
Assists Per Game: 12.4
Turnovers Per Game: 13.5
Field goal Percentage: 49.6 percent
3-point Percentage: 37.1 percent
FT Percentage: 70.7 percent
Ohio is 35-19 all-time in the series versus Northern Illinois. The Bobcats have won 10 out of the last 13.
The Bobcats and Huskies last met on Jan. 5, with the Bobcats falling 72-66 in overtime inside The Convo. Teyvion Kirk finished the game with 22 points, going 10-of-16 from the field. Overall, Ohio shot 43.6 percent from the field, 29.2 percent from 3-point range. Down the stretch, the Bobcats missed 14 free throws, shooting 11-of-25 from the free-throw line, which eventually led to the overtime loss.
Saul Phillips is 4-3 against Huskies head coach Mark Montgomery.
Key player to watch
Lacey James — The senior had his best day of his career last time Ohio and Northern Illinois met. He had a double-double, finishing with 20 points and 14 rebounds. While German is the biggest threat offensively, a strong game from a supporting cast member may be too much for Ohio to handle.