Ohio hits the road Friday for a nationally televised game against Mid-American Conference West Division foe Toledo. The Bobcats (9-7, 1-3 MAC) are coming off of a 66-52 home loss to Kent State, a game which saw Ohio struggle to have any offensive production. It was the Bobcats’ second straight loss at The Convo.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
Opponent: Toledo Rockets
Game time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Savage Arena (Toledo, Ohio)
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Listen: Ohio IMG Sports Network
Meet the opponent
23 Willie Jackson (6-6, 215)
35 Nate Navigato (6-8, 225)
30 Luke Knapke (6-11, 245)
03 Marreon Jackson (6-0, 175)
13 Jaelan Sanford (6-4, 200)
32 Chris Darrington (6-1, 185)
11 Spencer Littleson (6-4, 200)
15 AJ Edu (6-10, 215)
21 Dylan Alderson (6-5, 205)
Individual Statistical Leaders:
Points: Sanford (16.8 points per games)
Rebonds: W. Jackson (10.4 rebounds per games)
Assists: M. Jackson (4.7 assists per game)
Field goal percentage: Knapke (53.3 percent)
3-point percentage: Navigato (50 percent)
Free throw percentage: Navigato (94.4 percent)
Team Statistical Profile:
Points Per Game: 81
Rebounds Per Game: 69
Assists Per Game: 17.1
Turnovers Per Game: 11.9
Field goal Percentage: 45.5 percent
3-point Percentage: 38.8 percent
Free throw Percentage: 78.4 percent
Ohio leads the all-time series versus the Rockets, 71-59. The Bobcats lost the last two meetings last season 91-57 and 82-74. The last time that Ohio defeated the Rockets was in the 2017 MAC Tournament, when the Bobcats’ won 67-66 on a last-second shot from Kenny Kaminski in the quarterfinals. The Rockets have won nine of their last 12 home games as well as five of their last seven overall contests
Coach Saul Phillips is 2-4 all-time against Toledo coach Tod Kowalczyk.
Key player to watch
Nate Navigato — A senior forward for the Rockets, Navigato is also a player who has given the Bobcats problems in the past. His size makes him a threat inside the point, but his 3-point shot makes him lethal. This season he’s shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc, best for third in the nation.