Ohio is about to find out how far it is from becoming one of the top programs in the Mid-American Conference.

The Bobcats will play the first of two games against Bowling Green — picked in the preseason coaches poll to win the MAC Tournament — on Saturday inside The Convo. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.

Ohio’s young roster will face the more seasoned talent of Bowling Green, who returned four of its five starters from last season’s run to the MAC Championship Game. 

The Bobcats found a way to upset the Falcons once last season, but that was when Saul Phillips was at the helm and when the starting lineup consisted of much more experienced players. How will Ohio fare under Jeff Boals and a new young roster?

Game information

Game time: 1 p.m. 

Venue: The Convo (Athens, Ohio)

Watch: ESPN+

Listen: Ohio IMG Sports Network

Meet the opponent

Projected Starters

05 Dylan Frye (6-feet-2, 185 pounds)

03 Caleb Fields (6-feet-2, 185 pounds)

01 Justin Turner (6-feet-4, 205 pounds)

25 Daeqwon Plowden (6-feet-6, 215 pounds)

02 Tayler Mattos (6-feet-11, 250 pounds)

Individual Statistical Leaders:

Points: Turner (17.3 points per game)

Rebounds: Plowden (8 rebounds per game)

Assists: Frye (4.3 assists per game)

Team statistical profile

Points per game: 75.5

Rebounds per game: 41.0

Assists per game: 13.1

Field goal percentage: 41.9 percent

3-point percentage: 31.9

Free-throw percentage: 74.6 percent

Matchup history

This will be Boals’ first meeting with Bowling Green. Last season, the Bobcats went 1-1 against the Falcons and defeated Bowling Green, who was the top team in the MAC, 92-87 in overtime inside The Convo on Feb. 22. Bowling Green leads the all-time series, 78-69.