Ohio suffered a last-second defeat to Bowling Green last Saturday after losing a one-point lead with one second left.
The Bobcats didn’t lose any ground in the Mid-American Conference standings, though. They’ll look to hold their position to host the first round MAC Tournament game when they play Buffalo on Tuesday in The Convo.
The Bulls, who are currently the No. 4 seed and are in position for a first-round bye, are riding a four-game win streak and defeated Kent State in double overtime Saturday.
Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Opponent: Buffalo Bulls (18-9, 9-5 MAC)
Game time: 7 p.m.
Venue: The Convo (Athens, Ohio)
Listen: Ohio IMG Sports Network
Meet the opponent
03 Jayvon Graves (6-3, 200)
11 Jeenathan Williams (6-5, 200)
04 Davonta Jordan (6-2, 190)
02 Antwain Johnson (6-2, 202)
34 Josh Mballa (6-7, 217)
Individual Statistical Leaders:
Points: Graves (17.2 points per games)
Rebounds: Mballa (9.6 rebounds per games)
Assists: Jordan (5.1 assists per game)
Field goal percentage: Williams (45.5)
3-point percentage: Graves (36.5%)
Free throw percentage: Johnson (78.5%)
Team Statistical Profile:
Points Per Game: 79
Rebounds Per Game: 42.8
Assists Per Game: 15.2
Turnovers Per Game: 14.2
Field goal Percentage: 43.6%
3-point Percentage: 32.4%
Free throw Percentage: 66.4%
Ohio is 32-17 all time against Buffalo. The Bobcats fell 76-73 to the Bulls in their first meeting of the season on Jan. 14. Ohio is 4-6 since that game while Buffalo is 7-2. The Bobcats haven’t beaten the Bulls since 2017.
Key player to watch
Williams — The sophomore forward led the Bulls with a season-high 26 points in their last meeting with the Bobcats. Ohio did a solid job of defending Graves, holding Buffalo’s best shooter to nine points in that matchup. But, the Bobcats’ defense, which has shown significant improvement in February, will have to put a larger focus on stopping Williams if Ohio wants to avoid the season sweep.