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Ohio University forward Ben Vander Plas (5) going up for a layup against Eastern Michigan defense in The Convo on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.

Men's Basketball: A second glance at Eastern Michigan and how to watch

Ohio will conclude its three-game road trip when it faces Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats (20-4, 11-2 Mid-American Conference) have been running on fumes. They were the first team in the MAC to reach 20 wins this season, but their wins have come with drawbacks. Saturday will be the Bobcats’ sixth game in two weeks, and they’ve only had one day to rest and prepare.

The Eagles (8-15, 3-9 MAC) have yet to find a groove this season. They’ve yet to pick up a win in February, and they’ve lost their last four games by double digits.

Here’s another look at the Eagles before Saturday’s game:

Game information

Opponent: Eastern Michigan

Venue: Gervin GameAbove Center

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Watch: ESPN3

Listen: Ohio IMG Sports Network

Live stats: Live stats are provided here.

Meet the opponent

Probable starters

01 Colin Golson Jr.

25 Nate Scott

13 Mo Njie

04 Bryce McBride

05 Noah Farrakhan

Individual statistical leaders

Points: Farrakhan (15.8 points per game)

Rebounds: Scott (5.5 rebounds per game)

Assists: Farrakhan (2.4 assists per game)

Field goal percentage: Njie (57.5%)

3-point percentage: Njie (66.7%)

Free throw percentage: Thomas Binelli (100%)

Team statistical profile

Points per game: 71

Rebounds per game: 34.3

Assists per game: 10.1

Turnovers per game: 14.1

Field goal percentage: 43.1%

3-point percentage: 31.7%

Free throw percentage: 72.2%

Eastern Michigan since Game 1

Eastern Michigan hasn’t improved since losing to Ohio on Feb. 3. It has dropped its last two games, and it was dismantled by Buffalo in a 38-point loss on Tuesday. Eastern Michigan suffered one of its worst days for shooting on Tuesday, shooting just 37.5% from the field and 20% from beyond the arc.

Player to watch

McBride — The guard has worked his way into Eastern Michigan’s starting lineup in the past week, earning starts in games against Kent State and Buffalo. In his past two games, McBride has averaged nine points, 3.5 assists and two rebounds. He’s not a difference maker, but McBride has a niche in the Eagles’ lineup that he fills well.

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