Ohio returns to The Convo for a brief one-game homestand when it hosts Miami on Tuesday night.
The Bobcats (21-4, 12-2 Mid-American Conference) have broken plenty of ground in the past two weeks. They’ve secured a spot in the MAC Tournament, and they were the first team in the conference to reach 20 wins this season. But those achievements came with consequences. The Bobcats played six games in a span of two weeks, and that constant turnover, exacerbated by a three-game roadtrip, wore them down. They’ve been given a weekend to rest, but it’s uncertain how well the Bobcats can bounce back.
Granted, they’ll be easing back into a normal schedule. The RedHawks (11-13, 5-8 MAC) are without a winning record, and their two recent wins have been against teams ranked lower than them in the conference standings. The Bobcats routed the RedHawks in their previous meeting at Millett Hall, and neither team has lost or gained much ground since mid-January.
Here’s a second look at the RedHawks ahead of Tuesday’s game:
Venue: The Convo
Time: 7 p.m.
Listen: Ohio IMG Sports Network
Live stats: Live stats are provided here.
Meet the opponent
02 Mekhi Lairy
03 Dae Dae Grant
22 Myja White
05 Precious Ayah
13 Dalonte Brown
Individual statistical leaders
Points: Grant (16.9 points per game)
Rebounds: Brown (6.4 rebounds per game)
Assists: Grant (4.0 assists per game)
Field goal percentage: Wil Stevens (75%)
3-point percentage: Marr Avance (46.7%)
Free throw percentage: Isaiah Coleman-Lands (100%)
Team statistical profile
Points per game: 75
Rebounds per game: 35.2
Assists per game: 13.1
Turnovers per game: 10
Field goal percentage: 44%
3-point percentage: 33.9%
Free throw percentage: 78.9%
Miami since Game 1
The Bobcats pummeled the RedHawks 86-63 when the two teams first met in mid-January. Since then, the RedHawks have lost five of their last eight games and are currently eighth in the conference standings. They picked up wins against Western Michigan and Bowling Green last week, but they’ve struggled to rebound from a five-game losing streak in which they scored 70 points or more in just one game.
Player to watch
Lairy — The only player aside from Grant to score in double figures in Miami’s last two games. He didn’t start for three games, but the guard hasn’t slowed down much production wise. He’s averaging 16 points, 3.4 rebounds and three assists over his last five games, and his shooting percentage has improved since hitting a minor slump midway through conference play.