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Ohio forward Jason Carter (30) continues with a dunk attempt after the clock was stopped for a foul during an exhibition basketball game against Capital University at Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. 

Men's Basketball: Ohio to face Rice in first round of College Basketball Invitational

Ohio’s back in the saddle.

After bowing out of the Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinals after a loss to Kent State last week, Ohio’s season seemed all but over. But a second chance at a postseason run was ensured after Ohio accepted a bid to the Roman College Basketball Invitational Tournament on Sunday.

With a CBI spot secured, No. 3 seeded Ohio (24-9, 14-6 MAC) is prepared for a first round matchup against No. 14 seeded Rice (16-16, 7-11 Conference USA). 

Here’s a look at the Owls ahead of the first round of the CBI:

Game information

Opponent: No. 14 Rice

Venue: Daytona Beach Ocean Center

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Watch: FloHoops

Listen: Ohio IMG Sports Network

Live stats: Live stats are provided here.

Meet the opponent

Probable starters

12 Carl Pierre

24 Chris Mullins

15 Max Fiedler

03 Travis Evee

13 Terrance McBride

Individual statistical leaders

Points: Pierre (15.5 points per game)

Rebounds: Fiedler (7.9 rebounds per game)

Assists: Fiedler (3.7 assists per game)

Field goal percentage: Ben Moffat (80%)

3-point percentage: Jaden Geron (63.6%)

Free throw percentage: Reed Myers (100%)

Team statistical profile

Points per game: 75.2

Rebounds per game: 35.7

Assists per game: 16.3

Turnovers per game: 12.6

Field goal percentage: 46.1%

3-point percentage: 37.6%

Free throw percentage: 71.1%

The series

This is the first meeting between the Bobcats and the Owls.

Player to watch

Pierre — The graduate is Rice’s premier scorer and has cracked double figures in seven of his last eight games. In Rice’s game against UTEP in early March, Pierre dropped a season-high 30 points.


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