Ohio (0-1,0-0 Mid-American Conference) will look to bounce back from its disappointing season opener with a road game against Longwood (0-1, 0-0 Big South). Thursday's game against Longwood will be Ohio's first game of the season on the road. Last year Ohio went 1-3 on the road in the nonconference play and 5-9 on the road overall.
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Willett Hall (Farmville, VA)
How to watch: ESPN+
Meet the Opponent
Head Coach: Erika Lang-Montgomery (first season)
00 Brooke Anya
01 Bailey Williams
22 Steph Davis
24 Geassy Germano
30 Anne-Hamilton Leroy
Things to know
- Longwood was blown out of its home opener against Delaware. After a solid first quarter, Longwood was dominated in each of the last three quarters. Delaware was an efficient 7-15 from three against Longwood, and because Ohio scored most of its points from three against LIU, Ohio's strength could be Longwood's weakness.
- The Lancers had a historic season in 2021-22. As the No. 2 seed in the Big South Conference tournament, the Lancers cruised through the first two rounds, and dominated the one seed in the championship game. The Lancers then won a tight contest in the play-in round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to NC State. The Lancers have been picked to take a step backwards this season. In the Big South preseason poll, the Lancers were predicted to finish sixth.
Keys to the game
The Bobcats put themselves in a huge hole in the fourth quarter against the Sharks when they allowed two separate scoring runs of 10-1 and 9-2 in the second half. The Bobcats ended up losing the game by seven, but if they had limited the scoring runs made by the Sharks, they would’ve had a chance to win the game. If the Bobcats can weather the storm when they’re not playing well, they will have a better chance of picking up the road win.