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OU Guard Elmore James (No. 1) and OU Center Gabe Wiznitzer (No. 11) getting ready to box out a Cleveland State player on Nov. 12, 2022, at The Convo in Athens, Ohio.

Men's Basketball: Everything to know about Central Michigan

After a dreadful loss to Toledo Tuesday night, Ohio is now tied for last in the Mid-American Conference.

The Bobcats’ conference schedule has included five of the top six teams in the MAC, with three of those games coming on the road, but a 1-4 record is certainly not the start they were hoping for.

The schedule lightens up a bit this weekend, as Ohio welcomes a pair of teams just ahead of them in the standings, starting with Central Michigan.

Here is everything you need to know about Saturday’s opponent:

Game Information

Opponent: Central Michigan

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: The Convo

How to watch: ESPN3

How to listen: The Varsity Network

Follow live stats here

Meet the Opponent

Head Coach: Tony Barbee (second season)

Probable starters

00 Brian Taylor

01 Reggie Bass

03 Jesse Zarzuela

04 Carrington McCaskill

22 Nicolas Pavrette

Statistical leaders

Points: Zarzuela (16.1 points per game)

Rebounds: Taylor (6.5 rebounds per game)

Assists: Bass (2.8 assists per game)

Blocks: Taylor (16 blocks)

Steals: Bass (21 steals)

Field goal percentage: Pavrette (55.3%)

3-point percentage: Zarzuela (35.8%)

Free throw percentage: Zarzuela (83.3%)

Series History

Ohio has dominated Central Michigan recently, winning each of the last five matchups between the two, most recently a 26-point win last season.

Before that, however, the Chippewas owned the rivalry, winning eight in a row between 2014 and 2018.

Ohio head coach Jeff Boals has never lost to Central Michigan.

Player to watch

Elmore James - Ohio’s game against Toledo was nothing short of a disaster, but the one bright spot was James scoring a career-high 21 points. Boals has shortened Ohio’s rotation over the last few weeks, and James made a strong case to be a bigger part of it Tuesday.


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