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:
Opponent: Central Michigan
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: The Convo
How to watch: ESPN3
How to listen: The Varsity Network
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Meet the Opponent
Head Coach: Tony Barbee (second season)
00 Brian Taylor
01 Reggie Bass
03 Jesse Zarzuela
04 Carrington McCaskill
22 Nicolas Pavrette
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%)
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.