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Ohio University Preview

PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:18 pm
by Commissioner
Ohio University

When: Saturday, November 30, 1:00 p.m.
Where: Convocation Center, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
TV: Nope
Radio: 910 AM Superstation

The Titans long road trip continues, but now a bit closer to home, as the Titans play in Ohio on Saturday (Ohio U) and Tuesday (Kent State).

The Titans and OU have met just 4 times over the years, which seems surprising to me. The first of those meetings came in December of 1971, when the Titans under Jim Harding defeated the Bobcats 84-77 at a tournament in Ann Arbor. The Bobcats entered the game ranked 15th in the UPI poll and 17th by the AP after losing their opener to Northwestern but then scoring back-to-back wins over 4th ranked Ohio State and 12th ranked Indiana. The Titans won that 1971 game behind 25 points from Cookie Marsh, including 12 in the final 11 minutes. The Bobcats went on to win the MAC, losing to Marquette in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Titans, led by Marsh, Frank Russell, and Bill Pleas, also had a good year, going 18-6 and crushing then #2 Marquette by 23 points in late February. The Titans missed out on post-season play when it was discovered that (unbeknownst to the Titans), forward Daryle Johnson had been ineligible all season (Johnson, it turned out, had played a handful of juco games in Chicago in 1966, and thus was outside the rule allowing just 5 years to use up collegiate eligibility). Three games since have all gone to OU, but all been close. OU won 66-65 in the 2005 season, 56-55 in the 2006 season, and 63-61 last year in Calihan (I hate it when they run up the score).

The Bobcats enter this one at 4-3, and will be at home for the first time since beating D-3 Heidelberg on November 9. They've got a couple of solid road wins, over St. Bonaventure and Iona, and a neutral site win over Middle Tennessee State. Their losses are to Villanova, Baylor, and Utah, so nothing to disreputable there. They've always been tough in Athens, winning over 75% of their home games since the Convocation Center opened 50 years ago.

Sophomore Jason Preston is the man for OU, averaging 16.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 7.6 assists (4th in the nation), while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The kid had 21 points against Utah, and 16 points and 8 assists against Villanova. He can rebound, too--he had 27 points and 14 boards at Iona. In other words, this kid can play, and may be the best guard we've seen yet this year.

But they've got other weapons. Soph forward Ben Vande Plas is averaging over 12 points and 5 rebounds while shooting 53% from the floor. Jordan Dartis, a senior guard who was an injury redshirt last year, has been inconsistent, but he dropped 32 points on Middle Tennessee, so you don't dare overlook him. The other starters are 6-10 center Sylvester Ogbanda, a grad transfer from Georgia Tech, and freshman guard Lunden McDay, whose name sounds vaguely like a new fast-food offering.

First-year head coach Jeff Boals generally uses an 8 man rotation with three freshmen coming off the bench: their top recruit, Ohio all-state forward Ben Roderick; center Nolan Foster out of Mattawan, Michigan; and power forward Mason McMurray. Another big freshman, 6-10 Nate Springs, will probably play a few minutes as well. All that said, Boals doesn't use his freshman bench a lot: Preston plays a heap of minutes, 37 per game, and Vande Plas, Dartis, and McDay all average over 30 as well.

So, how do the Titans win? Get to the foul line. Ohio is 352nd in the country in opponent's free throw percentage. We'll have to hope that's cause and effect, not correlation. Otherwise, we've got to stop Preston, and keep the ball out of the hands of Ohio's considerably taller front line. Which, to join to foul shooting, it may pay the Titans to give some fouls up there: The bigs--Obanga, Vande Plas, Foster, and Springs--all shoot at least 53% from the field, but only Obanga (61.5%) is hitting even 50% from the line. But do we have enough fouls to give? Let's see, there's Nguidjol, Brandon, Miller, Isiani, ... maybe the back up guards can do some hacking, too. OU doesn't have any outstanding three point shooters but all the guards, and Vande Plas, too, can do the job from outside.

This is an inexperienced team, but a solid one, with size and outstanding point guard. They've played tough competition, and they're playing at home. Personally, I'm tired of excuses. I want to see some wins.

Probable Starters
PG: Jason Preston, 6-4 Soph. (16.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 7.6 apg, 1.9 spg, 31.6% 3PFG)
SG: Jordan Dartis, 6-3 RS Sr. (12.9 ppg, 36.2% 3PFG)
G: Lunden McDay, 6-3 Fr. (8.1 ppg, 33.1% 3PFG)
PF: Ben Vande Plas, 6-8 RS Soph. (12.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg., 2.7 apg, 53.1% FG, 39.1% 3PFG)
PF: Sylvester Obanga, 6-10 RS Sr. (6.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 57.1% FG)

Key Reserves
SF: Ben Roderick, 6-5 Fr. (6.3 ppg)
PF: Nate Springs, 6-7 RS Fr. (2.8 ppg, 66.7% FG)
PF: Mason McMurray, 6-7 RS Fr. (2.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
C: Nolan Foster, 6-10 Fr. (5.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 54.2% FG))

Re: Ohio University Preview

PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:29 pm
by Rogobob77
Preview from ... px?sfns=mo

FYI, there will be no radio broadcast of the game on 910 AM. There is a broadcast, however, online through Saturday’s opponent at .

Re: Ohio University Preview

PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:44 pm
by titanmac
why not? its being previewed as if?

Re: Ohio University Preview

PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:05 pm
by Commissioner
Anybody else going to the game?

Re: Ohio University Preview

PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:56 pm
by ptctitan
The game is being broadcast on radio on 910 AM.

Re: Ohio University Preview

PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:21 pm
by ptctitan
Titans unable play any defense today. We are shooting poorly again. A bad combination.

Re: Ohio University Preview

PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:41 pm
by Resurget Cineribus
A nice comeback!

Re: Ohio University Preview

PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:02 pm
by ptctitan
Couldn't pull off the miracle comeback.

Antoine has been playing with a hand injury incurred in NC State game.

Coach says, "I've found some guys who can play."

Re: Ohio University Preview

PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:06 pm
by Tacitus651
ptctitan wrote:
Coach says, "I've found some guys who can play."

Finally, some good news! When will they be announced and suit up?

Re: Ohio University Preview

PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:12 pm
by ptctitan
They're a mystery, T651.

But I hear they will enable us to spot our opponents only 20 points; so, we have a chance to take the lead when we come back in the second half.