Last year, Ohio University Basketball (now 3-2) pulled off the stunning upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by beating the Georgetown Hoyas (a #4 seed, the ‘Cats were a #13) soundly. That momentum didn’t carry over tonight as they fell hard to the #6 ranked Kansas Jayhawks. The matchup was part of a 4 game home and travel tournament, the Las Vegas Invitational. The game was held on a neutral floor in Las Vegas.
The Jayhawk defense was stellar all night holding the Bobcats to just 23.7% well on the other side of the ball, it seemed as though Kansas could not miss shooting 56.5% for the game and 72% for the second half. Ohio was 0 for 18 from beyond the arc, its worst performance from distance since it went 0 for 19 in a contest at St. Bonaventure on December 5, 1997. The Jayhawks were lead in scoring by Junior Forward Marcus Morris who scored 26 points while snatching 8 rebounds.
It was truly a game of runs as early in the first quarter the Jayhawks jumped out on a 10 point run that just kick started the scoring woes for the ‘Cats. Kansas never trailed in the game and after the 2-2 tie early in the game it never got close. Kansas had their biggest lead of the first half with four minutes to go in the first half 43-16. To add to the Jayhawk lead, Kansas went on a 17-2 run to start the second half and later, with 7 minutes to go in the game, scored 19 points unanswered.
Guard D.J. Cooper (MAC Preseason player of the year) was the lone bright spot for Ohio with 16 points and 6 rebounds. The only other Bobcat player even close was freshman Nick Kellogg with 7 points. Also scoring for the Jayhawks were Travis Releford with 13 and Markieff Morris with 11 points and 8 rebounds.
The 57-point margin is the biggest regular season victory on a neutral court in KU history.
The ‘Cats had already started the tournament 2-0 with wins at home over Texas A&M Corpus-Christi (83-70) and Valparaiso (78-75) in Athens, OH. Kansas was also 2-0 in LV Tourney play with wins over TAMCC and Valpo in Lawrence, Kansas.
Tomorrow night, Ohio will play Santa Clara as their final game as a part of the Las Vegas Invitational. The game tips at 7 p.m. The Broncos (4-2) return all five starters and lost to Arizona, 82-59, friday night as a part of the LV Invitational.
About the Author
Written by Jacob Corrigan
I am a freshman at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and I major in Broadcast Journalism/Public Relations. I currently intern with WOUB Radio and Ohio U Media Relations. I'm from Cleveland so I am also an avid Browns, Indians, and Cavs fan.