With the Ohio Bobcats (4-2) set to host the Thundering Herd of Marshall (4-2) on Saturday at 2 PM, here are some notes and comments before the matchup and a small preview of the matchup:
-The Herd are coming off an 88-79 win over Florida International on Monday in Huntington. Redshirt freshman guard DeAndre Kane scored 25 points for the second consecutive game. Kane connected on 8-o-f-14 field goals while his 8-12 showing from the charity stripe helped the Herd (4-2) to a 69.8% effort from the free throw line, its top effort of the season.
-The Bobcats have had the week off after traveling to Las Vegas for the second half of IBN Las Vegas Invitational in which the ‘Cats went 3-1. Wins included Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, Valparaiso (both at home), and Santa Clara. The lone loss came to #6 Kansas on Friday, a night in which the Cats didn’t make a three for the first time since ’97. The Bobcats are 4-2 overall.
-The Bobcats are led in scoring by MAC Preseason Player of the year, sophomore D.J. Cooper, who is averaging about 17.8 points a game and about 5 rebounds. Cooper was recently named MAC East Player of the Week. Kane is the scoring leader for the Herd averaging about 17.5 points along with 5 rebounds per game. Such similar stats will make for an interesting matchup between the two guards.
-Ohio guard Nick Kellogg has done well stepping in and playing a nice chunk of minutes as a true freshman (he averages 23.0 minutes a game). If you recognize the name, its for good reason. Nick is the son of former OSU great and TV analyst Clark Kellogg. Nick has shot the ball well from three, shooting 36%, and averages about 8 points a game.
-After the one regular season game suspension given to Ohio’s senior forward/center Devaughn Washington, he has started to regain his presence averaging about 10 points and 5 rebounds a game for the ‘Cats.
-Last year the Herd defeated the Bobcats 60-53 as a part of the Global Sports Invitational.
Marshall: G 6-4 DeAndre Kane (17.5 pts.), G 6-3 Shaquille Johnson (11.8 pts.), F 6-6 Tirrell Baines (13 pts.), F 6-6 Dago Pena (11.8 pts.), C 6-10 Nigel Spikes (5 pts.).
Ohio: G 5-11 D.J. Cooper (17.8 pts.), G 6-3 Nick Kellogg (7.7 pts.), F 6-5 Tommy Freeman (9.4 pts.), F 6-6 Asown Sayles (4 pts.), C 6-8 Reggie Keely (7.8 pts.).
Ohio Bobcats Keys to the game:
1. Cooper needs to win the battle of the guards. Defense will be key on a guard like Kane, who has seemingly scored at ease in his last two games. Pressure him and force other guys on the court make shots for the Herd.
2. The ‘Cats need to make the three ball. Tommy Freeman, ranked the 4th best shooter in the nation by Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports (http://msn.foxsports.com/collegebasketball/story/College-baseketball-preview-top-shooters-for-2010-11-season-112010), will be a key along with Cooper and Kellogg in the ‘Cats production of the three. In 3 or the 4 wins the ‘Cats have shot above 38% from beyond the arc but in the 2 losses this season Ohio averages 17 percent beyond the arc.
3. Get ahead early. The Bobcats have struggled to build leads going into the half. In the majority of their games the score is within 3 to 4 points at the half. Get a lead early and carry the momentum through the second half.
To catch live stats or listen to the game live on WOUB AM 1340, go to ohiobobcats.com.
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.