Victory Bell rivalry hits the hardwood

After playing a classic on the gridiron, Ohio and Marshall will take their rivalry indoors to the Convocation Center on Saturday.

Both teams look to rebound from a loss in their final non-conference game of the regular season.

After a sloppy road loss, Ohio (8-5) will need to take better care of the ball. The Bobcats committed 18 turnovers in their loss to Oklahoma, including six from forward Ivo Baltic.

Marshall (7-7) enters Saturday’s contest having dropped three of its last four games, including a 53-51 heartbreaker to Delaware State on Wednesday.

Marshall’s slide began with a hand injury to guard DeAndre Kane. The team leader in points and assists through 10 games, the Herd has failed to break the 60-point barrier since Kane’s injury. Out indefinitely, it is unlikely he will be able to go on Saturday.

Despite their offensive woes, Marshall continues to rebound the ball well. The Herd averages 41.2 rebounds per game, compared to 31 per game for Ohio. Seniors Nigel Spikes and Dennis Tinnon lead Marshall on the glass, averaging nine rebounds per game.

Ohio will also have its hands full with forward Elijah Pittman. The 6’ 9” junior is Marshall’s leading scorer and most versatile player. Averaging nearly 15 points per game, the big man shoots 39 percent from beyond the arc and is second on the team with 12 blocks.

Though Ohio has won four straight over Marshall, the rivalry is not lost on either team. Last season, Ohio escaped Huntington with a 70-68 thriller to hand the Herd its first lost of the season.

Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Convocation Center.

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