Ohio takes hot streak on the road

In four road games this season, Ohio is winless and averaging nearly 15 turnovers a game.

The Bobcats (10-5, 1-0 MAC) look to buck that trend when they travel to Western Michigan (8-6, 0-1 MAC) on Saturday.

Ohio looks to stay hot from the field after blowing out Marshall and Buffalo in their last two games. They are averaging 90 points per contest and shooting 67 percent from the field in those games.

However, scoring points against the Broncos isn’t always easy. Western Michigan holds its opponents to 44 percent shooting.

The Broncos have also been tough to score on. Last season, Ohio shot only 35 percent in its 58-51 victory in Athens.

Once again, Ohio finds itself at a disadvantage on the glass. The Broncos rank near the top of the Mid-American Conference in rebounds per game with 38.6.

Senior Nate Hutcheson leads the inside attack for the Broncos. He leads the team in scoring, averaging 12 points per game. Darius Paul and Shayne Whittington are also factors in the post, with each averaging 11 points per game.

Ohio will need big games from its own trio of forwards: Jon Smith, Ivo Baltic and Reggie Keely. After earning a start in Wednesday’s MAC season-opener, Keely scored a career-high 19 points and added four rebounds and two blocks.

WMU head coach Steve Hawkins recently notched his 300th career victory. His 10 seasons with the Broncos have seen an NCAA appearance and five MAC West titles.

Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at University Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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