Bobcats return home for clash with Falcons

There’s no place like home for the Ohio men’s basketball team.

The Bobcats (16-6, 7-1 MAC) will play their first game in the Convocation Center in exactly three weeks when they take on Bowling Green (9-13, 4-5 MAC) Saturday. Ohio went 3-1 in its stretch of four consecutive road games.

The Green and White are still trying to recover from their first conference loss at Akron, a process they began with a convincing victory over Ball State on Wednesday.

Ohio held the Cardinals to only 13 field goals, and a 26.5 shooting percentage throughout the contest. But it was the 22 turnovers forced by the Bobcats that limited Ball State to just 42 points.

Bowling Green isn’t much better on offense. Their average of 62 points per game ranks near the bottom of the MAC, and they have only reached 70-point barrier five times this season.

The Falcons strength lies on the defensive end. They defend the three point line well, teams shoot just a mere 33 percent from behind the arc. Bowling Green also ranks in the top half in the nations in blocked shots.

A major reason for Bowling Green’s defensive dominance is sophomore forward Richaun Holmes. Holmes, who is second in the MAC in blocks with 56, also averages five rebounds per contest.

But the true leaders of this Falcon team are guard Jordon Crawford and forward A’uston Calhoun. The two seniors combine for an average of 31 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Ohio will need another big game from Walter Offutt, who had one of his best all-around performances of the season on Wednesday. Offutt totaled 17 points, three assists and four steals while shooting 3-5 from behind the arc. The Bobcats will also need shooters like Nick Kellogg to get hot to run the Falcons out of the building.

Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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