Senior Bobcats make final farewells

Ohio’s seed in the MAC Tournament is set. No matter what happens on Saturday, the Bobcats will have the second seed in Cleveland. There is only one thing left to do during the regular season: Say goodbye.

Ivo Baltic, David McKinley, Walter Offutt, Reggie Keely and D.J. Cooper will all play in their final game in the Convocation Center on Saturday, the final chapter in one of the most successful classes in program history.

The last four years have seen 92 Bobcat victories, two MAC Tournament victories and three wins in NCAA Tournament games. No other class in program history has more wins in the regular season or postseason.

D.J. Cooper put a ribbon on his historic career during Tuesday’s 72-69 win over Buffalo.  His 24 points put him over 2,000 in his four-year career. He became the first player in NCAA history to record over 2,000 points, 900 assists, 600 rebounds and 300 steals.

Ohio’s final regular season opponent, Miami, is in the midst of an 8 game losing streak. They have also lost 12 of their last 13.

Earlier this season, the Bobcats defeated the RedHawks 74-62 at Millet Hall in Oxford. Nick Kellogg was 5-7 from behind the arc, and Ivo Baltic recorded a double double with 13 points and 12 rebounds in a game that Ohio at one point led by 22.

RedHawk forward Will Felder led all scorers with 19 in the first matchup with the Bobcats. He averages 11 points and five rebounds a contest. Jon Harris, fresh off a career-high 21-point effort in a loss to Akron, will also handle the duties down low.

The six seniors will be honored before Saturday’s game at the Convocation Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m., and can be seen on Sports Time Ohio and ESPN 3.

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