Ohio looks to rebound vs. rival Miami

The Ohio Bobcats (16-6, 6-3) will look to top Miami (9-11, 5-4) for the fifth consecutive time on Saturday. This will be the first of two games in this season’s “Battle of the Bricks” rivalry.

The Bobcats will attempt to bounce back from a 90-74 loss to Western Michigan on Wednesday. The loss ended their five-game road winning streak and was their first loss against a MAC West opponent this season.

“There is no question that our defense in the second half was the worst it’s been all season,” head coach Jim Christian said after the game on the Ohio IMG Sports Radio Network. “We were bad in all facets on defense.”

Ohio allowed Western Michigan to shoot 59.6 percent from the floor, including 8 of 13 from beyond the arc. Despite a solid shooting night of 51.9 percent, the Bobcats’ defensive lapses resulted in a 16 point defeat.

Maurice Ndour has three consecutive games of 20 points or more. (Carl Fonticella)

Maurice Ndour has three consecutive games of 20 points or more. (Carl Fonticella)

Maurice N’dour put up 20 points for the third consecutive game and was aided by 13 points from Nick Kellogg and 12 points by both Stevie Taylor and T.J. Hall in the loss.

Miami comes off a loss on Wednesday to Northern Illinois 53-41. The Redhawks led most of the evening, but a 15-0 NIU run gave the Huskies their first lead with 12 minutes remaining, and they never looked back.

Miami is led by senior forward Will Felder. Felder, a Cleveland native, leads the team with 14.2 PPG and 7.3 RPG.

Saturday’s game tips at 2 pm EST. The game will be aired on Time Warner Cable Sports Network and radio coverage is avaliable on the Ohio IMG Sports Radio Network.

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