The Ohio Bobcats will host the Wright State Raiders on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the second round of the CIT.
In Ohio’s first round game against Cleveland State on Wednesday, freshman forward Tony Campbell scored a career-high 21 points in a 64-62 victory at The Convo.
Junior guard Stevie Taylor was impressed with his team’s performance Wednesday.
“It’s a good win for us,” Taylor said. “We were down a man, but we rose up and played good.”
In Wednesday’s win, Taylor, a Gahanna, Ohio, native, scored 13 points in 22 minutes of action.
“It felt good to get back out there and assume my original role,” he said. “My leg feels a little bit better and I was confident in my jump shot. I was happy to play the minutes I normally play.”
While his leg still suffers from pain, Taylor said he is able to do enough before the game to limit the pain. Taylor also said that from the time his leg got injured to now, he has made dramatic improvements.
Taylor thinks that he will be back to his best sooner rather than later.
“I showed signs of it last night,” he said. “When I’m fully healthy, I think I’ll be better than I was before.”
This will be the third time this season the Bobcats (24-11) have had a home game in either the conference tournament or postseason tournament. The Bobcats are 2-0 in such games.
“It’s big time,” Taylor said. “I get another chance to play with (Nick) Kellogg and the rest of the seniors. As long as we are still in this tournament, we’ll try to win it.”
Wright State (21-14) comes into the game winners of seven of its last eight games.
“They are a good team that is sound on the defensive end,” Ohio coach Jim Christian said.
In its first round game against East Carolina, forward A.J. Pacher scored 20 points and guard Matt Vest added 12 points in a 73-59 victory on Tuesday.
“They are a grind-it-out, physical, hard-nosed basketball team that is a lot like Cleveland State,” Christian said.
Pacher will be the player Ohio must contain if it wants to advance in the CIT. Pacher leads the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game and rebounding with 4.9 rebounds per game.
The last time these two schools face off against each other was Dec. 17, 2011. Ohio won, 82-54.
For Ohio to keep its season alive, Taylor said the team needs more players to play a key role Saturday.
“Against Cleveland State, we had three guys step up,” Taylor said. “If we had two more guys play well, we would’ve beat Cleveland State by 10 or 15 points. We have to play well, play hard and take care of our bodies. If we do that, we’ll be fine.”