The Ohio University Bobcats finished one of their most successful seasons ever last year with a record of 29-8. The Bobcats won the Mid-American Conference Tournament and made the NCAA Tournament as a No. 13 seed.
In the NCAA Tournament, Ohio defeated Michigan and South Florida before losing to the North Carolina Tar Heels 73-65 in overtime.
The Bobcats roster this season remains mostly intact. The team returns all five starters from last year.
Ethan Jacobs transferred to Colgate while TyQuane Goard has taken his talents to Marshall. Ohio welcomes Kadeem Green from Missouri and Travis Wilkins, a transfer from Snow College. Treg Setty and Javarez Willis have also transferred in, but they are not eligible to play for the Bobcats until next season.
The major change for the Bobcats occurred in the coaching staff. John Groce left Ohio to coach at the University of Illinois. Groce has been replaced by Jim Christian.
Christian led Kent State to the postseason five times, including two NCAA Tournament bids, before taking over as head coach at TCU in 2008.
College Sports Madness has named D.J. Cooper Player of the Year and Christian Coach of the Year as part of its 2012-13 MAC Men's Basketball Preseason selections. Walter Offutt and Ivo Baltic also received recognition from the same source.
Ohio is the favorite to win the MAC regular-season title this season. However, individual players and the team as a whole may achieve successes that have not been forecast.
Let's find out what those accomplishments might be in the 2012-13 edition of "7 Bold Predictions for Ohio Bobcats Basketball."
Expectations leading into the 2012-13 season