Ohio vs. Denver: Full Game Preview

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Ohio vs. Denver: Full Game Preview
Ohio
(24-9, 7-7 away)
Denver
(21-9, 13-3 home)
Venue: Magness Arena
9:15PM ET / 6:15PM PT, March 19, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Ohio D Cooper 14.1 I Baltic 4.7 D Cooper 7.2
Denver C Udofia 12.9 R O`Neale 5.6 R O`Neale 3.4

No. 6-seeded Ohio takes on No. 3-seeded Denver in the first round of the NIT at Magness Arena on Tuesday. It gets started at 9:15 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN3.com.

In spite of 19 points from Reggie Keely, the Bobcats came up short 65-46 against Akron on Mar. 16. He is averaging 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. For the Pioneers, Brett Olson finished with 19 points in the 72-68 loss to Texas State on Mar. 14. He contributes 2.4 assists per game in addition to his 11.3 points per game. Denver will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: effective field goal percentage at 56.6 and turnover percentage at 18.5.

Denver StatSmack

  • Over the past 10 years, Ohio has had more players drafted by the NBA than Denver (one vs. zero).
  • The Ohio steals leader (D.J Cooper, 65 steals) has more steals than the Denver steals leader (Chase Hallam, 62 steals).
  • Ohio attacks the glass, with more rebounds (31.3 per game vs. 25.1 per game) than Denver this season.
  • D.J Cooper is ranked 4th nationally in assists and 33rd nationally in steals.
  • The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, rebounds, field goals made, assists, and blocks are in the MAC.
  • The Ohio assist leader (D.J Cooper, 222 assists) has more assists than the Denver assist leader (Royce O`Neale, 100 assists).
  • The MAC had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the WAC.
  • Ohio has a potent offense, scoring more points (73.8 per game vs. 65.3 per game) than Denver this season.
  • Ohio is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Ohio is 204 lbs compared to 198 lbs for Denver.
  • The Ohio scoring leader (D.J Cooper, 440 points) has more points than the Denver scoring leader (Chris Udofia, 374 points).
  • Denver has been ducking Ohio for over 30 years.
OHIO Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B D.J Cooper 31 14 3 7 2 0 4
C+ Walter Offutt 30 11 4 2 1 0 2
C+ Reggie Keely 23 12 5 1 1 1 1
C Ivo Baltic 26 8 5 2 1 1 2
C Nick Kellogg 26 8 2 2 1 0 1
C Jon Smith 16 5 3 0 1 1 0
D+ T.J. Hall 14 5 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Ricardo Johnson 13 4 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Travis Wilkins 13 4 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Stevie Taylor 10 3 1 1 1 0 1
D Kadeem Green 5 3 1 0 0 0 0
D David McKinley 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Nick Goff 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
DEN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Chris Udofia 31 13 5 3 2 2 2
B- Royce O`Neale 35 11 6 3 1 0 2
C+ Chase Hallam 31 10 4 2 2 1 1
C+ Brett Olson 34 11 2 2 1 0 1
C Cam Griffin 21 6 3 2 1 0 1
C Jalen Love 24 7 1 2 1 0 1
D Dom Samac 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Nate Engesser 9 3 1 0 0 0 0
D Marcus Byrd 8 2 1 1 0 0 0
D Charles Webb 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Bryant Rucker 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
D Jake Logan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Blake Foeman 10 2 1 1 0 0 1
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