|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.
- 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.