Ohio vs. Denver: Full Game Preview
|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. 3-seeded Denver takes on No. 6-seeded Ohio in the first round of the NIT at Magness Arena on Tuesday. It gets started at 9:15 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN3.com.
In spite of 19 points from Brett Olson, the Pioneers came up short 72-68 against Texas State on Mar. 14. He contributes 2.4 assists per game in addition to his 11.3 points per game. The Bobcats were defeated by Akron 65-46 on Mar. 16 despite 19 points from Reggie Keely. He contributes 4.5 rebounds per game in addition to his 12.1 points per game. The Four Factors in which Ohio stands out are effective field goal percentage at 53.8 and turnover percentage at 18.4.
- The Denver rebounding leader (Royce O`Neale, 161 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Ohio rebounding leader (Ivo Baltic, 153 rebounds).
- Denver has a better scoring defense (56.1 allowed per game vs. 65.6 allowed per game) than Ohio this season.
- The WAC has had eight more NBA Draft picks than the MAC over the past 10 years.
- The WAC has a much better average team RPI than the MAC (173 vs. 198).
- The worst team in the WAC has a higher RPI than the worst team in the MAC (No. 304 vs. No. 330).
- Denver allows fewer rebounds (31.0 allowed per game vs. 35.8 allowed per game) than Ohio this season.
- The WAC has a conference RPI that is better than the MAC (No. 13 vs. No. 18).
- Even computers respect Denver more. Denver has a better RPI this season than Ohio (RPI: No. 57 vs. No. 77).
- Denver has a much better NCSA Academic Ranking than Ohio (No. 84 vs. No. 115).
- The WAC has 2 teams - Denver (38.1 percent) and Idaho (37.6 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the MAC leader, Kent State (37.1 percent).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for free throws made, three-pointers, and steals are in the WAC.