Ohio takes out top-seeded Toledo in MAC semifinals

Jason Preston and Ben Vander Plas broke the Rockets early on, in the middle of the contest and then again at the end. And now the Ohio duo will have a chance to help the Bobcats break a nine-year Mid-American Conference Tournament championship skid. Preston scored 27 points, Vander Plas added 26 and the Bobcats … Continue reading Ohio takes out top-seeded Toledo in MAC semifinals

No passing fancy: Bobcats locked in again

Normally, playing Eastern Michigan’s 2-3 zone is a test of a team’s patience and survival skills in what could be a slog of a game. Normally, a three-week break would shatter a team’s offensive rhythm and cohesion. Ohio's Lunden McDay (right, 15) watches a corner 3-pointer fall through during the Bobcats' win over Eastern Michigan … Continue reading No passing fancy: Bobcats locked in again

Vander Plas could be focal point again as OU hosts EMU

The calls started isolated, one or two at a time. But over the course of mere minutes, they became a chorus. “Church!” “You know it, Church!” “Church him!” “CHURRRCH!” Ohio junior forward Ben Vander Plas goes to work inside during the Bobcats' home win over Akron on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Photo by Jason Arkley … Continue reading Vander Plas could be focal point again as OU hosts EMU

Worth the wait

Built in 1968, Ohio University’s Convocation Center has been the host venue for – as of Tuesday afternoon – 700 Bobcat men’s basketball games. Ohio has been on the winning side (526-174 home record) far more often than not. But few of those previous 525 wins were as unexpected as the 90-73 shiner the Bobcats … Continue reading Worth the wait

Bobcats squeeze past Buffalo, 76-75, with Wilson’s game-winner

The last time he played in Buffalo, Ohio junior forward Ben Vander Plas had a career-high 28 points and seemingly couldn’t miss. In Friday’s return bout, Vander Plas traded in those points for gritty plays in the closing seconds and likely felt much better about the outcome. Ohio forward Ben Vander Plas (5), seen here … Continue reading Bobcats squeeze past Buffalo, 76-75, with Wilson’s game-winner

Flashes pound the glass, and the paint, and the Bobcats

It was never said in the nearly 20 minutes of postgame interviews, but the word that hung over Ohio’s 89-79 loss to Kent State on Saturday was the one no coach or player ever wants to hear. Soft. Ben Vander Plas, seen here on Jan. 5, 2021, had a season-high 24 points and a career-high … Continue reading Flashes pound the glass, and the paint, and the Bobcats

R-E-L-A-X time for Ohio as it travels to Ball State

With his team facing its most difficult stretch of the season, Ben Vander Plas said now is not the time to panic. To drive that point home, Vander Plas -- from Wisconsin -- quoted Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “It’s funny, I just saw (Rodgers’) highlight clip the other day, the one where he goes … Continue reading R-E-L-A-X time for Ohio as it travels to Ball State

Preston, Vander Plas earn preseason nods, Bobcats picked to finish second in MAC

Don’t look now, but the Mid-American Conference and Ohio University basketball seasons are less than a week away. And the rest of the MAC believes the Bobcats will be a contender as the 2020-21 season unfurls. Ohio was picked to finish second in the MAC according to the league’s preseason coaches poll, released Thursday morning. … Continue reading Preston, Vander Plas earn preseason nods, Bobcats picked to finish second in MAC