Posted by: bobcatbasketball | January 18, 2010

Charlie Praises the Ozone

Miami(OH) head basketball coach Charlie Coles

“Boy, it’d be real nice to have something like that going on here.”

Those were the words of Miami’s head coach Charlie Coles in reference to the Ohio University student fan section, the “Ozone”. Coles, who on Saturday became the winningest coach in MAC men’s basketball history with 195 conference wins, has always respected the Ohio fans for their passion and intensity. Every season Coles and his Redhawks make the late season trek to the Convo to take on the Bobcats and every season Coles and the Ozone playfully take part in exchanges throughout games. Coles often sings the praises of the student fan group, who made the trip up to Oxford for the Bobcats’ 79-67 loss to MU. Coles has said he longs for a similar student fan group at Miami, whose students were outnumbered by the Ozone on their own home court on Saturday. With the Redhawks pulling a huge upset on Saturday, it will only heap more coal on an already intense rivalry.

Next game: @ Bowling Green (8-7, 1-2) on Wed.

Next Miami game: 2/24/10 @ the Convo.

Posted by: bobcatbasketball | January 14, 2010

Trouble on the Horizon?

Ohio University men’s head basketball coach John Groce let slip an interesting response after the Bobcats’ 67-62 loss to Akron on Wednesday that might reveal some turmoil may still be lingering from the beginning of the season:

When asked about Ivo Baltic starting the game, but only finishing the game with 6 minutes played, Groce said,”It’s a team matter. I won’t say anything other than that. I won’t address it other than that. It was a violation of team rules that caused Ivo to maybe start over some of the other guys”

It was an odd quip that not many in the press conference expected. Devaughn Washington, who has started at Baltic’s spot most of the season, was suspended earlier in the season for “violating team rules”. Could this mean a slip up from Washington again? Probably not. Washington ended up playing 37 minutes last game, so most likely the benching was a simple slap on the wrist for a small violation. Most people expect Washington to start Saturday at Miami.

Posted by: bobcatbasketball | January 14, 2010

Game Preview: The Big One

1/16 @ Miami 12pm Oxford, OH

Overall: 4-11

Conference: (1-1)

Last game: 55-53 OT Win vs Kent State

Leading Scorer: Senior G Kenny Hayes – 14.1 ppg

Last match-up: 2/26/09  Ohio 75 – Miami (OH) 63

Posted by: bobcatbasketball | January 14, 2010

Newspaper websites

Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News – more visually interesting; overwhelming amount of information because it contains content from two papers; easy to navigate between sections and papers.

Wilmington News-Journal – not as visually interesting, but well organized and comprehensive; clean design and smooth transitions from section to section.

Washington Post – Visually boring and typical; easy to navigate, but could be better organized

Posted by: bobcatbasketball | January 14, 2010

Bobcats fall short late for the second straight game

Jimmy Conyers knew his time would come eventually. The senior forward, whose playing time in the past has been sporadic, posted a double-double for the fourth time in his career as the Akron Zips beat the Ohio Bobcats 67-62 at the Convocation Center on Wednesday night.

“He’s really making me look stupid for [not playing him] that much during the past three seasons,” said Akron head coach Keith Dambrot.

Conyers’ 16 points and 14 rebounds helped to lead an Akron squad that out-rebounded Ohio 40 to 28. Junior forward Brett McKnight also chipped in 13 points for the Zips, who have won eight of their last nine games including their first two conference match-ups.

The Zips cruised to a 31-18 lead late in the first half, but Ohio came storming back in the second behind Bassett, who scored 15 points in the second half to pace the young Bobcats. Akron took the lead for good after McKnight sank a jumper with 6:06 left in the game to give the visiting team a 57-58 lead. Conyers iced the victory with a clutch 3-pointer to make the score 63-59 with 2:43 to play.

Junior transfer guard Armon Bassett led the way for the Bobcats with 25 points but also committed 6 turnovers in the loss. Ohio has now lost three straight at home and is 0-2 in conference play. While the team has lost three straight games for the second time this season, players tried to see draw some positives from the loss.

“I think we can compete with anyone in the conference,” said Freshman guard DJ Cooper, who contributed 11 points and 5 assists.

Ohio head coach John Groce praised the team for what he called “the best effort all season”, but criticized his players for playing undisciplined basketball after frustrations with officiating during the first half.

Akron head coach Keith Dambrot also had some praise for the young Bobcats after the hard fought game. “They’re going to be a good team once these guys grow up and get their diapers off,” the coach said.

When asked about facing budding star Cooper, Dambrot said, “If it’s not DJ [Cooper] it’s some other guy. Coach Groce is building a good program here and Ohio has always won. We’re certainly not happy having him in the conference and having to compete with him in recruiting these young players.”

NEXT UP: at MIAMI 1/16 at 12 pm

Posted by: bobcatbasketball | January 13, 2010

Postgame Presser quotes

All quotes lifted from the post game press conference of Wednesday’s 67-62 loss to Akron:

Coach John Groce:

On the team’s effort:

“I think this was the best effort all season when you talk about the entire game. From beginning to end the whole team was dialed in and played hard throughout.”

On the frustration that some players were exhibiting during the game:

“Our guys were aggressive. They were aggressive to a point where they might have gotten a little undisciplined out there.”

On the relationship between good effort and losing:

“I can’t control that. I’ve learned to control the controllable. I try to just focus on preparing for the game and putting these guys into a position to win. We need to find a way to get the job done.”

On handling pressure situations this season:

“We have a few more play-makers this year and we can handle pressure situations a lot better. I’ve really told the guys to embrace every possession because it seems that every one of these MAC games come down to the last possession.”

On little used Asown Sayle’s 19 minutes played:

“I was so proud of him. We were looking to get someone who could mess with [Jimmy] Conyers at the three point line.”

Junior Guard Armon Basset (25 pts):

On the lack of three pointers taken by the team compared to previous games:

“We knew that they closed out hard, so we wanted to go in hard and try to draw the foul on their bigs”

Freshman Guard DJ Cooper (10 pts, 5 ast.):

On playing what many consider the two best teams in the conference back to back:

“I feel like we can play with anyone in the conference. Both of those games came down to the wire.”

Posted by: bobcatbasketball | January 13, 2010

Game Preview: Vs Akron

Arkon – Overall 11-4 (1-0 MAC)

Posted by: bobcatbasketball | January 11, 2010

My Beat

I’ll be following the Men’s basketball team throughout their conference play and onto the MAC Tournament in Cleveland. I will offer game recaps, features on the players and coaches. I might even delve into the recruits for next year. I’ve arranged to get press passes through Jason Corriher, the assistant AD in charge of media relations. He requests that I set every interview outside of press conferences through him.

His contact information is:


Posted by: bobcatbasketball | January 11, 2010

Team Update

Freshman guard DJ Cooper is fouled during the second half of the Bobcats' 62-60 loss to Kent State on Saturday (1/9/2010) at the Convo. (Mike Henry/The Post)

Here’s a update on the season so far:

Current Record:

9-6 Overall

0-1 Conference

Last Game:

1/9/2010 – 62-60 Loss to Kent State

Leading Scorer:

Freshman PG DJ Cooper: 12.9 ppg


Sophomore PG Steven Coleman (leading returning scorer) – Indefinite

2010 Commitments:

SG Ricardo Johnson (Covington, KY):  91 Scout grade

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