Ohio, the No. 2 seed, meets No. 7 Toledo in Thursday’s 6:30 p.m. ET game, kicking off the night session.
Here’s a glance at the matchup (Click Read More) . . .
► The Bobcats were off to a nice 4-0 start in MAC play when senior center Antonio Campbell went down with a season-ending injury. The loss took more out of OU than his 16.4 ppg and 8.9 rpg as the ‘Cats regrouped.
► Ohio lost three of four games, starting with the game in which Campbell was hurt. The Bobcats dropped four of seven starting with the injury.
► A four-game win started Feb. 10, when Ohio edged Ball State 79-77 in Muncie. That game proved very important for seeding after the ‘Cats dropped back to back games against Kent State and Buffalo. A 69-55 win over rival Miami in the regular season finale nailed down the No. 2 seed for Ohio.
► Jaaron Simmons, an All-MAC First Team selection, averaged 15.3 ppg and also dished out 6.7 assists per contest. Others in double figures are Jordan Dartis (14.2 ppg) and Kenny Kominski (11.8 ppg).
► Freshman Jason Carter has been a key part of the Bobcats success following Campbell’s injury. He registered double figures in six of the last seven games. He erupted for 25 points and 11 rebounds in the first meeting with Miami. Carter netted 16 points with 17 rebounds in the second meeting as OU nailed down its No. 2 seed.
► The Rockets pulled out a 79-76 win over Ohio in their only regular season meeting. Steve Taylor Jr. collected 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead UT. The senior forward earned All-MAC Second Team honors.
► Guard Jonathan Williams (19.7 ppg) was an All-MAC Third Team selection.
► Sophomore forward Nate Navigato has scored at a 9.7 ppg rate.
► Toledo played in eight overtime contests during the regular season. The Rockets won three, but only one after Nov. 25.
► UT defeated Bowling Green 77-62 in Monday’s first round action.
► Toledo will be trying to win its third straight game against a MAC opponent. The Rockets have not won more than two straight games against MAC opponents this year.