The Bobcats have posted an 11-win improvement in 2015-16 under second-year head coach Saul Phillips after going 10-20 last year. Ohio earned and first-round bye to Cleveland and the No. 2 seed in the 2016 Mid-American Conference Tournament presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com after finishing 11-7 in conference play. The Bobcats toppled No. 7-seeded Northern Illinois, 79-62, last Thursday (March 10) in the quarterfinals at Quicken Loans Arena before dropping an 88-74 decision to No. 3-seeded Buffalo -- the eventual league tournament champion -- the following day.
Junior forward Antonio Campbell -- the 2016 MAC Player of the Year – will . . .
Ohio is making its 22nd national postseason appearance in program in history and second in the CBI. The Bobcats defeated Brown in CBI first-round action in 2008 before suffering a 79-73 setback to Bradley in the quarterfinals in Peoria, Ill. Ohio is 15-22 (.405) all-time in national postseason play.
The CBI features a 16-team field, which is re-bracketed after the quarterfinals. The two survivors of the semifinal round while square off in a best-of-three series that will be nationally televised ESPNU. The Bobcats and the Great Danes are joined in the CBI field by UNCG, Houston Baptist, Siena, Morehead State, Duquesne, Omaha, Nevada, Montana, Eastern Washington, Pepperdine, Seattle, Idaho, Vermont and Western Carolina.
Teams out of the MAC are 3-7 (.300) in the previous eight years of CBI play. Eastern Michigan fell to ULM, 71-67, in first-round action last year.
The Bobcats and the Great Danes will be squaring off for the first time.
Albany is led by 15th-year head coach Will Brown. The Great Danes went 13-3 in the America East Conference this season. No. 2-seeded Albany was upset by No. 7-seeded Hartford, 68-59, on March 2 in the America East Quarterfinals. Guard Joe Cremo earned America East Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year and All-Rookie Team selection after averaging 10.4 points per game. Senior guard Ray Sanders garnered First Team All-America East and All-Defensive Team selection. He is averaging 12.0 points, 4.3 boards per game. Senior guard Evan Singletary is a First Team All-America East pick and the leading scorer for the Great Danes, averaging 12.8 points per game. Senior guard Peter Hooley is averaging 12.6 points per game and garnered Third Team All-America East honors.
The winner of Wednesday’s game between the Bobcats and the Great Danes will face either UNCG or Houston Baptist in the CBI Quarterfinals next Monday (March 21)