Preview: Ohio Bobcats

While Bobcats may regress on offense, strong D will keep them competitive

Updated: October 4, 2013, 10:23 AM ET
By Jeff Haley | ESPN Insider

Ohio Bobcats

2012-13: 24-10 (14-2 MAC); lost to Denver 61-57, NIT first round
In-conference offense: 1.07 points per possession (2nd)
In-conference defense: 0.94 points allowed per possession (2nd)

In his first year in Athens, coach Jim Christian was fortunate to inherit an experienced team with seniors at key positions. It will be a different season in 2013-14, after losing four of his top five players in terms of minutes played. The biggest loss is D.J. Cooper, one of the best playmakers in the nation as well as an effective perimeter shooter. His ability to create easy looks for his teammates was a big reason why Ohio led the MAC in effective field goal percentage. The Bobcat offense revolved around his substantial abilities with the ball, which meant Christian's team rarely had to settle for bad shots. Junior Stevie Taylor and Texas Tech transfer Javarez Willis will handle the point guard duties this season.


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Jeff Haley

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Jeff Haley is a writer for TeamRankings.com, which provides data-driven sports predictions and contest advice.