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Bobcats present stiff test for Zips at Rhodes Arena

By mrasor Published: January 13, 2012

Men's basketball

OK, Zips. You beat Bowling Green and a mediocre Miami team. Ready for your real competition?

The Ohio Bobcats visit Rhodes Arena for a 4 p.m. Saturday game. The Bobcats are 13-3, but have lost two of their last three (@BG and vs. Robert Morris). OU's only other loss was by five at No. 7 Louisville.

Ohio University is a perimeter-oriented team, with great guard defense and an offense that revolves around the 3-point shot.

Perhaps the conference's best player is point guard D.J. Cooper, the smack-talking, quicker-than-a-cobra 165-pounder from Chicago. He is first in the MAC in steals, third in assists, seventh in scoring, and 12th in 3-pointers made. He's feistier than a badger.

Alex Abreu and he are not Facebook friends. (Well, maybe they are. But you get my point.)

The Bobcats are also getting production from Walter Offutt, a 6-foot-3 Ohio State transfer who averages 11 per game, and their solid big men, Reggie Keely and Ivo Baltic.

Rhodes Arena is going to be loud. The players will be on edge. It should be a great afternoon of basketball.

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