The Ohio Bobcats (11-4, 3-1 MAC) might be without last season’s MAC player of the year, Antonio Campbell. He injured himself early in the game against Eastern Michigan, and has been listed as day to day. He did not practice yesterday, per reports from The Post.
Jason Carter, the 6’8 freshman from Johnstown played well in his absence, recording his first double double, with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
All is not lost for the Bobcats, even if Campbell can’t go. Jaaron Simmons is tied for third in the nation with 7.2 assists, and Ken Kaminsky has scored in double figures 6 straight times since dropping 27 on Western Kentucky.
It’s one thing when you know you don’t have a player, and completely different to lose your star in the game. I look for the Bobcats to play better on offense than they did in the loss to Eastern Michigan.
It was never going to be easy, as the Akron Zips (14-3, 4-0) are loaded, and are riding the nation’s third longest home winning streak, at 25 games. Losing Campbell on the defensive end is going to hurt. Isaiah Johnson is a monster in the middle for the Zips, averaging 15.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He is shooting 65% from the floor.
The Zips as a team shoot 48.3%, good for first in the MAC. Ohio is the only MAC team to hold their opponents under 40% from the floor, so it will be a good test of strength vs. strength for both teams.
It’s not a must win for either team, but Akron getting a 2 game lead in the East would make the road for Ohio a much steeper climb.
When: Tuesday, January 17th, 7PM
Watch: ESPN 3, or via stream on the ESPN App
Listen: WARF 1350 in Akron, or a free audio stream at ohiobobcats.com via Stretch Audio Internet
Line: Akron -5