Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 8 pm - ONU Sports Center, Ada, Ohio
Tuesday's Game: The Polar Bears enter the contest as the No. 3 seed in the OAC Tournament after falling in their regular season finale on Saturday afternoon to Marietta ... Northern will be making its 44th appearance in the OAC Tournament ... Northern has won the OAC Tournament five times in its history, most recently in 2001 ... The Polar Bears are 41-38 all-time in the tournament ... Senior Nate Burger currently paces the Polar Bears offensively with 24.9 ppg, which ranks second in the OAC and eighth nationally ... The senior also has a league-best 137 assists (23rd nationally) and .884 FT percentage ... Junior Ryan Bruns, ONU's all-time blocks leader, ranks second on the team, ninth nationally, and third in the OAC with 24.7 ppg ... The junior also leads the team and ranks second in the OAC at 9.0 rpg ... Senior Joey DiOrio currently leads the team and ranks fifth in the OAC shooting .449 from 3-point range is second on the team with 71 three pointers ... Burger leads the team with 75 3-point field goals ... The duo ranks 3-4, respectively in 3-pointers made in the OAC ... Bruns leads the league and is sixth nationally with 65 blocked shots ... Freshman Brandon Waugh currently leads the team and is second in the OAC with 43 steals ... Capital enters the contest after defeating OAC Regular Season champion and No. 1 seed John Carroll in its regular season finale ... The Crusaders had lost three straight prior to the Senior Day victory ... CU is making its 57th appearance in the OAC Tournament and owns a 50-52 record in the tournament ... The Crusaders are led offensively by junior Austin Schreck's 15.4 ppg, while junior Joey Weingartner is second on the team with 14.0 ppg ... Junior Caleb Cox leads the team and ranks third in the OAC with 8.5 rebounds per contest and leads the team and ranks second in the OAC, shooting .605 from the field ... Schreck also has a team-best 58 assists and 28 steals ... Weingartner leads the team with 63 three point field goals this season.
Ohio Northern Probable Starters:
G - #12 Nate Burger, Sr., (24.9 ppg, 75 3FG, 6.0 rpg, 137 Ast, 35 Stls)
G - #5 Austin Allemeier, So., (4.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 50 Ast)
F - #22 Joey DiOrio, Sr., (12.6 ppg, .449 3FG, 71 3FGs, 6.0 rpg)
F - #33 Travis Feitshans, Sr., (4.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 51 Ast)
C - #13 Daniel Donner, Jr., (6.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
ONU Statistical Leaders:
All-Time Series: ONU won the regular season series, narrowly edging CU 86-84 in Bexley and defeating the Crusaders 82-60 in Ada ... Capital leads the all-time series by a 77-62 margin ... Northern has won the last five contests in the series ... The Polar Bears last met the Crusaders in the OAC Tournament in 2012 where Capital defeated ONU 66-61 to advance to the tournament championship game.
ONU head coach Rich Bensman: Bensman is in his second season at ONU with a 33-18 record, a winning percentage of .647.