Matt Ryan


November was a simpler time for Ohio basketball.

For the men, a new season offered new hope. Antonio Campbell was the reigning Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, the Bobcats had four returning starters and two incoming freshman who could compete for significant minutes.

For the women, this season began the “Post-Kiyanna Black Era,” as the second-highest scorer in program history recently graduated. But even without Black, the returning roster offered more experience — and wins — than any other in school history.

November brought excitement. For the first time, there was potential for both the men’s and women’s teams to win the MAC in the same season and advance to the NCAA Tournament — just as Buffalo accomplished in 2015-16.

But then things happened.

Campbell got hurt, and the Bobcats struggled to regain their momentum, though they haven’t lost any ground in the MAC standings. Likewise, the women’s team became consistently inconsistent either offensively or defensively.

That makes the end of the season all the more exciting. The men are attempting to dethrone Akron and return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012, when they advanced to the Sweet 16. The women, who failed to win the conference regular season title for what would have been a third-consecutive season, approach the MAC Tournament in an unfamiliar place — as an underdog.

This year, the men and women alike have provided a plethora of storylines, good and bad. It’s been interesting. Now with one more regular season game apiece and the MAC Tournament in Cleveland next week, the one-and-done consequences can only make things more exciting.

For the special edition basketball tabloid, the men’s and women’s basketball beat writers have written engaging stories about Campbell’s present and future, Quiera Lampkins and her legacy, the Saul Phillips and Bob Boldon relationship and much more. Oh, and there’s even a story about Tarell Basham, who is months away from being selected in the NFL draft. Seriously.

The tabloid was enjoyable to produce. Hopefully, it’s enjoyable to read and look through, too. Either way, the season is far from over, and we still have plenty of work to do.

-- Charlie Hatch / Sports Editor

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Basketball: A tale of two teams

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A look back into one of the most important shots in Ohio history

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Men's Basketball: If Ohio wins, No. 2 seed in the tourney is secure

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