Ohio University men’s basketball coach Jeff Boals knows very well a large contingent of Bobcat alumni are from Northeast Ohio. He knows because as a native of Magnolia, a quaint village with 1,106 residents near Canton, he is part of that alumni.
Until they played Buffalo on March 13 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the Bobcats hadn’t been to the men’s MAC tournament finals since 2013. They hadn’t even qualified for the tournament as one of the top eight teams in the conference since 2017 until this year.
Ohio, 9-5 in the MAC and 15-7 overall in the regular season, was