Thursday, February 27, 2014

John Carroll-Mount Union OAC semifinal preview

Ohio Athletic Conference Semifinals

No. 5 John Carroll (17-10) at No. 1 Mount Union (20-5)

When: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 27

Where: McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex, Alliance

What to watch for: A transient reality of the OAC Tournament: John Carroll is playing its third game at a third different venue in four days. The Blue Streaks defeated Otterbein, 95-74, at home on Feb. 24 and prevailed at fourth-seeded Ohio Northern, 92-81, on Feb. 25. ... The Purple Raiders defeated the Blue Streaks twice in the regular season by 13 points. Mount Union went 15-3 in league play to capture its first OAC regular-season title in 17 years. ... Mount Union starters Cody Dillon, T.J. Gillespie and Jarrett Ruffin average 12.6 points per game or more. Jake Hollinger (Chardon) leads John Carroll at 11.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. ... The winner will enter next season leading the all-time series, which is tied at 39-39.

Up next: Winner faces Wilmington or Marietta at 7:30 p.m. March 1

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy

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