The 10th ranked Buckeyes ventured into the Crisler Center against the 3rd ranked Wolverines for their return match with full intentions of sweeping the regular season games.
DeShaun Thomas got the scoring started early with a jumper on OSU’ss 1st possession. The Buckeyes showed good early aggression at both ends of the floor to work ball inside on offense and pressure defense on the perimeter.
At the 12 minute mark, down 8-18, the game had potential to slip away from the Bucks. However, Thomas hits a 3, OSU forces a turnover leading to a Craft layup, then Thompson gets a followup slam; a 7-0 run in slightly more than a minute and a half to get OSU back in the game. In a bit of an uneven series of possessions inside 10 minutes; Ravenal fumbled away the ball on back-to-back possessions, then somewhat atoned with a ‘not-quite-goal tending-tip in’..
Both teams showed good offensive balance and efficiency. For Michigan, Mitch McGary provided spark, and scoring, with 10 points on 5-8 and 5 boards. Several of his baskets were on offensive rebounds or being uncovered on pick/screen/roll. When OSU got defensive rotation down, they play very good, when they don’t, well…
And the teams went into the half with OSU up 31-30.
It was a frenetic start to the second half for both teams, with neither team able to put together a run through the first four minutes. That said, Craft’s 3-pointer at the clock probably should qualify as a mini-run. During the middle portion of the half the game was punctuated by solid interior OSU defense which was offset by several long range UM 3′s. At just inside the 10-minute mark , the game was tied at 52.
At the 6:33 mark, with Buckeyes up 60-55, it was coming down to OSU’s hot shooting (57%) and strong interior defense versus UM’s otherworldly (62%) 3-pt shooting. Or McGary’s offensive rebounding. Thad took a timely time out at the 3:13 mark after two Craft miscues turned into 5 UM points.
After some tremendous back and forth, honestly highlighted by LQR’s offensive rebounding (you know I had to work that in, didn’t you?) and a great defensive switch by the Buckeyes, the game went to overtime tied at 72.
This was a great basketball game. If you like solid college basketball, this was the game to watch. It seems odd to say with both teams scoring in the mid-70′s, but there was some good defense in this game. Michigan’s lights out 3-point shooting (60%) through-out the game and Ohio State’s turnovers in overtime spelled D-O-O-M.
1. Early aggressiveness on offense, looking to work ball inside, and overall (lapse here & there) heads-up tenacious defense.
2. The Buckeye front line very active and energetic at both ends.
3. An overall great effort although we lost
1. Lost to Michigan
2. Offensively, need to maintain interior game that to prevent opposing center (McGary, in this case) from sneaking into passing lanes
3. The Buckeyes got beat off drive several times that resulted in layups or kickouts. And perimeter defense.
The Buckeyes next game is Sunday February 10th at 1:00PM at Value City Arena, against the Gene Hackman-less #1 ranked Hoosiers. Television coverage will be provided by CBS. Please join us for our Live Blog 15 minutes before tip-off.