Men’s BB Preview: Morgan State Bears

Written November 8th, 2013 by Ken

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The 2013-2014 basketball season is nigh upon us. Like soon; in fact this Sunday, to be exact. After “scrimmaging” the Walsh University Cavaliers (winning  93-63), the #11 Buckeyes host the Morgan State University Bears this coming Saturday with a noon tip-off at The Schott. The pre-conference schedule starts; now it gets serious.

 

Here’s the scoop on Morgan State University.

School: Morgan State University

Location: Baltimore, MD

Founded: 1867

Student Population: 6,000

School Type: Public, co-ed

Division: FCS

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)

Arena: Hill Field House

Seating: 4,250

Built:

Head Coach: Todd Bozeman

Year: 8th

Morgan State

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Coach Bozeman

Morgan State is coming off a 2013 season with a record of 17-15 (10-6 MEAC). Despite the so-so record, the Bears did get to the MEAC Tournament final, losing to NC A&M 54-57. Despite just coming up short in the championship game, Morgan State did end the season winning 8 of 9 games, so Coach Bozeman did have his team playing very good ball leading into the MEAC tourney.

The Bears are pre-season picks to finish 2nd in the MEAC, which makes sense considering their strong finish to last season. Coach Bozeman will have to juggle his rotation a bit this season because junior forward 6’9” Shaquille Duncan (25 min/game, 7 PPG, 4 RPG) has been indefinitely suspended for violation of team rules. This is a team that averaged 67 PPG last season, but gave up 65 PPG. However, during their end of season streak, they averaged 70 ppg and broke 80 points four times, so they did appear to get the offense going as the season wound down.

For your viewing/listening pleasure, here is the Morgan State roster:

FG%

3PT%

FT%

R/G

A/G

PPG

1

Rian Burrell

48.3%

38.1%

75.3%

3.9

1.8

13.2

10

Jeff Copeland

51.7%

30.8%

68.7%

5.2

1.7

10.8

22

Jesse Hardin

43.7%

37.1%

78.9%

3.1

1.7

8.7

3

Davonte Beard

36.8%

24.0%

73.3%

2.7

2.8

8.5

11

Brad DuPont

43.7%

27.3%

65.8%

3.2

3.8

7.2

4

Ryan Vanderhorst

38.2%

37.0%

78.6%

2.5

0.9

6.1

30

Hrvoje Vucic

51.3%

33.3%

89.5%

3.3

0.5

5.4

44

Josh Henniger

66.7%

0.0%

80.0%

1.7

0.2

2.7

52

L.J. Campbell

64.0%

0.0%

50.0%

2

0.1

2.2

42

Kyle Arnold

50.0%

0.0%

0.0%

1.5

0.2

1.3

23

Melvin Burke Jr

20.0%

16.7%

0.0%

0.5

0.2

0.8

Ohio State

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Leapin’ Lizards!

Thad Matta’s Buckeyes just missed out on a 30-win season last year with a record of 29-8 (13-5) and will miss DeShaun Thomas’ and Evan Ravenel’s contributions (25 PPG, 10 RPG, combined) this season. Thomas provided the bulk of these statistics, but Ravenal did provide a physical post presence, which is a plus during Conference play. Not to be outdone by Morgan State’s late season stretch, Ohio State ran off 11 straight wins before losing to Wichita State in the NCAA’s.

As you can tell from the link in the first paragraph, (top of page) Thad did a nice job of balancing playing time among the nine players who saw the floor. As in any early season scrimmage the news was interesting. The balanced playing time was reflected in balanced scoring as five Buckeyes scored in double figures, as the team shot 50% from the field. On the flip side, the team only shot 63% from the field on of. Craft, Thompson and Della Valle went 16-16, so Smith, Ross, Williams, Scott and Loving (combined 13-26) need a bit of work. Despite the above players’ foul shooting woes, they did combine for 37 rebounds (Williams 10 rebounds in 19 min), so they still had fine games.

And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:

Player

FG%

3P%

FT%

RPG

APG

PPG

2

Marc Loving

-

-

-

-

-

-

4

Aaron Craft

41.7%

30.0%

76.8%

3.6

4.6

10.0

32

Lenzelle Smith Jr.

43.0%

37.4%

68.7%

4.8

1.5

9.2

10

LaQuinton Ross

46.8%

38.9%

77.6%

2.9

0.5

8.3

12

Sam Thompson

49.8%

40.4%

70.3%

3.5

1.0

7.8

15

Kam Williams

-

-

-

-

-

-

3

Shannon Scott

40.8%

33.3%

62.7%

2.8

3.8

4.9

23

Amir Williams

55.6%

0.0%

55.7%

3.9

0.1

3.5

33

Amedeo Della Valle

37.5%

38.5%

50.0%

1.5

0.3

2.5

55

Trey McDonald

55.6%

0.0%

31.3%

1.2

0.1

1.3

34

Jake Lorbach

0.0%

0.0%

50.0%

0.3

0.0

0.7

24

Andrew Goldstein

-

-

-

-

-

-

The statistics are from last season. A “-“ indicates no statistics from the previous season.

Wrap Up

So, how’s this going to go for the Buckeyes? I’m honestly not sure, other than I expect OSU to use what I feel to be superior athleticism and depth to wear down the Bears. It’s likely that OSU wins this one by low double digits, maybe 12-14 points. I’d suggest that you attend the game, if possible, else  tune in to BTN and join us for our live chat, see below.

Morgan State (same conference as FAMU) plays in front of small crowds, averaging 2,400 fans, so a large, loud crowd at The Schott would be a different experience for them. And hopefully, not a good experience, either.

The game is this Sunday with a 12:00 PM EST start. Please join us for our live blog beginning approximately 30 minutes before tip-off. The game will be broadcast on BTND (Big Ten Network Digital.

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