Mens BB Preview: Ohio University Bobcats

Written November 11th, 2013 by Ken

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The 2013-2014 basketball season is underway.  The 1-0 Buckeyes dusted off Morgan State 89-50 in their season opener ad now host the Ohio University Bobcats Tuesday at 8:00 PM. Ohio State was powered by accurate shooting (47.7%) and dynamic rebounding (55 rebounds) in their first win of the season. Meanwhile, down the road in Athens, OH, the Bobcats defeated Northern Iowa 75-64 with even better shooting, hitting 52% from the floor in their opening win.

 

Here’s the scoop on Ohio University.

School: Ohio University

Location: Athens, OH

Founded: 1804

Student Population: 22,685

School Type: Public, co-ed

Division: D-I

Conference: Mid-American Conference (MAC)

Arena: The Convocation Center “The Convo”

Seating: 13,080

Built: 1968

Head Coach: Jim Christian

Year: 2nd

Ohio University

MBB vs. Northern Iowa

M. Ndour

Ohio University is coming off a 2013 season with a record of 24-10 (14-2). They did end their season on a somewhat strong note, winning four of their last six games. Of course, this was driven by the performance of former Buckeye guard, Walter Offutt (10.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG).

Ohio University opened their season by beating Northern Iowa 75-64 on Saturday afternoon, placing four men in double figures led by Maurice Indour with 20 points. OU showed a 3-guard, 2-forward lineup of Indour and Jon Smith as Forwards and Nick Kellogg, Ricardo Johnson and Stevie Taylor at the Guard spots. Against NI, the Bobcats shot a very good 53% from the field and 48% from 3-point range.

NOTE: The Bobcat roster is a bit sparse with statistics from last season. The reason is five (5) freshmen and three (3) JUCO transfers, so their statistics fell into the “none/not applicable” category.

Here are the Ohio University Bobcats:

No. Player Pos Hgt FG% 3PT% FT% R/G A/G PPG
0 Setty, Treg F 6’9″
2 Wingfield, D.J. G/F 6’5″
3 Willis, Javarez G 5’11″
4 Mompremier, Wadly F 6;10″
5 Ndour, Maurice F 6’9″
11 Harley, Khari G/F 6’8″
12 Crabtree, Drew G 6’0″
13 Hall, T.J. G/F 6’6″ 42.5% 29.9% 65.4% 1.6 0.8 4.8
15 Kellogg, Nick G 6’3″ 41.8% 33.8% 79.1% 2.1 1.4 8.0
20 Johnson, Ricardo G/F 6’5″ 44.0% 31.6% 61.2% 2.2 1.1 3.5
21 Smith, Jon F 6’7″ 60.7% 0.0% 71.1% 3.6 0.3 4.8
22 Taylor, Stevie G 5’10″ 37.1% 37.5% 53.8% 0.6 1.2 3.1
24 Wilkins, Travis G 6’4″ 42.5% 41.8% 66.7% 0.7 0.7 3.4
33 Campbell, Antonio F 6’8″

Ohio State University

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Scotty lines one up

The Buckeyes came out on fire Saturday against Morgan State, and as Eric mentioned in his recap (link at top of page) the fuse was lit by Shannon Scott’s 3-point shooting to get OSU out of the gates quickly. This was a dominant performance against an over matched opponent, and Ohio State did what was expected. I won’t get too much into the ga,e, because I don’t have much to add since Eric’s recap (here, I’ll save you the trouble of scrolling to the top of the page) since he lays it out so nicely.

And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:

No Player FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG PPG
2 Marc Loving F 6’7″ - - - - - -
4 Aaron Craft G 6’2″ 41.7% 30.0% 76.8% 3.6 4.6 10.0
32 Lenzelle Smith Jr. G 6’4″ 43.0% 37.4% 68.7% 4.8 1.5 9.2
10 LaQuinton Ross F 6’8″ 46.8% 38.9% 77.6% 2.9 0.5 8.3
12 Sam Thompson F 6’7″ 49.8% 40.4% 70.3% 3.5 1.0 7.8
15 Kam Williams G 6’2″ - - - - - -
3 Shannon Scott G 6’1″ 40.8% 33.3% 62.7% 2.8 3.8 4.9
23 Amir Williams C 6’11″ 55.6% 0.0% 55.7% 3.9 0.1 3.5
33 Amedeo Della Valle G 6’5″ 37.5% 38.5% 50.0% 1.5 0.3 2.5
55 Trey McDonald C 6’8″ 55.6% 0.0% 31.3% 1.2 0.1 1.3
34 Jake Lorbach F 6’7″ 0.0% 0.0% 50.0% 0.3 0.0 0.7
24 Andrew Goldstein G 6’3″ - - - - - -

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

This game will be a legitimate test of Ohio State’s capabilities; Ohio brings a solid record into the game, it’s not that much of an away game for them and Jim Christian brings a pretty talented team to Columbus. The Bobcats have decent enough size across the front line that seems to match up pretty well against the Buckeyes.

Against Morgan State, Matta briefly opened with a 3-guard set, which we’ll undoubtedly see more of on Tuesday. I do like the OSU’s guard troika of Craft, Scott and Smith, with Thompson filling the swing position of small forward , while being able to defensively handle a big guard if needed.

Both teams shot lights out in their season openers, so settle in and prepare to watch an entertaining game on Tuesday.

In closing, I’d like to reach out to Brady Hoke and invite him to watch the game. It may clear up the “Ohio State University/Ohio University” confusion that has beset him. I realize that Brady has a lot on his plate right now, but the invitation stands..

The game is this Tuesday at 8:00 PM EST. Please join us for our live blog beginning approximately 30 minutes before tip-off. The game will be broadcast on BTN.

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