Pregame Glances: Hall of Fame Challenge

Written November 21st, 2013 by Ken

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We are four games into Coach Kevin McGuff’s era, and so far I’m happy with the results. As Charles pointed out, there are still a couple things to work out, but considering it’s a new coach with a new system and a short-handed team, so far, so good, I think.

This coming weekend will be an interesting experience for this team, as the Buckeyes host a three-day round-robin as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge. Ohio State will play consecutive days against Old Dominion, Marist and Bowling Green on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. After a non HoF game against Lehigh (in Columbus) on November 27th, the Buckeyes go to Springfield MA to square off against the UConn Huskies. No one said that it would be easy..

In addition to providing Ohio State’s roster, I’ll also provide brief profiles and rosters for Old Dominion, Marist and Bowling Green.

Ohio State Buckeyes

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First, a very brief recap of Ohio State season-to-date. The Buckeyes sit at 3-1 after a tough loss to a ranked Georgia squad on Sunday. This has been an interesting transition year with a new coach (McGuff), a new philosophy (uptempo), consistent players (Adams, Moore), emerging players (Alston, Craft),  a rarely seen player (Ferguson) and a very short bench (transfer, suspension, graduation). Get comfortable, this is going to be an interesting season for the team and for its fans. As a refresher, below is the Ohio State roster.

 

Nbr Name Pos Hgt FG% 3Pt% FT% R/B A/G PPG
33 Ashley Adams C 6’5″ 0.46 0.00 0.86 8.8 3.5 11.0
14 Ameryst Alston G 5’9″ 0.48 0.44 0.78 3.3 3 23.3
21 Lisa Blair C 6’6″ 3.5
13 Cait Craft G 5’8″ 0.54 0.36 0.63 3.3 1.25 14.3
15 Aleksandra Dobranic C 6’4″ 0.33 0.00 0.50 1.7 0.5 1.7
23 Martina Ellerbe F 6’2″ 0.43 0.29 1.00 4.5 0.75 6
31 Raven Ferguson G 5’11″ 0.25 0.00 0.00 3.00 0.00 2.00
12 Maleeka Kynard G 5’7″ 0.25 0.33 0.56 1.5 0.5 5
22 Darryce Moore C 6’2″ 0.50 0.00 0.58 7.8 1.25 9.8
25 Amy Scullion G 6’0″ 0.33 0.60 0.57 7.50 1.25 4.80

Old Dominion Monarchs
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OK, the first game up is Friday at 8:00 PM EST as Ohio State tees it up against the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs. Old Dominion University located in Norfolk VA, was founded as “Norfolk College of William & Mary” in 1930 and was granted independent status (Old Dominion College) in 1962. It is a public, coed institution with an enrollment of 19,612. It is a member of Conference USA (C-USA).

 

 

The Lady Monarchs are 2-1 this season, after coming off a 19-12 (10-9) season a year ago. They are coached by Karen Barefoot, who is in her 3rd year as head coach at ODU. A glimpse at their roster points out a couple of differences to OSU’s roster. First, their are a lot more players, 15 to be exact, and most of them are listed as ‘Forwards’.  Of their roster of 15 players,  8 are listed as Forwards. That’s a lot of forwards. However, they are a bit shorter than ohio State, with an average height around 6′ or so. When to click on their 2014 season statistics ( to the right of Stephanie Gardner) you’ll notice that senior Guard Stephanie Gardner (5’7″)  leads the team in scoring at 16.3points per game, and is ably supported by junior forward Shae Kelly (6’1″) who contributes 13.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.

Marist Red Foxes

Next up, on Saturday evening, 8:00 PM EST tip-off are the Red Foxes of Marist College. Marist College, located in Poughkeepsie NY, was founded in 1929. It is a private institution with an enrollment of 5,560. It is a member of Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

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Red Foxes

The Red Foxes are off to a rough start this year, with a record of 0-3 entering the Hall of Fame event. It’s possible that their mascot (Red Foxes) could be a punch line, but this program is no joke. Two of this year’s losses have been against Kentucky and Princeton, so they don’t duck anyone. Last season, after meandering through the non-con schedule at 5-5. Marist ripped off 21 straight wins until Michigan State beat them in the NCAA’s. They are coached by Brian Giorgis, who is in his 12th season as Marist’s head coach. If you check out the Red Fox roster, you’ll see they aren’t a tall team either, and will most likely run a 3-guard/2 forward lineup ranging in height from 5’7″ – 6’1″.

Bowling Green Falcons

Finally, on Sunday afternoon, 3:00 PM EST tip-off, Ohio State faces the Bowling green Falcons. Bowling Green, located in Bowling Green OH was founded as a public coed institution in 1910.  It has an enrollment of 14,815 and is a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). We’re familiar with the Falcons though some football contests.

 

bgsu_logoThe Falcons are off to a good start, sitting at 4-0. Last season they went 20 – 9 during the regular season, then finishing their season going 2-1 in the MAC tournament and 2-1 on the Women’s NIT; ending at 24-11.  Bowling Green is coached by Jennifer Roos, who is entering her 2nd season as head coach. Prior to being named HC, Jennifer spent 11 years as an assistant coach with the Falcons, so she knows her way around MAC basketball. One trait of this team is a very good defense. The Falcons allowed 54.3 points per game last season, a record program performance. After four games, they are matching that number.Points may be hard to come by against Bowling Green.

 

The Falcons are led in scoring by 5’11″ G Erica Donovan (12.5 ppg), 5’6″ G Jillian Halfhill (11.8 ppg) and 6’1″ F Alexis Rogers (11.3 ppg). Jill Stein (6’2″ F) is their top rebounder at 10.0 per game.

All of the above games will be played at the Value City Arena. If you can’t get to the games they will be broadcast on WBNS radio 1460.

 

5 Comments

  1. CharlesNo Gravatar
    November 21st, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks for the preview Ken. The quick turnaround between games will be a good test for the team and its going to be interesting to see how McGuff handles substitutions as the short bench means that fatigue could be a bit of a concern by Sunday. This is great prep for the Big Ten tournament though. The Marist game will be a nice chance at revenge for them defeating us in the 2007 NCAA tournament. The Bowling Green game should be a fun environment as from my experience they have great fans who travel very well.

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  2. Jim CloverNo Gravatar
    November 22nd, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I think the Saturday game will start at 8:30 due to football game. Also the other two teams play before the OSU game, probably starting 3 hours before OSU.

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    KenNo Gravatar
    November 22nd, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Jim, thanks for your comments. I appreciate the update on tip-off times. Thank you.

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  3. WVaBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    November 22nd, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Great work Ken! It should be noted that Ameryst Alston is a very special player who will flourish in Coach Mcguff’s system. With the special youth coming, she may be the only one survive ad keep her starting job next season.

    sticking with this season, this team has so much room to grow, and will shock some teams during the season.

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    KenNo Gravatar
    November 22nd, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Good points, WVa. I think that this will be a fun year. The team that we see in March may be quite a bit different that what we see now.

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