Fifth ranked Ohio State (7-0) gets back into action after taking care of the Maryland Terrapins Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. They host the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Blue Devils. The game is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, so this will be a nice appetizer prior to the football game at 8:00 PM.
Here’s a profile on OSU’s next opponent:
School: Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils
Location: New Britain, CT
Student Population: 9,942
School Type: Public, coed
Conference: Northeast Conference (NEC)
Arena: Detrick Gymnasium
Built: 1965, renovated 2005
Head Coach: Howie Dickenman
Player and team statistics courtesy of statsheet.com
Central Connecticut State University
After going 13-17 (9-9) last season, the Blue Devils got off to a slow start this year, but have won 2 of their last three games to move their record to 2-5. The Blue Devils will put a 4G/1F lineup on the floor, with their tallest starter being F Faronte Drakeford at 6’7″. CCSU is led in scoring by G Kyle Vinales at 19.3 PPG and Drakeford at 10.9 PPG. Drakeford and G Matt Hunter lead the team in rebounding at 6′ish per game.
In a nutshell, Central Connecticut is not a good shooting team, making 40% of their FGs and 27% of their 3-pointers. Consequently, their offense isn’t that efficient and their assist/turnover ratio isn’t that good; see table at end of article.
Here is the CCSU roster:
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes are coming off a solid (76-60) win over soon to be B1G brethren, Maryland. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t that in-love with the win over North Florida, but the win over Maryland impressed me. Ohio State shot quite well from the field, prevented UM from doing so, and did a nice job of handling the ball. Earlier in the week, Eric made a good observation about Aaron Craft’s control of the game, offensively and defensively. It was a thing of beauty; LQR scorching the perimeter and Smith and Thompson having good offensive nights. This was complimented by Amir William’s, although not very active offensively, did have 3 blocks.
And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:
|32||L. Smith Jr.||6’4″||G||11.4||51.0||46.7||72.7||5.0||1.4||1.4|
|33||A. Della Valle||6’5″||G||4.6||35.7||39.1||37.5||1.6||0.3||0.7|
I’ll get this out of the way pretty quickly. Ohio State shoots better, rebounds better and handles the ball better than CCSU. Frankly, there shouldn’t be too much to this game. CCSU is well under .500 against the likes of Brown, Rider and New Jersey Tech. In terms of “common opponent”, CCSU did play at Purdue and was defeated 109-73.
As mentioned in the introduction, this should be a good appetizer for the evening main course. Thad will have this team scoring much as they vote in Chicago, early and often. If you get a chance to go to the game, please do so; it should be an enjoyable afternoon and both teams will appreciate your support.
|PPG O||PPG D||RPG||APG||TPG||Pos/G||PPP||A/T|
The game is this Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM EST in the Value City Arena. Television coverage will be provided by BTN. Please join us for our live chat approximately 30 minutes before tip off.