The Buckeyes ground their way to a win against Appalachian State University on December 20th to chalk up a ‘W’ prior to Christmas. It often wasn’t pretty, but it was a ‘Win’, so we’ll take it.
McGuff’s team is now 9-6 and will host North Carolina Central Eagles (5-4) on Sunday the 29th of December at 12:00 PM EST.
Here’s a profile on OSU’s upcoming opponent:
North Carolina Central University Eagles
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) enters Sunday’s game at 5-4 for the season, coming off a narrow 73-69 win over solid 83-60 win over Western Carolina University. The win snapped a 3-game losing streak for the Eagles. The Eagles are playing much better ball this season than they have the past two years. Two seasons ago their record was 3-27 and last year it was 2-28; so, they’ve already match the win totals for the previous two seasons combined.
North Carolina Central will likely start a 3G-2F/C lineup on Sunday. Regardless, the Eagles are a fairly short lineup, with C/F 6’1” Tiffany Gary (1.0 PPG, 1.1 RPG) as their tallest player. Guard 5’4″ Jessica Freeman (14.9 PPG) leads the team in scoring, but the player to watch is 6’0” F/C Racquel Davis (13.1 PPG, 9.6 RPG). Her game is an inside game, shooting 44% from the field. Of Racquel’s 13 points per game, 5 come from the foul line.
Here are the NCCU Eagles:
Ohio State University
As impressive as Ohio State was in demolishing UT-Martin, 82-60, they looked just as ‘meh’ in their win against Appalachian State. 52-38. I’m not going to get into it, Charles gave it justice in his recap. A win is a win.
Regardless, McGuff’s team sits at 9-6 with a good opportunity to move into double digit wins and with a 3-game win streak heading into conference play. One notable difference the previous two games, in that playing shorter opponents, or opponents with less athletic post players than earlier in the season, Ashley Adams has seen more playing time and her contributions have increased commensurately.
I found the following statistic to be interesting; so far this season Ashley Adams is the only Buckeye to have more assists than turnovers. I read three conclusions from this; first, Ashley provides a good inside-outside player to look for open shot; next, Ashley is a good ball handler, and finally; at this point in the season the OSU guard play is horrendous. Now would be a good time to tighten this area up.
And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:
This should be another good win for Ohio State, one that I expect to play out similar to the Appalachian State game. A quick glance at the table, below, indicates there are a lot of similarities between the two teams, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. Both team give up low 60′s, rebounding, assists and turnovers are about even. Neither team is a good ball handling team, but Ohio State shoots the balls about 20% better than North Carolina Central. But, we need to look at the first two columns, Average Points Per Game Offense and Defense. OSU’s margin of victory is +3, while NCCU’s is -8. A key contributor to this is their inconsistency; when the Eagles lose, they can lose big. The two largest losses came at the hands of University of South Florida (35-93) and University of South Carolina (27-79).
|PPG O||PPG D||RPG||APG||TPG||FG%||3PT%||A/T|
We need to catch NCCU on a ‘down’ day and have an ‘up’ day for OSU. Against another short lineup, this will be another good game for Ashley Adams to touch up her game and confidence before heading into Big Ten play in the new year. This will also be a good game for the OSU guards to polish up their ball handling skills.
The game is Sunday, December 29th at 12:00 noon in Value City Arena. IF you can’t make it to the game, it can be heard on radio 1460 AM.