After a heartbreaking loss on Sunday against the Gonzaga Zags, the Buckeyes host the Black Knights of Army Friday evening. Right now, these are two teams moving in opposite directions. Ohio State (6-5) has lost three consecutive games. These have been against some very tough UConn, Maryland and Gonzaga teams, so they are soon do for a break in the schedule. Friday night may not may be that game. The Black Knights are (7-2) following their Wednesday against Penn. The loss snapped a 7 game win streak.
Here’s a profile on Army Black Knights
School: United States Military Academy
Location: West Point, NY
Student Population: 4,592
School Type: Public, coed
Conference: Patriot League (I had to tell you this?)
Arena: Christl Arena
Head Coach: Dave Magarity
United States Military Academy Black Knights
The Black Knights enter Friday’s game at (7-2). Army is scoring 67 points per game, while allowing 56, so they are winning frequently and convincingly. They are led by 5’8” Guard Kelsey Minato at 18.5 PPG and 5’11” G/F Jen Hazlett at 12.1 PPG. Olivia Schretzman, 6’1″ forward, leads the Black Knights in rebounding at 8 per game. Olivia is a native of Dayton, OH.
Here are the Army Black Knights:
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes are in a 3-game losing streak right now, dropping their record to 6-5. Granted the three losses have come against very strong opponents (UConn, Maryland, Gonzaga) and the team has played hard wire to wire, but three losses it is. I’ll be blunt here, the biggest disappointment is lack of playing time for Ashley Adams due to lack of mobility vis s vis her opponents.
And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:
This will some interesting match ups for Ohio State. Army protects the ball better, 15 turnovers versus 19 for Ohio State. Both teams average around 66 points per game, but OSU gives up 65 per game, while Army gives up 57. Granted, OSU has played tougher opponents so far, but I fell the Army defense will be a challenge. McGuff has to have his team, whatever the lineup, play very efficient offense.
The game is Friday December 13th at 7:00 PM EST in Value City Arena. IF you can’t make it to the game, it can be heard on radio 1460 AM.