The Ohio State Buckeyes (20-6, 7-6) host the Northwestern Wildcats (12-14, 5-8) Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM EST. As bad as January was for the Buckeyes, February is turning out to be just as good. Meanwhile, the Wildcats are trying to right their ship. They went on a 2-week tear in mid-January to win four of five games, but have now lost three straight.
Here’s their Profile
The Wildcats are under 1st year coach Chris Collins. A large part of their problems are due to several offensive shortcomings. In conference play, they are tied for last in Possessions Per Game (62) and last in Points Per Possession (.88).
Consequently, for the season, Northwestern averages 61 points per game on offense and gives up 64 per game. They run a 1G/1C/1F/2GF lineup with JerShon Cobb (6’5”) at guard, Alex Olah (7’0”) at center, Kale Abrahamson (6’7”) at forward and Drew Crawford (6’5”) and Sanjay Lumpkin (6’6”) at G/F positions. Drew Crawford leads the team in scoring (15.6) and rebounding (6.8). Getting significant playing time off the bench is 6’2” guard Tre Demps (20.7 ppg). Guard Dave Sobolewski (6’1”) has seen his playing time reduced to 22 minutes per game, compared to 35 minutes last year. His offensive numbers are down commensurately, but in limited play he still leads the team in assists (2.7).
Note: Player and team stats courtesy of statsheet.com
Here are the Northwestern University Wildcats:
|15||James Montgomery III||6’4″||G||0.3||37.5||0.0||0.0||0.2||0.1||0.0|
Ohio State University Buckeyes
Amazingly enough with a conference record of 7-6, the Buckeyes are only three games out of the top spot with both Mitten State teams losing over the weekend. The Wednesday game is the first of four eminently winnable games (Northwestern, Minnesota, and Penn State, Indiana) before Ohio State ends the regular season by hosting the MSU Spartans. What a season!
And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:
|32||L. Smith Jr.||6’4″||G||11.7||44.2||37.0||77.9||4.8||1.5||1.1|
|33||A. Della Valle||6’5″||G||4.6||38.2||35.9||62.5||1.8||0.2||0.7|
Ohio State, although showing signs of life, still has a couple of kinks to work out. I’d like to see the Buckeyes be more aggressive in getting to the basket; our perimeter shooting has been, um, spotty lately, and the Wildcats are a decent enough perimeter defense team. I’d alos like to see an improved effort with offensive rebounding. Every possession counts.
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The game is scheduled for Wednesday, tipping off at 7:00 PM EST in Value City Arena. Television coverage will be provided by BTN, check your local listings. Live chat will be provided by tBBC, check back here.