Pregame Glance: Marquette

Written November 15th, 2013 by Eric

The Buckeyes are taking to the road for the first time this season. Up next are the #17 Marquette Golden Eagles. Let’s take a look.

Marquette

School: Marquette University
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Founded: 1881
Student Population: 12,002
School Type: Private Nonprofit
Stadium: BMO Harris Bradley Center
Seating: 18,850
Opened: 1983
Head Coach: Buzz Williams
Experience: 6th year

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Ohio State Survives Scare From VCU

Written November 15th, 2013 by Charles

Darryce Moore scored a career high 20 points to help lead the Buckeyes to a victory over VCU.

Darryce Moore scored a career high 20 points to help lead the Buckeyes to a victory over VCU.

After an impressive win at West Virginia in their opener and a narrow win at home against Florida Atlantic, the Ohio State women’s basketball team looked to continue their undefeated start to the season today as they hosted Virginia Commonwealth University Thursday night.  The already shorthanded Ohio State roster suffered another blow earlier this week as junior guard Shelbi Honeycutt announced her decision to transfer from OSU in order to be closer to home and to get more playing time.  Honeycutt is from Siloam Springs, Arkansas so her decision certainly makes sense and we wish her all the best.  Honeycutt’s decision left the Buckeyes with nine available players for Thursday night’s game as Raven Ferguson is serving the last game of her three game suspension for violating team rules and Kalpana Beach is out with an ACL injury.  While the current roster is small, good news awaits on the horizon as earlier in the day Kevin McGuff and the Buckeyes officially signed five new players (Asia Doss, Alexa Hart, Chelsea Mitchell, Kelsey Mitchell, and Makayla Waterman), four of who are ranked in the top 100 in the country, to a recruiting class that is ranked as high as #2 in the nation.  While this new recruiting class promised great things for the future, the Buckeyes still had more pressing business to attend to in the form of the VCU Rams.

The game started out a little sloppy for Ohio State as they missed a few shots and had a pair of turnovers in the first two and half minutes which raised some concerns that the turnover issues that plagued the Buckeyes in the closing minutes against FAU would once again be a problem against a similar, fast paced, guard-heavy VCU team.  OSU led 4-2 just over two and half minutes into the game but then things settled down, the Buckeyes started to take better care of the ball and hit their shots to take a 13-4 lead at the first media timeout while hitting 6 of 8 from the field.  The Buckeyes extended that lead to 19-6 with eleven and half minutes remaining in the half when they hit what could have been a hiccup as Ameryst Alston picked up her second foul however guard Amy Scullion quickly scored five points to take care of any lost offensive production.  After extending their lead to 26-11 with eight minutes remaining in the half, the Buckeyes started having turnover issues which fueled a 7-0 run by VCU.  Ohio State recovered though and put together a 14 to 5 run to push the lead to 17 before a Rams’ three-pointer at the buzzer made it 40-26 Buckeyes at the break.

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Women’s BB Preview: Virginia Commonwealth Rams

Written November 13th, 2013 by Ken

VCU_Rams3The women’s team, after beating the FAU Owls on Sunday and going to 2-0 on the season, The Buckeyes will host the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Rams. The Rams opened their season on the road with an 85-66 beat down of Youngstown State. So, the Rams are off to a better start than last season (11-19, 4-10) when they opened with three consecutive losses.

Here’s the Cliff Notes profile of Virginia Commonwealth University:

School: Virginia Commonwealth University

Location: Richmond, VA

Founded: 1838

Student Population: 23,951

School Type: Public, co-ed

Division: D-I

Conference: Atlantic 10

Arena: Verizon Wireless Arena at Stuart C. Siegel Center

Seating: 7,500

Built: 1999

Head Coach: Marlene Stollings

Year: 2nd

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Buckeyes Battle Bobcats to 79-69 Victory

Written November 12th, 2013 by Eric

The Ohio Bobcats took the short journey to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes for the first time in 19 years. While the previous meeting had gone to the boys in Green, this one went the other way with the Buckeyes taking the 79-69 victory in a battle that was tight most of the way. The Buckeyes were led in scoring by Aaron Craft with 15 points. He was joined in double digits by – get ready for it – Amir Willams with 16 points and a double double with 10 rebounds, Sam Thompson with 12, and LaQuinton Ross with 10. The Ohio Bobcats got their scoring from Stevie Taylor who led all scorers with 21, followed by Nick Kellogg with 19, and Maurice Ndour with 10.

Things started well for the Buckeyes against the Senior-heavy Bobcats. The defense was quite evident as they proceeded to hold Ohio scoreless through the first TV timeout. It was an impressive showing against a team with quality scorers. Unfortunately they weren’t able to turn it into easy points. OSU began the game by taking looking for the long ball and struggled to make the shots fall. When they began to pursue the interior game a little more, they were able to draw some significant fouls and put pressure on Ohio.

Things turned around not long after the first TV timeout. The Bobcats found their range from three by taking advantage of some defensive mistakes from Ohio State. At the same time, the Bucks began to struggle to find their shots, so they weren’t able to take full advantage of the early lag in Ohio’s play. For a few moments, it seemed like Ohio was going to take a lead and start to make this one a game.

Then the Buckeyes regained their composure. Amadeo Della Valle dropped his first triple of the day, and the Bucks began to attack the paint better. This began to cause serious foul problems for the Bobcats who found themselves in the double bonus with 11 minutes left to go in the first half. Before long the separation was double digits with Ohio on their heels.

Eventually the Bobcats managed to settle down into their game. They began to put pressure on the Buckeyes on defense, forcing turnovers and creating fastbreak opportunities. This opened up their offense as they slowly built confidence and allowed themselves to play. As the Bobcats began to attack the lane, they forced the Buckeyes to commit a few fouls and nearly evened out the foul column before the half.
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Ohio State Defeathers FAU Owls 91-88

Written November 11th, 2013 by Ken
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McGuff explains how this works..

Sorry to be a little late on this…

Here we are, Game 2 of the Kevin McGuff era, and things are looking good for the Ohio State women’s program. The Buckeyes politely welcomed the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Owls by edging them by the score of 91-88. Despite running off to a 52-41 lead in the 1st half, the Buckeyes tried to see if they could commit more fouls than turnovers in the 2nd half. But, a win is a win, and Coach McGuff is 2-0 as Buckeye head coach.

Ashley Adams got things rocking with a basket :16 into the game, and it was hold on to your hats time. By the time the dust had settled at halftime, Ohio State had moved out to a 52-41 lead. Cait Craft, Ameryst Alston (again) and Ashley Adams powered the 1st half offense. As mentioned in the Preview, FAU struggled a bit with OSU’s size and athleticism. OSU had a 14-4 foul advantage in the 1st half, but up to the 9:00 minute nark, in the 2nd half, the foul differential had evened out

Both coaches made use of frequent substitutions in an attempt to get fresh players on the floor. The Owls amped up the intensity in the 2nd half and at about the 11:00 mark, pulled within 10, before a Cait Crat FG moved margin back to 12 points. However, the 2nd half was more problematic for OSU as numerous fouls and turnovers kept FAU within striking distance. At the 5:40 mark, FAU had closed the gap to 10 points, 80-70. At the under 5 time-out, FAU had pulled with 8, 83-75. Follow me here; at the 2:38 mark, the margin was still 8 points, 86-78, until Latavia Dempsey hits a 3-pointer 86-81.. At the 1:49 it’s now 86-83, at 1:44 it’s 86-85 and the Buckeyes are looking to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.. at :45 mark a Darryce Moor +1 moves margin to 4 points, 89-85. Good thing, too, since an Owl 3-pointer pulled them to within 1 point, 89-88. Two free-throws by Alston sealed the deal at 91-88.

Cait Craft led the Buckeyes with a career high 29 points, with Ameryst Alston scoring 28 and Ashley Adams 14 points. Adams also had 14 rebounds for a double-double, and Darryce Moore also had a DD with 11 points and 10 rebounds. It was a pretty good offensive game, obviously, but the down side was that Craft, Alston and Adams also committed 5 turnovers apiece.

In the preview I thought this would be a good test to see how the Buckeyes could fare against a ‘guard-heavy’ team in the Owls. They won, but could easily have lost. The upcoming opponent, VCU will stress OSU again later this week.

Mens BB Preview: Ohio University Bobcats

Written November 11th, 2013 by Ken

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The 2013-2014 basketball season is underway.  The 1-0 Buckeyes dusted off Morgan State 89-50 in their season opener ad now host the Ohio University Bobcats Tuesday at 8:00 PM. Ohio State was powered by accurate shooting (47.7%) and dynamic rebounding (55 rebounds) in their first win of the season. Meanwhile, down the road in Athens, OH, the Bobcats defeated Northern Iowa 75-64 with even better shooting, hitting 52% from the floor in their opening win.

 

Here’s the scoop on Ohio University.

School: Ohio University

Location: Athens, OH

Founded: 1804

Student Population: 22,685

School Type: Public, co-ed

Division: D-I

Conference: Mid-American Conference (MAC)

Arena: The Convocation Center “The Convo”

Seating: 13,080

Built: 1968

Head Coach: Jim Christian

Year: 2nd

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Note: Due to oversight on my part, I didn’t get Preview up yesterday. Here it is, better late than never… maybe. Ken

The women’s team, after dispatching of West Virginia 70-61 on Friday, comes back to Columbus to host the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Owls. The Owls conclude a two game Ohio swing, after getting zipped by University of Akron on Friday, 98-69.

Here’s the scoop on Florida Atlantic University.

School: Florida Atlantic University

Location: Boca Raton, FL

Founded: 1961

Student Population: 24,843 or 31,ooo+ depending on who you believe

School Type: Public, co-ed

Division: D-I

Conference: Conference USA (CUSA)

Arena: FAU Arena “The Burrow”

Seating: 5,000

Built: 1984

Head Coach: Kellie Lewis-Jay

Year: 2nd

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Buckeyes Win Season Opener, Defeat Morgan State 89-50

Written November 9th, 2013 by Eric

The Ohio State Buckeyes welcomed the Morgan State Golden Bears to Value City Arena to open the season. From the get-go the Bucks had no trouble with the Bears, eventually closing out a 89-50 victory. The Buckeyes were led in scoring by Lenzelle Smith Jr. who dropped 18 points and added 7 rebounds and 2 assists to his stat line. He was joined in double digits by Shannon Scott’s 16, LaQuiton Ross’s and Sam Thompson’s 14, and Marc Loving’s 10. LaQuiton Ross also added 11 rebounds for a double double on the day. Morgan State was led in scoring by Justin Black with 13, followed by Ian Chiles with 12, and Anthony Hubbard with 11.

The game started with two incredible surprises. The first was the starting lineup which was a three guard, two forward arrangement of Aaron Craft, Shannon Scott, Lenzelle Smith, Sam Thompson and Amir Williams. The particular surprise is that Sam Thompson was replaced by LaQuinton Ross at the first dead ball less than a minute into the game. The second big surprise was the shooting of Shannon Scott who hit three of four three point attempts in the first four minutes of the game, including hitting his first three straight.

Given the talent on this team, and the distribution of scoring, it is possible that we will see a variable starting lineup during the season. During the exhibition, the Buckeyes started a 2 guard, 3 forward lineup. That could have been an experiment for a game that didn’t count, but it could be a sign that Matta will start players in reaction to the opponent’s strengths. Either way, it’s something worth paying attention to during the season.

The Buckeyes displayed the typically strong defense of Matta teams, but also displayed a nice tendency to distribute the basketball. On several occasions, players passed on an ok shot to provide a pass to a player with a better look. The Bucks also used the dribble drive to open up shooters on the arc, forcing Morgan State’s defense to collapse into the lane. Interestingly, this team seemed to favor the three point shot more than previous OSU teams, shooting roughly 50% of their shots beyond the arc. Considering the opponent, this is clearly a sign that this team is more of a shooting squad than an inside game.
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