The Bucks and Jayhawks met for the third time in a little over a year, but it resulted in the exact same result as before. A tough, hard-fought battle ended with the Buckeyes coming up short by a final of 74-66. Kansas’s Ben McLemore led all scorers with 22 for the game, and was joined in double digits by Elijah Johnson (13), Jeff Withey (12), and Travis Releford (11). The Buckeyes were led by DeShaun Thomas’s 16 and Shannon Scotts 15.
It was very clear through the first half that the Buckeyes were struggling with the height of the Jayhawks. The Buckeyes spent the majority of the half looking for long and mid-range jumpers rather than attacking the basket. Defensively, while Ravs and Williams did a decent job limiting Withey’s touches, they seriously struggled when Withey managed to get the ball. At the half, the game was a lot closer than it actually felt like it should be.
The Buckeyes struggled in the second half hitting baskets from the floor. In fact, with 9 minutes to go in the game, the Buckeyes had shot 2/17 in the second half all told. The only reason they remained in the game was a combination of free throw shooting along with some poor shooting and decision making from Kansas. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to last. When the Buckeyes finally began to collect a couple field goals, Kansas also finally began to take control. Before the Buckeyes could blink, Kansas had a double digit lead. OSU used the typical trick of fouling to stretch the clock, and began to bring the lead under control, but it was far too little too late.
This is yet another good learning lesson game for a team that is still working to find the answers in the shooting game. What defines this team is the fact that they have lots and lots of guys that could be a hot scorer on any given night. Unfortunately, they don’t have a guy that is a hot scorer on every given night. Nor do they have a dominant presence in the paint to easily help open up looks outside. This is a problem that will plague this team all year, so don’t expect a quick fix.
There is simply no amount of Listerine that can wash out the bad taste left in those returning players mouths having endured two losses to Kansas last season; one on December 10, 2011 (78-67) and one at the Final Four in New Orleans on March 31, 2012 (64-62). They will just have to take care of their home court where they have the 5th longest streak for wins against non-conference opponents sitting at 39. WVU was their last home loss in this regard in December of 2008 almost exactly four years ago. Tim Shoemaker did a great Tale of the Tape. Let’s take a look at this top ten battle.
|School:||University of Kansas (KU)|
|Founded:Motto||1865; I shall see this great sight, why the bush does not burn (Exodus 3:3)|
|School Type:||Public, Flagship, Space Grant|
|Stadium:||Allen Fieldhouse “The Phog” named for the father of coaching Dr. Forrest C. “Phog” Allen|
|Built:||March 1, 1955|
|Head Coach:||Bill Self, Oklahoma State, 10th season|
|Experience & Accomplishments||Self was named 2012 Naismith College Coach of the Year, The Sporting News National Coach of the Year in 2000, 2009 and 2012, the Associated Press National Coach of the Year in 2009. He was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2012. 13 NCAA Tourneys, 1 NCAA Champion, ! Final Four, 6 Conference Tourney Champions, Produced 16 NBA draft picks|
|Program History||The Jayhawks began play in 1898 and have an all-time record of 2079-807 (.720). In 2008, ESPN ranked Kansas second on a list of the most prestigious programs of the modern college basketball era, behind only Duke. Kansas has the longest current streak of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (23), holds the longest current streak of winning seasons (29), has the most winning seasons in Division I history (93), the most non-losing seasons (.500 or better) in NCAA history (96), the most conference championships in Division I history (55), the most First Team All Americans in Division I history (20), the most First Team All American Selections in Division I history (28), is second in Division I all time winning percentage (.720), and is second in Division I all time wins (2,079)|
Ohio State and Kansas met for the second time this year, this time on the neutral court of the Superdome in New Orleans. Both teams played tough basketball, but the Buckeyes were unable to maintain their nine point halftime lead, falling to the Jayhawks for the second time 64-62. William Buford’s game high 19 points were not enough to lift the Bucks over Kansas’s Thomas Robinson, who matched Buford with 19. Travis Releford scored a critical 15 for the Jayhawks, including four free throws at the end to seal the game.
Neither team started the game with their heads quite in the right place offensively for the first few possessions. While Kansas did score a quick duece on their first possession, they spent their next seven possessions taking atrocious shots. That was matched by the Buckeyes on the other end of the court early. Only when Lenzelle Smith dropped a three pointer did the Buckeyes settle down and start making better decisions with the basketball, leading to a 7-0 run through about four minutes of play.
Kansas attempted to make early adjustments to try to counter the little OSU run. By moving the ball better, the Jayhawks were able to find better looks at the basket and began to make their looks again. Not surprisingly, Thad Matta reinspired the defense on the subsequent timeout. The pep-talk seemed to work, giving the Buckeyes the necessary intensity to make offense difficult for the Jayhawks.
Much to Buckeye fan’s relief “good” Buford made an appearance in this one. As has been apparent all season, Buford’s shooting is strongly dependent on his early game shots. If he makes good decisions early, like he did today, his shooting is generally strong all game long. If instead his decisions are poor early, his shooting struggles throughout. However, one thing Buford never seems to struggle with is assisting his teammates, playing good defense, and tough rebounding. It was critical, though, that his shots started falling early, allowing him to build his shooting confidence early.
Today’s liveblog tips at 2:45 am as the Buckeyes take on the Kansas Jayhawks.
We won’t know if Sullinger is going to play until much closer to gametime. We should have the answer by time the liveblog starts.
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Lets find out what the BBC writers want to see out of the basketball team this week.
Healthy Sully. Whatever’s going on with his back, make it all better in time for conference play.
The New Kid. I want to hear how Ross is getting involved in the team’s preparations… will he be up to speed?
Defend The Line. Ohio State has the ability to play with anyone in the country unless they struggle to defend the deep bombs- they stifled the Blue Devils, will they do the same to the Jayhawks?
Courage Under Fire. I’ve been to a game in the Phog Alllen Fieldhouse, and it’s not an easy place for visiting teams. Can the Buckeyes win their first true road test?
A healthy Jared Sullinger. the nature of college basketball and the nature of back spasms create a situation where there is absolutely no need to rush Sullinger back on the court before he is ready, potentially re-aggrevating and prolonging the injury. Losses in college basketball don’t matter, especially against quality opponents so, as much as we’d like to see him play against Kansas, only if he is truly 100% healthy por favor.
DeShaun Thomas continuing to roll. He showed what he can do on the biggest stage against the Dukies, let’s see him continue to build on that performance and become a more consistent scoring force down the stretch.
Aaron Craft. It’s just fun watching him play.
The Buckeyes are traveling for their first away game for the preseason this weekend. The target is Lawrence Kansas and the 5-2 Kansas Jayhawks. Let’s take a look.
|School:||University of Kansas|
|Division:||NCAA DIV I|
|Stadium:||Allen Fieldhouse (“The Phog”)|
|Head Coach:||Bill Self|
Early in the college basketball season it’s not uncommon to see a high-scoring game, at least for one of the teams involved in any particular matchup. With a diet heavy in cupcakes in the early going, elite teams are given an opportunity to light up the scoreboard at least a few times as they simply overpower weaker opponents and work on the jump shots and fast break drives they hope to use later in the season in a more limited fashion. However, there are times when two top level teams get together well into the season and have a good old fashioned shootout. Such was the case on Monday night in Lawrence when the Kansas Jayhawks played host to the Missouri Tigers.
The final score on the night was 103-86 in favor of Kansas. The Jayhawks shot a blistering 60.7% from the field and 57.9% from three, which is always going to give you a good shot at picking up a W. The Kansas scoring was complemented by an impressive 23 assists, and for good measure the team recorded 38 rebounds, 14 of which came on the offensive end. The Tigers’ field goal percentage of 51.7% would draw the praise of most coaches and commentators on a typical night, but on this date it simply wasn’t enough. Missouri bested Kansas in the free throw department, shooting 18-22 from the line, but only logged 20 rebounds and ended up having three different players foul out before the game was over. Read More