After a tough, hard-fought, game against the Rhode Island Rams, the Buckeyes took on the Washington Huskies in their final game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off. After an even start in the early going, the Buckeyes took a lead late in the first half and never relinquished it on the way to a 77-66 win. DeShaun Thomas led all scorers with 31 points, tying his career high, while also picking up 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Aaron Craft followed with 18, and Evan Ravenel with 12 as Buckeyes with double digits in scoring. Washington’s C.J. Wilcox led their team with 18, and was joined by Abdul Gaddy (15) and Scott Suggs (11).
The Buckeyes did a much better job today of warming up into this game from the get go rather than slowly easing their way into it. DeShaun Thomas pretty much took care of that by himself with his incredible early shooting. As a whole, though, the team did enough to keep the game competitive until they were able to get one of their patented late first-half runs and go into the half up 10. They were then able to stave off Washington through the second half to maintain that lead, mostly, through the end.
Overall, the team is improving from game to game. This is definitely what we wanted to see in the early going, especially with the young guys down low. Players are stepping up and taking care of their roles on the floor, and are quickly learning how to play their positions better. Amir Williams in particular is showing growth as he begins to move around in the paint a bit on offense. A lot of this has to be due to the improved playing time for everyone.
Last night was not pretty, but the Buckeyes pulled out a 69-58 victory against Rhode Island in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncansville, Conn. The Buckeyes will take on Washington today at 4:30 in their final game of the weekend. The Huskies earned an 83-79 overtime win against Seton Hall in the second game of the classic last night.
|School:||University of Washington|
|Division:||NCAA Division 1|
|Stadium:||Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion|
|Head Coach:||Lorenzo Romar|
Welcome to the last liveblog of the 2010-2011 Basketball Season! Today’s game pits the 8 seed Butler Bulldogs and the 3 seed Connecticut Huskies who finished the season ranked 9th in the Big East.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the National Championship is a Pillowfight!
Come join all of your favorite bloggers as we watch these teams struggle for the highest honor in College Basketball. It should be quite the party!
The game starts at 9:00 PM Eastern Time, the LiveBlog will go at 8:30 PM (despite what the CoveritLive box says). Hope to see you all here!