Like many of their earlier games this season, the Buckeyes started out slow on the offensive side of the ball. Part of that was due to the mediocre opening play from Deshaun Thomas, a suprise considering his recent success as a starter averaging 20 points per game over his last 5. With Thomas struggling, the rest of the team stepped up their work and spread out the early scoring. Unfortunately, the points were hard to find as the Bucks continued to shoot the rock poorly.
On advantage favoring the Buckeyes, however, was that the poor shooting was a mutual problem. The Cardinals had difficulty finding open looks against the tough Buckeye defense, which even managed to force a shot-clock violation early on. The few open looks Lamar did find simply would not go down. The Cards were able to take advantage of some lazy “screen-door” defense on a nice dunk, but otherwise had trouble getting the ball down low to the bucket.
The Buckeyes are back home to take on Lamar at 8:30 PM EST tonight. Liveblog is set to go at 8.
Our Buckeye Blogger friends will be joining us as usual. Make sure to check out their place: OSU Silver Bullet, Buckeye House Call, Our Honor Defend, the Buckeye Blog, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Scarlet and Game, and Fox Sports Ohio.
If you’re looking for web-video for the game, try First Row Sports (warning: pop-up ads). Click the basketball tab, and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the right game.
Sullinger is currently scheduled to start, after suffering no serious effects from getting kicked in the foot against South Carolina on Saturday. Hopefully he’s in full form from here on out.