Sorry for running late with this recap. I gad some technical difficulties last night.
As expected, Thad’s Buckeyes provided the afternoon appetizer as a prelude to the main course this evening. The Buckeyes, as expected, beat the outmatched Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Blue Devils 76-54. The 5th ranked Buckeyes had little trouble moving to 8-0 this afternoon, with an all around solid performance, led by a career high 23 points by LaQuinton Ross.
In the 1st four minutes OSU jumped out to a 13-2 lead, driven by 5 points by LQT and 4 points by Amir. But, as we’ve seen with the football team, fast starts often precede a flattening and at the 10:22 mark OSU’s lead was 22-10. Not expanding the lead, but merely holding serve during the 6 minute interim.
At just under the 8 minute mark a jumper by Shannon Scott put the score at 26-17, somewhat reversing a “cooling off” of OSU’s shooting, which at this point was ‘down’ to 52&. Which gives you some idea how well the Buckeyes had started the game. Also, at this point, both teams were doing much better with interior shooting, as they’d combined for 2-11 from 3-point range. Not good.
The Buckeye malaise continued for the next four minutes as CCSU pulled to within 23-28 on a layup by Khalen Cumberlander. At the 3:37 mark, a 3-pointer by Lenzelle moved the margin up a bit, the the teams traded turnovers to slow things down. At a little over two minutes left, LQR reasserted himself wit a basket +1 to move score to 36-23. However, the Blue Devils surged a bit at the end of the half, capped by a layup by Kyle Vinales to pull CCSU to within 38-29 at the half.
Fifth ranked Ohio State (7-0) gets back into action after taking care of the Maryland Terrapins Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. They host the Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Blue Devils. The game is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, so this will be a nice appetizer prior to the football game at 8:00 PM.
Here’s a profile on OSU’s next opponent:
School: Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils
Location: New Britain, CT
Student Population: 9,942
School Type: Public, coed
Conference: Northeast Conference (NEC)
Arena: Detrick Gymnasium
Built: 1965, renovated 2005
Head Coach: Howie Dickenman
Ohio State gets back into action after taking care of the North Florida Ospreys last Friday, 99-64. The #5 Buckeyes (5-0) host the Maryland Terrapins in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Terrapins (5-2) are riding a 4-game winning streak. As an aside, the Ohio State and Maryland women’s basketball teams are also playing tonight at 7:00 PM in College Park, MD. If you want to catch OSU-Maryland basketball, tonight is the night for you.
Here’s a profile on the University of Maryland
School: University of Maryland
Location: College Park, MD
Student Population: 26,487
School Type: Public, coed
Conference: ACC (for now)
Arena: Comcast Center
Head Coach: Mark Turgeon
The last time the Bucks played the Cowboys was in 1995, which resulted in a 72-65 loss on a “neutral” court in Wyoming. This time around, things turned out a little differently as the Buckeyes found their game in the last ten minutes to secure the 65-50 victory. Lenzelle Smith Jr. led all scorers with 20 points, including 5-8 shooting the three, and 8 rebounds. Amir Williams joined him in double digits with 12 points, and earned his second double double with 16 rebounds, while Aaron Craft scored 10. Larry Nance Jr. scored 17 to lead his team, and was the only Cowboy to score double digits.
The game started with high energy play from both teams. Wyoming demonstrated good patience in attacking the Buckeye defense. Repeatedly they found gaping holes in the defense, giving them uncontested paths to an easy layup. They also had no trouble finding open looks at the basket. Considering OSU was still playing a high energy defense, it was an impressive start.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, they walked straight into a hot shooting OSU team. Shannon Scott and Lenzelle Smith both launched buckets from beyond the arc and hit their first three straight. Amir Williams also started particularly well down low. Williams scooped up two offensive rebounds and managed to put them both back for points.
After the first four minutes, the teams settled into play a little and began to methodically probe each other’s defenses. Wyoming’s guards turned out to be the winners here, effectively drawing the defense and taking advantage of the pass to find easy looks. The Buckeyes began to struggle to find good looks at the basket at the same time, giving Wyoming the perfect opportunity to close the gap on the scoreboard.
Thad Matta wasn’t going to simply let Wyoming have their way with his defense. A quick adjustment was all that was necessary to head the Cowboys off at the pass. The next time Wyoming ran their play to open up the OSU defense for the dribble drive, Aaron Craft rotated under the basket to be in position to defend it. Other adjustments helped to shut down the Wyoming offense while the Buckeyes went on a 8-2 run, opening up a double digit lead.
The 2013-2014 basketball season is under way and our Ohio State Buckeyes are sitting at 3-0 after riding a very good 2nd half to defeat host Marquette University. Now, the #8 Buckeyes host the American University Eagles out of the Patriot League this coming Wednesday. Saturday it was The Golden Eagles, on Wednesday it will just be the Eagles. Feasting on raptors…
Here’s a profile on American University.
School: American University
Location: Washington, DC
Student Population: 7,299
School Type: Private
Conference: Patriot Conference
Arena: Bender Arena
Head Coach: Mike Brennan
Would Ohio State’s basketball team outscore it’s football team?
That was the big question as the Football Buckeyes played hapless Illinois and the Basketbucks took on Big East juggernaut Marquette.
The answer turned out to be a no, but the hoops team shook off a sluggish start to defeat the No. 19 Golden Eagles 52-35 in Milwaukee.
Shannon Scott and Sam Thompson led a balanced attack with 13 points each while Aaron Craft added 10 points and 10 assists and missed a triple double by three rebounds. Thompson added eight rebounds while Amir Williams contributed five blocks.
After shooting 26.9 percent from the field in the first half, OSU (3-0) made good on 57.6 percent of its second-half shots and smothered the Golden Eagles on defense in pulling away in an early battle of ranked teams.
Marquette shot 18.9 percent on 10 of 53 shooting and had 20 turnovers and made just four field goals in the second half while scoring just 16 points.
At times in the second half it appeared to be the Harlem Globtrotters vs. the Washington Generals as OSU hit layup after layup and then stretched the defense with timely jump shots.
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.
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
Student Population: 22,685
School Type: Public, co-ed
Conference: Mid-American Conference (MAC)
Arena: The Convocation Center “The Convo”
Head Coach: Jim Christian