The Ohio State Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4) hope to continue their healing process by hosting the Penn State Nittany Lions (10-10, 1-6) Wednesday evening at Value City Arena. The Nits snapped their own losing streak (6 games) on Thursday by defeating Nebraska in a wild one, 58-54, to get their 1st conference win of the season. Yes, the same Nebraska that rolled OSU a week ago. There’s no transitive inference in this situation.
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In the “final” game in the Gotham Classic, before actually moving on to Gotham City, Ohio State hosted the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens, and were admittedly, not very good hosts. The Buckeyes were initially polite enough, trailing Delaware through the first 7 minutes of the game 11-12. The teams genteelly exchanges baskets for the next 10 minutes with OSU holding a 28-26 lead with 3:15 left in the 1st half. At that point, the uncouth midwesterners tore off nine straight points to go into the half with a 37-26 lead.
LaQuinton Ross got things going immediately in the 2nd half with a 3-pointer and things went back and forth for the first 4+ minutes as OSu maintained a 45-32 lead. A Kyle Anderson 3-pointer pulled the Fightin’ Blue Hens (FBH) to within 10, 50-40 with 13:19 left on the clock. Of course, LQR answered with a jumper, followed by an Amedeo Della Valle 3-pointer. After trading baskets a Marc Loving jumper and another ADV 3-pointer had the game at 60-44.
At the nine-minute mark, OSU was “holding” on 62-50 as Delaware kept chipping into the lead. For the next two minutes, both teams flat-lined, almost as is to save energy for a late push to either seal the game or to steal the game. Finally, at the 1:22 mark, Lenzelle Smith Jr., made a jumper to cash in free fries to push OSU’s lead to 10, 70-60. At the :44 mark Jarvis Threatt’s layup pulled the FBH’s to with 10, 72-62. Clearly, it was too little way too late; but to Delaware’s credit they kept coming after the Buckeyes. Another Threatt layup with :32 remaining got the Hens to 64, but Buckeye free throw shooting, capped off by two from Aaron Craft provided the final score of 76-64.
This was an exciting game, perhaps more exciting than it needed to be. The Buckeyes only shot 41% from the floor (24-59) and an excruciating 69% (22-32) from the free throw line. Fortunately, Delaware shot even worse; 43% from the field an 47% from the charity stripe. Yikes. Part of Delaware’s shooting woes were, obviously, OSU’s defense, as the Buckeyes blocked 7 Blue Hen shots.The Buckeyes out rebounded the Hens 46-30, so that helped.
Ohio State placed five players in double figures; LaQuinton Ross with 19, Lenzelle Smith with 14, Aaron Craft with 12, Amir Williams with 11 and ADV with 10. It should be noted that Amir pulled off the double-double by snagging 12 rebounds. Although Sam Thompson only scored 3 points, he did grab 6 rebounds.
For the Hens, As guessed, Devon Saddler led the way with 17 points, closely followed by Jarvis Threatt with 14 points, the only two Hens in double figures. Threatt did accomplish his own double-double by getting 10 rebounds.
Next up for the Buckeyes; a Saturday evening game against Notre Dame at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off is 7:30 PM on ESPN2. Oh, you can stop in here for more livechat.
The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0) continue action in the Gotham Classic on Wednesday evening by hosting the University of Delaware (UDel) Fightin’ Blue Hens. The Blue Hens enter the game at 5-5 losing to North Dakota State University as part of the Gotham Classic, 85-66. After this game, Ohio State will go to NYC to face Notre Dame to wrap up the Gotham Classic for an evening game on Saturday, December 21st
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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.
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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
Here we are, rolling into the holidays and Ohio State hosts the University of North Florida Ospreys this Friday, with the tip-off scheduled for 5:00 PM EST. In the past week and a half, the Buckeyes have defeated the Golden Eagles, the Eagles and now face the Ospreys. This could be a bad month for birds of prey.
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School: University of North Florida Ospreys
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Student Population: 16,357
School Type: Public, coed
Conference: Atlantic Sun Conference
Head Coach: Mathew Driscoll
It was like Christmas for Buckeye basketball fans, as the Buckeyes opened up the season in exhibition play with a 93-63 win over Walsh university. As many would expect in the first game of the season, many questions were answered and many still loom. Most importantly though, the Bucks took advantage of a true tune up game with a top notch D2 program from the GLIAC conference.
Head Coach Thad Matta went with what many expected to be the starting five this season to open up the game. The two seniors, Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith started at guard, with Sam Thompson at the three, LaQuinton Ross at the four and Amir Williams at the 5.
Early and often, the defensive intensity was spectacular. The best defensive backcourt in the country lived up to it’s reputation. Shannon Scott came off the bench and got three or four blocks and a handful of steals in the first half to help set the tone. Aaron Craft was simply amazing at pushing defenders off to either Lenzelle Smith, Shannon Scott, or Sam Thompson to allow them to get the steal. Ohio State jumped ahead early in part to the 17 turnovers they were able to force in the first half and finished strong.
Craft led the way with 14 points and 5 assists. Smith finished 15 points and 8 boards, while Shannon Scott had a stat stuffing game — 9 points 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
In the post, Amir Williams showed what seems to be major improvement when it came to spacing and fronting the basket. On defense, he used his better positioning and pure athletic ability to block shots and grab some form rebounds The Motor City big man put together 10 rebounds — seven in the first half and added 8 points. Marc Loving showed early as well why he will be a solid option off the bench for coach Matta as a freshman. The Toledo native had some great offensive moves to the basket. His play will be key if the Bucks plan to play with any type of a larger lineup, where LaQuinton Ross can move to the small forward position. We also saw Loving in at power forward in the second half, paired with Ross at the 5. Loving added 9 rebounds, which was great to see from power forward position. He also dropped five points.
Ross, who might be the biggest x-factor of the season played extremely well on offense. Fans know about his range, but it was evident that he has improved his strength in the paint, with many solid drives to the basket. He made five trips to the charity stripe in the game. His offense is right where you hope for it to be to start the season. He tallied 15 points and really showed that he can take over games as needed.
Amedeo Della Valle showed his range from deep. Afroman drained three treys in the ballgame and finished with 14 points.
The only scholarship player not to see time on the floor was Kam Williams, the freshman guard.
Up next for the Buckeyes, a match-up with Morgan State on Saturday to open up the regular season. You can catch the game on the Big Ten Digital Network or Ohio State Radio Network.
Continued thoughts and prayers to our friends in Cowboy and Sooner land… soundtrack should be obvious for today.
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I couldn’t believe an entire basketball season had passed us by and I hadn’t yet written a Buckeye Basketball Breakdown. It just goes to show you what the final year of a graduate studies program can do to your soul…and your free time. But those are similar really.
Given how the NCAA Tournament wrapped up, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about what we saw this year from the Buckeyes, and what we might have to look forward to in the future.
I will be the first to admit that I was particularly worried about this team going into Big Ten play. Seeing the Buckeyes meltdown against Duke, struggle with Kansas at home, and generally perform lackadaisically in the first half of every game, I was quite pessimistic on the night of January 4th. I knew the team was growing, I could see their development, but I was extremely worried by what I had seen to that point.
And then the first Illinois game happened the very next day.
Surprisingly, my opinions of the team improved dramatically after that. They fought hard and picked up a pair of wins in that four game stretch, including a huge win against Michigan. They started to clue in to how to play proper basketball, but they were still missing something.