It took getting over a first half full of errors, untimely passing, bad shots and ball movement for the Buckeyes to escape at Value City Arena with a 63-52 win over the American Patriots in non-conference play. After making just two field goals in the first 8 minutes of play, Ohio State settled into a rhythm and played much tighter on the ball defense.
After a long range bomb from John Schoof gave American a four point lead with 12 minutes to go, Thad Matta called a time out to get his players on the right page. And from that point, screens and kicks out to the perimeter were shut down, as full court pressure was the difference.
Mr. Swoon himself got the Buckeyes back into the thick of things heading into the locker room. Up 24-20, the senior got a coast to coast layup off a LaQuinton steal to give the Bucks a six point lead. He then capped off the first half by scoring on another contested layup with less than thirty seconds on the clock.
Craft, who worked his way into the top 50 scoring list all time in the first half, passed Chris Jent for the 49th spot on the list with a total of 9 points on just 2-9 shooting. He would finish though with seven steals and 3 assists.
Despite struggling early, the rest of the guards showed up to play in the second half. Shannon Scott performed well on the glass and was a real nice compliment to Sam Thompson and the big man inside — Amir Williams. Scott finished just short of a double double, with 13 points and 9 boards.
In the first half, the only thing consistent about Ohio State’s play was that of it’s big man. Amir Williams finished strong inside. He showed glimpses of what OSU fans have been looking for from an inside banger. Williams had a solid 6/9 shooting performance to go with a 4/5 night from the charity stripe to finish with 16 points. He also ripped down five offensive rebounds to keep drives alive, which was imperative in a game where Ohio State shot 3-16 from deep and 20/56 from the floor.
After a strong ending to the first half, Ohio State closed in on defense and got their way up and down the floor — causing turnovers and fast break points to take over the ball game.
Shannon Scott, who played well offensively, also continued his defensive hot streak heading into the season. With full pressure on the back court, he fueled turnovers, tips, deflections out of bounds and recorded three steals.
The Buckeyes are now 3-0 at home and 4-0 to start the season. They will take on Wyoming on Monday night at 7:00 PM. Keep it right here all week for all your basketball coverage.
The 2013-2014 basketball season is nigh upon us. Like soon; in fact this Sunday, to be exact. After “scrimmaging” the Walsh University Cavaliers (winning 93-63), the #11 Buckeyes host the Morgan State University Bears this coming Saturday with a noon tip-off at The Schott. The pre-conference schedule starts; now it gets serious.
Here’s the scoop on Morgan State University.
School: Morgan State University
Location: Baltimore, MD
Student Population: 6,000
School Type: Public, co-ed
Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)
Arena: Hill Field House
Head Coach: Todd Bozeman
The 2013-2014 basketball season is nigh upon us; in fact tomorrow, to be exact. The #10 Ohio State Buckeyes host the Walsh University Cavaliers at Value City Arena. This is the 6th consecutive year the two teams have opened their seasons competing against each other in exhibition play. Walsh is in their 2nd season as a D-II program, moving up from the NAIA. The Cavs have made a smooth transition in arguably the best basketball conference in D2. Walsh went 18-8 last season while playing in the tough GLIAC conference.
This has been the traditional, for a few years, ‘preseason’ tune up for both teams before the start of pre-conference play. I like the fact that this involves an instate school (think Tressel scheduling YSU) as an opportunity for both teams to work out any kinks.
School: Walsh University
Location: North Canton, OH
Student Population: 3,100
School Type: Private, Catholic
Conference: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)
Arena: Alumni Arena
Head Coach: Jeff Young
After serving primarily subbing for Aaron Craft his freshman year, Scott’s court time doubled as he received additional court time alongside Craft. He’s a versatile and talented point-guard who has reportedly turned on the lights and become extremely aggressive defensively. His experience and defensive prowess should serve him well as a player that can fit into multiple roles in Thad Matta’s scheme.
Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia
High School: Milton
Position: Guard (1)
High School Awards:
- McDonald’s All American (2011)
- Jordan Brand All American (2011)
- Georgia Mr. Basketball (2011)
- Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year (2011)
- First-Team All State (2010)
- First-Team All District (2010)
- Male Athlete of the Year, NeighborNewspapers.com (2010)
Shannon Scott is a 4 star point guard out of Alpharetta Georgia. He was ranked the #6 point guard in the country by Scout.com, and the 34th overall player by ESPNU. As a junior, he lead Milton to a state championship in Georgia while averaging 14 points, 7 assists and 2.5 steals per game. He also participated in the McDonald’s All-American game and picked up an incredible 5 steals in 12 minutes of playing time.
To say junior Trey McDonald is a key to Ohio State’s basketball success may sound like a major overstatement.
But considering the Buckeyes have only one other post (5 role) player, McDonald could and probably will be a top sub for Coach Thad Matta. With the departure of Evan Ravenel, OSU’s post game consists of McDonald, and the inconsistent Amir Williams.
But experience will be a major issue with McDonald as he appeared in just 19 games last season and scored 25 points. He appeared in 13 games as a freshman and scored two points.
Hometown: Battle Creek, Michigan
High School: Battle Creek Central
Position: Center (5)
High School Awards:
- 2011 All-Conference selection (Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference).
- 2011 All-City selection (Battle Creek).
- 2011 Battle Creek Central MVP.
McDonald is a three star athlete from Battle Creek Michigan, ranked the #18 player at his position in the 2011 recruiting class by scout.com. He averaged 9.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during his Junior year – both were team leading. He was also a letterman in cross country for three years, and track for one season.
We’re less than two weeks away from the kickoff to the 2013 season, but things are heating up with Ohio State’s basketball programs.
Thad Matta and his staff, not to be outdone by Kevin McGuff and staff, have added a highly ranked recruit to their basketball program, Mickey Mitchell, a highly rated (4* / 5*) 6’8″ forward, from Plano TX.
If the name and home town are vaguely familiar, they should be, read below. Mitchell is part of the Class of 2015.
From The Cleveland Plain Dealer:
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Mitchell family, based in Texas, may have to look for an apartment in Columbus.
After son Mike committed to Urban Meyer and the football program last year and is now working as a freshman linebacker with the Buckeyes, younger son Mickey gave his pledge on Thursday to the OSU basketball team. Mickey is a 6-foot-8, 245-pound junior who will be part of Ohio State’s 2015 class.
The eyes of Texas are upon Columbus, OH.
Asked what his younger son’s best position is, Ken Mitchell, a former NFL player, said, “Quarterback.” The two-sport star will stick with basketball for the Buckeyes though.
Yes, much to Thad’s relief.
“Mike was not the deciding factor,” Ken Mitchell said of Mickey’s decision. “But it’s that extra gift. He got up there and realized the legend of Ohio State and what the basketball program has done, and the educational system and how much Mike loves it up there while he’s working his tail off.
I’ll be honest; Ken Mitchell’s father’s statement is about as good as endorsement that any university can receive. Hats off to the University. Mickey additionally held offers from Baylor, Kansas, Texas, aTm and USC, so his high recruitment rankings are justified.
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Spring is finally in the air. Baseball season is underway. Saturday is the annual Scarlet and Grey game. Basketball has crowned its national champion. It’s Wednesday, let’s rumble!
We’ve hit the stretch run of spring football and the Scarlet and Grey game is being held this Saturday at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Brown Stadium. The game starts at 1pm and you can hear it live on the flagship station for Buckeye sports 97.1FM or www.971thefan.com It will be shown on the Big Ten Network at 7pm Saturday night.
Student Appreciation Day
One of the highlights of the 2012 spring camp was the first ever Student Appreciation Day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Don’t be cynical, the name implies exactly what it is: a chance for the football team to allow unprecedented access to the students who make up the body of this great university and support it so vehemently on Saturday’s in Ohio Stadium and even on the road in opposing dojos. Read More
Junior Deshaun Thomas has elected to forgo his senior season at Ohio State and become eligible for the NBA Draft. The 6’7″ forward averaged 14.4 points per game as a Buckeye, scoring 1630 points in three years, while averaging 5 rebounds per game, and shooting nearly 48 % from the field.
A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana — Thomas is considered by many as a first round draft pick. Well known for his offensive production, Thomas put Ohio State on his back at points during his junior season. Averaging just under 20 points per game and starting in all 37 games played this season.
And when it mattered most in his Ohio State career, he stepped it up. Thomas is the second all time leading scorer in Buckeye tournament history. His 62 tournament rebounds are also fourth all-time in school history.
In a prepared release by the Ohio State Communications department, Thad Matta talked about Deshaun’s development as a player the last three years.
To see Deshaun grow into the man he has become has been amazing. His accomplishments on the floor speak for themselves but I am just as proud of him and what he has done off the floor. We recruited him offering the opportunity to grow as a person and player and that is exactly what happened. I know there is much more in-store for him in the future and I am proud to have been able to coach him.
Thomas will spend time between Columbus and Indianapolis preparing for the NBA Draft.