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
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.
Here’s a profile on University of North Florida.
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
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
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
Looking for the best athlete in the Big Ten? Ohio State’s Slam, I mean Sam, Thompson is that guy. He has wowed everybody in the B1G and is among the early discussions about who will lead this years Buckeye squad.
Out of high school, Thompson came into Ohio State with the reputation of being a high flyer and during his freshman campaign for the Buckeyes he proved just that.
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
High School: Whitney Young
- 10.6 MPG
- 2.1 PPG
- 1.1 RPG
- 49.3 FG% (34/69)
- 25.1 MPG
- 7.8 PPG
- 3.5 RPG
- 49.8 FG% (106/213)
- 2 HDPG (Highlight Dunks Per Game)
He showed himself very capable of making the highlight reel play on the offense side of the ball and to be a solid defender as well. He has all of the tools to become a lock down perimeter defender this season.
Thompson will still be coming off of the bench for the Buckeyes in 2012, but his role will have to change a bit. A lot more will be asked of him offensively. Thad Matta said yesterday at Big Ten media day in Chicago that Thompson has worked extremely hard on his offensive game, specifically his jump shot. And he needed to. Watching Thompson shoot the ball was painful at times as he seemed to have absolutely no confidence in his jumper.
Slam started all 37 games last season and was at many times, the spark the team needed with some of his highlight reel dunks. Look for the best athlete in the B1G to stand out this season and provide a lot of highlight reel material.
While there is a lot of doubt about Thompson’s jump shot and overall offensive game, nobody questions his game-changing athletic ability. Just take a look at this dunk he threw down against Indiana last year:
And because we all love watching Thompson dunk so much, here’s one more video from a few weeks back when CBS’ Seth Davis visited an OSU practice and wanted Thompson to dunk over him: Read More
Senior Aaron Craft is in his final go-around in the Scarlet and Gray. I’m certain many fans outside of the Columbus area are thrilled with that news, which is a great testament to what Craft has accomplished while at Ohio State. He was a pleasant surprise his first season in Columbus. His second season was much less surprising, and it was particularly enjoyable for fans to watch his defensive dominance and occasional offensive brilliance at the point guard position. Last year was more of the same, and he stepped into more of a scoring role on occasion.
Last year this became Craft’s team. That will continue this season as he leads the Buckeyes into another challenging schedule. Aaron Craft’s leadership is more important than ever, and will be the key to where this team ends up at the end of the season.
Hometown: Findlay, Ohio
High School: Liberty Benton
Position: Guard (1)
High School Awards:
We’re sneaking up on Basketball Season! As with the last two seasons, we’re going to preview the team player by player. While we normally do these alphabetically, Aaron Craft will come a little later because Eric is a horrible slacker.
The loss of several stars to early entry into the NBA draft before last season made recruiting little tougher for Thad Matta. The scholarships have dwindled for the 2012-2013 season leaving just one open spot for a new-comer. Amedeo Della Valle had the honor of being the lone newbie scholarship player for that team.
Over the last few years the Bucks have lost the likes of Jon Diebler and William Buford. This has left Matta searching for someone to step in to fill the scoring void in the Buckeyes’ lineup. Amadeo Della Valle (ADV for short, or as we bloggers prefer “Floppy Haired Mayhem” – “FHM” for short) was just the guy they were looking for to fill the gap. While he didn’t see incredible quantities of playing time with the talent in front of him, Buckeye Nation did get to see flashes of what he might become.
Hometown: Alba, Italy
High School: Findlay Prep (Las Vegas)
Position: Guard (2,1)
ADV comes from a basketball background. His father, Carlo, played 15 years as a pro basketball player. His father never pushed ADV to become a basketball player which, in my opinion, was the best move Carlo could have made. Carlo allowed ADV to play soccer and basketball both and always told him to “play what you like”.