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 next test on the long and winding non-conference schedule for the Ohio State Buckeyes is the Pat Knight led Lamar University Cardinals. The son of Bobby boy has put together an 8-3 record this season after landing in the Southland Conference after being fired by Texas Tech at the end of the last season. Despite lobbying for plenty of other positions, getting into recruiting trouble in his first couple months in charge, and struggling to convince an undisciplined team the concept of defense — his squad has looked like one of the more competitive teams in the state of Texas.
And though I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of Pat, I do have to give him props. At least he realizes that Tuesday night is not a rematch of the 85-78 overtime loss the Cardinals suffered to Ohio early in the season (I love pot shots when there is no correlation).
Here is a look at tomorrow’s match-up between The Lamar Cardinals.
|Head Coach:||Pat Knight|