Wright State visited Columbus tonight for this season’s Buckeye home opener but left with their first loss of the season, falling to OSU 73-42. The Buckeyes started out slowly before finally gaining momentum late in the first half and never again relinquishing control of the game. Jared Sullinger lead all scorers with 19 points, and very nearly notched his first double-double of the season with 9 rebounds. William Buford and Aaron Craft joined Sullinger in double figures with 13 and 10 points respectively.
Matta chose to run the same starting lineup that he had last week, using Craft, Smith Jr, and Buford in the backcourt, and Thomas and Sullinger in the frontcourt. The team came out attacking on both ends of the court with high energy. The defensive effort in particular was there in a big way as the Buckeyes repeatedly got into passing lanes and affected Wright State’s ball movement.
Wright State played good defense in their own right against the dynamic OSU offensive threat. The Raiders were clearly unafraid of the big stage playing against one of the top ranked teams in the country. They put great effort in scooping up rebounds and hustling for loose balls to try to keep OSU from getting critical second chance points. Unfortunately, they couldn’t make good use with their own possessions, as the Raiders missed more than a few easy baskets in close to the rim in the early going. Read More
Welcome to today’s liveblog!
It’s a special day today in College Basketball land. Not only is it the opening day of Buckeye Men’s Basketball, but it’s also the inaugural Carrier Classic game being played on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson. Given that we’re crazed Basketball fans (nearly as much as we’re crazed football fans) we couldn’t help but liveblog the Carrier Classic as well!
To that end, the liveblog will start at 7pm watching the MSU/UNC game on ESPN, and move over to the BTN for the coverage of OSU’s home opener against Wright State!
Many fans have expressed many ideas regarding the Ohio State coaching search. Urban Meyer and Bo Pelini are two of the biggest that we’ve already taken a look at. Mentioned in the same breath with those two illustrious names is another young bright star of the coaching profession – Jon Gruden.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time Gruden’s name has come up in a coaching search in the last six months. He was first suggested as a replacement for Randy Shannon at Miami, followed by Rich Rodriguez at Michigan. He was also offered, and turned down, a position as offensive coordinator at Oregon. The Ohio State job is simply the most recent addition to the list.
Gruden has spent 11 years on the highest stage of football with varying success. There is plenty of debate regarding his success – specifically that his greatest have come due to the hard work of others. There is no debate, however, that he is very good in his own right. That makes him worth a look for this position.