Buckeyes Pluck Hens 76-64

Written December 18th, 2013 by Ken

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.

Pregame Glance MBB: Delaware vs Ohio State

Written December 17th, 2013 by Ken

Delaware_Fightin_Blue_Hens04The #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   

Here’s their Profile

School: University of Delaware

  • Location: Newark, DE
  • Founded: 1743
  • Student Population: 17,427
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)
  • Arena: Bob Carpenter Center Acierno Arena
  • Seating: 5,000
  • Built: 1992
  • Head Coach: Monte Ross
  • Year: 8th

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Pregame Glance: North Dakota State University

Written December 13th, 2013 by Ken

The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0) continue action in the Gotham Classic on Saturday evening by hosting the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison, winners 73-69 over Notre Dame on Wednesday. North Dakota State enters Saturday’s contest with a record of 7-3 and sporting a 5 game winning streak. After this game, Ohio State will host Delaware on December 18th, then go to NYC to face Notre Dame for an evening game on Saturday, December 21st.

Here’s their Profile -

School: North Dakota State University

Location: Fargo, ND

Founded: 1890

Student Population: 12,332

School Type: Public, coed

Division: D-I

Conference: Summit League

Arena: Chace Bison Sports Arena

Seating: 5,830

Built: 1993

Head Coach: Saul Phillips

Year: 6th

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Buckeyes Bounce Blue Devils 76-54

Written December 8th, 2013 by Ken



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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.

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Pregame Glance: Central Connecticut

Written December 7th, 2013 by Ken



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

Founded: 1849

Student Population: 9,942

School Type: Public, coed

Division: D-I

Conference: Northeast Conference (NEC)

Arena: Detrick Gymnasium

Seating: 2,654

Built: 1965, renovated 2005

Head Coach: Howie Dickenman

Year: 18th

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Buckeyes “Slam” Maryland Terapins in ACC/B1G Challenge

Written December 4th, 2013 by Joe Dexter

The number 5 Ohio State Buckeyes proved on Wednedsay night against Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge that  if there’s spark  – there’s fire.

Despite battling foul trouble in the first half, the Buckeyes burned the Terps from beyond the arc, in transition, and on the defensive side of the floor to help pace a 76-60 victory at Value Center Arena in non-conference play.

The Buckeyes were led early by LaQuinton Ross, who started the game 4/4 from three point range. His jump shot was a weapon early as his offensive play set the tone in the first five minutes of the game. He scored a total of 20 points, 17 in the first half, as the Buckeyes shot 60% from long range in the first frame. After an Aaron Craft drive to the paint turned kick out to the nearside corner three from Sam Thompson, Amedeo Della Valle checked into the game with 11:30 to play in the first half and drained a spot up three to give Ohio State a 24-12 lead nearly halfway through the first.

It was the trey that got the fired started, but there is no doubt that the ignitor was the transition play of Shannon Scott and Slam Thompson, who nearly connected on three straight alley-oops with five minutes to play in the first.

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Pregame MBB: Maryland Terrapins

Written December 4th, 2013 by Ken

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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.

Here’s a profile on the University of Maryland

School: University of Maryland

Location: College Park, MD

Founded: 1856

Student Population: 26,487

School Type: Public, coed

Division: D-I

Conference: ACC (for now)

Arena: Comcast Center

Seating: 17,950

Built: 2002

Head Coach: Mark Turgeon

Year: 3rd

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Pregame Glance:University of North Florida

Written November 27th, 2013 by Ken



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

Founded: 1965

Student Population: 16,357

School Type: Public, coed

Division: D-I

Conference: Atlantic Sun Conference

Arena: UNF-Arena

Seating: 5,800

Built: 1993

Head Coach: Mathew Driscoll

Year: 5th

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