The Buckeyes welcomed the Cougars to Columbus, but sent them packing in the second half with a final score of 87-44. Chicago State tried to make the game interesting early, but they simply didn’t have the horses to keep up with the Buckeyes for long. The Buckeyes had five players reach double digits, including DeShaun Thomas (17), LaQuinton Ross (14), Lenzelle Smith (13), Amadeo “Floppy Haired Mayhem” Della Valle (11), and Aaron Craft (10). Scottie Pippen’s nephew Quinton Pippen was the only Cougar to make it to double digits with 12.
The game started much like many other games this season. The Buckeyes found themselves in a dogfight against a seriously inferior opponent, partially due to some quality sharpshooting from long range from Chicago State, and partially due to sloppiness in their play early. Not surprisingly, once they started to play better defense, it began to lead to offensive opportunities that allowed them to build a reasonable lead late in the half.
The Bucks brought it to start the second half and scored on 5 of their first 6 possessions to run the lead up to 21. Chicago State finally got their offense moving again and slowed the inexorable increase in OSU’s lead, but couldn’t reverse the trend. That could have been made worse with Chicago State allowing the Buckeyes to get into the double bonus with 10 minutes left in the game, but with the way the Bucks were shooting free throws, there was no chance for that to have any meaningful effect on the outcome of the game. The team finally looked like they were having a good time with under 5 minutes to play when they went on a scoring tear.
This team is an absolute mystery. There are times when they look lethargic and like they don’t care. There are other times when they seem like they’re having all the fun in the world. But they never, ever, look 100% for an entire basketball game. Perhaps that’s a sign of youth and lack of leadership, but the lack of consistency is particularly frustrating considering the talent level on the court. All of that said, the future sure looks bright with some of these young guys and the way they play. Scott is a great point guard, and he’ll have some incredible scorers around him to make life miserable for teams in the future.
The Buckeyes are looking to bounce back against the Chicago State Cougars this afternoon in Columbus.
Joining us as usual are the other members of the Buckeye Blogger Network. Make sure to stop by their place and say, “hey”: Buckeye Ninja, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Buckeye Empire, The Buckeye Blog, Unscripted Ohio, and Fox Sports Ohio.
The Liveblog will tip around 4:10 PM eastern time. The game is scheduled for 4:30 PM eastern on the Big Ten Network.
After a demoralizing loss to the Kansas Jayhawks (again) on the Saturday before Christmas, the Buckeyes get one final tune-up before diving into conference play. Obviously there is still a lot of work for this team to do this year in order to reach their potential. There’s also the small matter of a Christmas wish that needs fulfilling. Let’s take a look.
|School:||Chicago State University|
|Division:||NCAA Division 1|
|Stadium:||Emil and Patricia Jones Convocation Center|
|Head Coach:||Tracy Dildy|