OSU Cagers Defeat Walsh in Exhibition Opener

Written November 3rd, 2013 by Joe Dexter

It was like Christmas for Buckeye basketball fans, as the Buckeyes opened up the season in exhibition play with a 93-63 win over Walsh university.  As many would expect in the first game of the season, many questions were answered and many still loom. Most importantly though, the Bucks took advantage of a true tune up game with a top notch D2 program from the GLIAC conference.

Head Coach Thad Matta went with what many expected to be the starting five this season to open up the game. The two seniors, Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith started at guard, with Sam Thompson at the three, LaQuinton Ross at the four and Amir Williams at the 5.

Early and often, the defensive intensity was spectacular. The best defensive backcourt in the country lived up to it’s reputation. Shannon Scott came off the bench and got three or four blocks and a handful of steals in the first half to help set the tone. Aaron Craft was simply amazing at pushing defenders off to either Lenzelle Smith, Shannon Scott, or Sam Thompson to allow them to get the steal. Ohio State jumped ahead early in part to the 17 turnovers they were able to force in the first half and finished strong.

Craft led the way with 14 points and 5 assists. Smith finished 15 points and 8 boards, while Shannon Scott had a stat stuffing game — 9 points 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

In the post, Amir Williams showed what seems to be major improvement when it came to spacing and fronting the basket. On defense, he used his better positioning and pure athletic ability to block shots and grab some form rebounds The Motor City big man put together 10 rebounds — seven in the first half and added 8 points. Marc Loving showed early as well why he will be a solid option off the bench for coach Matta as a freshman. The Toledo native had some great offensive moves to the basket. His play will be key if the Bucks plan to play with any type of a larger lineup, where LaQuinton Ross can move to the small forward position.  We also saw Loving in at power forward in the second half, paired with Ross at the 5. Loving added 9 rebounds, which was great to see from power forward position. He also dropped five points.

Ross, who might be the biggest x-factor of the season played extremely well on offense. Fans know about his range, but it was evident that he has improved his strength in the paint, with many solid drives to the basket. He made five trips to the charity stripe in the game.  His offense is right where you hope for it to be to start the season. He tallied 15 points and really showed that he can take over games as needed.

Amedeo Della Valle showed his range from deep. Afroman drained three treys in the ballgame and finished with 14 points.

The only scholarship player not to see time on the floor was Kam Williams, the freshman guard.

Up next for the Buckeyes, a match-up with Morgan State on Saturday to open up the regular season. You can catch the game on the Big Ten Digital Network or Ohio State Radio Network.

BBN Basketball LiveBlog: Walsh (Exhibition)

Written November 3rd, 2013 by Eric

tHark and Rejoice! Basketball season is finally upon us!

Today, the Walsh University Cavaliers travel to Columbus for the now-annual exhibition match-up with the Ohio State Buckeyes. We’ll be watching and covering the game today, so stop by and see what the new Buckeye Shooty-Hoopers have to offer!

The game will start at 4:00 PM Eastern Time, with the liveblog starting at 3:30 PM. Heads up – this game (and the next one on November 9th) is on the Big Ten Digital Network, which has a paywall. There will be no coverage of the game outside of that site that I’m aware of.

Hope to see you for the chat. Go Bucks!

Buckeyes Defeat Walsh 83-71 in Exhibition

Written October 30th, 2012 by Eric

Ohio State welcomed the Walsh Cavaliers into the comfortable confines of the Schott for an exhibition matchup to prepare for the season. Walsh played an excellent ballgame and kept up with the Buckeyes through the majority, finally falling 83-71. The difference in the game was a 17-3 run over the last 5 minutes of the first half for the Buckeyes that was led by the lineup of Aaron Craft, Shannon Scott, Sam Thompson, DeShaun Thomas, and Trey McDonald. DeShaun Thomas led all scorers with 25 points on 9-17 shooting. He was followed by LaQuinton Ross with 13 and Evan Ravenel’s 11 for the double digit scorers for OSU. Walsh was led by Kenny Kornowski and Jeff Copeland with 12 a piece.

The Buckeyes played as many as 9 different lineups during the course of this one as Matta examined the different looks available to him on the bench. Ultimately, we got to see every single scholarship player on the court for decent minutes, but it may not be too early to make guesses as to how this team might play out in the future. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Matta play 8 deep this year with Amedeo Della Valle and Trey McDonald riding the bench for the majority of the season.

Give the Cavaliers a lot of credit. They’ve been a solid team in the NAIA for the last few years, but this year they have what could be a special team. They have a number of good shooters, and their center will help them win more than a few games. Ultimately, their offensive balance, along with excellent coaching from Jeff Young, may be enough to give them a deep run in the postseason this year in the NAIA.

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BBN Basketball LiveBlog: Walsh Cavaliers

Written October 30th, 2012 by Eric

It may not be on TV, but we’re watching it (and liveblogging it) anyway!

Stop by and chat with us for updates on the game from your favorite BBN writers. Make sure to stop by their place before and after the game for all of the greatest Buckeye Basketball Coverage! Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Buckeye Empire, Silver Bullet, The Buckeye Blog, Unscripted Ohio, and Fox Sports Ohio. Extra special thanks to FSO for putting these liveblogs together.

If you want to watch the game, it will cost you $10 from the BTN Ohio State video site. That does get you a months access to OSU sports content – just be sure to cancel before the month is out.

Go Bucks!

Ohio State Defeats Walsh 95-49 in Exhibition

Written November 6th, 2011 by Eric

Jordan Sibert might be ready to make people forget about Diebler.

Ohio State took the hardwood for the first and only time in exhibition play against the Walsh Cavalier.  Ohio State jumped out to a big lead early, and cruised to a 95-49 victory at home where they were able to play every single scholarship player on the bench.  William Buford led all scorers with 17 points, while Lenzelle Smith and Evan Ravenel each collected 8 rebounds for the game.  Also of note were Jordan Sibert’s and Jared Sullinger’s 15 points, and Sibert’s incredible 4-5 shooting from long range.

The Buckeyes started out with a lineup that was somewhat of a surprise for many.  Running with Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith, William Buford, Deshuan Thomas, and Jared Sullinger, was a line that demonstrated just how deep this team really can be.  Ohio State operated a fast paced offense early, trying to get the ball down low to Sullinger on every possession.  They were more than happy, though, to take shots from the outside when it was open.  Buford took advantage of that on several occasions.

At the first TV timeout Shannon Scott and Evan Ravenel came in for Lenzelle Smith and Deshaun Thomas respectively.  With the line change, Sullinger moved to the 4 and Craft moved to the 2 as we expected with the talents of this set.  Despite the change in personnel the OSU offense did not change drastically.  That suggests the talents of this team will allow many players to come in and play for with a minimum of disruption. Read More

Pregame Glance: Walsh

Written November 5th, 2011 by Eric

Basketball season is very nearly here, and the Buckeyes get their first chance to show what they can do on November 6th. The exhibition opponent is an old favorite – The Walsh University Cavaliers.

Where have I seen this before..?

School: Walsh
Location: North Canton, Ohio
Founded: 1960
Student Population: 3000
School Type: Private, Catholic
Division: NAIA
Conference: American Mideast Conference (AMC)
Stadium: Alumni Arena
Seating: 2000
Built: 2009
Head Coach: Jeff Young
Year: 7th

This is hardly the first time we’ve covered Walsh on this blog. In fact, the Buckeyes have faced off with the Cavaliers each of the last three seasons in exhibition match-ups. This is likely a tip of the hat to just how good the Cavaliers have been recently. Two seasons ago, they managed to make the NAIA National Championship, though they only succeeded at being the runners up. Last year, the Cavs made it to the Sweet 16 before being tripped up.
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tBBC Radio Hour: Indiana Preview

Written November 4th, 2011 by Eric

Eric is joined by Malibuckeye and Michael from Our Honor Defend in previewing this week’s Indiana game. They spend plenty of time talking about Wisconsin, including whether or not Buckeye fans should have rushed the field after that game. They also discuss if Wisconsin is a burgeoning rival of Ohio State, and what differences there might be with OSU’s rivalry with Michigan.

The guys hit on the Indiana game and what aspects of the game worry them a little, particularly considering how much like a trap game it is.
Before they wrap up, they also talk a little basketball and preview the upcoming exhibition game against Walsh!
All this and more on this week’s Radio Hour!

(Note: The show is mildly explicit this week.)

Be sure to subscribe to The Buckeye Battle Cry Radio Hour on iTunes for Ohio State news and commentary!

Buckeyes handle Walsh 102-56

Written November 7th, 2010 by Eric

Deshaun Thomas lays the ball into the hoop.

The Buckeye Basketball team took the floor for the first time this season to face the Walsh Cavalier’s from the NAIA.  Under the color commentary of former Buckeye Matt Sylvester, the Buckeyes dispatched the Cavaliers 102-56.  Jared Sullinger was clearly the player of the game putting up a double double including 21 points and 10 rebounds.

The starting lineup for the game went Dallas Lauderdale, William Buford, David Lighty, Jared Sullinger, and Jon Diebler.  We were told early that the starters for this one would not be the starting lineup for the season.  Given what we saw on the court today, I might have a guess as to why.

Jared Sullinger took his first shot in a Buckeye uniform which came up short.  His second attempt was much better as he backed his defender up to the basket and finished the hook shot while drawing the foul.  After that, the first shot of the game, Sullinger’s role on the team became fairly quiet and we didn’t hear about him again until later in the half.

Walsh started the game out by taking it to the Buckeyes.  The Cavalier’s hit their first two baskets, one of which was a three, to keep pace with the Buckeyes.  On their end, the Buckeyes seemed to be toying around with their offensive sets.  There wasn’t a lot of focus on any particular goal for the offense other than to simply look for an easy basket.  Given the opponent and the Buckeye’s weapons, the strategy may not have been too surprising.  However, it gave an almost sloppy look to their play and led to a couple ill-advised baskets.

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