|School:||Michigan State University|
|Founded:||1855 – The FIRST agricultural College in theU.S. Originally called the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan|
|Student Population:||47,800 8th largest university in the country|
|Head Coach:||Tom Izzo –Northern Michigan1977|
|Experience & Accomplishments||17th Year – 407 wins and 167 losses .4 National COY awards, 6 Final Fours, 14 straight NCAA’s, 6 B1G Champs, 1 National Championship in 2000, More Final Four appearances than Williams and Krzyzewski since 1996(6-5-4 respectively) Graduates a staggering 81% of players that complete eligibility.|
|Program History||First season was 1898-99 and MSU’s all-time record is 1,507-1.022 with 25 NCAA appearances, 8 Final Four appearances, All-time tourney record of 52-24 and 2 National Championships in 1979 and 2000. 12 B1G Championships and 2 B1G tourney championships.|
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