(Photo courtesy Ohio State Athletic Department. Game information courtesy OhioStateBuckeyes.com, ESPN.com)
The Buckeyes moved to 2-0 for the season with an 82-72 win over game Radford University on Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes were powered by double-doubles by Kieta Bates-Diop (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Jae’Sean Tate (13, 10). Ohio State also got a strong game from C.J. Jackson (19, 6).
Ohio State had difficulty pulling away from Radford in the first half; at the mid-point, the Buckeyes had a 15-14 lead. You can thank Radford pressure/OSU sloppiness for this. In the first five minutes of ten minutes of the game, Ohio State had 7 turnovers; 4 by C.J. Jackson.
Ohio State settled in a bit and went on an 11-2 run to go up 26-14 at the 7:45 mark and pretty much held serve going into the half, leading 44-34.
The Buckeyes put this game away in the opening 6 minutes of the second half with a 17-1 run to extend their margin to 61-35. By midway through the half, Radford closed the gap to 63-44. The Highlanders kept scoring as the Buckeyes cruised to the buzzer and the win.
The Buckeyes had three players score in double digits; Kieta Bates-Diop (22 points), C.J. Jackson (19) and Jae’Sean Tate (13). Kieta and Jae’Sean had 10 rebounds each. Micah Potter had 7 boards and C.J. Jackson had 6.
The Highlanders had three double-digit scorers; Carlik Jones (19 points), Donald Hicks (11) and Ed Polite, Jr (10). Young Mr. Polite also led Radford in rebounding with 6 rebounds.
Ohio State shot 43% from the field (29-67) but only 29% from 3-point range (8-27) and an improved 73% from the foul line (16-22).
Radford shot 41% from the field (24-59), 50% from 3-point range (11-22) and 76% (13-17) from the foul line.
Thoughts and opinions…
- This was Kieta Bates-Diop’s second consecutive game where he accomplished a double-double and led the team in scoring-rebounding. KBD is off to a very good start this season.
- Jae’Sean Tate had a much more “Jae’Sean” type of game. Quite a few of his point were “in the paint (6) and he aggressively works the boards, particularly at the offensive end to extend possessions. He still struggles to handle the ball, shoot 3’s and shoot FT’s.
- I thought that Ohio State was very aggressive working the ball inside. They outscored Radford 34-22 in “points in the paint” category. The inside work of Tate, Bates-Diop and Potter is instrumental.
- Granted, the data sets are very limited, but through two games this team is much improved in their rebounding mindset and performance. Through the first two games this season, Ohio State is averaging 48 rebounds, 16 of them offensive. Through their first two games last season, they averaged 34 rebounds, 7 at the offensive end.
- C.J. Jackson had a very good line score going until you got to the “Turnovers” column. He had 7 turnovers, 3 of them in the first five minutes. If you’re the “ball-handler”, you’ve got to be able to handle the ball. Maybe against a pressure defense, Holtmann should consider bringing in a third guard; Dakich, Lane or Jallow.
- Another possibility for turnovers may be a lack of “flow”. In the first half, Ohio State substituted eleven times, involving fourteen moves. The pattern didn’t change much in the second half. If you’re in and out of a game every few minutes, it’s a challenge to get a feel. I understand that Holtmann is trying to discern effective lineup combinations. I guess that’s why they play these pre-conference game, to get this ironed out.
- (Still) speaking of ‘turnovers; Ohio State had 15 of them. Fortunately, that shortcoming was offset by Radford’s 15 turnovers.
The Buckeyes host Texas Southern (0-2) on Thursday. This is the 3rd of a scheduled 13 game road trip for the Tigers. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST. The game can be seen on BTN and/or you can listen to it on 97.1.