(Photo courtesy Ohio State Athletic Department. Game information courtesy OhioStateBuckeyes.com, ESPN.com)

Jae’Sean Tate ready to launch.

Ohio State is in the process of helping to celebrate University benefactor Phil Knight’s (Nike honcho) 80th birthday by playing in the PK80 Invitational. This is a pretty far-flung event with teams from all over the country traveling all over the country to show appreciation for the underwriting.

The Buckeyes remained undefeated at home with a  for the season with an 80-55 romp over the Northeastern University Huskies Sunday afternoon. The Buckeyes were powered by Jae’Sean Tate (24 points, 5 rebounds) and Kieta Bates-Diop (19, 7). Ohio State also got a strong game from C.J. Jackson (10, 3, 3 assists).

Interestingly, Northeastern had no one score in double figures. Shooting 36% from the field will do that. Northeastern was lead by Shawn Occeus (9 points, 3 rebounds), Anthony Green (8, 9) and Vasa Pusica (8, 3).

Forty seconds into the game, Jae’Sean Tate provided a sign of things to come with a layup to put OSU up 2-0. Anthony Green of Northeastern tied the game a minute later. The game started very choppily for the Huskies; their first nine possessions consisted of 6 missed shots, 3 turnovers and Green’s dunk. At this point with nearly seven minutes played, Ohio State was holding a 15-4 lead.

Things got steadily worse for Northeastern; at midpoint in the half, Ohio State held a 21-9 lead. With 3:00 in the half, the Buckeyes were leading 45-15 and for some symmetry at the :33 mark, Jae’Sean Tate ended the half as he began it – with a layup to put Ohio State up 47-17.

Northeastern shot a pretty bad 21% (6-28) for the half. This was exacerbated by Ohio State’s offensive efficiency. The Buckeyes shot 63% (17-27) from the field, because:

  • Jae’Sean Tate was 7-7 for 15 points
  • Kieta Bates-Diop was 5-7 for 15 points

Yes, Jae’Sean and Kieta nearly doubled the Huskie team score.

In the second half, Ohio State still maintained a 30 point lead until the 12:24 mark, 62-32. Northeastern went on a bit of a run (11-1) and by the 8:05 mark the Buckeye lead was 63-41, a 22 point margin that would hold up for the rest of the game.

Northeastern outscored Oho State in the second half 38-33. This was probably attributable to some Huskie defensive adjustments and Coach Chris Holtmann doing some slight tinkering with his lineup a bit…

Ohio State shot 50% from the field (28-56), a dismal 20% (3-15) and a very solid 78% from the foul line (21-27).

Northeastern shot 36% from the field (20-56), 27% from 3-point range (7-26) and 80% (8-10) from the foul line.

Thoughts and opinions…

  • Jae’Sean Tate had a surreal game. He was a perfect 10-10 from the field, made 4-6 free throws, had 5 rebounds an assist and 1 turnover. That is just about as good a stat line as you’ll ever see.
  • All of JST’s points were scored via “layup”. This was a combination of aggressive offensive rebounding put-backs and running the floor on transition (missed shots/turnovers).
  • I thought that Ohio State was very persistent working the ball inside. They outscored Northeastern  48-26 in “points in the paint” category. The inside work of Tate, Bates-Diop and Potter is instrumental in this success.
  • Ohio State out-rebounded Northeastern 38-29. This is the lowest rebounding total for Ohio State so far this season. One factor may be the number of opportunities. In OSU’s first three game, both teams combined for a total of 125 shots. Against Northeastern, the teams combined for 112 shots.
  • I think another reason that Northeastern outscored Ohio State in the 2nd half was the Buckeyes were much more passive. Of Ohio State’s 38 rebounds, 23 were in the first half. Of Ohio State’s 48 points in the paint, 30  were in the first half.
  • Ohio State took much better control of the ball this game. They had a season low 9 turnovers, nearly half of what they’d been averaging. They forced Northeastern into 16 turnovers.


Up Next

The Buckeyes move on to the next opponent in the PK80 Invitational by traveling to Portland, OR to face #17 Gonzaga. The Zags are 3-0 this season. They are averaging 94 points per game while allowing 68 ppg. For comparison, the Buckeyes are scoring 85 and allowing 64. In this young season, Gonzaga has six players that average double figures scoring per game while Ohio State has four players (Kieta Bates-Diop, Jae’Sean Tate, Kaleb Wesson and C.J. Jackson)

The game is scheduled Thursday/Friday (depending upon your time zone. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:30 am ET Friday. The game can be seen/recorded on ESPN2. and/or you can listen to it on 97.1.