(Image courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, game information courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, ESPN.com, stats courtesy of teamrankings.com)
Ohio State (15-7, 5-6) took advantage of poor first half Penn State shooting (39%) to edge the Nittany Lions (8-15, 1-11) 74-70 in a game where they were outplayed and outcoached. Yeah, it was a win, but…
Here’s a game recap in three short acts. In the first three minutes, Ohio State trails 2-8. In five possessions, they have committed 3 turnovers. During the next twelve minutes, Ohio State outscores PSU 26-5 while committing only 4 turnovers. Ohio State leads 28-13 and the rout is on. In the final five minutes of the half, Ohio State is outscored 18-6 while they commit 5 turnovers. Buckeyes go into the half with a 3 point lead, 34-31.
This game came down to the last possession. Trailing by two points, 70-72, with :21 remaining PSU freshman guard Rasir Bolton froze C.J. Jackson, drove to the basket and… missed a game-tieing layup. It looked like young Mr. Bolton anticipated his shot would be challenged. It wasn’t. It was a learning experience for Rasir.
The Buckeyes had three players in double figures.. They were Luther Mohammad (20), C.J. Jackson (15) and Andre Wesson (15). Andre pulled in 10 rebounds and Luther led with 4 assists.
The Nittany Lions had three players in double figures. They were Lamar Stevens and Josh Reaves with 20 each and Rasir Bolton with (15). Lamar had a game high 12 rebounds for his double-double and Jamari Wheeler had 3 assists.
Ohio State shot 50% from the field (22-44), 50% (7-14) from 3-point range and 79% (23-29) from the foul line.
Penn State shot 43% from the field (26-60), 29% (4-14) from 3-point range and 78% (14-18) from the foul line.
What Went Right
Andre Wesson had a “full-service” game. His double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) came in unexpectedly handy. He may drive you crazy sometimes, but Andre is always a full-effort player.
Luther Mohammad carried this team. In 38 minutes he scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dealt 5 assists, and had no turnovers! He get’s my game ball, no question.
On-ball pressure continues to be an issues for Ohio State. You would guess that they’ve never seen 3/4 court pressure in their lives. This truly disrupted their offense. First, their 18 turnovers represented ~25% of their possessions. When you turn the ball over 1 of every 4 trips down the floor, that’s a lot of forgone scoring opportunities. The other disruptive part is that a lot of the :30 clock was being burned in an attempt to break the press. Not much time was left to actually run your offense.
Ohio State was outscored 22-13 in “points off turnovers”.
- First things first; it was great to see Kyle Young on the floor. He was energetic and very active. He had 6 points, 6 rebounds and was seemed to be constantly chipping around the ball.
- Good thing, too. Penn State was masterful in attacking Kaleb Wesson at both ends of the floor, effectively neutralizing him. `
- According to teamrankings.com the Buckeyes are projected to finish the regular season 19-12 and 9-11 in B1G play. They rank Ohio State as the 35th best team in the country and #8 in the B1G. Their chance to make the NCAA’s is 34%.
The Buckeyes visit Bloomington for a Sunday afternoon 1:00 PM (Eastern Time) game vs the Hoosiers. You can watch the game on CBS or listen to it on 97.1 The Fan. Or both.
The Hoosiers (13-10, 4-8) average 72 points per game while allowing 67 ppg. They average 36 rebounds and 13 turnovers per game. For comparison, the Buckeyes are scoring 73 and allowing 65 points per game. Ohio State averages 35 rebounds and 13 turnovers per game.
Indiana has two players that average double figures scoring per game. They are 6’6″ G Romeo Langford (17.4) and 6’8″ F Juwan Morgan (15.9). Morgan averages 8.0 rebounds per game and Langford averages 2.4 assists per game.
Teamrankings.com gives Ohio State a 37% chance to beat Indiana. Time to prove them wrong.