(Image courtesy ancientoriginsnet.org, game information courtesy ohiostatebuckeyes.com, ESPN.com, stats courtesy of teamrankings.com)
The Ohio State Buckeyes (ranked #10, by the way) hosted the Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Mastodons. Much like our Neanderthal ancestors, the Buckeyes drove the Mastodons to extinction with a 85-46 win. Ohio State is 5-0 this season and IPFW is 2-5.
An offensive rebound put-back by Kyle Young forty-five seconds int the game gave Ohio State the early lead. The latest-closest lead was 9-7 at the 16:36 mark. a sixteen point run moved the score to 25-7 just over halfway through the first half. With just over two minutes remaining in the half, Ohio State held a 42-21 lead. A small “run” by IPFW closed the gap to 42-25 at intermission.
A 3-pointer by IPFWs Brian Patrick pulled reduced Ohio State’s lead to 56-32 at the 14:35 mark in the second half. Over the next five minutes, Ohio State went on a 13-0 run to move the score to 69-32. A 3-pointer by Justin Ahrens at the 6:44 point moved Ohio State’s margin to 40 points, 75-35. The Buckeyes held an 85-42 lead with 2:16 remaining, then IPFW scored the final two field goals to close out scoring for the evening.
The Buckeyes had three players in double figures. Kaleb Wesson had 15 points, D.J. Carton had 13 and CJ Walker had 11. Eleven of the thirteen players scored for Ohio State. Kaleb Wesson grabbed a team high 7 rebounds and E.J. Liddell had 5. Duane Washington had 5 assists and Kyle Young had 4.
The Mastodons had two players in double figures. Marcus Berry had 16 points and Brian Patrick had 13. Dylan Carl and Cameron Benford each had 5 rebounds. Carl also led IPFW with 4 assists.
Ohio State shot 53 from the field (31-58), 43% (13-30) from 3-point range and 71% (10-14) from the foul line.
IPFW shot 31% (17-54) from the field, 38% (8-21) from 3-point range and 67% (4-6) from the foul line.
What Went Right
Pretty much everything. The offense was efficient and balanced. I was a bit surprised that, scoring 85 points, Ohio State had only three players in double figures. When you scroll through the box score, below, you see how it happened. The eight players who scored in single digits accounts for 46 points, nearly 6 points apiece. That’s a lot of chipping in for the team effort.
Bench play was again solid. In 95 minutes of game time (not quite one-half of total minutes), the non-starters accounted for 40 points, 24 rebounds and 7 assists. They actually rebounded at a higher rate than the starters.
Team defense continues to be stellar. They held another opponent to ~30’ish% shooting. They forced more turnovers (19) than allowed field goals (17). They blocked 5 shots.
They won. That always counts for something.
When your margin of victory is hovering around 40 points there isn’t a hell of a lot that didn’t go your way. I’ve got nothing…
IPFW box score:
Ohio State box score:
- Thus far this season, Ohio State is winning through defense. They allow opponents t make only 31.3% of their shots, good for #2 in the country. Last season, OSU allowed opponents to make 42.2% of their shots. Virginia is #1 at 28.2%.
- Relatedly, Ohio State is 7th in the nation defensively by allowing 52 points per game. Last year they allowed 66 PPG.
- The above points are encouraging, but before we get too excited, lets look at context. According to TeamRankings, Ohio State is ranked #5 in their power poll. After dispatching of #12 Villanova, OSU’s next two opponents. Stetson (#324) and IPFW (#262) were far, far less competitive. Ohio State’s next opponent,, Kent State is #136. This early season success is certainly encouraging, but let’s get through another month of play.
- Once again, this was a pretty clean game in terms of personal fouls. There were only 26 fouls called and the teams were a combined 14-20 free throw shooting. Free throw shooting didn’t account for very many points.
- Ohio State dominated inside play by outscoring IPFW 32-16. In addition to Kaleb and Kyle doing their thing, this is also a function of OSU’s guards and forwards cutting to the basket for layups and short jumpers.
- Ohio State was much more efficient in points-off-turnovers. They scored 31 points off 19 Mastodon turnovers. They limited IPFW to 9 points off 11 OSU turnovers.
The Buckeyes host the Kent State Golden Flashes on Monday November 25th. Tip-off is set for 6:30 pm ET. You can watch the game on BTN or listen to it on TuneIn. Or both.
Kent State is currently (5-0). On November 29th, Kent State beat IPFW 75-68.