Greetings Hoops Fans, this is Dave Horning for Hoops on Lane Fan Podcast with a post-game review of Ohio State’s 79-71 victory over the Stanford Cardinal in the PK80 Tournament being played in Portland Oregon.
This is Ohio State’s best win of the year, so far. The Stanford Cardinal were ranked 64th in the si.com pre-season rankings of all 351 Division I Men’s basketball teams while Ohio State was ranked 77th. So, you might even consider this an upset!
In fact, things did not go so well in the first half for the Buckeyes. The game started out slow and after 5 minutes Ohio State held a 6-2 lead as both teams were shooting poorly. Kaleb Wesson started at Center for the Buckeyes for the second game in a row as Micah Potter’s ankle injury continues to bother him. Micah Potter played only 6 minutes in the game and scored just 2 points. So, when Kaleb Wesson picked up his second foul early, Keita Bates Diop was forced to play Center, and it affected his scoring ability early. ESPN Color analyst Dan Dakich was critical of Keita, saying he was pulling the string on his jump shots, and they did look bad and were falling short. Stanford was playing an effective zone defense against the Buckeyes, and Dakich was critical of Ohio State’s guards not positioning themselves in the gaps of the Stanford zone, but rather matching up against the zone by standing by their defenders. Dakich said Ohio State was dribbling too much against the zone and not making enough skip passes. He was right to a point as Stanford did take a lead in the middle of the first half and extended it when their Forward Oscar da Silva made two nice three point shots. Late in the first half, it was Stanford 31, Ohio State 21. But when Keita Bates Diop was left wide open, and made his second three, it took the lid off the basket for him and he made two more in the last 3 minutes of the first half, including one with just 5 seconds left to bring Ohio State back into a tie at 32 with Stanford at halftime. The late heroics by Keita Bates Diop had Dakich praising him as the man for Ohio State. According to Dakich, when Keita’s on fire the Buckeyes have a chance, and when he’s not, the Buckeyes have no chance. We’ll be watching how that theory plays out for the rest of the season.
Coming up next, I’ll describe the play in the second half.
At the start of the second half, the Buckeyes kept their momentum and started to build their lead. CJ Jackson buried a 3 from the top of the key, and Jae’Sean Tate made another of his driving left handed shots that banks high off the glass. I like that shot for Jae’Sean, as it allows him to elevate. I like much better than his whirling dervish impersonations where the final result is an out-of-control shot that is forced up underneath the basket and is all too often blocked.
Ohio State continued to build its lead to 10 points at 48-38 with 14 minutes left when Andrew Dakich fed Keita Bates Diop who finished with a nice move underneath to score on the layup. Ohio State had outscored Stanford 27 to 7 over the last 3 minutes of the first half and first 6 minutes of the second half.
ESPN Color Analyst Dan Dakich attributed this run by the Buckeyes to the Coach Holtmann’s decision to play the two point guards, CJ Jackson and Andrew Dakich, at the same time. There was better ball movement and Keita Bates Diop was getting better looks. Commentator Dakich was alternatingly critical and complementary of his son, Andrew’s play, who finished with 6 points. But CJ Jackson deserved the recognition even more, as he was the high scorer for the Buckeyes with 23 points, including making 4 of 6 on 3-point shots. Late in the second half, with about 5 minutes left, when it looked like Stanford was making a run, it was CJ who buried a 3 to keep the Buckeyes’ momentum alive. Stanford went big the last half of the second half, but they were constantly fouling Ohio State. Ohio State was solid in the last 4 minutes of the game in making its free throws.
Kaleb Wesson was 2 for 4, Jae’Sean Tate was 2 for 2, CJ Jackson was 5 for 6, Andrew Dakich was 4 for 4 and Keita Bates Diop was 2 for 2 for a total of 15 of 18 for 83%. Good free throw shooting is good news for Buckeye fans.
Final Score – Ohio State 79 – Stanford 71.
This is Dave Horning for Hoops on Lane Fan Podcast. Goodbye and Go Bucks!