Greetings Hoops Fans! This is Dave Horning for Hoops on Lane.com Fan Podcast with a review of last night’s win by the Buckeyes over The Citadel Bulldogs by a score of 97 to 65 in a game played at the Schottenstein Center.
The Citadel is ranked Number 294 on the team Rankings list of all 351 Men’s Division 1 Basketball teams, and as expected, the game was not close with the Buckeyes winning handily. With a game coming up against the North Carolina Tar Heels this Saturday, I would have liked to have seen a tougher opponent, but last week was finals week, so this game being scheduled is understandable.
The first thing to watch at the beginning of each Ohio State Buckeyes game is the starting lineup, which often changes. Number 2 Mussa Jallow, the Freshman from Bloomington Indiana, started at Guard in place of Kam Williams. CJ Jackson remained in the starting lineup, along with Kaleb Wesson, Keita Bates Diop and Jae’Sean Tate. Although not a started, it was good to see Micah Potter back on the court and starting to recover from his ankle injury. Potter played for 19 minutes in the game.
Against an easier opponent like The Citadel, there are going to be some easy baskets.
However, it was great to see the Buckeyes patiently working the ball around for good shots and not falling into the trap of just shooting at the first opportunity. This would be an easy trap to fall into when playing a team like The Citadel that employs a “run and gun” style that was made famous by Paul Westhead at Loyola Marymount. But the Buckeyes did run some great offensive series that resulted in wide open shots. This is what will be needed against North Carolina. The easy baskets will not be there.
At half-time, the Buckeyes were shooting 4 of 13 on their 3-point shots, for a 31% average. In the second half, they made 7 of 14 for 50% until the last 4 minutes when the substitutes missed the last 8 shots.
Kam Williams, Andrew Dakich, Keita Bates-Diop and CJ Jackson were a combined 11 of 23 on 3-point shots.
Let’s hope this confidence carries over against North Carolina.