Greetings Hoops Fans! This is Dave Horning for HoopsOnLane.com Fan Podcast with a review of the victory by the Ohio State Buckeyes over the Redhawks of Miami of Ohio, the Buckeyes winning by the score of 72 to 59.

This was the last non-conference game for the Buckeyes before entering the balance of the Big Ten season. Ohio State is currently 2 and 0 in the Big Ten, tied for first place.

The leading scorerfor the Buckeyes against Miami was, as expected, Keita Bates-Diop who scored 19 points. But this is a somewhat misleading statistic, as Keita struggled from the field for most of the game, shooting 0 for 6 on his 3-point attempts. But, I’m glad that Keita kept shooting … this is the mentality of a top scorer … so what if I missed my first few attempts, the next one is going to be good. Keep shooting Keita!

I’m not worried about Keita Bates-Diop, but I am concerned that Kaleb Wesson had his second sub-par game in a row, shooting just 1 of 7 from the field, and scoring just 7 points.

In place of Keita and Kaleb, other Buckeyes stepped up to carry the scoring load, especially CJ Jackson who made 4 of 6 3-point shots. CJ Jackson continues to sparkle and improve. In addition to scoring 16 points, he made 6 assists and gathered 5 rebounds.
Also stepping up was Kam Williams, who was a perfect 3 for 3 on his 3-point shots, including a critical shot with just 6 minutes left after Miami had cut the lead to just 3 at 54-57. Over the last 6 minutes, Ohio State would outscore Miami 15 to 5.
Finally, it was good to see Mussa Jallow make a 3-point shot at the end of the first half, even though he only took that one shot all game. With Jae’Sean Tate having sustained a shoulder injury in practice, there looks to be an opportunity for more playing time for either Mussa Jallow or Andre Wesson. Jae’Sean is a consistent scorer, who provided 11 points in 28 minutes of playing time. When he sits down, it is vital that his scoring be picked up by his substitute.

It should also be noted that the attendance for the Miami game was reported on espn.com as 15,131 which is an improvement over the previous non-conference games with the exception of the Clemson game where the attendance was reported as 17,189. I don’t exactly trust these numbers as I believe that season ticket holders who are no shows are still counted in attendance, but, nevertheless, there was more interest and fewer no shows at this game against Miami than games against out-of-state opponents. Let’s fill up the Schott!

Coming up next, a repeat of my last episode’s scheduling recommendation where I thank Miami of Ohio for playing Ohio State without requiring a return home game, and my recommendation for playing more in-state opponents.

New Head Coach Chris Holtmann has fielded many questions about this season’s schedule, and, of course, he had nothing to do with it as it was planned by former coach Thad Matta last year before Holtmann was named as head coach. Earlier this year, on October 4th, Coach Holtmann announced that Ohio State would be playing the University of Cincinnati in a home-and-home series that will start with the 2018-19 season. That’s the year after next. It will be the season opener for both teams. This has added excitement to the Buckeye program and is a major upgrade for the non-conference home schedule.

Other Ohio teams that have had success in the NCAA tournament are Dayton and Xavier. But these schools would also want a home-and-home arrangement, which makes scheduling more that one of these teams a year difficult. By scheduling Miami, Ohio State has been able to bring in a team that should draw a crowd. And, Miami has been willing to play in Columbus as they did in 2014 also without requiring a return game in Oxford. There are enough Miami alumni in Central Ohio to help fill the Schott. To my astonishment, the alumni association of Miami has not tried to tie in any event with this game. Pre-season games against The Citadel and Robert Morris are not going to draw crowds. Miami and other Ohio colleges would be better draws because of their local alumni.

Here are the rankings for all of the Ohio Colleges that play Division 1 Mens Basketball:
2 – Xavier
59 – Ohio State
68 – Dayton
72 – Cincinnati
126 – Miami
143 – Wright State
187 – Toledo
All of the above are ranked higher than Stanford, currently at 204.

Also in Ohio are:
218 – Bowling Green
220 – Ohio University
252 – Akron
277 – Kent State
All of the above are ranked above Appalachian State and The Citadel

And, finally, Cleveland State is ranked at Number 328.

I would like to see Ohio State schedule 3 home games for every away game with these Ohio colleges, other than Cincinnati, Dayton and Xavier who would insist on a home-and-home arrangement.

My goal is to fill up the Schott, and the Ohio colleges will help us do that more so than The Citadel, Texas Southern or Appalachian State.

This is Dave Horning for HoopsOnLane.com Fan Podcast. Let’s fill up the Schott! See you at the game!