Greetings Hoops Fans, this is Dave Horning for Hoops on Lane Fan Podcast with a preview of the upcoming game against the Huskies of Northeastern University to be played on Sunday, November 19th at 2:00pm at the Schott.    The Huskies are coached by Bill Coen who is in his 12th season as their Head Coach.  Under Coach Bill Coen, the Huskies had their best year in 2014-2015 when they finished in first place in the Colonial Athletic Association and also won the CAA tournament, going into the NCAA as a Number 14 seed.  They lost to #3 seeded Notre Dame 65-69 in the First Round.

Last year’s Northeastern team finished 15-16 and 8-10 in the CAA – but they had non-conference wins early in the season at Connecticut and at Michigan State.  I haven’t seen this kind of inconsistency – winning in big games and suffering unexplainable losses – since this years’ Buckeye Football team.

This year’s Northeastern team is ranked by si.com as Number 141 out of the 351 Colleges that play Division 1 Men’s basketball … Ohio State is ranked #77.

But unlike some of Ohio State’s earlier opponents, this Northeastern team has the size to compete –

Number 30 – 6’ 10” Junior Center – Anthony Green
Number 20 – 6’ 4” Senior Guard – Devon Beckley
Number  4 – 6’ 5” Red-Shirt Junior Guard – Vasa Pusica – from Belgrade Serbia
Number 14 – 6’ 5” Sophomore #3 Swing Guard/Forward – Maxime Boursiquot
Number   2 – 6’ 6” Sophomore Guard – Bolden Brace

Their Key Subs will be
Number 1 – 6’ 4” Sophomore Guard Shawn Occeus – their best 3-point shooter and Number 33 – 6’ 8” Freshman Forward Tomas (“Thomas”) Murphy – the AAC Conference Rookie of the Week last week.

In their first game against Boston University (not Boston College, the team that plays in the ACC) the Huskies won 65-59 but shot just 5 of 20 from the 3-point line.  In their next game, an easy win against Division 3 Wentworth, Northeastern shot 12 of 26 from the 3-point line.

So, it will be interesting to see how they play offense against Buckeyes. … how will they mix their physical size and their 3-point shooting … will they try to exploit the smaller Ohio State guards?  Will the Buckeyes play zone defense to prevent the mis-matches?

The Starting Lineup for the Buckeyes is expected to be:

Number   1 – 6’ 4” Senior Jae’Sean Tate at Small Forward
Number 33 – 6’ 7” Junior Keita Bates Diop at the #2 Spot
Number    0 – 6’ 9” Sophomore Micah Potter at Center
Number 15 – 6’ 2” Senior Kam Williams at Shooting Guard and
Number   3 – 6’ 1” Junior CJ Jackson at Point Guard

In last Sunday’s game against Radford, Keita Bates Diop was solid, oing 8 of 17 from the field, including 3 of 7 on 3-point shots for a team leading total of 22 points.  It’s great to see Keita stepping up in these early non-conference games.

Let’s hope that CJ Jackson will continue his scoring – it was a great lift to Ohio State’s last victory over Radford. He shot 7 of 13 from the field and 3 of 5 on 3-pointers, for a total of 19 points.  We’ll take that production form the point guard positon anytime.

And now, who was the winningest pitcher in Major League baseball that never won the Cy Young award?

Most people are aware that Northeastern University is located in Boston, but many would be surprised to know that the site of their campus is the former baseball field known as Huntington Avenue Grounds where the Boston Americans won the first ever World Series in 1903.   There is a statue of Cy Young in the middle of campus where the pitchers mound used to be – the place where Cy Young pitched from – in that first ever World Series contest.  Cy Young was born in Gilmore Ohio, in Tuscarawas County and lived in Newcomerstown after his career in baseball ended.  He is the winningest pitcher in MLB with 511 wins.   This means that Cy Young is also the answer to a very tricky trivia question:  Who is the winningest pitcher in MLB that never won the Cy Young award?  That award, just given to Cleveland Indians Cory Kluber, was first given in 1956 and the first winner was Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Cy Young’s career ended in 1911.

See you at the game!